One of the eagerly anticipated films of 2013 is American Hustle. It brings back a group of actors who have had a strong collaboration with director David O. Russell. Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams have all a part of Russell’s work over the last five years.
In his latest film, Adams plays Sydney Prosser, an inexperienced grifter who has an affair with a veteran con man played by Bale.
The 39-year-old actress told The New York Times some pretty interesting things about her character.
She said, “[Sydney] is the most miserable human being I’ve ever played. She is not — happy. I’m used to playing people that, even if they’re survivors, there’s some sort of light in them. I don’t know that she has that, necessarily.”
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In the last few years, Elizabeth Olsen has become Hollywood’s indie queen. With edgy roles in movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, the actress is not known for mainstream fare.
She talked to Moviefone about her new off-kilter role in Spike Lee‘s Oldboy and why she chose to work on such a bloody and shocking project with co-star Josh Brolin.
“My whole thing is — if someone sees a movie and it’s some kind of dramatic type of film and it’s not light fare — then people better walk away talking about what they just saw. If you do that, then that’s enough for me,” Olsen explained. “That’s entertainment! If people are able to be surprised and shocked and horrified and mad then you’re making them do something. They have to have an opinion. And I like that. I’d rather people hate something then have no opinion at all. That’s more offensive to me.” Read more
Who doesn’t like Christian Bale (Well, besides that guy he yelled at on the set of Terminator Salvation)? Though Bale has been absent from cinemas since The Dark Knight Rises last summer, he stars in two films that are being released this month: Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. Though American Hustle might be getting most of the spotlight — I mean, it’s already winning a ridiculous amount of awards and hasn’t even been released yet — Bale’s performance in Out of the Furnace should not be overlooked. In the film he plays a working class man in a dying Rust Belt town whose brother, portrayed by Casey Affleck, goes down a dark path.
While promoting Out of the Furnace Bale spoke with New York magazine about his career as an actor as he enters yet another stage in his nearly thirty year career.
Since starring in his third (and final) Batman movie, Bale has been filling his schedule with all sorts of projects. He admits that it affects his perception of time, saying, “When you’re doing a film, you lose all sense of time. You can’t even believe that anybody else has a life outside of the film you’re doing. You completely lose track.” Read more
As Hollywood gears up for awards show season, one name keeps coming up as a possible contender for Best Actor this year—Idris Elba. He plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
With credits to his name like a critically-acclaimed role in The Wire and the BBC One mini-series Luther, the 41-year-old actor wanted to prove that he could take on the iconic figure of Mandela. He immersed himself in the character and even spent a night a Robben Island prison, the same place were the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years behind bars.
He said, “I remember the guy [at the still-working prison] was very nervous about locking me in. I was in there by myself and it was pretty harrowing. I had to really calm the f - - - down. I did have a telephone [and], if I really wanted to get out, I could. But as soon as the guy left, I realized there was no signal.” Read more
Jeffrey Wright: “At the most base level, what an actor represents to the film industry is an investment”
Jeffrey Wright has had a prolific 2013, appearing in Broken City, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, A Single Shot, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and, of course, a brilliant season-long arc on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. This comes off a period when Wright did not make many appearances in films (Wright did not appear in any films released in 2009 or 2010, and only supplied his voice to a film in 2012), especially after appearing in high profile roles previously.
In a conversation with The Associate Press, Wright spoke about why he’s working more now, how he copes with not being considered a household name, and why he considers himself a struggling actor at times. Read more
James Franco’s Biggest Mistake as a Young Actor: “I didn’t know that I should just listen to my own voice”
James Franco isn’t your typical actor. He’s one that marches to the beat of his own drum from independent films to big budget movies. The 35-year-old also teaches at the university level and is a published author.
His latest onscreen venture is playing a meth dealer in a small Southern town in Homefront. The role requires a darkness that Franco often explores. He talked to Reuters about why these type of characters appeal to him.
He said, “Villains can often be one note and I would say in that case, it’s not fun to play the villain. It’s fun to play the villain if he a) has dimension and b) the villain gets to do all the things in the movie that in life he would get punished for. In the movie, you’re applauded for them if you do them with panache. And so that’s why it’s more fun to play the villain.” Read more
As a big fan of the original 2003 South Korean film Oldboy, I’d have to say that I think that the American remake, directed by Spike Lee, is pretty terrible. But I can’t help but give credit to star Josh Brolin for taking on the film’s lead role of Joe, which is both emotionally and physically taxing.
Brolin spoke to Moviefone about the demands of the role and how he prepared to film the American take on the original’s famous hammer scene.
When asked if it was the most demanding role he’s ever played, Brolin answered, “No, it’s demanding in a very different way. Physically demanding, emotionally demanding, but W was very demanding. I was just terrified to play that guy. This was more demanding experimentally, because you’re not really sure where it’s going to go or what’s going to happen. Spike sticks you in a room and puts an 11-minute mag on the film camera and just says, ‘Go!’ Sometimes it was embarrassing and sometimes it was funny. Sometimes it worked and sometimes you’d cry and sometimes you were really laughing hysterically. It just got weird. I think it’s the weirdest role I’ve ever done.” Read more
“Happy-go-lucky” Jena Malone Finds Herself as the “Angry” Johanna in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
Jena Malone may consider herself to be a “happy-go-lucky” gal, but that certainly wasn’t the case the day she auditioned for her role as Johanna in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While many actresses came into the audition room interpreting her as bitchy, Malone played the character as downright angry.
She revealed to Vulture why she nailed the role on a day when everything went wrong.
Malone said, “Before the audition, I was like, Fuck, I’m so not an angry person. I mean, I can do intimidating or whatever, a little bit. But I’m much more of a happy-go-lucky, make everyone feel comfortable [person]. Anger’s not something you can fake. It’s something that channels through you, out of nowhere. It’s a hard thing to control. So I was like, Fuck, this is going to be a little complicated, and I don’t wanna go in there and give him something fake and ridiculous. And so, I don’t know what happened, but the morning I woke up, everything started pissing me off. My alarm didn’t go off right; someone called me at five in the morning. I got out of bed on the wrong side of the bed. And I was like, Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s happening?” Read more
Chris Pratt is keeping busy in Hollywood with comedic roles in films like Delivery Man to voicing the lead role in The Lego Movie. He’s also diversifying by playing Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy which hits theaters next summer.
The 34-year-old actor sat down with Moviefone to talk about how he approached the script for Delivery Man and his work with co-star Vince Vaughn.
With some of the best lines in the movie, Pratt knew that “usually moments will leap out at you. You’ll understand a moment is going to be funny. And, oftentimes, not on this movie but in other movies, I would help those moments by maybe improvising a line or saying the same joke but in my own words and knowing when a moment to be funny is there and making sure that that moment’s funny. Whether it’s saying it exactly how it’s written, or coming up with your own way of making it funny, that would be the moment. So moments jump out at you.” Read more
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Adam Driver Doesn’t Watch His On-Screen Work: “I go into a spiral and obsess about all the mistakes I made”
Adam Driver is stepping into new territory after appearing in the Coen brothers latest movie Inside Llewyn Davis. He makes a cameo appearance as a backup singer inside a recording studio alongside Oscar Isaac, who portrays the title role of the folk singer Llewyn, and Justin Timberlake as a Jim Berkey, Davis’s guitar-playing rival.
The scene may be short, but the Girls star makes quite an impact on the film with his quirky comedic timing. However, he was working with some musical heavyweights in the film, so Driver did the wise thing and took a step back.
He said, “I think the only good thing I did was surrender control completely to everyone around me, since I felt they were far more qualified. I was just trying to be there and to enact the best version of what they wanted.”
The soundtrack was produced by the Oscar-winning musician T-Bone Burnett. Driver did his best to keep from getting intimidated with the company he was keeping. Read more