I think Jackie Earle Haley is terrific is everything. As a kid, I must have watched 1976′s Bad News Bears a million times and Breaking Away is still one of my all-time favorite movies. If you haven’t seen that, make sure Netflix it because it’s great.
But, as he got older, it got harder and harder for him to transition from child star to adult actor, so, he eventually moved to Texas where he started a successful production company. He directed a ton of commercials and as he told me, he just thought that part of his life was over. But Sean Penn and writer/director Steve Zaillian, who were making All the King’s Men, thought of him for Sugar Boy, one of the major roles in the film. That brought him back into the business and he’s been working non-stop ever since.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for his next film, Little Children; he played Rorschach in Watchmen, worked with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island, he played Freddy Krueger in the new Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, worked with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln and tons more!
And each role is completely unique and different – not one of them are alike.
Now, he’s starring in the new RoboCop and has got some great kick-butt scenes. I liked the film a lot and of course, Jackie is terrific.
In the interview, we talk about the movie, some of his past roles, auditioning, Broadway and his advice to actors.
For the full interview, click the audio link above or download it from iTunes.
Tony Award winner, Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman is returning to host The 68TH Annual Tony Awards!
The show will be at Radio City Music Hall and airs on Sunday, June 8 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. Read more
Enough Said: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest.
As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s Ex. Read more
Blue Jasmine: After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Read more
The Invisible Woman: Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”. Read more
To say The Monuments Men is a disappointment is a huge understatement.
The film was originally scheduled to open in the crowded Christmas season but due to some post-FX shots, it wasn’t finished in time. Moving the film wasn’t a bad idea though. February is a wasteland and to try and find good films is sometimes a difficult task. And, having such a powerhouse cast (George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett) should conceivably bring in the audience.
Unfortunately, Clooney, as director and co-writer, delivers a slow and meandering film that weaves in and has no real drive or push to get to the ending of the story. Read more
August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. Read more
12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York State citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s.
Steve McQueen (Hunger) directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star. Read more
Moxie Theatre may be small in size, but it certainly does pack a punch. A terrific, wonderful punch.
The theatre is currently offering up Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a coming of age story that’s about race and changing times. Set in 1950’s, the Crump family is in search of a new life. Daughters Ermina (Deja Fields) and Ernestine (Jada Temple) have just lost their mother and their father, Godfrey (Vimel Sephus) has packed them up and moved them to Brooklyn to follow the spiritual Father Divine’s ‘Mission’. Read more