On being a in-demand character actor:
“You know, I’m not crazy-busy. The nature of what I do, I only work two or three days at a time. … I kind of pop in and out of things. So it’s three days here, maybe a week there. Then I’m left with myself and my horrible thoughts.”
On working with Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia:
“I did my best to hold it together inside, because you’re working with someone who is not only a legend, but somebody who has been a hero of mine for a long time. So you kind of have to let that go and just do your job. … We were shooting in a restaurant in Brooklyn, and we were waiting for the light so we could cross into our trailers. And she slipped her arm in mine and we crossed the street together, and I — aaach! — it was wonderful.”
On not having the lead role:
“No, I love what I’m doing. No, really, I’m truly satisfied. I love the area I’m in, I think it speaks to my strengths and I’m able to grow within it. I don’t really have any desire to be out-there or over-there or doing-that.”
So how do your research a part like this, or get into Paul Aufiero’s head?
I just have to be very aware of the passions and obsessions I have in life. Film, comic books, stuff like that.It’s the same energy going into that. It wasn’t that hard of a leap to make.
Everyone relates to obsession. But how fine a line do you think there is between that and pathology?
Well, I’m at the point where I want it to enhance my life. I want it to supplement my life. This guy has crossed that line — if it ever existed, which it probably didn’t for him. This has totally replaced existence for him. And you see that with a lot of people: Politics, film, pop stars, whatever. They fill their empty lives with that stuff. So there you go.
Did you reach out to any Giants obsessives at all? Did you listen to them on talk radio?
No. I saw this guy as such a void that I said, “I’ve got to embrace the void that this guy is.” I had to resist the urge to put a little wink and a nod on everything I do.
Like horror films? If you do, Wrong Turn 3 might be something you don’t want to miss.
Director Declan O’Briencalls it a cross between Con Air and the first Wrong Turn and judging by the trailer and clips, it looks exactly like that.
I talked to both Declan and the films star, Janet Montgomery, and both were excited about the upcoming release. They think it’s a fresh roller-coaster ride that once it gets started, it doesn’t stop.
Janet has been acting only 2 years and already she’s got 4 films on her resume! Totally jealous, right? She’s from England where she did an episode of the hit series, Skins. From that, she was noticed and hasn’t stopped working. Continue »
I saw some clips from Mike Judge‘s Extract at Comic-Con and what I saw was great.
I don’t know why this clip was the one that they chose to release when everything I saw was tons more enjoyable. But, its still good.
Synopsis: Joel, Jason Bateman, is one step away from selling his flavor extract factory and retiring to easy street when a freak workplace accident sets in motion a series of disasters that put his business and personal life in jeopardy. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck.
A Craigslist post this past weekend advertised that a Tyler Perry movie was looking for extras in LA. Not only was this fake, but the ad was also attempting to charge actors $29.95 to join a casting club in order to get the job.
Tyler Perry found out and posted this on his website:
“I’m back from Vegas and had a great time at the Hoodies, but I gotta give a quick WARNING to all my Facebookers, Twitters and Tyler Perry board members: I’m so pissed right now!
I’m sitting in my den writing, minding my own business, when I get an email from my staff saying that someone put an ad up on Craigslist saying that I was casting a movie in L.A., and in order to be considered for this (FAKE) Tyler Perry movie, you have to join their club for $29.95. THAT IS A LIE, don’t fall for it. These folks are trying to rip you off. I hate for people to prey on people’s dreams and hopes. Why don’t people get a job and stop trying to steal folks’ hard-earned money….Ugh, that makes me mad; let me breathe.
Okay listen my dear folks, if anyone asks you to pay in order to do an audition or pay a fee to join a club to put you in a movie, please don’t fall for it. That’s not how it works in this business. It’s free to audition for any film. I’m calling my lawyers about these THIEVES! You’re my best help here, so please do me a favor and send this out to all your followers and friends.
Rachel McAdams isn’t a big fan of auditioning for romantic films:
“The weirdest thing I’ve had to do in an audition was making out with strangers. It was weird just turning up and kissing someone. I guess it was to see if there was any chemistry there. But the one I’m thinking of I got the part!”
What does she think about her finished films?
“I wish I could just step back and watch a film I’m in and be carried away. But what I see on the screen never encapsulates the experience – that hour and a half never sums up the shooting of it and the relationships you made and the trials and tribulations. So I always am left with a sense of longing. I’m always happy with what’s there and I’m so excited when it all comes together. But it’s never representative of the whole package.”
James Brolin is 69 and he still gets typecast. But whats great is that the veteran actor is trying to break free and that. Hopefully The Goods will help.
On doing his first comedy in years:
“I’m always stuck in the more straight roles, you know. Of course, every time you do it, it sets in concrete for the next role. `Oh, I saw him in that, he’s really good at that.’ … But that’s what I did the last 10 times. What about doing some bizarre, offbeat stuff? And now to be in this, around a bunch of groomed comedians, was really great in opening me up in public … and starting to be a little off the wall. I want to do more. I only hope this opens the doors to that before I conclude my career.”
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On finally getting to play the lead: “I’d been looking for that for a while, yeah. I’ve been lucky enough to have played opposite a lot of actors that have been carrying films for years (Dustin Hoffman in Runaway Jury, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat and John Cusack), and learning how they conduct themselves and how they navigate through a leading performance. So some of it maybe seeped in through osmosis, and some of it [from] just standing around hoping they would breathe on me. So that whole journey led me to this. It makes sense. It’s like anything else in life, you have to apprentice the job. . . . apprenticeship.
And sometimes apprenticeships can take a while. I think in this country, we’re kind of a large group of immediate-gratificationers.”
On the short memories in Hollywood: “It’s fascinating to me when you have a director, or a producer, or a writer who wants to know if I can do something other than Ari. I just want to draw their attention to all those movies and those Buddy Israels. . . . I’ve been lucky enough to do so many different roles, and that’s one of them that’s a completely different tone than now in The Goods or Entourage. . . . And also I’ve played the kind of softspoken, put-upon best friend – you know, for instance, in Serendipity, or opposite Nic Cage in Family Man. Those are all in me, but people forget that because of the dominance of someone like Ari Gold. I don’t have to play characters that take up all the oxygen. I simply don’t.”
In this video, he talks about his The Goods character, Don Ready, Entourage and Ari Gold.
I remember watching him on Saturday Night Live in those first couple of episodes when you had no idea who he was and he had only one or two lines in a sketch. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him. He had this energy that radiated off screen.
Through motivational speaker Matt Foley, the Chippendale’s dancer and Tommy Boy, he created characters that will live on in our memory for years to come.
The book has Chris Farley’s friends and family reminiscing and recounting his life as they remember it. From David Spade, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Norm MacDonald and Lorne Michaels, this book is equally funny as it is heart-breaking.
It’s divided into three acts. Act 1 is his early years in Wisconsin and Chicago. Act 2 his SNL days and Act 3… well, I’m sure you can figure where the book veers off at that point.