Category Archives: Actor Interviews

VIDEO: Conversations With Mickey Rooney (SAG Foundation)

Now that the Oscars are behind us, with all the glamour and madness that comes with it, we decided we’d like to hear from someone who represented the Hollywood of old, along with all the graciousness, humbleness and love of craft & the biz that comes with such experience.

This feeling was inspired during the presentation on Sunday, when, while saddened to see the various names and faces of those who have passed over the last 12 months, we also felt a surge of gratefulness for all those who came before us and that we had them for as long as we did.  The desire to listen to one of the greats and soak up the information, stories and knowledge they held became very strong – which was the point where we thanked the powers that be for the internet.  We were delighted, after a quick search, to discover this interview from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s “Conversation” series that features one of the greats who only recently left us, industry legend, Mickey Rooney, undertaken in 2004.

This is a chance to hear about the history of American entertainment – from burlesque and vaudeville to movies and television to online, this man has experienced it all and his stories are fascinating and enlightening, insightful and funny.  “Change is good as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.”

The biggest takeaway advice: “Don’t retire, inspire.”  And that’s exactly what he did and does.  Enjoy.

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VIDEO: Actors on Actors: Marion Cotillard and Timothy Spall

It’s nearly Oscar time! Today we bring you a video featuring Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) and the wonderful Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), courtesy of Variety, where they discuss playing real people, getting into character, the process of acting, identifying themselves in the character, using imagination and sources and more,.

Enjoy.

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VIDEO: Actors on Actors: Josh Brolin and J.K. Simmons

We’re only hours away from the Oscar Awards and so here is our next video featuring 2015 Oscar nominees, courtesy of Variety – a discussion between Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Oscar nominee, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), where they discuss how they began, theatre versus film, how important instinct is, their current roles, the process of working in independent film, egos and more.

Enjoy.

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VIDEO: Julianne Moore, Laura Dern, Patricia Arquette, Hilary Swank, Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Adams Discuss Acting (THR)

In the second in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter in the lead up to Oscar time, we bring you a discussion featuring Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Laura Dern (Wild), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Hilary Swank (The Homesman), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes).  Have a listen as the girls discuss their careers to date, the roles that caused them to be invited to sit at this table, auditions and the experience of rejection, the disparity between how actors and actresses are treated in the industry by peers and critics, what they’ve learned over their time in the business and much more.

This is a great session with much food for thought and much inspiration, so sit back, take a break for an hour and enjoy!

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VIDEO: Actors on Actors: Reese Witherspoon and Michael Keaton

This fascinating interview between Oscar-nominees, Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild), courtesy of Variety, covers their approach to their current roles, acting generally, their beginnings, taking on other roles behind the camera, how to handle reviews and the internet, as well as the different way women and men are treated by the public and within the industry.

Enjoy.

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VIDEO: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ethan Hawke, Channing Tatum, Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall & Eddie Redmayne Discuss Acting (THR)

In the lead up to the 2015 Oscars, we bring you the first in a series of current top movie talent round-table interviews, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter. In today’s session we get to hear Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) in a fascinating group discussion about acting, the differences between the UK and USA industries, how their careers first began, who their influences are, what challenges they faced in their current films (the conversation between Benedict, Eddie, Timothy and Channing about portraying real people and the different challenges that brought was enlightening and very funny) and much more.

Perfect for a relaxed Saturday pyjama viewing information and inspiration soaking up session!

Enjoy!

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