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: Film Producers Round Table Conversation (SAG Foundation)

Happy Saturday!

Today we thought we’d bring you a round table panel interview with four producers based in Hollywood, including Judi Levine – an Australian producer who arrived in LA 18 years ago and just had her (and her husband’s) first major movie success with “The Sessions”.

Side note: As actors, we often forget that we are not the only ones who have to graft and slog and keep aiming high against all the odds. The truth is that just about everyone in this biz has to do the same thing – no matter which side of the camera they stand on.

This interview session gives you a great idea of what a producer does and how that relates to you as an actor – which is always useful information, and, as they say, knowledge is power.

The panellists are:

Chay Carter (Producer, Argo)
David Klawans (Executive Producer, Argo, Producer, Nacho Libre)
Judi Levine (Producer, The Sessions)
Sean McKittrick (Producer, Donnie Darko, Producer, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies)

Enjoy!

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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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