This week's cover of The Hollywood Reporter features some of the men who are campaigning this awards season - Mahershali Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Timothée Chalamet, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen. There's a link to the transcibed interview above with video clips (if someone sees a full length video, lmk and I will add it).
- People thought Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) was crazy for wanting to become an actor: "How can you be an actor? You look too weird. You've got a face like a tombstone." I said, "Well, Donald Sutherland has become an actor and he's very tall and has a long face. So fuck it."
- Chadwick Boseman talks about Black Panther's success: "It made me more idealistic about the world and about how things can go, and that that could happen in other places, other production companies, other studios, on other projects. That's aspirational for not just myself but for other people, and not just in film but in other arenas."
- Mahershala Ali talks about how getting to act is such a small part of the experience of being a working actor that you have to really love it to do all of the other stuff - finding material, preparing (and I'm guessing doing actor roundtables fits here as well).
- Timothée Chalamet discusses learning from a number of acting teachers, and how so much of acting is being present in the moment - a measured performance won't interest the audience in the same way that someone just living their character will.
- Hugh Jackman talks about how a conversation with Richard Marx helped him realize that saying you're a perfectionist is a roundabout way of saying you're a little insecure, and that there's no such thing as perfection.
- Viggo Mortensen says there's no character he wouldn't play, but realizes that there are some characters, like Othello, that he shouldn't play - check out the end of the article for a rambling elaboration on that point.
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