Hugh Jackman On How Hosting The Oscars Led To ‘Greatest Showman’, Trading Wolverine For Gary Hart & More – The Actor’s Side
In a wide-ranging interview for my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, Hugh Jackman visits our studios and talks of encounters with Kirk Douglas (he just received the Santa Barbara Film Festival award named for the legend), hosting the Oscars and why he may do it again, and the impetus for his role as P.T. Barnum in last year’s The Greatest Showman and how that musical smash defied all box office prognosticators by rising out of the ashes of a low opening weekend. He… Read
Michelle Yeoh On A ‘Crazy Rich’ Career And Why Ballet Training Was The Key To Her Martial Arts Success – The Actor’s Side
Michelle Yeoh is no stranger to big blockbuster movies, having appeared over her long career in hits like the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and of course Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, not to mention acclaimed performances in movies like Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Lady, to name a few. She also has a big fan following, currently from her role in Star Trek Discovery, but it is perhaps as Eleanor, the stern mother… Read
Rami Malek On Mercury Rising, Breaking Into Show Business & Close Encounters With Spielberg – The Actor’s Side
Rami Malek is having a hell of an awards season, with best actor nominations to date from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and SAG, and almost certainly an Oscar nomination to come January 22. All this is for his uncanny portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the 20th Century Fox movie that has turned into the most successful rock biopic ever — and still going. Already an Emmy winner for the wildly different Mr. Robot, Malek… Read
Carey Mulligan On ‘Wildlife’, Pregnancy & Why She Doesn’t Mind Playing Unlikable Characters – The Actor’s Side
Carey Mulligan is not afraid to go to the dark side and play characters with which the audience may not be all that comfortable. That is the takeaway I got when she visited our Deadline studio to discuss her awards contender Wildlife for my video series The Actor’s Side.
In the film directed by actor Paul Dano, whom she talks about as the video begins, she describes the role of Jeanette, a 1950s housewife on an emotional downward spiral as she tries to deal with a husband… Read
Charlize Theron Says Playing Pregnant In ‘Tully’ Was More Physically Taxing Than ‘Mad Max’ Or ‘Atomic Blonde’ – The Actor’s Side
Charlize Theron, winner of an Oscar for 2003’s Monster, continues to sit atop Hollywood’s actress A-list no doubt in part because of her intriguing and varied choice of roles over the years, shifting from kick-ass action to moving character studies, comedy to drama, and everything in between.
She is back in the awards conversation this year as a pregnant single mom in director Jason Reitman’s Tully, a film we talk about when she visited our Deadline studios for my video… Read
John C. Reilly On Comedies, Westerns, Superheroes And Why He Almost Didn’t Play Oliver Hardy – The Actor’s Side
John C. Reilly might just be the busiest actor on the planet these days. This fall alone he has four movies out including the terrific sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet; the upcoming Christmas release comedy Holmes and Watson, again opposite Will Ferrell; the Western The Sisters Brothers, in which he stars opposite Joaquin Phoenix and which won a directing prize at Venice this year; and the poignant Laurel and Hardy tale Stan & Ollie, which will have an Oscar-qualifying… Read
Hilary Swank On Taking Time Off And How Life-Or-Death Family Crisis Informed Her Role In ‘What They Had’ – The Actor’s Side
Hilary Swank is one of those rare actors to have won two Oscars for leading roles (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby), and in fact she is batting .1000 with two wins from two nominations. She’s consistently good and tends to gravitate to indie projects including her latest contender, the Chicago-set drama What They Had, in which she plays a wife and mother struggling with her own happiness and life while dealing with aging parents — a mom slipping into dementia and a… Read
Sissy Spacek On Advice She Gave To Robert Redford About Quitting Acting, And Words Of Wisdom She Got From Jack Lemmon – The Actor’s Side
She may have started out modeling, and to be a musician , but the acting world and film fans are grateful she didn’t stop there because Sissy Spacek has blessed the movies with a career of brilliant performances that have resulted so far in numerous classics, awards, and six Oscar nominations starting with her first for her immortal Carrie in 1976 , and continuing with memorable roles in the likes of Missing, The River, Crimes Of The Heart , In The Bedroom , and of course… Read
Glenn Close On Why ‘The Wife’ Means So Much To Her, And The One Role People Won’t Stop Asking Her About – The Actor’s Side
Glenn Close has been nominated for an Oscar six times but has never won. Many pundits think this egregious oversight just might be rectified this year with her performance in The Wife, the story of a woman largely responsible for the literary works that actually won her husband (played brilliantly by Jonathan Pryce) the Nobel Prize. With Oscar-nominated turns in films like The World According to Garp, The Natural, The Big Chill, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and… Read
Robert Forster On Ups And Downs Of 50 Years In Movies And Why ‘What They Had’ May Be His Greatest Role – The Actor’s Side
If ever there was a journeyman actor it is Robert Forster. In the latest edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, he describes in detail the numerous ups and even more numerous downs in a career that now spans a half century.
He also tells me his latest film What They Had, in which he plays a man in denial about his wife’s journey into dementia, is perhaps the greatest role he has ever been given. He offers thanks to first-time director and writer Elizabeth… Read
Ricky Martin On Personal Connection Behind His ‘Versace’ Emmy Nomination And Using It To Promote Change – The Actor’s Side
Ricky Martin has always been known for his superstar singing, but every now and then he takes on an acting challenge to change things up. That is exactly what has resulted in the former General Hospital star’s first Emmy nomination, for playing Antonio D’Amico, Gianni Versace’s partner, in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Martin is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie opposite two other co-stars of the FX… Read
Milo Ventimiglia On His Second Emmy Nom For ‘This Is Us’, And Life For Jack Pearson After Death – The Actor’s Side
Riding high with his second consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as Jack Pearson on NBC’s smash hit This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia is having his greatest television success to date in a career that has included numerous series including Heroes, The Gilmore Girls, Mob City, Chosen and lots of others. The role of Jack though, the father of three in a unique role that is seen in flashbacks, has catapulted him.
In a recent visit to the set of… Read