Category Archives: Actor Interviews

VIDEO: Conversations with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart (SAG Foundation)

Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart. Photo by Andy Gotts.
Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart. Photo by Andy Gotts.

We all remember the amazing “bromance” (as it got labelled) that received worldwide attention between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen – fueled by rather wonderful photos that the two of them took during their tour of the UK & USA with “Waiting For Godot” and “No Man’s Land”, which likely goes down in history as the most successful social media campaign for a theatre company – ever.

Well, this Saturday, we revisit these two friends and actors as they chat together about their shows, the pressures of producing as well as acting, their careers to date, their influences, why plays should be experienced and played – not read in school, their film work, the importance of keeping theatre ticket costs reasonable for students and much more, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.  Enjoy!

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VIDEO: Conversations With Kevin Bacon (SAG Foundation)

A great (and funny) interview with Kevin Bacon, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, where we learn the issues of actors using social media, the advantages of having a director for a cousin and the importance of remembering which audience you’re talking to, among other things (and that’s just the first 5 minutes!).  Perfect for a relaxed Saturday morning coffee viewing.  Enjoy!

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VIDEOS: Conversations with John Goodman (SAG Foundation)

A lovely and funny chat with US Actor John Goodman, where he talks about his life and career, auditioning and what he would tell his younger self if he had the chance to dispense that advice (we’ll give you a hint, it involves the word “relax”).

Best advice given? “Learn your lines.” And when things are going pear-shaped on set: “Slow down and keep focused on the guy you’re working opposite and everything will take care of itself.”

Enjoy.

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(Note: we know that the video cuts out a couple of times, but you don’t miss anything important and it only goes to grey screen twice for about 10 seconds each time – just letting you know!).

VIDEO: Emma Thompson A Life In Pictures (BAFTA Guru)

Today is Emma Thompson day here at ActorSpeak.com (because we love her and her work), so here is another video and bonus audio of Emma being interviewed as part of the A Life In Pictures, courtesy of BAFTA Guru.

In the video, you’ll hear about what happened when she won her first Oscar, as well as her thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger, among other things.

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The audio is the full-length interview with Emma, where she talks about how she started in comedy, working with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Ang Lee and others (and her writing) and much more.

VIDEO: Matt Damon on why you shouldn’t be nervous (7.30 Report)

Wandering around the internet, we ended up browsing the archives of our local public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where we found this gem of an interview with Matt Damon from 2013 for the program 7.30 Report with host Leigh Sales.

We always enjoy Matt’s interviews.  There’s something grounded about him that just makes us want to listen to what he has to say.  It also helps that he comes across as smart and well-read.  We also really like Leigh Sales as an interviewer.  Normally hip-deep in politicians’ refuse, navigating to the truth (quite often successfully), it was fun to watch her have a break from all that, be a little star-struck and yet still ask well thought-out questions and conduct an interesting and insightful interview.

Have a break from what you’re doing (the video only runs about 7 minutes) and learn what advice Matt’s been given during his career, what fame was like when it suddenly arrived and enjoy his Jack Nicholson impression (we did) …

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