Category Archives: Actors

Captain Phillips’ Golden Globe-nominated Barkhad Abdi

Actor Barkhad Abdi is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting actor for his work playing the Somalian pirate Muse in Captain PhillipsFilmGordon Radio talks to Abdi about the role.

Abdi learned about the role from a local televesion commercial calling for auditions. He talks about his own history with the conflict in Somalia, saying that he was “fortunate enough to have parents who got me out… to be a better person, get a better education.”  He says that he feels compassion for those Somalian people for whom “all they have is the guns that they use to make money.”

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Glee’s JC Jones

Nikki Rich talks to actor JC Jones of Glee.

Jones talks about how he got into acting, saying that he originally wanted to be a model but “kind of fell into acting… it just kind of happened,” starting with Glee. He calls himself “very, very fortunate” to have the opportunity, having moved to Los Angeles with nothing but “a dream and a vision.” His life philosophy is that “you don’t have to have everything figured out… believe that everything is going to work out.”

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Actor David Duchovny

Milling About talks to actor David Duchovny, of X-Files and Californication fame, about his new movie Phantom

Duchovny talks about filming the movie on an actual submarine, saying that “it gave us a real sense of what it’s like to be on that sub… the less an actor has to fake, the better.” He plays a KGB agent, and he talks about his actual Russiand, Polish, and Ukranian descent.

Duchovny also talks about his background studying Englsh at a Ph.D level, saying that he got into film after realizing “I can’t be in school for the rest of my life.” He says that he is interested in writing more screenplays.

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Helen Mirren on Red 2

Helen Mirren has appeared in movies for over four decades, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in The Queen and also appearing in such films as Caligula and doing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She talks with Money For Lunch about her latest film Red 2, in which she co-stars with Bruce Willis, Mary Louise-Parker, and Anthony Hopkins.

Mirren talks about the challenges of appearing in an action role, saying that one needs to enter a “meditative state of mind” in order to affect the stoic demeanor of an action star.

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Paying tribute to Paul Walker

Actor Paul Walker, known for his roles in the Fast and the Furious movies,died tragically in a car accident earlier this week. Walker was also known for his charity work with his disaster relief organization Reach Out Worldwide and his involvement in marine biology. The Punch Drunk Podcast pays tributes to Walker.

The hosts talk about the multiple hoaxes about Walker’s death, one of which occured a day before his actual death, chastizing those who do it and calling it an unethical practice to drive web traffic. They talk about Walker as a relatively humble and unassuming celebrity, who stayed out of tabloids and instead devoted his attention to charity work and personal projects.

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Bruce Willis on Red 2

Money For Lunch talks to actor Bruce Willis, known for such films as Pulp FictionThe Sixth SenseThe Fifth Element, and holiday favorite Die Hard.

Willis shares some anecdotes from acting in the recent action movie Red 2, saying that the most difficult scene to film was one in which actress Mary Louise Parker slaps Willis across the face. The slap was not staged, and Willis couldn’t control his laughter.

Also interviewed are actor Anthony Hopkins, hypnotherapist Steve G. Jones, marketer Mike Hill, and home management expert Debbie Ginsberg.

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Naomie Harris of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Actress Naomie Harris stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about her role in the new film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film is a biopic about anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, played by Idris Elba. Harris co-stars as his wife Winnie Mandela. Harris also appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall.

To prepare for the role, Harris says that she “did a lot of research,” watching hours of apartheid documentaries and footage of Mandela. Harris says that the most helpful thing was talking to Mandela herself, saying that it helped to reconcile the “disparate views” of Mandela that she got from the different sources, giving her “a sense of ownership of the part.”

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Willow Shields of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


Cinema Royale interviews actress Willow Shields of the new film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, adapted from Suzanne Collins’ novel. Shields plays Primrose everdeen, the sister of protagonist Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Shields talks about her  character’s changes from the first film to the sequel, saying that she’s “grown up a little bit” and “become stronger throughout the series.” Shields calls Primrose an “exciting character,” admiring her dedication. She also talks about the relationship between her and Jennifer Lawrence, saying that they are “like sisters on set,” Lawrence often giving her life advice.

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