Sometimes actors dread auditions. For one actor, he had the opportunity to skip the audition under one condition…he had to work out. Emile Hirsch was cast in the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, so the role required some rigorous gym time. He said, “No audition other than the working out.” While that sounds pretty easy, it actually backfired on the 28-year-old actor. “I gained weight for Prince Avalanche trying to get Lone Survivor,” Hirsch said, “thinking that if I got really big that Pete would be impressed with my body.” He put on 20 pounds, ... Read more
Sure, it’s easier to get acting roles if you have a lot of money: just tell a cash-strapped producers “I’ll give you X amount of money if you cast me in your movie.” Hey, it worked if you wanted to get in one of Ed Wood‘s movies, right? But what happens if after loaning the producers that hefty sum the person with the deep pockets finds out his or her role is mostly on the cutting room floor? That’s the issue that professional poker player Dan Bilzerian is suing producers Randall Emmett and George Furla over in Los Angeles Superior Court. ... Read more
For A-list actors like Paul Rudd, they often have the luxury of a multiple takes on a big budget film. However, once they step onto the set of an indie film or one with a small budget, their acting methods often have to change. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Rudd opened up about the challenges of filming Prince Avalanche with co-star Emile Hirsch and Director David Gordon Green. The comedy is set in 1988 and features two highway road workers who head to the isolated countryside away from their city lifestyle. The change of scenery brings ... Read more
As of this writing, 'Prince Avalanche' is in my 'Top 5 Favorite Films' of the year
David Gordon Green has had a perplexing career as a director. After winning critical acclaim for dramatic films like George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, and Snow Angels, Green made a complete change and directed a string of comedy films (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter) and episodes of Eastbound & Down. While his latest film, Prince Avalanche, stars a comedic actor in Paul Rudd alongside Emile Hirsch, it seems to strike a perfect balance between his earlier dramatic films and later comedies. He spoke to The New York Times about why he feels comfortable with comedic actors. Green ... Read more
As twisted as it is, the NC-17 rated Killer Joe is one of the best films I've seen this year. One of the reasons why is the movie's stellar cast, which includes Emile Hirsch as Chris Smith, a scummy drug addict who arranges the murder of his mother in order to get her life insurance.
Director: Chris Gorak Cast: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor Writers: Jon Spaihts