10 posts categorized "Interviews"

October 27, 2017


SHOCKTOBER! reaches a fever climax of terror with Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Dramatist Phil Holt returns to the podcast to guest co-host this very special Halloween edition with the addition of Brooklyn Brewery's POST ROAD PUMPKIN ALE ! Close the curtains, light some candles and settle in for our scariest episode yet! 

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September 12, 2016




August 26, 2016


For episode #18 Mike and I drink the classic DOGFISH HEAD 60 MINUTE IPA while we discuss John Schlesinger's  film adaptation of the Nathaniel West novel DAY OF THE LOCUST,  starring Karen Black, Donald Sutherland, Burgess Meredith, and William Atherton.



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July 21, 2016


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July 13, 2015

Derek Luke Talks Self/less

Self-LessJuly 6, 2015

By Wilson Morales

Tarsem Singh’s Self/less, stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, and Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley.

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award-winner Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

For Luke, who plays Anton, a friend of Ryan’s character who has ulterior motives, it’s his first role since he was last seen playing Head of Security Malcolm on the hottest show on TV, Fox’s Empire. A veteran of film and TV, Luke will next been in the 3rd season of DirectTV’s Rogue, which stars Thandie Newton.

Luke spoke with Blackfilm.com recently how much fun he had doing ‘Self/ less’ in New Orleans as well as being of Empire’s first season.

What drew you to the role and film?

Derek Luke: What drew me to the role is that I’m a fan of the action-genre and in reading the script, I said to myself, “In movies that I grew up watching were action thrillers and suspense, and I was interested in that world.” Another thing is that I get to be in movies where it’s mostly dialogue, and I want to be in something, that for me, feels like kickboxing. You get to do both sports. For me, you get to speak and you get to do action. What I liked about Anton is that he’s a guy who is submerged in playing opposite Ryan’s character, even though they are both going after the same thing.

How much did you prepare for the role physically?

DL: I actually broke my finger on the court playing basketball while shooting the film. I didn’t realized it was broken until we wrapped production. I like physicality. There was much more physical elements to the movie that didn’t make the cut, but I enjoyed it because me and Ryan, and neither one of us were one the playing basketball every day, but what was dope and playing this role is that I would go where the brothers were playing and I forgot what Ward I was in, and it would take the crew at least five takes to realize it was me playing. I just like playing with the dudes and having conversations with them. It was great on one side on the physical element and on the other side, it was great to be on the court with Ryan. Both of us were acting our way through those scenes.

Derek-LukeWhile you were playing basketball in New Orleans, how much weight did you lose?

DL: Oh my goodness. There are two aspects to that question. How much weight can you lose playing basketball, but when you’re playing basketball in New Orleans where the food is great, it tries to even you out. I had to go into detox while I was in New Orleans.

How was working with Ryan again and seven years after you guys did ‘Definitely, Maybe?’

DL: The big difference for me is that I’ve watched Ryan evolved. He was really focused and remained focused and I could see what he was aiming for in ‘Definitely, Maybe,’ and it was great. It was encouraging because it made me become goal oriented and goal conscious when I’m doing films. Today, it’s about the individual goal and staying in your lane. That wasn’t the case five years ago.

What did you pick up from Tarsem from this film?

DL: What I love about Tarsem outside of being a visual storyteller, I looked at him as a man of color on set. He was running the set like a general and he knew his stuff. I loved the way he commanded the set. It was very inspiring and it was so diverse with the cast, in front and behind the scenes.

Besides this film, you were seen this year on the hottest show on TV, Empire. How was it being on that series?

DL: First of all, I have respect and love for Terrence (Howard). There were many experiences I had but I’ve been a friend to both Terrence and Taraji over the years. I’ve known Terrence much better. I actually ran into Taraji maybe once or twice over the last five years. It was great because when we were on set if felt like magic. Could this be happening? All the actors fought for their scenes to be authentic and real. That’s not rare, so what’s rare is to have the crew back that up. That’s what I thought was cool.

Any chance Malcolm can come back?

DL: I really think it’s a great chance. It’s not that many miles from Chicago to D.C. so I believe Malcolm left but there’s always a round-trip ticket.


As long as you have been in the business, would you say that Empire gave you a lot more visibility, at least in recent times?

DL: People wonder how film and “going digital” has affected the market or how has it affected me, nowadays things are so much more instant. When I started out in films, it would be a year before the movies would come out. Empire and The Americans have brought a newness I wasn’t aware of. I didn’t know that TV and cable had that much attention. When I would do these shows, I had a temporary mentality. I would get in and get out. A couple of years ago, some TV characters were one dimensional but today even filming in Toronto, which is a very diverse place, people would stop me and ask when is Empire coming back. These people don’t look like m. There are Asian. They are Russian. It’s really interesting.

What’s next?

DL: I play Marlon Dinard on the new season of Rogue. He’s the leader of the 13th Street Kings, a powerful street gang. He also runs a high-end chandelier shop and he has a relationship with this other character Marty Abrams, played by Richard Schiff. Their relationship is that Marty feels Marlon owes him more than he does and Marlon is a part of the Chicago Street Kings. I’m excited about that.

January 09, 2015

Exclusive: Cory Hardrict Talks American Sniper and Working With Clint Eastwood A Second Time

By Wilson Morales — January 6, 2015

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Currently out in theaters and set to expand nationwide is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Also featured in the film are Luke Grimes, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Leonard Roberts, Max Charles, Billy Miller, Keir O’Donnell, Eric Close, and Navid Negahban.

Cory-hardrictU.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

For Hardrict, who plays a Kyle’s soldier colleague Dandridge aka ‘D’, this is his second tour-of-duty with Eastwood, having acted in his 2008′s film, ‘Gran Torino.’ In 2014, he was featured opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence.’ Among his credits include Battle Los Angeles, The DayWarm Bodies and Lovelace. Upcoming films include indies such asDestined and a starring role in Jamal Hill’s Brotherly Love, and will also be seen in Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Spectral with Emily Mortimer and James Badge Dale and Car Dogs with Octavia Spencer.

In speaking exclusively with Blackfilm.com, Hardrict talks about his character, working with Cooper, and acting in his second Eastwood film.

How would you best describe your character?

Cory Hardrict:  I would say he’s brute. He’s an easygoing guy but when it’s time to get down to business he’s there to protect and serve;. and help out his fellow Navy SEALS. To just be there for them and protect them. I would say that. But he’s ready to go at all times. When it’s time to get down to business he goes all in. So I would say that.

What was the attraction to doing this?

CH: Number one, Clint Eastwood. That’s the reason I did it right there. I worked with him on a film before, ‘Grand Torino’ and I know how he works. I just know that he’s one of the greatest at what he does. The opportunity came up when I actually heard about people going in and reading and auditioning. I got in to get an audition and I went in a couple of times. I went on tape. Clint wasn’t even in the room. I went through the regular process. It took a month just to hear that they really, really liked me and Clint loved it. Then that got down to five people and then it got down to two. Then a month and a half later I got the role. When I heard Bradley (Cooper) was in it I was like, “Wow.” I can’t ask to be in better company than those two. So I was really, really excited.

What does that do for you, as an actor, knowing that you have been able to work with Clint Eastwood in two of his films?

CH: What it means to me is that actors still matter to Mr. Eastwood. He has an old-fashioned way and process. I went to see him at the LA Film Festival before when he was saying that he cast the best actors and if a film works it’s going to work, regardless. So it shows me that it’s all about talent. He appreciates someone who goes in there and just gives it their all. He doesn’t look at the popularity contest or the list, because that shows me that I can go in there and fight for something and book it, just given the opportunity. So it just made me feel really great, as an actor, and it made my confidence go up just to know that I can work in a film of this magnitude with Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller. I feel like I’m in great company and I’m headed in the right direction. It just makes me feel great just about where I’m headed.

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How was working with Bradley Cooper? Did you guys do your training together? Did you do any research as far as going off to war?

CH: Well, we did training at Warner Brothers before we went to Morocco. We had training there. We were clearing out different buildings and houses and everything and just all the tactical stuff. We did that on the lot at Warner Brothers. Then when we went to Morocco to clear out the real buildings. We did gun training with the weapons and everything like that. But that was about two weeks later. That was how we went about doing it.

Did any of your training that you did for ‘Battle LA’ come into play here? Here’s another movie where you’re wearing a uniform, where you’re carrying a gun. Did any of that stuff come back to you?

CH: It did. It’s like second nature for me because I feel like once you get the weapon, you fall back into what you know. I’ve been in a few movies like this; and actually the same tactical advisor was my tactical advisor on ‘Battle Los Angeles’. When he was there with ‘Sniper’ I was like, ‘Oh man. I know this guy.’ We fell right in line. And I knew his style and his approach. That helped out tremendously. But it’s like drinking water at a point. I can do these military films in my sleep now.

Did you get a chance to read the book?

CH: Yeah. The ‘American Sniper’ book. It was great.

Is there a message in watching this film, as opposed to the life of Chris Kyle?

Cory-HardrictCH: Well, the message that I get watching this film is that this guy was a hero. He loved going to war. He loved defending and fighting for his country and it was for a cause. He was a family man. He was a great guy and at the end of the day, it’s an important movie. He left a legacy in the short amount of time that he was here. He was well respected. The story had to be told. It was just an honor being in a film like this.

You had other projects this past year such as ‘Transcendence’. Little by little we’re starting to see more of you. You’ve been working over the last few years. What more do you have coming up?

CH: Well, the next film that comes out with me would be ‘Brotherly Love’. It’s an independent film where I’m a lead in it. I did ‘Spectral’. That comes out in 2016. That was another lead for Legendary. That comes out August. I also did a film called ‘Destined’ that should be coming out towards the end of 2015, as well, in the festival world. ‘Car Dogs’ is going to come out, as well. I did that with Octavia Spencer. So I have a lot of films that are on the cusp of coming out. So I got some things coming that will be pretty cool for the world to see, hopefully.

As ‘American Sniper’ is set to be released nationwide and once you’re done promoting, how do you keep yourself humble? You’ve got a wife. You’ve got a child. How did you spend the holidays?

CH: The holiday time is just family time first. I’ve been away off and on for the past eight months filming. I’m really beat at the moment. I have been away from my son and my wife so I’m home being a family man, being dad. I love that. I feel like everything in life should have balance. I’m at that point now where it’s okay to sit down for a few weeks. A month at least, but after that month it’s like the wheels get to turning again and it’s the competitive nature I know that I’m ready to get back out there and see what’s out there. To look for some great opportunities. I know ‘Sniper’ broke all these records just in four screens. So I know it’s going to do well in January. And hopefully it’ll get nominated. We’ll see.

May 22, 2014

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May 20, 2014

Omar Sy Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men-Days-of-Future-PastBy Wilson Morales

The film is based on the comic book storyline “Days of Future Past,” which ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981 during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run and introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

For Sy, who plays Bishop, the film is his biggest profile he won critical acclaim and became the 1st Black Actor To Win César Award For Best Actor (French Equivalent Of Oscars) for his 2012 film, "The Intouchables." Besides this X-Men film, Sy has "Good People" opposite James Francocoming out and has a featured role in another big franchise film "Jurassic World."

How much did you know about the character prior to taking on the role?

Omar Sy: Before the film, nothing. I heard about Bishop when I was in the producer’s office and he told me the film, ‘Days of Future Past,’ and introduced me to Bishop. I then started to do research and found out that Bishop is a big character.

How would you describe your character Bishop?

OS: Bishop is a mutant who is capable of traveling through time. His power is to absorb energy and give it back through a gun. He’s also a soldier, fighting to free the mutants. He comes from an apocalyptic future and he has to fight for freedom because he was raised in a mutant camp. That’s why he has a “M” in his eyes and he escaped and comes back to free others.

Had you seen the previous X-Men films?

OS: Of course. I’m a big fan. Before this film, I would say that the first film is my favorite and then "First Class."

Omar-Sy-as-BishopWhat was the attraction to doing this film?

OS: Just to be a superhero. To be an X-Men is a childhood dream. It’s cool to be in it.

With so many actors in the film, what was it like working with those in your scenes?

OS: It was cool. It was amazing for me and unbelievable. I was nervous coming to the set on the first day. The night before I couldn’t sleep, but once I got there, the cast was very warm and welcoming. Sometimes we had dinner together, but at times, after long days of shooting, the best we all needed was sleep.

How long did it take to put on the costume and makeup?

OS: It took two hours for the brand (M) as well as the hair.

Have you ever grown your hair long?

OS: Never. I used to have dreadlocks.

Do you believe Bishop can have his own story?

OS: You have to write that because I want to, and maybe it will give the producers an idea.

Will Bishop be part of the Apocalypse phase, which is also going to be a film?

OS: Yeah. He is. He is one of the X-Men in the future. As far as being in the film, I don’t know.

How has life been after "The Intouchables"?

OS: From the first time we met, when I did interviews for that film, I think I speak better English. There’s been a lot of change, but I living my dream.

Omar-SyYou have another film, "Good People" coming out? What’s your role there?

OS: I’m the bad guy for the first time in my life. It was really interesting and funny to play that role. That’s one of the changes I’ve had, to be able to play that sort of role.

Then there, "Jurassic World." Are you allowed to talk about your role in the film?

OS: All I can say is that I was on the set recently and it’s cool. It’s really good to work with the director Colin Trevorrow. He’s a good guy, a very talented guy. I met Chris Pratt and we did some scenes together. He’s a good actor and funny guy. I also had time to say hello to Bryce Dallas Howard. She’s nice too. It’s a new team and a new adventure. I’m happy.

With these two big franchise films, is there anything else you are looking to do?

OS: The universe will tell us.

When you are not filming, what keeps you grounded?

OS: I stay with my family. I try to be a good husband and good dad. That’s my real life.

What’s next for you?

OS: I have "Sambe" coming out in October in France. That was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the guys who did "The Intouchables." I will also be shooting "Chocolat," the story of Rafael Padilla the first black celebrity in France who was known as Chocolate the black clown. I have other projects coming up as well.

May 01, 2014

Jamie Foxx Talks "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

By Wilson Morales —April 29, 2014

Foxx Spider-ManComing out this week in the States — after making its debut overseas — is Marc Webb’s "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, and Marton Csokas.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

For Foxx, playing the role of Max Dillon wasn’t an easy call for the studio. But, having starring in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed "Django Unchained," and seeing his status rise internationally, helped propel execs to give him this opportunity.

How much did you want to go all out as the villain? Was everything on the script or did you throw some flavor to the character?

Jamie Foxx: Of course, there were things that were cut out. As an actor, you have to leave room for everyone else and for other different reasons, you have to keep it kid-friendly. I’m excited about the opportunity or the chance that when they bring Sinister Six back, and Electro being part of that, you can see him in his full villain mode, because this film is really the genesis. He’s only been bad for a few minutes. I want to see when he’s perfected his energy and perfected his craft.

When you signed on for the role, were you aware you may come back in Sinister Six?

JF: We’ll still not aware, but it’s in the air right now. Like any person who is smart in this business, you make sure you campaign for yourself. So, when they do say that they want to turn this on and that you will part of the band, you’re ready to go.

How long did it take to get into make-up?

JF: About four and a half hours at first, and then once I got the rubber suit, it was about an hour and a half. It was all well worth it. When you see the finished product and how you look and everything, and some of the pictures that are out, are really rock star status. When you see the way Electro looks on some of these posters, it’s crazy.

Jamie-FoxxFrom Any Given Sunday, to Ray, and other films, how physically demanding was this film?

JF: It’s the same thing. When you know you have to be able to get into that suit, you have stay away from the buffet table a couple of times and stay limber. I had a different way of training. It was more stretching and playing basketball as opposed to the heavy weights I had for "Any Given Sunday" or in "Django" [Unchained]. That’s always good in our business to have to be in shape for a film because it gets you in shape.

Prior to taking on the role, how much did know about the character Electro?

JF: What’s interesting is that we knew about Electro because of the Max character. I knew before getting the call that Max was the key ingredient to Electro. Max is in his 40s and used to be married, but they didn’t want to show that in that film. I brought that in and said, “You know he’s married,” but they said they didn’t have enough time. His father left and he lived with his mom. They took the mom part out of the film, which I thought would have been more key to see where he comes from because the relationship between Max and his mom was really important. Here is someone mom says she loves but really doesn’t and in the way we had it in the script was that it was his birthday and his mom doesn’t remember it. In the script, when he’s turning into Electro, he goes back to his mom to explain and she doesn’t want to hear it. He hugs her and electrocutes her, which is more comic book style but they felt that for the kids, it wasn’t the right thing to do. We weren’t comic book fanatics like some of the guys at Comic Con but we definitely followed our favorite superheroes like Spider-Man, or in my case, when Robert Downey Jr. took over as Iron Man. I was like, “Wow! That’s the perfect Tony Stark.” It’s always good to some knowledge when you go into it so you understand that when they are telling you certain things that you can and can’t do, it has to do with the fans.

Did your recent exposure help for you to get the role?

JF: The success of "Django" dictated a lot overseas and when it did well, it was the highest grossing film in Germany and the biggest pirated film in China of all-time. When asked, Sony exec Amy Pascal saw that it made sense for me to play the role. There’s the question of “Do African Americans sell internationally?” It’s no secret in our business that’s the question being asked. It was even asked before I did "Annie." There’s a computer and you can look where your international meter is at. Because of "Django" and because of my music like ‘Blame It On The Alcohol’ and ‘Gold Digger’ and things like that, the meter is up. When ‘Django’ came out, I told Quentin Taratino that he turns stars into legends, and the Django character is a legendary character. I walked the streets of Rome, Paris, and Singapore and people are screaming the Django name and their ages range from 9 to 90. I still tip my hat to Quentin for putting me in that role.

Jamie-Foxx-musicThis is the tenth anniversary since you did "Ray" and won the Oscar. Have you thought about where you need to be at this point?

JF: Here’s the tricky about winning the Oscar. Oscars can hurt you. Oscars can hurt the way you perceive yourself. I would constantly tell my people, “Hey, I know I won the Oscar, but I don’t want to go speaking in an English accent and wearing an ascot.” I think it hurts you in the sense of what you are going to do with your career. Everything is not going to be an Oscar. Everyone is not going to win an Oscar. People just don’t win two or three Oscars. They just give them out like that. What I didn’t want to do was kill myself trying to win one. There were certain things that I wouldn’t do and I did the music or I would go and do stand-up, anything from just being known as “The Oscar winner.” Although it’s the most incredible feeling and the most incredible feat in the world because you walk through a small door that not a lot of people go through. There’s Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and myself.

It is so amazing but sometimes when you wait for that script with the Oscar, you could die on the vine. So my thing was to go out and tell jokes right now. After I won the Oscar, I went out and told jokes. I want to do a comedy and a musical and be a bad guy and a western. I was lucky in these ten years by not blowing way up with the big commercial films. What I see now is that sometimes when you’re known for that big commercial film, you do lose a little bit because if people are used to seeing you that way, then you can’t go back to do movies that have that heart and soul that could probably get you nominated. I’m sort of glad that it went like this. There were some good and there were some bad. But the one thing that we did keep intact was the integrity of what the performance was. It’s almost like hitting the reset button.

What do we expect to see from Motherfucker Jones in "Horrible Bosses 2"?

JF: "Horrible Bosses 2" is funny. They want to do a Motherfucker Jones the movie now and I’m like, “I’m with it.” It became a cult hit with college kids so it should be fun.

Foxx:AnnieThen’s there "Annie"

JF: There’s certain people that a knack in this business that you don’t know how they do it, but they know how to do it. Will Smith, James Lassiter, Caleb Pinkett and Jay-Z. No one could get the rights to ‘Annie’ for years. Jay-Z gets the rights. Will Smith gets the rights. They are going to do their version of it and all of a sudden here comes Quvenzhané Wallis, who did a fantastic job in a movie and got nominated for an Oscar at the age of 8. Now the stars are lined up. Here’s Annie who we all know and here’s Quvenzhané, who can really personify our day. Will Gluck the director did something smart. He did a movie that happens to be a musical as opposed to doing a musical. When you see Quvenzhané, she’s able to hit you somewhere by the way she acts and then the music takes you to another place.

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