Category Archives: Actors

The World’s End’s Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright

FilmGordon Radio talks to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of sci-fi comedy The World’s End, as well as its director, Edgar Wright. The three have previously worked together on Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, as well as the TV sitcom Spaced.

Wright talks about his inspirations behind The World’s End, saying that he wanted to position the villain as “unavoidable change… all of the bars starting to look the same… commercialization of the culture.” Pegg discusses their choice to work in sci-fi, saying that “genre cinema is always a good metaphor… it’s a language we understand, what we grew up consuming”

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Actress Denise Vasi

Joy Keys talks with actress Denise Vasi, star of VH1’s scripted drama Single Ladies.

Vasi talks about her recent marriage to director Anthony Mandler. Vasi had actually been speaking to a psychic for the past few years, who told her that “the man that I would meet and marry would be carrying around this very large brow book,” which turned out to be her husband’s leather-bound pitch for a movie. She also talks about her odd sleepwalking habits and healthy eating diet.

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Actor Andy Garcia

Actor Andy Garcia stops by Milling About to talk about his upcoming projects. His Daughter, Daniella, co-stars in the film At Middleton with him. Garcia says that she needed to audition herself, and that he could do no more that “put in a good word.” His other daughter is studying film as well.

He also talks about his work directing the upcoming Hemingway & Fuentes, for which he hired a professional boatbuilder to build a replica of Hemingway’s boat as well as “a Cuban fishing skiff from the 1940s and 50s.” He calls it a “beautiful boat” and says that they “actually needed to make it look worse than it is.”

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Actor Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix has appeared in such films Man Of Steel, Ray, and The Matrix and such TV shows as Dollhouse, and is now appearing in NBC’s crime thriller The Blacklist. Tammy Jones Gibbs talks to Lennix about his career.

Lennix talks about the show, “a list that is compiled by a well-known criminal” who offers to help the FBI track other dangerous criminals in exchange for “complete anonymity.” Lennix is “pretty well-versed in law enforcement,” his brother having had a 30-year career as chief of police. Lennix talks about working with James Spader, calling him “one of the few people in the world who could pull off being a murderous, villainous criminal… and also make you laugh.”

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Academy Award winner Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1961 for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story, also known for her role in Singin’ In The Rain. She’s also won Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards, making her one of very few two have received all four major awards. This year she won the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Moreno stops by Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about her career.

Moreno talks about the experience of watching Singin’ In The Rain on a big screen with an audience, saying that “unlike many other films that come back, people sit there and yell and applaud after certain numbers… that’s not something that one associates with film.”

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Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o made her film debut in 2013 with her role in 12 Years A Slave, but she’s already being honored with a Golden Globe nomination, with a fair amount of OScar speculation as well. Nyong’o stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about landing the role.

Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, “auditioned three times in three different states” for the role. She calls the experience of working on the film “an education that I didn’t even know I needed “so glad that I got to take this time period so personally… I’m forever changed by this experience.”

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Luther’s Idris Elba

Idris Elba has had a big 2013 with major roles in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Pacific Rim. He’s capping the year off with Golden Globe nominations for both his title role in Mandela and his work on the BBC’s crime drama Luther. Elba is also known for his work on The WireSnowbizNow talks to Elba about his year.

Elba talks about his focus in the performance, saying that “the most important thing… was the presence of the man, which is a hard thing to capture and a very important component to capture,” and says that, because he doesn’t bear a physical resemblance to Mandela, he “really wanted to pay attention to the nuances about him, most importantly his voice.”

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Alan Cumming of The Good Wife and Any Day Now

Actor Alan Cumming is known for his role on CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife, on which he plays campaign strategist Eli Gold. He’s also known for his roles in Eyes Wide Shut and X-Men 2, as well as his roles onstage in HamletCabaret, and The Threepenny OperaSnowbixNow talks to Cumming about his movie Any Day Now. Cumming says that what drew him to the movie, which follows the custody struggle of two gay men over an adopted child, was “the sense of injustice… the utter lack of fairness and lack of goodness.”

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