July 13, 2012 |
Originally published Jan. 15, 2010. If there is anything hard about interviewing Harrison Ford, it's that the actor has amassed such a varied filmography of legendary highs (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”), genre classics (“Blade Runner,” “The Fugitive”) and some pretty big stinkers (“Firewall”). There are simply too many questions to ask in a 15-minute window. Oh, and the other thing is that Ford, who grew up in Uptown and graduated from northwest suburban Maine East High School, is simply a tough interview.
March 7, 2011 |
Brian J. Smith seems fairly pragmatic about the end of “Stargate Universe,” the Syfy series in which he has starred for two seasons. “It definitely hurts to have shows you like get cancelled - and it really sucks when it's a show you're working on,” he said last week on the phone from New York City. “But there is nowhere else that you can get 40 episodes of 'SGU,' or [a show like] 'Caprica' on, other than a boutique-type, specialized, genre-based network.” Syfy begins airing the final 10 episodes of the controversial series at 9 p.m. March 7 with “Deliverance,” an action-packed hour that picks up where the series left off in December.
November 15, 2012 |
For most of people, filming yourself in underwear and posting the finished product on YouTube is never a good idea. But for Chicago-based actor Scott Anderson, who'd set aside his performance career for a "real" job, it landed him a starring role on "Reality Show," a new Showtime dark comedy created by and co-starring Chicago native Adam Rifkin. Anderson plays Dennis Warwick, a strait-laced dad whose life unravels when his family is filmed without their knowledge for a "real" reality show.
April 22, 2012 |
Richard Madden knows how lucky he is that “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss didn't follow George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books exactly for Season 2 of the HBO hit. If they had, he would not have been in it. His character, Robb Stark, would not be arguing with his mother, defeating the Lannisters in battle or, maybe most importantly, meeting the woman of his dreams. “It was a huge compliment for me that David and Dan kind of believed in what I was doing enough to allow that to happen and me to run with it,” Madden, 26, told me last week during a phone interview.
February 24, 2012 |
Actors pull from real-life experiences to find their characters' emotions. Patrick J. Adams and Tom Payne probably didn't expect those experiences to be so immediate while filming HBO's "Luck" with Dustin Hoffman. "My first instinct was to run as fast as I could from that room because everything in my being was telling me I don't belong there," said Adams, who filmed his three-episode arc for "Luck" before he began work on Season 1 of USA's "Suits. " Adams plays ambitious securities trader Nathan Israel, who was hired by Hoffman's character, Chester "Ace" Bernstein, only after being put through his paces by the mobster during a job interview.
March 26, 2012 |
After a career spent playing what he calls “jackasses,” Seann William Scott has no idea why he was the filmmakers' choice to star as a nice guy in “Goon.” Even if that nice guy, based on real-life minor league hockey player Doug Smith, specializes in beating the crap out of his opponents. “Most actors I think are kinda tiny - they're a lot shorter than you think when you see them - so maybe with the physicality [of the role], they had heard that I was a bit athletic,” says Scott, who notes that he was voted Most Friendly in high school.
February 17, 2013 |
In Fox's "The Following," Wilmette native Nico Tortorella plays one-third of a serial killer love triangle that henceforth shall be called "Jemmaul. " "Jemmaul, I like that," the 24-year-old told me, laughing, when I suggested that nickname, PauJaMma (pronounced Paw-jam-ma) and Jacmaul. "That's definitely the best one. " "Jemmaul" is Jacob (Tortorella's character), Emma (Valorie Curry) and Paul (Adan Canto), three people who have fallen under the spell of serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy)
March 5, 2012 |
Emily Blunt wants to jump off a building. Don't worry; she's just talking about taking on an action role, which she hasn't had a chance to do yet. “Something where I have to wear a wire,” the English actress says with a laugh. “That could be good.” For now, Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) is working on a smaller scale. In the low-budget romantic dramedy “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” opening March 9, she plays Harriet, who works with a fish expert (Ewan McGregor)
May 1, 2012 |
It's always interesting when two people you like and admire collide in the public sphere. David Simon, creator of the best television show of all the time, “The Wire,” and Bill Simmons, sports writer, podcaster and editor of Grantland.com came to a somewhat-reported blog-scuffle recently over Grantland's treatment of the eponymous HBO show. Simmons created a bracket for “The Wire,” a March Madness-style tournament to determine the show's best character (Omar won, as he should have)
June 18, 2012 |
Now that "Falling Skies"fans have seen how easily Ben Mason took down his older brother, Hal, in the Season 2 premiere of the TNT hit, Connor Jessup can reveal how shooting that scene with Drew Roy really went down. "I push him down, right? But I'm not doing anything! ... He was totally in control there," Jessup, who plays Ben, revealed. In the scene from Sunday's premiere, which was seen by 4.5 million viewers, Ben uses his alien-provided super-strength to grab Hal's arms and force him to the ground.