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Having an old friend for dinner tonight? Consider this an appetizer: The fourth episode of Hannibal, which was pulled by NBC due to its especially gruesome storyline, is now available to view in its entirety. Series creator Bryan Fuller broke the news on his Twitter account today:
The episode — called “Ceuf” – focuses on a group of children who have been abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families. It was filmed before the shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Nevertheless, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the network balked at the episode’s plot and some of its imagery last week. Instead of airing the episode, NBC chose to bump Hannibal‘s fifth episode up and repurpose “Ceuf” as a web series.
Altogether, that series of clips featured the entire episode, minus only some particularly grisly images. The episode available for purchase on iTunes, though, is the original, unbowdlerized — or should we say “cannibalized?” — “Ceuf.”
Hannibal airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
*buys and gifts everyone a copy*
Being a handsome billionaire, Walden Schmidt has always had a way with the ladies. But even he's probably never experienced a love triangle like this.
The Season 10 finale of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" (airing May 9) offers a pair of new love interests for Ashton Kutcher's Walden: a ditzy young blonde, played by Hilary Duff... and her savvy grandmother, played by "Taxi's" Marilu Henner. And we've got an exclusive sneak peek at the trio's uncomfortable dinner together right here.
In the clip, Walden is trying his best to connect with his airhead date Stacey (Duff), asking her about the college degree she just earned in communications. Her response: "You know, it's like... talking and stuff." Her grandmother Linda (Henner) sighs: "A hundred and twenty grand."
Stacey then bluntly asks Walden if they're going to have sex tonight; if not, she'd rather ditch him to run off to a party with her friends. She leaves him to finish dinner with Linda -- not before running off to the little girls' room to throw up first, though. Yeah, after that display, we can't exactly blame Walden for dipping his toe in the cougar pool.
The clip doesn't embed, you can watch it HERE!!
Alexis Neiers and her husband Evan Haines have just become parents! Alexis, who is known for both her role in the string of “Bling Ring” Hollywood robberies (which has been made into a feature film) as well as her E! reality show Pretty Wild, gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday, April 24, and she and her hubby couldn’t be happier.
Over the weekend, Alexis took to Twitter where she announced, “Happy to say that our baby girl was born on Wednesday. We are both happy and healthy!” And understandably tired. Yesterday morning, Alexis told friends and followers, “I feel like I have not slept for days but I am sooooo blissed oouuuttt.”
As far as the baby’s name, a source tells E! News that the couple, who just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, has named their bundle of joy Harper.
Earlier this year after finding out they were pregnant, Alexis told E!, “This has been such an incredible year. You get married, things settle down. We weren’t planning on having a baby right away—but we weren’t not planning on it either. When we got the news, it was very exciting! I felt like I’ve always had motherly instincts, so it’s been a very joyous experience.”
Alexis also revealed at the time that she was considering a water birth. “I want to do a natural water birth,” she explained. “I’ve always been into holistic approaches as much as possible. I have a ton of girlfriends who’ve done it, and they say they’re cracking jokes and laughing throughout the labor, and that it’s just one push and the baby is out. It’s an incredible birthing experience and that’s what I’m aiming for.”
It’s unclear whether or not the water birth is the route that Alexis chose, but either way, she and baby Harper are doing great and that’s all that matters.
(This news is over a month old, but I can't find any articles about it anywhere (aside from Wikipedia) and I'm sure some people here will be excited to here about it if they haven't already.)
On 15th March this was posted on the official band Facebook page:
Since, a slew of 90s band photos have been posted, along with posts about the band jamming together. You can also check out the Veruca Salt Twitter for band members tweeting (including Nina tweeting James Iha which is giving me all sorts of 90s nostalgia feels).
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Never fear, Kanye West is still so smitten with Kim Kardashian that he's sent his very own private jet to Greece to whisk her away from her family and into his tender, loving arms.
Well, something like that anyway.
Just to recap, because L.A. is so lacking in state of the art recording studios (raised eyebrows) Kanye is having - and we mean HAVING - to record his album in Paris 5,600 miles away from where his pregnant girlfriend is contractually obliged to be.
But it's okay, because he's doing nice things like sending his plane to collect her from nearby Greece.
'Kanye sent a private jet to Greece to pick Kim up,' a source told Radar Online.
'The plane flew to Paris and now they’re spending more alone time there together.'
Pregnant Kim wrapped up filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney , her nephew Mason and niece Penelope Disick, Scott Disick and her mother Kris Jenner, at the holiday resort.
Kim and Kanye spent a few days together in New York City last week.
A source told the website that while Kim 'honours all of her work commitments she is in constant contact with Kanye at all times when they aren’t together.'
And remember Kanye just can't be in a backwater like L.A. when it comes to making music, remember that.
The awesome producer Bryan Fuller wants to makes an awesome new Star Trek TV series. Paramount won't let him, because they're busy letting J.J. Abrams make his Trek movies. But that doesn't mean Fuller doesn't have a captain in mind should he ever get the green light: Angela Bassett.
As he told Den of Geek during a recent interview:
I would love to do something on the Reliant. I want Angela Lansbury … Not Lansbury! I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told.
Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson? Holy hell, that would be awesome. Hey CBS/Paramount — J.J.'s doing Star Wars now, so seriously, give Fuller the Trek keys. This show needs to happen. Although in all honestly, I'd be equally excited to see a Fuller Star Trek TV series starring Angela Lansbury.
omg you better include Angela Lansbury. also, once again, fuck jj abrams.
Catherine Zeta-Jones returns to treatment for bipolar II disorder
The award-winning actress decided to 'proactively' seek help, her rep said. Zeta-Jones was previously treated for the illness in 2011.
BY CHIDERAH MONDE
Catherine Zeta-Jones is seeking more help for her bipolar disorder. Zeta-Jones, 43, has "proactively checked into a health care facility," her rep confirmed to People magazine. The stunning actress revealed in 2011 that she suffers from Bipolar II, which can cause episodes of depression lasting days and sometimes intense mood swings. "This is a disorder that affects millions of people, and I am one of them," Zeta-Jones told People mag at the time. "If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help."
In April of 2011, the "Chicago" actress revealed she was undergoing treatment at a Connecticut hospital, citing the stress of her husband Michael Douglas's throat cancer battle as a source of depression and anxiety. “After Michael had his cancer, and I had my issues, I had to like stop for a moment,” she said on "Good Morning America" last year. According to TMZ, which first reported her return to treatment, Zeta-Jones is slated to complete another 30-day treatment program.A source close to the actress said her decision to check into a facility is simply "maintenance," instead of reactionary or sudden.
The 'Chicago' actress explained that the stress of dealing with husband Michael Douglas's throat cancer battle was a source of her depression and anxiety. "There was no big problem," the friend told People. "This was just a good time to do it. She is in between projects. This has always been part of the plan. She would manage her health. She is vigilant about it."
Zeta-Jones's rep, Cece Yorke, also confirmed to the mag that the actress prefers to maintain her health. "Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner," said Yorke. Zeta -Jones and Douglas, 68, recently attended an awards gala together at Lincoln Center looking happy and healthy. Over the weekend, on April 27 the "Traffic" actress stunned on the red carpet for the White House Correspondents Dinner.
While Douglas is preparing for the Cannes Film Festival debut of his HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" in May, Zeta-Jones's next film, action flick "Reds 2," opens in July.
Since turning heads in 2011’s low-key sci-fi film “Another Earth,” actor/writer Brit Marling has appeared in other similarly small-scale takes on plots that are usually reserved for big studio pictures, her latest being the Zal Batmanglij-helmed thriller “The East.” Though it only hits theaters at the end of May, Marling has already lined up her next project, which reunites her with “Another Earth” helmer Mike Cahill.
Deadline report that Cahill has lined up Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey ("Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), Steven Yuen (“The Walking Dead”) and Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) for “I Origins.” Unlike his previous collaboration with Marling, Cahill is handling the writing duties on his own. The film follows Pitt as “a molecular biologist who, together with his brilliant lab partner (Marling) uncovers startling evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.” Sounds suitably ambitious and like a worthy successor to “Another Earth,” which also dealt with a paradigm-shattering event, the existence of, well, another Earth.
There’s no timeline on production yet but judging on how quickly Marling and her collaborators have worked in the past, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this by next year.
Patton Oswalt may have captured the hearts of many a “Star Wars” fan with his dream outline for the series' onslaught of new entries -- starting in 2015 with “Star Wars: Episode VII” -- but Kathleen Kennedy likely chuckled and kept to her airtight plan. The Lucasfilm President has been endlessly prepping the much-anticipated sequels, and as the films finally start to become a reality, she's offered up some info on how we'll be hearing about them in the future.
Kennedy recently spoke about 'Episode VII' to ScreenSlam (via SlashFilm), and naturally the question of secrecy around the upcoming shoot came up. The swirl of plot rumors and returning characters have made the topic of secrecy a persistent one, further fueled by director J.J. Abrams' well-known “mystery box” approach, i.e. a few vague hints and that's it. But Kennedy says the “whole issue of confidentiality” is going to be “fascinating” moving forward into production.
“If we're shooting anything outside, it's almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet,” she explained. “So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like 'Star Wars.' You need to recognize they're important to the process and acknowledge there are things you're gonna want to make sure they get to know.
As Peter Jackson found out first with the 'LOTR' trilogy and "The Hobbit," production diaries can be an insightful, fun way to bring the audience in and excite them, and Abrams is similarly enthused about the power of bonus features (see: the “Star Trek” Blu-ray). Some excellent material could result for the “Star Wars” universe; we're sure to hear Abrams' thoughts on the matter as “Star Trek Into Darkness” nears release on May 17th, before his similarly huge follow-up gig awaits.
From BAD to WORSE! Michael Buble looks to be KNOCKED out of the # 1 spot on next week's Billboard album chart ....
According to HITS DAILY DOUBLE, Here's how next week's debuts are stacking up ....
Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia) 145-155k
Randy Rogers Band (MCA Nashville) 24-27k
Jessica Sanchez (19/Interscope) 15-17k
LL Cool J (Savoy) 11-13k (OUCHHHHHHHHHHHH!)
The Airborne Toxic Event (Island/IDJ) 11-13k
* Richard playing the "Ikea characters or Lord Of The Rings furniture?" game with Dan & Maz, listen HERE
* Richard Armitage interview with Scotty & Nige on 104.7 FM: listen and find out about his party trick and his signature dish on the RichardArmitageCentral.co.uk website, right HERE
* The Hobbit's Richard Armitage on Mornings Channel 9 – 1 May, 2013: watch HERE
* Richard Armitage and The Hobbit: "It’s mind blowing the things we did", by AliceTynan 30 April 2013 at thevine.com.au
Talking about Thorin probably sounding fierce in Russian, hot people getting hotter when they're together, how he's currently reading books that have scripts attached to them, and how he once sneaked in a science lab at Cambridge and pretended to be a geneticist.
Richard Armitage has travelled there and back again to promote Peter Jackson’s epic, three-part adaptation of The Hobbit. But far from flagging after the world press tour, the British actor – beloved on the BBC for his turn in Spooks, as well as for playing Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood – has doubled down to help spruik the DVD release.
Indeed, Armitage speaks about his character – exiled dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield – with the vim and verve of a lifelong Tolkien fan. And a bookish one at that, as the actor delves into his love of research, and the copious notes he writes for himself; notes that extend to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. No wonder he hasn’t tired of talking about Thorin! In fact, he’s itching to say more, but we’ll have to wait for the next two installments of The Hobbit.
And in the meantime, unsurprisingly, he’d like you to go and read the book.
So welcome back to Sydney! Will you organise a Star Wars reunion while you’re here?
God I don’t know. They shot one of the Star Wars [films] here didn’t they? I think there would be about a million people at that reunion.
But hang on, didn’t you have an uncredited role on The Phantom Menace?
I did. I did. I did two weeks on [The Phantom Menace] and I still can’t find myself in the film. I’ve hunted, [but] I think I ended up as a computer graphic.
I know. But yeah I’d like to come and work here.
The last time we chatted was on the 500 meter long red carpet in Wellington for the world premiere of The Hobbit.
Oh you were on the red carpet as well? Awesome! Were you in a big long dress?
I was fortunately not in a big long dress. I would have melted!
[Laughs] It was so hot, wasn’t it!
So how has the world changed for you since that auspicious day?
Well it hasn’t really, which is great. There’s been a great response to the film, [but] what’s been really interesting is [Wellington] was the first leg of our press tour. And then going out to Tokyo and all of the other great places – we went to New York, London – just seeing the reception from the fans and seeing the excitement, and realising that it’s the beginning of a three year tour really, for the three films. It’s such a great global reach. It’s one of fifteen films to make a billion [dollars] at the box office, and for me it’s not about the dollar sign in front of it, it’s about how many people have gone to see it, and how many languages it’s been translated into. Which is to me exciting because that book [The Hobbit] was translated into as many languages. And I hope people go and pick up the book after seeing the film. I really do.
Yes, go enjoy the source material.
What’s the most exciting language you’ve heard Thorin speak?
I haven’t seen it in any other language, yet, but I’d love to see a Russian Thorin. Because actually when I was doing all my research and I was looking for a voice to sort of get me into the mood for the Misty Mountain Song, I listened to a lot of Russian Orthodox Church music – the basses. So I’d love to hear Thorin in Russian, I think he’d be...fierce.
I understand you have a musical theatre background. Did that also help you in that singing scene?
Yeah it did. But when I came in I didn’t realise I’d be singing. I knew that Tolkien had written a lot of songs in the book. And I did The Hobbit on stage when I was a kid, and it was sort of a musical, so I was really pleased that they managed to keep some of that great spirit of Tolkien in the movie, I think it was really important.
There’s adulation around the film, but what do you say to the naysayers? What about those who baulk at the (high frame rate) 48 frames per second?
Well...go see it in 24 frames per second! [Laughs] That’s the thing I loved about [the film], Pete’s trying to push the boundaries of cinemas: he wants an event that people are going to see in the cinema, but at the same time he is offering – and Warner Bros are offering – so many different ways to see this film, [there’s] choice. And now it’s on DVD, so you’re not going to see it 48 frames on DVD, but you can see it in 3D if you want, if you have a 3D TV. And I think that choice is great.
I personally don’t like 3D in general for anything – I don’t like wearing glasses – but I went to see it in IMAX and it didn’t have the 48 frames, and I wanted it back! It was like ‘the clarity of this image’ [is lacking] – particularly for the fight scenes. But yeah it’s just about choice and taste, so if you don’t like it, go and see it in a different form.
And what about those too say the film takes too long to get off the ground? That the first act drags?
You know, I think because [Peter Jackson] is playing the long game with his storytelling, and the third movie is called There and Back Again, I think you need to invest in the story of those dwarves. Because, come the third movie, you need to understand who these guys are, and that they’re on they’re way home, and that the losses that are sustained – having read the book! Not talking about the third or second films!
No we shan’t spoil the films.
Yes in the book there are losses; they sustain huge losses. You know Tolkien wrote these books based on his experiences of World War I, and he lost a lot of his friends in those wars. I think taking time to really understand his characters in Bag End was really important. And of course finding humour, which throughout the course of this story – the story gets so much darker as we go along – that it was important to give that time to breathe so you can enjoy those moments.
But I think we’ve become quite impatient in the cinema. Gone are the days when you’d sit through 3 ½ hours of Gone With the Wind, and it’s a shame because it’s the director’s prerogative to tell the story that he wants to tell. But I found myself engaged from beginning to end; I find all of the characters fascinating.
What I do love about Thorin is that epic hero shot that he gets...
I didn’t know [Peter] was shooting those! Because I don’t really go and watch playback; I was just sort of in the moment and he would talk to me about – I know the hero shot you’re talking about. Because they hadn’t finalised Azog; we didn’t really know what he looked like. He’d been through a number of manifestations, so Pete was like, “OK so you’re seeing your nemesis. It’s this pale Orc that has beheaded your father.” And I’d [already] shot that sequence. And [Peter] was just talking me through the psychology of what [Thorin] was seeing when he was facing him, because he believes that the creature is dead.
So I was kind of creating Azog in my head and just thinking it through, [but] I had no idea what he was shooting or how he was shooting. So it was quite a surprise for me in the cinema to see a big drum beat going on and the ritualistic sort of thing. It was almost as if Thorin’s heartbeat was speeding up.
If you didn’t know what you were looking at, are you just like, “Bring it, Weta Workshop! Do your worst!”?
Well kind of. It’s one of those ‘hundred-mile-stares’ that they talk about. I suppose I was looking at nothing, but visualising something in my head, which is kind of hard to describe. It’s not really about seeing a being; it’s about remembering how it felt when you saw him. So all I was doing was remembering how I felt when I saw him holding my grandfather’s head. So it’s actually my grandfather’s head that I was visualising, rather than the being. But I think that the way Weta has created Azog is really interesting…it’s terrifying.
There was a fraternity built up on set, but I understand you stayed in character and therefore stayed a bit more aloof?
God. I hate to think that I was aloof! [Laughs]. You know the thing is the prosthetics and the costume were quite uncomfortable, and when you’re in a big group of people who are uncomfortable, it can turn into a ‘who’s the most uncomfortable’ competition. And when you’re in close proximity to other hot people, it can just get hotter. So I sort of did sit with my head down, in a corner, mainly to concentrate, but also to just get rid of the distraction of the costume and really think about what I was doing. Because I felt that I had a lot to do with regards to that character, and I didn’t want anything else to distract from it.
Speaking of Thorin’s costume, one often hears you described as ‘dapper’. Is it possible to remain dapper under all those layers of yak hair?
No. Thorin wasn’t dapper! Thorin’s elemental really. I remember doing my research into the dwarves: in The Silmarillion they talk about how the dwarves come into being; they’re borne of the rock, and they’re laid in rock in the end. And I remember thinking, “That’s the key to this character; he’s of the earth.” They live underground; he sort of is a kind of a cave man, but he’s also a member of the royal family. His prowess on the battlefield is extraordinary. So all of these elements, I guess I saw someone who didn’t really have any vanity.
So that would be the opposite of “dapper"...
[Laughs] The opposite of “dapper”, yeah. But he had to have a charisma, which has to do with his nobility, and the way that he commands his troops. I think that he commands through example rather through just instruction, which is something that was important to me.
You also go toe-to-goiter with Barry Humphries in this film...
Toe-to-goiter, yes! [Laughs]
Did you actually get to work on set with him?
I worked with his voice. He would sort of sit in a booth and the voice would be kind of beamed out. We were looking at a green stick with a head on it, which was a little bit skinnier, a bit slimmer than Barry. But I did spend a fair bit of social time with him. Which was really useful, because [laughs], I find him incredibly amusing. He is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.
Some of the wise cracks he came up with...I’ve got a great joke for you...oh that was it: he was talking about motion capture and he said, “I thought that was something that you give to the doctor when you’re offering him a sample.” [Laughs] I mean he is the funniest guy. So it was kind of hard to not laugh when he was the Goblin King.
You’re touring the world answering questions about minutiae to fans time and time again. Are you a fan like that? Is there an actor or director who you want to sit down with and pour over their work and pick their brains?
Not with an actor or director, really, but once I get into work mode and I’m studying for a role, I do like to turn the book inside out, and really pour over it, then look for that other work. What have I been doing recently? Oh god I can’t talk about it because it might happen as a potential job! But there’s a novel I’ve been reading...and then you read then novel, then you read the social comment on the novel that was written at the time, then you start looking at their other work. And I love that. That’s what I like working from literature, because you can often find the writer and you go off and read all their other stuff. Which is what I did with Tolkien. I couldn’t get enough of it. I got through The Silmarillion, then I found The Book of Lost Tales, and all other sorts of bits and pieces. I found the recording of his voice that he did for the BBC. I love that.
So you’re a bit of an historian then.
I guess so. I suppose I like to try and make it into a little bit of a science, just for myself. Partly because I don’t like to risk not investigating every avenue. But it’s the best kind of research. But I love it, because what else would you do? Sit and put your feet up?
I do like practical research though. I remember I did a play about genetic cloning, ages ago. And I remember going to Cambridge University and sneaking into one of their science labs and putting on one of their lab coats and pretending I was a geneticist. [Laughs] No one batted an eyelid! But I love it because I was pretending to have a look; just observing.
What did you glean about geneticists?
The sort of silence that they were working in, and the intense atmosphere. But it was just the thrill of doing it.
So there’s the bookish side of you, but you’re also willing to get your hands dirty.
Yeah. I like the practical side of things. That’s why [with] this sort of stuff [The Hobbit] [it] is hard to get any sort of practical research. Because this isn’t a world that we know, and it’s a digital world as well. But that’s why for me, with this role, one of the important things was doing as many of the stunts as I could, and all the fight sequences. I didn’t want to hand it over to someone else, because I felt like the root of the character was very much in the way that he fought; his kind of violent energy, which I felt was part of the character.
And you got to work closely with the Weta Workshop armory in that regard?
And that’s the other thing as well: the respect that Weta give to all of the weaponry. The weapons are characters in themselves, and Tolkien characterises them; he gives them all names, and he gives them an identity as well. And I think Weta really had respect for that. I also worked with [Weta co-founder] Richard [Taylor] and Peter on The Oakenshield – which was a sort of a creation which Tolkien didn’t write about – but it was just an idea that I’d come up with, that he’d saved the branch of wood from the fight and he’d kept it over the years, and honed it and carved it into something that was going to be a shield. And again it was about giving that weapon an identity, so I really enjoyed all of that side of it.
You talk about discussing things with Peter Jackson and presenting ideas. What was the process of workshopping your character?
Yeah, in a way, [but] not prior to filming. It was sort of during filming. Pete doesn’t really want to sit down and talk about the character around a table; he has that conversation while the camera is turning, if you know what I mean.
So you’ve got to be on your toes then.
Yeah. I think he assumed that part of meeting him for the role was to explain to him, “This is what I would do with it. This is the work I would do.” And then when you go to film, that’s really when that dialogue starts to happen. Which I love, because sometimes those ideas come to you in a flash, and if there’s not a camera rolling then it might get lost. That’s why I make copious notes, because I’m afraid I’ll forget something that I’ve had a dream about, or suddenly be walking down the street and something will occur to you about the character - because you’re always thinking about it – and you just jot it down so that you don’t forget.
What kind of notes would you write for yourself?
I mean, apart from the biography. As I’m writing that biography, like, I remember having this obsession with [wanting] to know what it felt like to be there on the day that the dragon attacked. And so I was like, “What was he doing in the morning? What happened through the course of that day? And the wind changed, and then this hurricane happened. Where was his father? Where was his grandfather? What did it feel like to go through that day when, effectively, a holocaust struck, or a nuclear bomb hit Erebor?”
Years ago I had visited the memorial museum in Hiroshima and I’d seen what happened, and I had a book, and I took it to New Zealand with me. And, I don’t know, just looking at pictures and getting ideas, because it’s all about sensation: just remembering what that fear was, because we were going to go shoot it. So you just have little flashes: I remember seeing a melted bicycle, and I remember thinking, “Oh yeah, the melted bicycle. A child sat on that bike.” So this is what happened at Erebor: there were women and children there that just got annihilated. I wanted to feel the fear for them.
So you’ve taken this fictional, digital world and you’ve grounded it in history.
Yeah. I think you have to, because it’s fine to say, “OK, look scared,” [laughs] but it’s like, there’s looking scared – I mean, I did the [Sydney Harbour] Bridge Climb...
Oh were you scared of the Bridge Climb?
There are a few trusses that are a bit dicey.
But then there’s being scared when someone’s saying, "There’s a nuclear bomb flying towards your city.” Which is effectively my image of the dragon. That’s the worst thing I could imagine happening to a country or to a community, is being struck in that way. And that’s what the dragon was for them.
Now you’re going from battling flying dragons to twisters in Black Sky, so what can we see you in next?
After Black Sky? Oh I wish I could tell you. Every script that I’ve read has got a book attached, and I think I’ve read five books.
So I just need to steal your Kindle, is what you’re saying?
[Laughs] You just need to steal my Kindle. There are some big scale projects, and then one incredibly charming book that I love so much. But I don’t have anything confirmed, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed.
That’s interesting, how do you go about selecting roles? Is it different after The Hobbit?
It’s not as easy as people think. My job at the moment is to convince people that I’m not 5 foot 2 and hairy. [Laughs] But I suppose the priority for me at the moment is to try not to repeat myself, and also to really focus on how I want to stretch myself, and what kind of directors I’d like to work with. So that’s been the focus.
So Thorin has opened doors then?
A little bit, yeah, but I’m now swimming in a much bigger pond, you know. I’m going up for roles that are going to big actors, big actors! And I’m in my forties and those big actors have got big CVs. But hopefully I’ll win one of those roles that I love so much.
And then you’ll be back on the road promoting The Hobbit 2 and 3: do you tire of it?
I haven’t so far. This is the first time I’ve ever done a long – it’s not a franchise – but it’s a long running movie roll out. We will have spent nearly two years in New Zealand, so there are infinite things to talk about, and it’s exciting. Pete’s excitement is so infectious [that] I never tire of talking about this. Because you know we keep getting told we can’t talk about movie two; there are so many exciting things in movie two and three, but we can’t talk about them now! But I’m bursting to tell you some of the things that happened. It’s mind blowing the things we did.
* Richard Armitage: 'I told Prince William he'd make a good elf in The Hobbit', by Yasmin Vought May 1, 2013 at yourmovies.com.au
In which Richard is trying to flirt by telling the interviewer she looks like an elf, telling how they called Tauriel "towel rail", how he's very proud of his Lego Thorin, loves his castmates, consider his fans when taking on a new role and looking for a place to buy in New Zealand
MovieFIX reporter Yasmin Vought settled in for a chat with Richard Armitage while he was in Sydney this week to promote the DVD and Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — where he told us a hilarious story about Peter Jackson's pants falling down, what it was like to go to dwarf boot camp and why Prince William, Duke of Cambridge would make a great elf. Read the full interview below.
How has your Australian stay been so far?
Yeah good, easy. I 've never been to Sydney before — I've had a great time.
I've climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge, did karaoke, I've eaten a lot of crazy seafood.
Karaoke huh, did you go to Ding Dong Dangs?
Yes I did. I don't remember what I sang, but I can't seem to get [Bon Jovi's] 'Living on a Prayer' out of my head, so maybe it was that.
But I thought your voice was more baritone.
Yeah, so did I. Maybe I sang the baritone version of it.
So I know we can't ask you about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but can we ask you about Tauriel?
We like to call her towel rail. No I can't actually, I would be absolutely slaughtered. All I can say is that I love Evangeline [Lilly], very much.
I'm very curious about her character, because she wasn't in the books?
I'm quite curious! I think she's quite curious about her character aswell, because nobody really knows. I never really saw her doing any shooting. I saw her doing some weapons training, which looked awesome.
And you went to dwarf boot camp for your training.
We did about eight weeks of learning how to walk like a dwarf, dwarf insults, wrestling and headbutting. They supposedly had a secret hand language, but we didn't quite manage to get that into the story because there just wasn't enough time to figure out what these hand signals were that they were doing. But yeah it was interesting. We went into the woodlands to do a war improvisation and we started using these hand signals, like the SAS (Special Air Service) might. Which was fun.
You have your own lego character! That's pretty awesome.
There's one Thorin Lego which I'm very proud of. You now you've arrived when there's a Lego for your character.
This is why I was surprised that Tauriel had her own Lego figurine.
Well yeah, originally she was possibly going to be in movie one, so that's why a lot of those characters you would have seen already.
When you first read the book did you always feel a connection with Thorin's character?
No, when I read it as a kid, of course you follow Bilbo because that's what [JRR] Tolkien wants you to do. I loved Gollum, but I never thought that I might be playing Thorin.
Now I can't really imagine playing anything else, which is possibly a good thing. It's a sign of a connection with your character, because I'd thought aboit him a lot, read about him and had a connection with him.
266 days of filming is a long time with one character.
Yeah it is, but I think he'll stay in my head for a long time. I'm curious to see how he evolves for the second and third films. Because we shot it, but I don't quite remember what we did. I mean, I saw movie one and there were moments when I was like "I don't remember doing that".
Yeah because Peter Jackson could change it up wherever he wants from here.
Yeah, that's why we go back and shoot new stuff, because it's a new edit.
You've worked in television (The Vicar of Dibley, Spooks and Robin Hood to name a few) for such a long time, so that kind of character development over a long time must have been quite natural to you.
Well yeah, and realising I was going to have to work on this for 18 months and possibly longer. Part of the preparation for me was treating it as though I was going to be a longer running character. You've gotta be thorough with how you construct it. We are coming back nearly a year and a half on and you've got to start doing it again. I'll need to go back to my notes and remind myself of what those inspirations were that kind of got me to that place the first time around. So yeah, it's been a long term character.
What was the biggest challenge of the role?
The physical challenges, that was the endurance test really. When it comes to the physical thing, you just go to the gym and work hard and bear the heat and discomfort. It's not exactly rocket science, it's just about endurance. One of the challenges I always found was that I came up with a voice for him and keeping my voice at that level was complicated, because your voice changes from morning to evening — if you've done a lot of shouting the day before with fighting — trying to keep a constant sound to him was challenging. But of course we can go back and do a lot of sound post-production.
The dwarves are very musical characters. Does Thorin get to pick up an instrument?
No there's no instruments, it was a real shame. There's a great picture in one of the books I had of Thorin and his golden harp. It would be a nice image to see him pull out something and sing a gentle song, but there's no room for it really. There's so much happening, there's so much action. I don't know, maybe at Bayon's house — as they're settling down for the night. It was just never part of Peter's vision. In another version of the movie, maybe.
Which other actors did you bond with most of all, while making The Hobbit?
I worked quite closely with Jed [Brophy], because of the physical stuff and also Graham [McTavish] because our two characters played a lot together, so we did a lot of our fight training together. But also Aidan [Turner] and Dean [O'Gorman] because they're my nephews [in the film]. I love them both as characters and actors, they're just such lovely people.
Also Martin [Freeman] and Ian [McKellan] — I spent a lot of time working with both of them. I can't even begin to tell you how great they are all as a family. I mean we were away from home, all of us — apart from the kiwi guys that were half of the cast. But that meeting of two cultures was very much like the dwarves assembling from all areas of the Blue Mountains to come together and go on a quest. It matched and it was great, I'm looking forward to seeing them all again.
Martin Freeman is such a funny guy too, did he get up to any practical jokes?
Constantly. Martin is just like a one man band. He's the most entertaining guy I have ever met. He's so funny. He can really pull out an emotional card aswell and be very moving. It always took me by surprise, because I'd be watching going 'You're going to be funny now aren't you' and he wouldn't he'd move you.
There's a moment in movie three — they said we couldn't talk about movie two — but [not movie three], where he just did something and it kind of took me to the place I needed to go. He's just such a generous actor and incredibly funny.
Peter is so funny too. Did you have trouble understanding his New Zealand sense of humour.
I always understood it, it's very close to the British humour. There was one scene where Thorin was running down a log towards Arzog and Peter was demonstrating to me how fast he wanted me to run, so he charged down the log and his trousers fell down at the bottom — in front of the crew. But he just sort of pulled up his trousers and said, 'well don't do it like that' and just went back into the tent. But it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
I could hear him chuckling over the microphone once he got inside the tent.
Has anyone ever told you, that you look like an elf? You should play an elf!
You should come over with the potential of doing some journalism and meet the casting director, they would put you in there. You're built like an elf.
I've always wanted to be an elf.
How tall are you?
You are already an elf.
Well I do play an elf in Dungeons and Dragons.
You should come over and pretend you're going to do an interview and I'll introduce you to Philippa [Boyens] and be like "cast her".
The female elves are very hard to find. It's a very specific look. You should do it.
When you met Prince William, you guys had a bit of a chat. Do you remember what he said?
I think I said something about him playing an elf because he's so tall. Of course he knocked it away and was like "no no no, not at all". And of course you get briefed on the protocal of what you should and shouldn't say and I was like "oh my goodness, I've said the wrong thing".
After the movie, I was sitting on the aisle and he left and he kind of walked past me and shook my hand and said "that was a really really great performance. Kate's going to love this when she gets to see it". My dad was like "What did he say?" I was like "Did you not hear him?" And my dad's like "no, I'm deaf, I didn't hear him". That was one of those days that I felt very proud.
Maybe the Queen will be at the next premiere.
I don't think she's into these movies very much.
But it would be so cool if the Queen was a fan of The Hobbit.
Do you know what, I was very happy with Prince William. It doesn't get much better than that.
Yeah, Prince William and I can be elves together for the third film.
You should definitely send your CV in. I met an elf in Australia and you should cast her!
One of the questions from my office was "How does it feel to be a heartthrob"?
Am I a heartthrob? *laughs* Thorin Oakenshield? Well I guess if someones' gonna run down a burning log and charge at the enemy. I mean I guess that's why I wanted to play him, because he's got a heroic side to him that I probably don't have.
I think they were actually referring to your television roles.
I always end up playing bad characters though, I never get the girl. Well I did in North & South.
Maybe that's one of the things that your fans like about you.
I do feel responsible for them. When I pick a job I'm always "Are they going to like this or are they going to hate it". I try to do stuff that they'll like, but I don't think I'll always be able to do that. They're incredibly well read and very supportive. I sometimes do a bit of research by going on my own websites, because they're always reading some great book.
You started out in theatre.
It's all I ever did really. I went to drama school because I was a theatre actor and then I joined for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the television film thing — I met a lot of American film actors and they talked a lot about film acting and I never had that heritage. I'm all about the script and the characters.
So it's a surprise to me to end up in recorded media.
I keep saying it and people don't believe me, but every year I plan on doing a play. It just never comes together, because something else gets in the way. I am going to do it in the next year or so.
I heard that you were on painkillers for the first Hobbit audition. What's the story behind that?
I'd been shooting a scene for the final season of Spooks and I'd injured my back. I had the casting the following morning, I couldn't get out of bed, I could barely carry my bag. So I took loads of painkillers and got on the train to go to the casting, but by the time I got into the city the pain just hadn't gone away, so I took loads more painkillers and kinda walked in holding my bag like this and sat on my hands for the casting.
It probably informed the pain of the character a little bit — maybe I just looked old and grumpy.
You've also said that you're shy at parties.
Yeah I am, but once I have a drink inside me I'm not. I get on the dance floor and I'm an animal. I'm good once I get to know people. I'm not very good at talking to a lot of people at the same time. If I can't focus on one person, I get kind of itchy — especially at a party when someone's talking to you and they're looking all around, I'm like "are you talking to me or are you talking to everybody else?"
Did you feel as though new Zealand had become your home?
Yeah. I was totally seduced by it. I started looking for a place to buy, because I want to live there. Everyone's so friendly and relaxed and they can afford to be, because the place they live in is so pristine and their lifestyle is easycompared to where I came from. I loved the lifestyle, I can't wait to get back!
* And now waiting for videos and more photos of Sydney's Q&A event!
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Chanel also makes a trampoline bag, a bouncy castle bag, and a bag that blows bubbles.
While continuing her ongoing quest for a purse that can double as children's gym equipment, Kris Jenner was photobombed by a girl making the most serious pig face we've ever seen. Whether the photobomber was triyng to make a statement or just leaning into the glass to get a better look, she certainly made our day by perfectly expressing our feelings about people who think "socialite" is a job title. Now go and photoshop this girl into the background of every image of every Kardashian on the internet, and the world will be a better place.
Amanda Seyfried just landed another beauty deal: She's the new face of Very Irresistible Givenchy. As the current spokesperson for Japanese luxury brand Clé de Peau Beauté, playing a beauty muse is no new gig. But she's clearly excited to take part in a fashion house that she's been a longtime fan of.
When asked to be the new face of the Givenchy fragrance, she said, "F--k yeah," WWD reports. "I'm proud to be a part of [the brands I'm involved with] because what they do is really cool, especially Givenchy -- they're so artistic."
The fair-skinned beauty just finished shooting the TV and print campaign ads, which were styled by designer Riccardo Tisci. You can expect to see them starting this Fall. And we're excited to see Amanda decked out in more Givenchy as she promotes her latest films, Lovelace and Epic. Now, if only she could score a hair care deal!
For National Geographic’s latest miniseries “The ’80s: The Decade that made us” dozens of politicians, newscasters and newsmakers, and celebrities were interviewed and testified to the lasting influence that the 1980s had not only on pop culture but on American society in general. The third episode features Madonna, her impact on society and interviews with Freddy DeMann, Susan Seidelman and Sandra Bernhard.
Cher and her also-ageless mom, Georgia Holt, were kiki-ing with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show last night, when Jay surprised them by posting Cher’s mugshot, taken when the diva was just 13. It seems the Dark Lady got tired of sitting in her friend’s car while he ran an errand—so she drove it to a drive-in. Leave it to Cher to be an impatient diva even at the tender age of 13!
WORK ETHIC: Although he exited Balenciaga last November, designer Nicolas Ghesquière continues to captivate the press — and secure megaeditorials. To wit: The summer issue of Berlin magazine 032c, due out Tuesday, features Ghesquière on the cover in an embrace with actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, his muse, plus 38 pages inside.
The magazine calls the feature its “monument” to Ghesquière’s final season, with Gainsbourg posing for photographer Karim Sadli in looks from the spring collection. Meanwhile, in the 14,000-word article by Pierre Alexandre de Looz, the designer breaks his silence on his split from Balenciaga and drops a few choice hints about his future plans — while skirting widespread speculation he will work with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in some capacity, possibly launching his own brand.
“Ideally, I’d like to give myself a six-month break, to travel and discover things. I’m not sure it’ll happen because some interesting projects are on the horizon,” he says. “Given the projects and the offers I have on the table, the trick is to think about what is most inspiring, what can become a new way of working.”
Later in the article, he seems torn between the golden handcuffs of a megabrand and the route less traveled. “I’m preparing something, but I have choices to make. I will announce something when I am ready,” he said. “Now is my time to question interseasonality — it’s always the opposite season somewhere in the world — and fashion’s need to be global while respecting the environment and local cultures and of course the usual six-month cycle for collections. I may decide to fulfill that mission again, and I’ll enjoy it as I always have. Another part of me absolutely wants to break these rules. I may be putting myself in danger, but that’s what I want these days. I enjoyed years of extreme comfort at Balenciaga. It’s fantastic to harvest that status to explore in new ways, rather than sticking to a routine, even if it was the most comfortable and incredible, I couldn’t be in a better position.”
After months of silence, Nicolas Ghesquiere has finally spoken out. Today, BoF brings you the global exclusive excerpt of his interview with System magazine where he reveals the circumstances surrounding his abrupt departure from Balenciaga.
System magazine’s Jonathan Wingfield interviewed Nicolas Ghesquière several times between early December 2012 and late March 2013. This was the first time Ghesquière had chosen to speak publicly about his shock departure after 15 years at Balenciaga.
Ghesquière opens up about why he left Balenciaga, his thoughts and impressions about the current state of the fashion industry and what the future has in store. As he mentions at one point in this defining conversation, “The best way to move forward is to go back to work.”
What follows is a global exclusive excerpt from the interview.
At what point into the job at Balenciaga did you realise you needed to wise up to the business side of the brand?
NG: Straight away. It’s part of being a creative because the vision you have ends up in the stores. It actually makes me smile today when I think about it because it was me who had to invent the concept of being commercial at Balenciaga. Right from the start I wanted it to be commercial, but the first group who owned the house didn’t have the first notion of commerce; there was no production team. There was nothing.
What was your vision for the brand?
NG: For me, Balenciaga has a history that is just as important as that of Chanel, even if it’s a lesser-known name. It had the modernity, it was contemporary, and I’ve always positioned it as a little Chanel or Prada.
But what makes Chanel and Prada bigger structures?
NG: The people that surround the designers. Miuccia Prada has an extraordinary partner, whereas I was doing everything by myself.
So without the right people, building something as big as a Chanel or Prada is unimaginable?
NG: I don’t know if it’s impossible, maybe the system will change, but what’s clear is that those brands have family and partners surrounding them, and they have creative carte blanche. Prada, for example, has made this model where you can be a business and an opinion leader at the same time, which is totally admirable. It’s the same thing at Chanel. Sadly, I never had that. I never had a partner, and I ended up feeling too alone. I had a marvellous studio and design team who were close to me, but it started becoming a bureaucracy and gradually became more corporate, until it was no longer even linked to fashion. In the end, it felt as though they just wanted to be like any other house.
You’re saying this spanned from a lack of dialogue?
NG: From the fact that there was no one helping me on the business side, for example.
Can you be more specific?
NG: They wanted to open up a load of stores but in really mediocre spaces, where people weren’t aware of the brand. It was a strategy that I just couldn’t relate to. I found this garage space on Faubourg-Saint-Honoré; I got in contact with the real estate guy who’s a friend of a friend, and we started talking… And when I went back to Balenciaga, the reaction was, ‘Oh no, no, no, not Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, you can’t be serious?’ And I said yes really, the architecture is amazing, it’s not a classic shop. Oh really, really… then six months went by, six long months of negotiations… it was just so frustrating. Everything was like that.
And the conversations, like that one about the store, who would you have them with?
NG: I’d rather not say. There wasn’t really any direction. I think with Karl and Miuccia, you can feel that it’s the creative people who have the power. It was around that time that I heard people saying, ‘Your style is so Balenciaga now, it’s no longer Nicolas Ghesquière, it’s Balenciaga’s style.’ It all became so dehumanised. Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate – it was all about branding. I don’t have anything against that; actually, the thing that I’m most proud of is that Balenciaga has become a big financial entity and will continue to exist. But I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore.
When was the first time you felt your ambitions for the house were no longer compatible with Balenciaga’s management?
NG: It was all the time, but especially over the last two or three years it became one frustration after another. It was really that lack of culture which bothered me in the end. The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people. They forgot that in order to get to that easily sellable biker jacket, it had to go via a technically mastered piece that had been shown on the catwalk. I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like. This accelerated desire meant they ignored the fact that all the pieces that remain the most popular today are from collections we made ten years ago. They have become classics and will carry on being so. Although the catwalk was extremely rich in ideas and products, there was no follow-up merchandising. With just one jacket we could have triggered whole commercial strategies. It’s what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t do everything. I was switching between the designs for the catwalk and the merchandisable pieces – I became Mr Merchandiser. There was never a merchandiser at Balenciaga, which I regret terribly.
Did you never go to the top of the group and ask for the support you needed?
NG: Yes, endlessly! But they didn’t understand. More than anything else, you need people who understand fashion. There are people I’ve worked with who have never understood how fashion works. They keep saying they love fashion, yet they’ve never actually grasped that this isn’t yoghurt or a piece of furniture – products in the purest sense of the term. They just don’t understand the process at all, and so now they’re transforming it into something much more reproducible and flat.
What’s the alternative to this?
NG: You need to have the right people around you: people who adore the luxury domain. There has to be a vision, but there also has to be a partner, a duo, someone to help you carry it. I haven’t lost hope!
At the time when you were starting to feel that frustration, did you talk to any other designers who were in the same situation?
NG: Yes. What’s interesting is how my split from Balenciaga has encouraged people to get in touch with me, and they’ve said, ‘Me too, I’m in the same situation. I want to leave too.’ There are others, but my situation at Balenciaga was very particular.
In spite of the increasingly stifling conditions you felt you were operating in, were you nonetheless scared by the prospect of leaving Balenciaga?
NG: I just said to myself, ‘Okay, well you have to leave, you have to cut the cord.’ But I didn’t say anything to anyone, apart from to a few very close people, because, you know, I’ve become pretty good at standing on my own two feet.
Once you’d decided enough was enough and you made your intentions clear, was management surprised that you wanted to leave?
NG: Yes. I think so, because I’d shown my ambitions for the house. There’d been lots of discussions, of course, and there were clearly some differences, but that sort of decision doesn’t just come out of nowhere. I’d been thinking a lot too. I was having trouble sleeping at one point. [Laughs] But there’s usually something keeping me awake.
After the announcement, did lots of people in the fashion world contact you?
NG: I didn’t actually see all the reactions straight away because I was in Japan at the time; one of my best friends had taken me on something of a spiritual trip to observe people who make traditional lacquer and obi belts; it was such a privileged environment with tea ceremonies. On the other side of the world, there was this violent announcement being made. When I got back to Paris I saw the press, and with all the commentary going on I actually learnt things about myself; it was quite beautiful in fact. Generally the reaction had been very positive, even on Twitter there were some very satisfactory things being written. Ultimately, I felt okay in the end because it seemed very dignified. I haven’t expressed myself up until now, but I would like to say thank you to everyone, I really am very grateful.
Did you ever think about making a personal announcement?
NG: No, I never wanted to express myself like that. I don’t know how to do that.
What’s the most exciting thing about this period of time for you?
NG: Preparing for the next chapter and having the time to observe what’s going on in the industry. People could have forever associated me with Balenciaga. We saw clearly when the split took place that there was a desire for my name, so I disassociated myself naturally from the house. That could have been a risk. It would have been different if Balenciaga had disassociated itself from me, but people had seen me develop my signature and knew that it might happen. That’s exciting because whatever choice I make, the possibilities are open, and that was confirmed with the freeing of my name from Balenciaga. I’d made so much effort and been such a good obedient kid in associating myself… Now I can imagine a whole new vocabulary. I’m regenerating again, and that’s very exciting because it’s a feeling I haven’t had since I was in my twenties.
Kristen Stewart Told Ghesquière She’d ‘Run Away’ From Balenciaga With Him
German magazine 032c has devoted its cover and 38 pages of its summer issue to former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière, calling the feature a “monument” to Ghesquière’s final spring 2013 season. It's a hefty tribute indeed: There's a thirteen-page Q&A between the designer and Pierre Alexandre de Looz, a fashion editorial starring Ghesquière muse Charlotte Gainsbourg and styled by Marie Amélie Sauvé, and a meaty story by De Looz about Ghesquière's fifteen-year tenure at the house, bolstered with reverent quotes from major industry figures like Grace Coddington, Eric Wilson, and Hamish Bowles. It's a long read, to say the least, but full of interesting tidbits about Ghesquière's ideas and the history of Balenciaga.
But let's cut to the juicy part: Kristen Stewart, a friend and "ambassador" of Ghesquière's, contributed several F-bomb-laced quotes to the piece. She tells De Looz:
He is a reminder of how fucking annoying everyone else is. It’s not easy to walk a line that not every single person in the world is going to get in a second. Nicolas is the sort of person who loves swimming in rough water ...
I’ve felt the happiest I’ve ever felt wearing these clothes. I’ve also felt androgynous and rigid. Sort of like you’re wearing a fucking building.
She also recalls the moment after his final collection for Balenciaga, when he told her he was leaving the house:
I was like, ‘Dude, are you okay?’ and he was like (in a French accent), ‘Yes. Yes. I will tell you soon, but there are things happening.’ Before I left, he was like, ‘All right, I'll tell you.’ I’m so fucking proud of him because what he was about to do would rock people’s worlds. He was just like, ‘Believe for me.’ I thought it was the coolest fucking thing.
032c also gave the Cut an exclusive additional quote from Stewart:
The look on his face after that show, he had this look like he was actually the kid who was being told he wasn't allowed to do something. And he was totally not going to stand for it, and I was like, 'I will totally run away with you.'
And so she has! Balenciaga hasn't explicitly stated whether they'll continue to work with her post-Ghesquière, but their future seems unlikely. Alexander Wang, the label's new designer, famously expressed his loyalty to Liberty Ross, the wronged woman in Stewart's cheating scandal with film director Rupert Sanders last summer. Stewart has yet to appear in any of Wang's new designs for the label. This article skirts the issue, simply describing her as "an ambassador for the brand’s second new fragrance Flora Botanica."
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Thanks for joining us for today's Q&A Nikolaj. How do you feel about the growth of your character from season one through season two?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I feel great about this.When we started out and shot the pilot and got the season pick up i was really hoping we would get to Season 3 because I knew that this was the season where a lot of things would be revealed about Jamie so I feel great about it.
Having completed 3 seasons, what is the most significant change you like about Jaime?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Meeting Brienne has had a huge impact and probably more than he's aware of and I think if I had to pick one thing that's most significant I would say that it would have to be Brienne of Tarth.
Which quality of Jaime do you hate and like the most?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Well, it's a difficult one because often they go hand in hand. His pride sometimes gets him into trouble but it's also a trait I like about him. When he finally reveals the truth of the killing of the Mad King you go, "Why the hell didn't you mention this before?" But his pride got int he way but I totally understand why he didn't because he knew that it wouldn't make a difference. That, you know, in the eye of the world he was still an oath breaker.
If you, as a person, were to have to interact with Jaime, how do you think that would go?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I would like him very much if I just met him pre-loss of hand. I would think, what a self righteous, arrogant prick. But I mean, he has such a sense of entitlement about him and he knows how to push people's buttons and he does. But I would say to him, "C'mon, take it easy." Then I would tell him to get a hair cut. He's got this whole Prince Charming life going on. Just go get a hair cut.
Except the Lannisters, which is your favourite house?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
The Tarth House if there is such a house. (this beautiful man and his good taste)
Was it difficult to you to inerpret your character? What can you say about Jaime Lannister?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Was it difficult? No...it's challenging in a very good way because there's source material and the world of George RR Martin is so great and amazing and 3 dimensional, it's unbelievable. And Dan and D.B. and team of writers, what they've done in adapting it. It's such a joy to work on. It's so well written that the biggest worry is not to mess it up. It's a great challenge, I don't find it hard. What can I say about Jamie? What I said before, if I met him at a bar, I'm sure I'd like him. I know why he is the way he is. I can relate and understand what a difficult life he's had. He's grown up without a mother, with a dominant father figure. He's close to his siblings and he fell in love with the one person that he just should have not fallen in love with - his twin sister - it's just so complicated. It made his life so difficult. For him, challenging things, but for me, the actor, it's a big treasure chest of goodies to dive into. And I ilek the fact that when GRRM created it, all of the characters are very human and to the extremes but I can still relate to them and I can relate to people having preconceived notions. All these things, we can relate to. Every son has a father and everyone has issues with our parents. Of course, his are extreme issues because Tywin is quite something but that's what I love about it. And I think that's why people love the show. Even though it's a make believe show, what the characters go through.
What is your favorite genre? Fantasy, political drama, science fiction...? Do you ever watch Danish television shows?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Yes, I do watch Danish television show. I just watched this show called Borgen. I like good writing. I love political dramas. I love good story-telling. The only thing I find difficult to watch - horror movies - not that I don't' like them. Like The Shining, it's one of my favorite movies, but it's terrifying. I feel like I've watched a marathon afterwards.
If you had the chance to play any other character on the show, who would it be ?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I think all the characters are great but I don't think I'd want to play any other character than Jamie. That's just the character I play and I love that character. Maybe Daenerys? I could do a good Daenerys, I think? Fly with the dragons. But no, Jamie's the one.
In the war of 5 kings, whom would you bend the knee to?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
None. I don't think we have any good candidates as it is. I mean, I would think it would be interesting to see young Bran grow up and become something...that would be interesting, anyway. (again with the flawfree opinions)
What has been the most rewarding part of being in the Game of Thrones cast?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Working with all of these amazing people and becoming friends and getting to know the crew, the cast. Dan and David. The people. That's the most rewarding thing. I've been working for 20 yrs and you know, it's really rare that the fans share the enthusiasm of the work. And since Game of Thrones has become so popular, it's a real thrill to share your own enthusiasm with so many people. Just the fact that we're doing what we do now, it's thrilling for me. That there are so many people who are willing to take time out of their day to ask these questions and are as passionate as we are. It's a privilege.
How did you become interested in portraying Jaime Lannister? Was there something that attracted you about the character? #HBOCollege #Vandy
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Yes. There was quite a few things. I met with Dan and David and they told me the whole story. They mentioned the ending of Episode 1 and it got me really excited because it was so dark and twisted and so interesting. They told me about being Kingslayer and the whole situation. I saw right away that it would be an amazing part to play. You could just smell the quality oozing through them. I've had experienced feelings like that before but they didn't happen, unfortunately, but this time I got lucky. I still feel very lucky to work with them.
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Do you see Jaime more as a 'player' or a 'puppet' in the Game of thrones?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Neither, really. Definitely he has, up until this point, been a man, King's Guard, a soldier. Has done things he didn't awnt to do. But he does not want to be a player. Of course he is a player, he's a Lannister, a son of Tywin. As much as he doesn't, he's a player whether he likes it or not. I think he has no interest in playing the Game of Thrones but he's very loyal to his family but also, right now, he's in a moment transition. There's a scene with Tywin in the end of Season 1 where Tywin says, "I need you to be the man you were always meant to be" and I think he's on his way to becoming a man in his own right. It's going to be interesting to see if that's the man that Tywin wants him to be
What would you name your sword?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Benjamin. (lol he would)
Do you think Jaime loves or pities Tyrion? If you say both, what is the more powerful emotion?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I think he loves Tyrion. I don't think he pities him. I think he REALLY loves his brother and I think Tyrion is the one that he's closest to and the one that gets him the most. He doesn't pity his brother.
Does Jaime's character development make him hard to play? Does you have to change how to portray him or was it natural development?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
The more secrets and twists in a character the better. I wouldn't want to play any other character on the show. Obviously things happen in Jaime's life that deeply affect him but the writing is brilliant in making it feel natural.
Do you like the idea that Jaime is becoming a more sympathetic character this season?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I have always liked Jaime. I think it's very much a question of learning more about him.
How many times did you take the shot where your hand was cut off?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I cannot remember. The night we shot that part of the scene I was literally sick as a dog so it is all a bit of a blur.
After last week's episode, did you find yourself thinking "I hope Jaime never has to meet those dragons!"
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
I hope he gets to met those dragons!
If you could have control over ice or fire which would you choose?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
Depends on the drink
What was the funniest moment on the set?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:
There have been quite a few. Gwendoline Christie is a very funny lady
so blessed to have such talent portraying these characters on screen and knowing them so well, etc etc. I'm really liking all these little Q&As the cast has been doing!