Stars including Dame Judi Dench, Julie Christie, Timothy Spall and Jude Law have given a rare insight into life in front of the camera, as they disclose how they approach their day job.
In a series of in-depth interviews compiled in a book by director Sally Potter, the actors speak of their insecurities, fear of live theatre and worries about watching themselves back on screen, as well as sharing how directors can make the most of their talents.
Potter, who spoke about the book at the Oxford Literary Festival on Friday, said she had wanted the stars to be “open” about the process of acting, sharing their experiences in their own words.
Jude Law, who has recently played Henry V in London as part of the Michael Grandage Company, said he was acutely aware of how his looks had influenced his career, fearing he had previously been seen as a “pretty boy actor”.
The 14 lengthy interviews, which focus on the relationship between directors and actors, as well as how the latter prepares for a performance, are all published in full in Potter’s book, Naked Cinema: Working With Actors.
Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, she told an audience she believed sharing experiences would mean everyone learned and improved.
“What I didn’t want to do – in the wrong way, in a gossiping way – is to be open about what is essentially a very confidential process with the actors. So initially my publishers were asking me to give an anecdote about this, or did Jude Law do something funny, and I didn’t really want to do that. So I decided eventually to interview 14 of the actors that I’d worked with. So the second half of the book is interviews, really deep interview with them, with them being open about the process from their point of view.”
The book, published by Faber and Faber, is out now.
THR has word that upcoming Melissa McCarthy’s action comedy previously titled as ‘Susan Cooper’ is now called ‘Spy’. There is also more information regarding the plot. The movie centers on a CIA analyst (McCarthy) who goes into the field to find the person responsible for the death of her lover. Jude is that lover, a suave super-spy, while Jason Statham will play an overconfident yet clumsy spy. Also in the cast are Rose Byrne and British comedienne Miranda Hart. The recent additions to the cast are Bobby Cannavale – who will be playing one of the villains, an Italian playboy – and Nia Long who will play one of the heads of the CIA. Filming starts in Budapest on Monday.
‘Dom Hemingway’ director Richard Shepard and co-stars Jude Law, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Demian Bichir attended the Fox Searchlight Pictures’ ‘Dom Hemingway’ screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London yesterday in New York City. ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham was also in attendance, and she posed with Jude on the red carpet. See photos!
“Dom Hemingway” opens with a scene where Jude Law gives an uninterrupted, unflinching monologue about his penis, an idea that came naturally to the film’s writer-director Richard Shepard.
“I can talk about my cock for hours,” Shepard said at the Cinema Society and Links of London screening of his new film in downtown New York. “Once I wrote that scene, I thought, I get this guy. I get his ego, his sense of humor, his weirdness. The rest of it kind of just appeared.”
The poster for the Fox Searchlight release is similarly-crotch focused, with Dom lounging in a chair with a whiskey and his legs open. “We made all his suits very tight, because he’s been in prison for 12 years,” Shepard explained. “So when he sits, things get shown in ways they shouldn’t.”
Jude Law took credit for that character flaw. “I got this idea with the suit, when he left prison, he got it cut in the wrong areas,” said Law, who packed on a few extra pounds to play his reformed criminal by eating tubs of ice cream, hamburgers and pints of Lager. But that decision didn’t sit well with the film’s tailor. “He kept saying, ‘You can’t do this!’” Law recalled. “It went against his own nature of somebody who wanted the suit to look good.”
Jude talked about ‘Dom Hemingway’ (and listed some London’s hotspots!) on The Daily Show yesterday, and today we have a video of his appearance on the show:
Earlier today Jude visited the Good Morning America studios to discuss his ‘Dom Hemingway’ role. Watch the video below to see what he had to say about his transformation for the film! NYC premiere of ‘Dom Hemingway’ will take place tomorrow so stay tuned for more photos and videos!
Jimmy asked kids to send videos of their best “funny face.” Then Jimmy and Jude re-created them live on the yesterday’s show. It’s hilarious, check it out!