Yes, Garret Dillahunt says, things do come full-circle.
Sitting in the press lounge of the Tribeca Film Festival, where he was talking about one of the films he had in the festival, “Any Day Now,” Dillahunt noted that, when he first started working professionally as an actor after getting out of grad school at New York University, he did a lot of comedic roles.
As a result, it took a while for him to get cast in bad-guy roles because casting agents only saw him playing benign, funny characters. But when black-hat roles came, they weren’t just bad guys but truly evil types, made to seem more so because the boyish Dillahunt, 47, did and said absolutely frightening things with a smile that accented his Tom Sawyer-choirboy good looks. (More…)
It’s a gorgeous spring day in Manhattan, which seems to have both actor Kevin Kline and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan restless. Though they’re sitting next to each other on one side of a large table in a hotel conference room, they take turns hopping up to glance through the blinds at the sunny weather outside.
They’re here to talk about “Darling Companion,” which opened Friday in limited release. It’s Kasdan’s first film since 2003 and only his fourth since 1994’s “Wyatt Earp.”
But Kasdan, first into the room, is already telling stories about Kline. On the relatively low-budget comedy-drama, the cast would be retrieved from its hotel each morning in a van and, Kasdan says, as they were driven to the location, Kline would start a monologue that seemed endless.
“Kevin never stopped talking and he was hilarious,” Kasdan says. (More…)
Stranded in outer space, stranded in Serbia – how much different can it be?
Not much, says actor Guy Pearce, whose newest film, “Lockout,” opened Friday.
“The thing I enjoy about being in remote places is that there are no distractions,” Pearce, 44, says. “I love the idea of having three months to just think about one thing. It’s hard to shoot at home – with the house and the dogs and the banking. It’s far more distracting – and not as fair to my wife.” (More…)
Sipping water in a SoHo hotel, director Nanni Moretti reclines in a chair and says, through an interpreter, that his English isn’t good enough for an interview: “What little English I knew has disappeared with time,” he says.
Moretti, whose award-winning films have made him one of Italy’s favorite filmmakers, was in New York to talk about “We Have a Pope,” his first feature in five years. The film, about a newly selected pope who has a crisis of confidence (or is it of faith?) and refuses the new job, is a change of pace for Moretti, whose films have tended to focus on the personal and the political.
But, as he noted in an interview, while he had seen numerous films depicting the conclave of cardinals that selects a new pope, he was tired of the clichés and wanted to offer a different take – one that allowed for doubt and, yes, humor. (More…)