“It’s almost like The Hurt Locker, when Jeremy Renner’s character comes back from war and he’s sitting there looking at a cereal box aisle, and it’s just so foreign to him,” Ackles continued. “But what isn’t foreign is being on the ground, fighting. I think Dean is feeling a sense of that. It’s a year that he spent down in Purgatory, so he was down there for a whole year doing this. Fighting and battling non-stop, covered in blood, covered in mud, covered in dirt for twelve months.” [x]
- when you’re doing this, when you’re approaching the role and learning this about the character, do you live it ?
- No, no
- You’re not doing Daniel Day-Lewis ?
- I can’t do that. He’s one of my favorite actors of all time and he’s part of the reason that I do this job but I could never do it the way he does it. It wouldn’t help me in fact. ‘Cause I think, any actor, the way they prepare, the way they work is all about releasing them from feeling self-conscious. Essentially, you’re exploring a life that isn’t yours and it’s very easy to feel like a tit. To feel like… One of mine.. You know I’m pretending. It’s make believe, I’m dressed up in a costume and everybody else in the room is dressed in shorts and tshirts because they’re crew members and they have a skill set that’s applicable and here I am just doing a circus dance in front of the camera.
Scarlett Johansson puts Extra’s interviewer in his place after he asks: Were you able to wear undergarments [under your suit]?
Actresses are asked such INANE, bs, “sexy” questions by male interviewers, thank god she actually calls them out
I love how Jeremy is just cracking up the entire time.
His face in the first one. It’s just so… “Oh god, you are in for it now. I’m just gonna look at my hands while she tears you open.”
My love for Scarlett Johansson just went through the stratosphere.
There is nothing not awesome about this, because not only does she say things that should be said often and more loudly, but Renner’s reaction gives it another layer of win. ScarJo is sick of this shit, and Renner knows you’re really gonna get it now.
You can almost see the words “for fuck’s sake” pop across her face. I bet her and Jeremy had a bet on about if they’d ask her something stupid like that.
I love that face of disapproval she has before she even starts speaking
I love that she tears the interviewer apart indirectly, and then sarcastically gives them a choice - “I’ll leave it up to your imagination,” knowing whatever she tells them cannot match up to them imagining her as a porn star - but makes it well known she’s really annoyed
I hate that the interview might have come out as, ‘Johansson smiled and suggested we imagine whatever we felt “she should or should not have been wearing under the costume.”’
Rose-style “mom-ager” who all promised to send it over. You’re the one that won’t be remembered if you don’t have one. A P&R is
more than an American Express card. It’s like a pair of shoes. You wouldn’t leave home without shoes, would you?
Haven’t memorized the material? Don’t pretend you have.If you have sides, try to memorize them. But if you can’t, it’s ok. We’d rather hear the material as written with the papers in your hand than hear you make up stuff just to prove that you tried (and failed) to memorize the material (remind me to tell you about the time an actor added a few lines to a Tony Award winning playwright’s monologue to kill time while he tried to get back on track).
Don’t make excuses.I don’t want to hear that you have a cold, or that you have bed-head, or that your printer is broken. Do your best.
If I ask you to make a choice, make one.I commonly ask the people auditioning for me to choose between two monologues, or I ask them to give me three song choices from their book and then I say, “which would you like to do?” I want to learn what YOU are attracted to, and I also want to see you make a choice. Don’t say, “It doesn’t matter. What do you want?” Actors have to make strong clear choices when developing characters. I want to see that side of you in everything you do.
Make your first 15 seconds count.When you meet someone for the first time, don’t you make a lot of suppositions? We do too.
Be the 3 Cs.Be comfortable, charismatic and confident. Actors have to command attention. They have to be the most interesting people in a 1000 seat theater. Be someone that we want to get to know. If you can do that as yourself, I know you’ll also be able to do that in a character.
Don’t take the last audition times of the day.Casting is not an easy process, and at the end of the day, a creative team is grumpy, tired and wants to go home. The early actor gets the part. (Another reason to be scheduled early? You don’t have the rest of the day of actors to be compared to. I’m much more likely to call someone back that I see early because I have no idea what the rest of the day will bring.)
Let us know where to find you.Even if you have an agent, put an email address where you can be reached directly on your resume (For safety reasons, I’d suggest a separate email just for this purpose). This way, if you ever leave your agent, or if your agent doesn’t get back to the casting director right away, interested parties have a way of at least sending you an inquiry. You don’t have to respond. Pix and Resumes sit in files for years. You always want some piece of contact information to be accurate so someone can find you fast.
Don’t start over.Screw up? Fight through it. And it probably wasn’t as bad as you thought. You’re more sensitive to it than we are. An old voice teacher of mine used to say, “If you put a microphone on the inside of a Mercedes engine, you’d hear all sorts of sputtering and spitting, but from the outside, you’d hear nothing but purrrrrrrrr.”
Always audition.The best way to master auditioning is just like everything else. Do it over and over. You’ll get numb to the nerves. You’ll be able to be yourself. And you’ll get free practice! I used to go to dance calls, because learning a dance combination at an audition is a free dance class (and I needed them). Actors who get to work on sides with directors at an audition get a free coaching.
Reporter: I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made?
And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?
Scarlett: How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?
The respect given to you if you’re a man in the entertainment business, and the respect given to you if you’re a woman in the entertainment business: all perfectly summed up in one idiotically thought out line of questioning.
To match what Emma Stone said
|Emma Stone:||But people do always ask that. They ask who is my style icon, what's the one thing that I can't leave my house without. I'm always like, "My clothes!" I can pretty much leave without anything. It's fine as long as I'm not naked.|
|Andrew Garfield:||I don't get asked that—|
|Emma Stone:||You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy.|
|Teen Vogue:||It's sexism.|
|Emma Stone:||It is sexism.|
Photo and extracts from Saturday 16th June 2012 Daily Telegraph, by Serena Davies
“We’re in Gloucester Cathedral in January, and it is freezing. Jeremy Irons has admitted to wearing long johns and Tom Hiddleston has been piling the layers on too, but mainly on his top half “‘because otherwise it’s a mission to go to the loo.’”
“Sporting the cloak and furs over those thermals, as well as a thorny beard, Irons is playing the King in a rage, tearing strips off Hiddleston, humble and ashamed as Henry IV’s errant son, Prince Hal.
Eyre allows Irons to do his whole speech for each take, so the actor can reach a sufficient state of fury. And when Irons can’t remember the words he fills the air with expletives - “Don’t you f—- interrupt me” - to keep up the mood.”
“The films should also secure the reputation of Hiddleston, who has the largest part as both Hal and then Henry V and so appears in three of the four plays… He is arguably the most talented classical performer to emerge since Ben Whishaw made his name overnight with Hamlet aged just 23 in 2004.
Hiddleston is earnest and charming when we speak on a filming break beneath one of Gloucester’s forbidding Norman arches. He says he has most of the top Shakespeare parts “on the dance card”, but Hal/Henry has always been up there. “‘In my first year at Rada I read all the history plays, one every Sunday, just to educate myself. I remember thinking the journey of Prince Hal to Henry V is one of the great parts for an actor.’”
She also calls him ‘dashing’ later on. ANOTHER ONE ENSNARED, HIDDLESTON. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY.