Wolverine hunk Hugh Jackman says there are a few redeeming qualities in his new character in the movie Chappie.
The Les Miserable star plays nihilistic ex-soldier and engineer Vincent Moore, who sees the thinking robot as the end of mankind, in Neill Blokamp’s sci-fi movie about a robot with feelings.
“I wouldn’t call him an archetypal villain but I feel he does in a way occupy, in this film, a point of view that is important against artificial intelligence,” he said.
“Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, there are many people out there echoing that same viewpoint. But you couple that in with someone who’s been pushed into a corner in every way, his life’s work has been challenged, and so with that particular character, you’re certainly seeing the worst side of him for sure.
“He believes what he’s doing is important and right and there’s a lot of ego, but I don’t think anything in Neill’s films are archetypal, which is one of the great things about him.”
Acting legend Kevin Spacey proved that even Hollywood megastars aren’t adverse to a bit of begging.
He said he used his performance in House of Cards as a begging letter to director Woody Allen for a film role.
The actor plays Francis Underwood in the remake of the classic political series which screens on Netflix and told the Radio Times he was desperate to land a part in one of Allen’s movies.
He said: “Every time he announces a new movie, I never get an audition. So I introduced myself and sent him a Netflix subscription and said I don’t know if you’ve seen my work, but you might want to watch this series.”
And it would seem that Kevin’s gamble appeared to have paid off, as Allen had promised to consider him for future projects.
He said: “He wrote me a very lovely letter back and he thanked me for the Netflix subscription and said he would absolutely consider me.”
As news emerged that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass were working on expanding the Bourne movie franchise actress Julia Stiles was all over it.
She says she wants to return as CIA agent Nicky Parsons opposite hunky Matt in the new movies.
She said: “They’re writing it now. So I’m hoping my character fits into the storyline somehow.
“Matt and Paul have so much integrity that they waited a long time before they decided they wanted to make another one, for many different reasons, but largely because they wanted to make sure there was a story there.
“And they’re so much fun to shoot, I would love to be a part of it.”
Stephen Graham has an unusual way of connecting with his characters – their shoes.
The This Is England actor said once he gets the footwear right, he is on the right track to start becoming the people he plays.
Asked whether he used a prop to get into character as Detective David Knight in his new crime thriller Hyena, he admitted: “What I like to do is find the shoes for the character and then sort of embody the physicality and stuff.
“Years ago, I got these brown, suede Gucci loafers. I bought them in a pub and took then home and my wife Hannah went: ‘What the hell are they?’ I said: ‘They’re great; they’re Guccis.’ She said: ‘I don’t care what they are; they’re disgusting!’
“I left them at the bottom of the wardrobe and I knew they’d come in handy some day, so when I was playing this part, I thought, ‘I know exactly what I’ll use; I’ll use them shoes’. So that’s what I did, and it was a way into the character.”
Sexy Star Sheridan Smith has said she is leaving Twitter after internet trolls attacked her family in a row over the Brits.
The Cilla star faced a backlash from users on the social media site after she defended Ant and Dec’s performance as hosts of the Brit Awards on Wednesday night.
She tweeted: “Bore off trolls! I am LOVING @antanddec best Brits in years!!! all the winners are so deserved”
Sheridan, 33, then revealed trolls had sent messages targeting her family, including her eldest brother, Julian, who died from cancer when he was just 18 and she was eight.
The next morning she tweeted: “Oh f**k this, bye twitter.
“I came on twitter to talk to fans, now I seem to just get abuse & made up stories. I’m sorry to u lovely supportive lot, u know who u are”
Damian Lewis has revealed that playing Henry VIII gave him a new sympathy for the royal.
The former Homeland star portrays the monarch in BBC Two’s historical drama Wolf Hall, which has been adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels.
“There’s a lot of him I’ve fallen in love with completely. He’s a fabulous, fabulously interesting character Henry, my goodness,” he said, adding: “And a lot of it is good; a lot of it is really good.
“In this version of his life – in Hilary Mantel’s vision – Henry is at times the despotic, paranoid, cruel king that we may think we know from history. But more importantly for our version, we see a king interested in romantic love, a man who tries to normalise his relationships with women, who wants to have a romantic relationship with women.
“A man who is tender and loving, can be, a man who is a pre-eminent athlete of his generation, who was a humanistic composer and really lordly by extraordinary characters of the time.”