The pair spoke about the challenges of working on a musical and working with Chazelle on his dream project.
Of the four speeches from last nights Academy Awards acting categories, J.K. Simmons was my favorite. We’d heard him say some of the same things back when he won his SAG Award but the whole ‘call your parents’ moment really got me. Did I call my parents? No, but that’s because I’m a jackass. But it was still a lovely moment. Eddie Redmayne‘s was fun as well. That moment when he jumped up and down was really nice. Patricia Arquette and Julianne Moore are just two wonderful human beings, aren’t they? Besides being terrific actresses, they are smart and caring ... Read more
Simmons talks about his career in detail, including how taken he was with the Whiplash screenplay by writer/director Damien Chazelle and how much he believed in the project
Miles Teller is one of hottest young male actors in film today. With the Fantastic Four reboot already in the can, Teller is currently doing press for his latest drama, Whiplash. The film centers around the young actor playing a jazz drummer who is dealing with a manipulative teacher played by J.K. Simmons. Teller talked about how challenging the role was for him while giving high praise to director Damien Chazelle. He said, “I’ve had directors who think they need to do tricks and manipulate you. I don’t work that way. I’m not a dog — you don’t need to ... Read more
J.K. Simmons has primarily stuck to humorous roles in recent years — including his ongoing TV commercial gig with Farmers Insurance — so perhaps that is why his role as a dictatorial music teacher in the film festival hit Whiplash is getting so much attention. However, in an interview with Vulture Simmons suggests that the role recalls his villainous role in HBO’s Oz and reveals that if it wasn’t for Whiplash director Damien Chazelle‘s insistence he might not have been in the feature film at all. Though the Whiplash feature debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Simmons’ relationship with ... Read more
Eli took some time to answer a handful of questions about his audition and call back for the show, working with Simmons and his advice to young actors.
ABC has 9 new scripted shows coming - 7 for the fall season and 2 as mid-season replacements.
"Unless your name is Clooney or Pitt or Hanks, I think it’s hard to feel completely like you’re established or where you want to be. This script, which I am eternally grateful for, came to me but only after it bounced off a couple other guys first who didn’t want to do it or couldn’t schedule it. I’d love to be more established"
How does he explain his good fortune? "Ultimately a lot of it is just right place, right time."