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I recently caught up with Dominic West to talk about Centurion for it‘s UK Blu-ray/DVD release (16th of August). In Centurion West stars as a tough as nails Roman general in a gripping story of survival. As a HUGE – so huge the capslock was needed – fan of The Wire, West will always have a completely heterosexual spot in my heart as McNulty, one of the great characters in Television history.
What appealed to you about Centurion?
Dominic West: The sword fighting, the horses, the shields and battles…it’s all boy’s own stuff. Yet I was being paid for taking part!
What were you looking forward to most, when you read the script?
Dominic West: Having a mud fight with the beautiful actress Olga Kurylenko. Unfortunately, they gave her a long pole with which she was able to keep me at arm’s length. I wanted to get down and dirty in all that mud.
It looked like a tough shoot with all the snow and mud.
Dominic West: It was tough from the first minute of filming to the very last. The director wanted realism at all times and he was not going to make it look soft or pretty. So you had to live as you might have lived in Roman Britain. If it was cold – and some days it was freezing, at several degrees below zero – you just got on with it. He got some shots of us looking in agony, which are realistic. They are realistic, because we genuinely were in agony with the cold.
Your own life has been anything but cold, with the recent marriage?
Dominic West: It is a final chapter of my great love story. We met when we were both at university in Dublin. She became my girlfriend and I thought she was fabulous. But she had other ideas and dumped me. I was either too immature or too stupid to make our relationship work.
What was your reaction?
Dominic West: I was devastated, but being a bloke – and the kind of bloke I am – I pretended that I was not hurt. I was, of course. I was really hit for six. She then married somebody else, which was really hard to take. I thought to myself:’I hope this is not the worst mistake of my life.’
And was it?
Dominic West: It could have been. I was living a typical actor’s life, travelling around, enjoying the work and having a mad existence. Actors can become totally self-obsessed and I was no different. It does not make for the most stable of private lives.
How did you meet up once more?
Dominic West: It was by chance, at a party. Catherine’s marriage was over, she’d had no children and I was on my own again after a failed relationship. The sparks flew and I was not going to mess it up a second time. We became engaged three years ago and had three children, in quick succession.
You love action, life and speeding cars, don’t you?
Dominic West: I have always enjoyed driving and have had some good cars and bikes. I have an Audi A3, a Yamaha 600 cc bike for scrambling and a Triumph Bonneville. I once had a Honda Magna motorbike, which looks great. I came out of the house one day to find a turd on the seat. I thought ’Does anyone hate me that much?’ But when I told a group of hardened bikers what had happened they showed no surprise. They said ’That’s what happens when you get a girlie bike, pretending to be a Harley Davidson. You were being sent a message.’ So I am more careful now about getting the right bikes and cars.
And how about the Eton image? Are you at ease with that?
Dominic West: Not really. I was the second youngest of an Irish family of seven from Sheffield, Yorkshire – and, for some reason, my father decided I should go to Eton, aged 13. It was the biggest culture shock of my life. I thought of them as southern softies. I had a Yorkshire accent and came from the steel city, for goodness sake.
Has it helped in acting?
Dominic West: Totally the opposite. I’ve had too many parts for posh blokes. That is why it was so refreshing to go to America and play McNulty. No-one was judging me other than on my acting. Being an Eton schoolboy in this country is a statement. Look at David Cameron – it is always being referred to.
How did you get in to the acting business?
Dominic West: I was cast as Hamlet, in the school play, by an English master called Raef Payne. He was passionate about teaching and acting and trying to improve all of us. It is that kind of passion which inspires. He was the one who told me ’You must do acting as a profession.’ I was not even aware that you could be paid to have so much fun.
Did you go to drama school?
Dominic West: The first thing I did was take a gap year in Argentina. I worked as a cattle herder, in the middle of nowhere, about a two day drive from Buenos Aires. So I was riding all day, which suited me fine. I was up at four in the morning, we’d roast a lamb, with some wine, for breakfast, and then worked up to 12 noon. We had a siesta in the afternoon and then started working again.
EW have released the first two images of James Franco as climber Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionairre, Trainspotting) upcoming film 127 Hours. Franco stars as real-life mountaineer Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself from being trapped by a boulder. Ralston’s right forearm was pinned for nearly five days under a boulder, forcing him to use a dull knife to amputate the limb. He then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before running into a family that gave him water and food. This has all the ingredients to be a corker, I’m a massive fan of both Danny Boyle and James Franco, these real-life movies are right up my street as well. I’m sure if done well this could be an Oscar nominated role for James Franco, with such courageous and affecting subject matter this role must be an actors dream! 127 Hourse is set for release November 5th.
127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral, thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.
Director Tony Scott and Denzel Washington sure love themselves some trains! They’ve gone from dealing with a high jacked New York City subway train on Pelham 123 to a runaway unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas in Unstoppable. I dunno, I really like the cast but this trailer just doesn’t do it for me I’m afraid. I’m sure it will be tense and exciting, it just looks like something I’ve seen before. The trailer shows way to much for me as well. Hopefully the trailer doesn’t do the movie justice.
Directed by Tony Scott starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. The film tells the story of an experienced engineer (Washington) who finds himself teaming up with a young conductor (Pine) in a race against time, with a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The duo chase the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that could decimate a town. Unstoppable is set for release November 12th.
Meet The Parents: Little Fockers Poster – Starring Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Harvey Keitel & Jessica Alba
Above is the debut poster for Meet The Parents: Little Fockers. The last film in the trilogy was not funny at all for me, it was saved by some good performances but overall I wasn’t a fan. The joke that the surname is one letter away from a swear word has already gone to the redundant school of redundancy for the chronically redundant. The film did make a truckload of money – $516,642,939 – £8.00 of that mine so I guess it makes business sense. There’s no shortage of talent on board with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel, Teri Polo and Barbra Streisand making up the cast, hopefully some fine performances will be it’s saving grace.
The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series—Little Fockers. Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise. It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan—including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)—descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch…or will the circle of trust be broken for good?
This look’s like an tense, violent and all around awesome action flick! Hopefully they make up for the Alien Vs Predator movies, which were pretty much fecal matter in cinematic form. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen from Predators, fingers crossed it doesn’t dissapoint, this trailer further cements my faith (even though it’s a bit spoilerific). Predators is in cinemas July 8th.
A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Rodriguez’s creative auspices at the filmmaker’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators. In addition to Adrien Brody, the film stars Topher Grace, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne. Co-starring are Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. Predators was written by Alex Litvak & Mike Finch based upon characters created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. The producers are Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellàn.
As much as my former seven year old self would hate me for saying it, the original Karate Kid was a bit of a cheesefest, an enjoyable cheesefest, but nothing worthy of the crazed animosity this remake is receiving from some people, I’m not too mad on the remake myself but meh, it’s a kids film, the trailer looked half decent as well, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.The Karate Kid stars Jaden Smith as Dre, Jackie Chan as Mr Han and is directed by Harald Zwart.