But then, All That came along. It was like, “Whoa, a sketch comedy show.” It was the first of its kind for kids. I’m like, “Oh, this is right up my alley.” I remember I was a sophomore in high school. I had finals that week. I never forget a monologue, but I forgot my monologue when I went into the audition. I froze, and then they were like, “You can go out, and you can go think about it, and come back in.” So I said, “Cool.” And then I went out, and I knocked over some of the camera cords and the camera sailed and everything, and I was like, “Okay. I ruined this audition.” But they thought it was funny because I played it off in a funny way, because I’m real physical. I came back in, and I rocked the monologue, and then they told me to do impersonations, and I did all these crazy impersonations of my uncles and people I’ve seen on the street in Chicago on the bus and stuff like that. I did a … [Read more...] about Kel Mitchell on
JL: When I got to Saturday Night Live, the first host was Madonna. Normally the host was there for a week, but she was there for two. The first thing I shot was a short film in Central Park. I think George Meyer wrote it, who later wrote on The Simpsons. Madonna’s driving a car—she’s supposed to be on this country road, but we shot it in Central Park—and she keeps hearing this banging, so she pulls over and opens her hood and I jump out like a mugger and attack her. So we’re shooting that—it was like 2 a.m.—and there’s Penny Marshall hanging out. She’s friends with Lorne. She befriended me. And then, my first Saturday Night Live show, to all the cast she goes, “Here’s your Saturday Night Live kit.” Mine was a Knight Rider lunch pail. I still have it. And inside was Tylenol and Maalox and aspirin. I didn’t get it. Then after the first show, I go, “Now I get it.” It was a very stressful show to do. … [Read more...] about Jon Lovitz
FS: I would have said before it was the same, but different. I think they’re very different now. I can’t in one sentence tell you the point of the theater, but the point of it is you’re present with the person. You’re not microphoned, and you are entirely playing thread, through space and time, of a story, in which you are carrying the history of the person and the meaning of the thing. In a way, in the theater, you are the editor of the evening—as the leading performer anyway, you’re kind of editing the evening and making it happen at a rhythm and you’re cutting the thing as you go along. And in film you are always just whatever the editor has chosen to keep, really. But I would say that more latterly—particularly something like Killing Eve—I found it very, very strange to act it because so much was about revealing very little. Basically, in the theater, you are trying to reveal—that doesn’t mean you’re going to … [Read more...] about Fiona Shaw on
Marah Eakin I’m going to go with everyone’s favorite Scot: James McAvoy. While he’s been in a lot of very good projects—The Last King Of Scotland, Atonement, most of the recent X-Men movies—he, like most actors, started his career by starring in a few small-budget duds. And, lord help me, I’ve seen them all. I’ve watched Becoming Jane, a movie that stars Anne Hathaway as a young Jane Austen, a number of times. I sought out Penelope, a movie where McAvoy falls in love with a literally pig-faced Christina Ricci, and I’ve spent good hours of my life invested in Bollywood Queen, a movie that’s part Romeo & Juliet, part hyped-up Bollywood showpiece. Because of McAvoy, I’ve pretty much loved them all, and that’s saying a lot. He’s charming and suave, cheeky but not ridiculous, and he brings a kind of honesty to even the most hackneyed parts. He makes everything he’s in better, and I can’t wait to see … [Read more...] about Which actor is so good, you’d watch them in anything?
Stevens spoke to the New York Daily News earlier tonight, saying, “He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” before grabbing and squeezing her body. “That’s what’s going on in Hollywood,” she told The News. “That’s why things have to change. He’s Oliver Stone. Nobody’s going to say anything.” … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein defender Oliver Stone may have his own sexist misdeeds to deal with