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My Due Date in London

Posted by nov 07 2010

Star of the Iron Man films and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, super cute Robert Downey Jr. has a long and colourful cinema career… and a reputation of not always being on the top. I met the actor and his co-star Zach Galifianakis in London to talk about their his film Due Date, where they both offered their opinions on comedy acting, spitting on dogs and pinching your fellow actors…

Rob still got it…

How do you feel when you’re offered parts that aren’t entirely normal?

Zach Galifianakis (ZG): I only get … I really haven’t been offered a lot of parts except by Todd, but they’re never normal. But I prefer that … I like it.

Robert Downey Jnr (RDJ): This just reminded me … it had the potential to be like some of the films tonally that I’d grown up really enjoying, and that impacted me. But it had its own sensibility, obviously as it’s a Todd Phillips movie, and then it was just an incredibly creative venture.

How did you develop your screen chemistry?

RDJ: (Looks at Zach) Don’t just stand there with glistening eyes, answer the fucking question!

ZG: Yes, sir.

RDJ: He’s formulating his answer to the question now, while he stumbles getting ready to answer the question.

ZG: I think you’re seeing the chemistry in action, this is basically how it went down each morning: insults, insults, insults, and then somehow magically and beautifully some of that energy was put into the movie, quite honestly. Pretty good answer, huh?

In comedy how far is too far, and that’s for everyone but especially Zach?

RDJ: He’s the wrong person to ask.

ZG: I think with Todd’s movies, that’s the whole point, to go too far. Sometimes in comedy I would imagine you have to do that because so many beats have been done in movies before but the good thing about Todd is that there are things, like a masturbating dog, that you haven’t seen since the old silent films.

Is it true that you were allergic to the dog?

ZG: I have an allergy to certain … Yes, I got a hair in my eye and my eye got big but there’s not much of a story there.

Robert, this is a question not about this film…

RDJ: What is the pertinence? What the fuck is wrong with you people, can’t we just talk about what we’re going to talk about?

It’s about your career?

RDJ: I’m sorry, go ahead.

You’re very successful right now…

RDJ: Yeah, right now. I love the preface. What’s with the passive aggression? What’s the fucking question?

And you’ve had ups and downs in your life...

RDJ: Oh fuck, here we go. Couldn’t have called it.

Was it a hard struggle, when you came back after years of…

RDJ: Next question please.

Zach, your character seems very camp in the film. What is this very gay thing what you are doing?

Director Todd Phillips (TP): He’s not playing a gay.

Yes, I know that, that’s why I don’t understand why is he acting like very stereotypical one.

ZG: I think the character is theatrical and emotional and a little show offy and if that’s gay then I’m gay. Todd and I discussed that, we didn’t want him to be seen either way.

TP: We wanted to make sure he came off as asexual but we made a point of pointing out that he lost his virginity at nine-years-old to Sheila Pimples, so there’s a badge of heterosexuality I think.

RDJ: There was more to that, wasn’t there?

TP: Well it used to be his dad’s secretary but people had issues with that.

ZG: Heart of gold but slow typist.

You’ve worked with Todd on three films in short space of time, so is he the love of your life?

ZG: To be honest, Todd is the … (rattles cup and saucer in mock embarrassment) I’m very fortunate that Todd and I got to meet because I don’t think I would have been given this big an opportunity from other directors who saw what he did … whatever he saw. And we do work very well together and I’m very appreciative and I do think about it every day, because he texts me to remind me!

Robert, you spat on the dog, how did it take to that?

RDJ: I think one of the things I love about Due Date is that I get kicked off the plane and then the guys says: “The person you travelled with …” And I say: “I’ve never met that dipshit in my life!” And he says: “He had nothing but nice things to say about you.” And Todd Phillips said: “Just to make it definitive that you don’t want to hang out with this clown anymore, just spit in his dog’s face.” It was right after lunchtime and I said: “No, isn’t that going too far?” And he said: “Spit in the dog’s face … I love dogs, he doesn’t mind.” So, I spat in the dog’s face and Sonny [the dog] was just like: “Ooh, what happened? Did he have to get something out of his throat or something? I hope he feels better …” And I was thinking: “My God, what is wrong with us?” That’s the great thing about comedies and particularly with Todd being at the front of that bloodline right now, I see the process both on the set when we were figuring out what to do with the scenes and then at early test screenings and stuff. There was this thing that we all agreed was hugely outrageous, this moment in act three when I finally asked him: “How did your Dad pass away, I never knew?” And Zach turns to me and says: “Oh, sharing needles …” You’re thinking: ‘That’s so wrong!’ But Todd says: “Well, let’s see what the audience thinks …” And they were like, ‘That’s sick, I’m going to walk out!’

ZG: I thought it would be funny to see on the credits ‘Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx … a dog … Zach Galifianakis’.

Are you more comfortable in comedy or drama?

RDJ: I’m equally comfortable doing any medium. The thing about comedy, if that’s what you want to call this – I call it spectacularity – is it’s more light-hearted and Todd runs a set that is just a very small group of people making fundamental decisions with a very trusting studio’s money. My dad was saying to me, and my dad was a maker of underground films back in the late ‘60s and stuff, and he said this reminds me of the kind of stuff me and my friends would be doing if we had the opportunity nowadays. So, keep hope alive.

What was the first meeting between the two of you like and is it true Robert that you wanted to punch Zach?

RDJ: (Smiling) Susan was there, my wife, and she was worried for me, I don’t tend to recognise people and I didn’t know exactly who Zach was yet. (Looking towards his wife) What was my reaction? I looked like I was going to drop him on the pavement? I don’t like punching Zach … but it has to be done.

ZG: He doesn’t punch me, he pinches me …

RDJ: I do pinch him … Yes (pinches him again)

ZG: And it drives me absolutely (swerving the pinch) … absolutely insane!

Voices start to ring in your head…

Posted by aug 02 2010

I received a very exciting e-mail: an old colleague of mine wanted to offer me brand-new job…. details later, for now it’s a top secret. Encouraged by the good news I picked together some of my earlier voice-artist jobs…

One Tree Hill – A new teen drama with  the same old story of a family, love, fashion and basketball, in it’s seventh successful season. My character is Mouth who’s dream is to become a real sports reporter. His love life is not too happy – he is kind of a loser – but he has a huge heart, and huge ears as well…

The Skins in a BAFTA-winning British television series. Its success is mainly due to the scandalous topics such as drug use or homosexuality. Maxxie is a gay guy whose dream is to become a professional dancer. One of my favorite scenes was when he announced in front of his class that he is a slut and he is very sorry about it…

One of my best jobs was the little Inu Yasha hero, Shippou, who is aKitsune-youkai, meaning a fox-spirit.  He was attacked by the evil lightning-brothers, who took a fragment of a small fox, and killed his father. Shippou was alone and wanted to revenge his father’s death. This is how he met the main characters, Inuyasha and Kagome, Sango and Miroku. It was absolutely impossible to use this tone of voice for 167 episodes… but I just loved it!

When a woman loves a man

Posted by Júl 01 2010

It’s hard to believe, but David Fincher, the man behind brilliant thrillers like “Seven,” “Fight Club”, and “Alien 3” is now the director of the most exciting romantic drama of our age. The genius master decided to spice up his cinematic resume with a surrealistic love story. Through the reversed life of his hero he is throwing us into a deep-deep pool of tears, and it’s up to us, if we sink down into the swamp of sorrow, float on the waves of laughter or cleanse ourselves with the painful and warm tears of love…

Travel with Benjamin…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is curious indeed: the story starts in 1920’s after the World War as a little baby boy is born into the body of a nearly hundred year old Metushelah. His mother died while she was giving birth, and as his father, after seeing the baby with his all-wrinkled skin, decides to get rid of his own flesh and blood as soon as possible. After finding his new home with a family who knows exactly how is it to be different from all the others, we discover the secret: the strange little old boy is actually growing younger and younger as the years go by. The Forrest Gump-like storyline gives us the impression that we are all relatives, friends and mentors in this adventouros life. And although we feel we are a part of his path, we can never be as close to him as a little girl… woman… old lady, who has to go climb all the stairs of heavens and hell if she doesn’t want to give up on her loved one.

Anyone who saw the fantastic movie, “Babel” knows exactly how the chemistry works between Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Not just because she is pretty, tall and has an appearance of a queen, and he is charming and handsome as he has ever been, but also because both of them are shining with the glow of the classic Hollywood stars, and never seem superficial for a single second. Through three and a half-hour long movie, the actors and the creators are spoiling us with so many colors that the film never seems boring or heavy. Of course it helps a lot, that the movie is flawless also from a virtual point of view. The excellent work of the visual artists, designers and the entire crew is deserving every single technical Oscar which the film was nominated for. It also worth every minute what the make-up artists spent with applying the mask on Pitt, for turning him into Benjamin Button… it took five whole hours every single day.

The screenwriter Eric Roth based his story on a novel by Scott Fitzgerald, and even if the title is the same, the dramaturgy is as different as it can be. In the original story a sage was born old, with knowledge and wisdom, and later on he dies having forgotten everything, without even understanding how does it happen – he is just getting lost in the dark. Roth decided to introduce his own Benjamin as old man only in appearance, but with the mind of a newborn baby. This small twist entirely changes the character of the hero: it seems like Benjamin has nothing to loose and he is becoming younger, more handsome, and also wiser. But towards the end of the story, Roth decides to change his tune again, and now the little hero is suddenly loosing everything: his wisdom, his intelligence and most importantly his capability for being in love.

The plot ends in our days, as the Katrina hurricane destroys New-Orleans. The dramatic ending is not only spectacular but it works as an amazing metaphor: we usually deal with the acceptance of death in our own silent and personal way, trying to think about it as a natural part of life. But to loose our loved ones while we are still alive, can cause a real storm inside. A storm which in the end can be more devestating than the death itself…