Ana de Armas ‘shook with nerves’ before audition with Ryan Gosling

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original. However, in an interview for the l…

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.

The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original.

However, in an interview for the latest issue of American Airlines’ in-flight magazine, American Way, Ana recalled how daunting she found the audition experience.

“Hell yes, I was nervous,” he laughed, noting that she didn’t get to meet Ryan, who played K, until her third callback. “The third time, I knew he would be there. I was shaking so badly.”

And the final audition was to gauge the romantic tension between the two actors, adding an extra element of pressure.

“They put you in a room together and make you read things, to see how your chemistry is. I wish I had the tape of that meeting,” the 31-year-old smiled.

And Ryan isn’t the only handsome actor that Ana has had the pleasure to work with. In November, she will star in No Time to Die, the latest film in the James Bond franchise, alongside Daniel Craig.

The star was offered a spot in the spy flick before the script was even confirmed – something that surprised her.

“Bond girls have been portrayed for so many years with a specific type of woman. I associate it with some sort of perfection and beauty standards beyond the normal. Things that I didn’t match… Usually these women, they need to be rescued. Or they die. Or are evil,” she commented, before adding that she was convinced to take on the project when the writers assured her that the character of Paloma would be a CIA agent who assists 007.

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George Lazenby wants Margot Robbie to be first female Bond

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has named Margot Robbie as his top choice to become the first female 007.As the upcoming No Time to Die marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the British secret service agent, fans are now wondering whether or…

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has named Margot Robbie as his top choice to become the first female 007.

As the upcoming No Time to Die marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the British secret service agent, fans are now wondering whether or not an actress will be announced as his replacement.

And speaking to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Lazenby stated that he would “rather see a woman on screen than a man” and tipped fellow Australian star Margot as his top pick for the role.

“There’s an Australian actress who’s over here that I was just listening to on the television today, Margot Robbie,” he said. “She would be good. She’s ballsy.

“She comes across like she’s very confident… if you can pull that off, people will believe you.”

The actor, who appeared as Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, then went on to suggest producer Barbara Broccoli could turn to mixed martial arts to find the next big star.

“Some Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters are women. They’re capable. I wouldn’t like to meet one in a dark alley,” the 80-year-old added.

Lazenby famously opposed the idea of a female 007 in 2018 when he commented in an interview, “It wouldn’t work. If you hit a woman, you get arrested.”

However, he later clarified his words, insisting “we have far to progress on equality” and adding: “I hope I can be known as The Spy Who Loved #MeToo.”

No Time to Die, also featuring Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, and Ralph Fiennes, is due to hit cinemas from 12 November.

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Ana de Armas thrilled with costumes for new Marilyn Monroe movie

Ana de Armas has over 100 costume changes in her upcoming Marilyn Monroe movie, Blonde.The Knives Out actress is currently in the post-production phase of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, a drama based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.Ana tak…

Ana de Armas has over 100 costume changes in her upcoming Marilyn Monroe movie, Blonde.

The Knives Out actress is currently in the post-production phase of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, a drama based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

Ana takes on the Hollywood icon in the project, and while it was challenging to play such a complex figure, she was thrilled by all of the wardrobe options.

“That wardrobe was massive,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I think I had over 100 changes.”

Little else is known about Blonde, which will also feature Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson.

However, Ana noted that being able to wear such glamorous outfits was a direct contrast to the clothes she wore while growing up in Havana, Cuba.

“When I was in middle school and high school, it was terrible,” the 31-year-old recalled to stylist Karla Welch, adding that she often wore her brother’s hand-me-downs. “I didn’t have much to choose from. I would wear basically anything I had… Clothes that were too small for him, I would wear it. It was kind of tomboyish.”

And even now, Ana prefers to be comfortable whenever she’s off-duty.

“In the morning, I get up so early to go to set. I see the cute boots or the sneakers when I’m deciding what to wear, and I always choose the sneakers,” she laughed in a recent chat with Porter magazine.

Blonde is set to hit cinemas later this year. Ana’s other upcoming projects include James Bond movie No Time to Die, slated for release in November, and Adrian Lyne’s thriller Deep Water.

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Ben Affleck: ‘My dialogue was dubbed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie’

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production. In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player be…

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production.

In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player becomes a werewolf and delivers one line of dialogue as he gives the werewolf the ball.

Affleck has now revealed the voice that can be heard as he mouths the line in the comedy horror movie is not his because the director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, decided to swap his dialogue for someone else’s.

“Apparently, I’m so bad in that movie. I had one line. It was ‘Take it’, I think,” he said on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show. “I thought it was fine and the director seemed happy.”

However, Affleck only discovered that his voice had been dubbed when he saw his fleeting scene in the 1992 movie, which inspired the popular TV series, for the first time.

“I went to the movie – I didn’t get premiere tickets or anything – and I was like, ‘That is not my voice. That is not me,'” the 47-year-old added. “Apparently the director hated my performance so much that she looped the entire performance, which was one line. But, yes, I am dubbed – in English! Thank you for bringing that memory up.”

Affleck gave the interview to promote his new movie The Way Back, in which he plays a former high school basketball star struggling with alcoholism who lands a job coaching at his old school.

He recently finished production on crime thriller Deep Water, alongside Ana de Armas, and is filming Ridley Scott’s medieval drama The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

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Rian Johnson: ‘Apple bosses won’t let bad guys use iPhones in films’

Rian Johnson has claimed Apple executives won’t allow bad characters to be seen using iPhones in films.The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director shared the filmmaking secret during a video interview with Vanity Fair in which he broke down a pivotal scene i…

Rian Johnson has claimed Apple executives won’t allow bad characters to be seen using iPhones in films.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director shared the filmmaking secret during a video interview with Vanity Fair in which he broke down a pivotal scene in his recent Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, Knives Out, which revolves around Daniel Craig’s detective Benoit Blanc investigating who killed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey.

He shed light on making the scene in which all the members of the Thrombey family converge in the mansion for the first time following Harlan’s death and revealed that you can tell who the villain of the piece is by looking at their mobile devices, as there is a reason why several characters were seen using an iPhone onscreen and one, in particular, was not.

“I don’t know if I should say this or not,” he said. “Not because it’s lascivious or something, but because it’s gonna screw me on the next mystery movie that I write. But forget it, I’ll say it, it’s very interesting. Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but, and this is very pivotal, if you’re ever watching a mystery movie, bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera. Every single filmmaker who has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now.”

Knives Out, which also starred Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis, was a critical and commercial success following its release in November.

It was recently announced that Johnson, who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars, was working on a sequel that will follow Blanc as he investigates a new murder.

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Saint Laurent serves up ’80s-inspired power suits for fall 20

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of…

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of Hailey Bieber, Kit Harington, Brooklyn Beckham, Joe Keery, Maika Monroe, Lily Collins, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Zoe Kravitz all perched on the front row.

Explaining his influences for the range, Vaccarello commented in his show notes that he was interested in subverting convention by combining traditionally feminine silhouettes with racier fabrics.

“Between gilded salons and nocturnal places inhabited by well-mannered girls and bad boys, the Saint Laurent woman loves to take risks, she wears lace and cashmere with Latex,” he commented.

With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the presentation opened with a model walking the runway in a red and black plaid jacket, matching pussy bow blouse, black Latex leggings, and large black and gold stud earrings.

Vaccarello then offered up a parade of super sexy outfits, with one model sporting a halterneck top made of Latex with black velvet trousers and thigh-high boots, and another outfitted in a black leather corset and long coat.

And despite building up a reputation for using black and muted shades, Vaccarello used his new collection to experiment with colour.

Partway through the spectacle, models showed off skin-tight trousers made from purple, magenta, and red Latex, while he also dropped a line-up of outfits utilising eye-catching combinations, such as a bold red jacket matched with a pink top and purple leggings, or a mustard yellow jacket paired with purple tights.

To conclude, the designer served up a range of eveningwear pieces, like a red sequin dress with pussy bow neckline and black velvet dress with plunging neckline.

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Ana de Armas wore brother’s hand-me-downs while growing up in Cuba

Ana de Armas has recalled how she grew up wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs.The actress was raised in Havana, Cuba and has since gone on to carve out a successful career in Spain and Hollywood, having landed roles in films such as Blade Runner 2049, …

Ana de Armas has recalled how she grew up wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs.

The actress was raised in Havana, Cuba and has since gone on to carve out a successful career in Spain and Hollywood, having landed roles in films such as Blade Runner 2049, Knives Out, and the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

However, in a cover interview with Porter magazine, Ana explained that her early years were very humble, and she would often sport garments made from her sibling’s school uniform.

“His old school uniform pants (were) cut into play shorts,” she remembered.

Ana went on to share that she enjoys wearing costumes for movies and getting dressed up for red carpet events. But when she’s off-duty, her outfits are all about comfort.

“In the morning, I get up so early to go to set. I see the cute boots or the sneakers when I’m deciding what to wear, and I always choose the sneakers,” the 31-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Ana opened up about how she made the difficult decision to pursue an acting career at the age of 18. Yet, her determination soon paid off, and shortly after arriving in Spain, she was hired for her first TV gig.

“I always knew what to expect. I knew the limitations of the country (Cuba), in terms of production I had to go,” she commented. “So, before I even turned 18, I told my parents that was going to happen. They’ve been so supportive, I was lucky. But it was me going into the unknown. I was just like, ‘This is what I’m going to do with my life.’ I put myself in their shoes and realise now what they were thinking, and how terrifying it must have been.”

No Time to Die hits cinemas in April.

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Ana de Armas thrilled to play Marilyn Monroe in ‘groundbreaking’ film

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being ca…

Ana de Armas has described her upcoming performance as Marilyn Monroe in biopic Blonde as “groundbreaking”.

The Cuban actress will appear as the Hollywood icon in the Andrew Dominik-directed flick, and accordingly, she can’t believe her luck at being cast in the role.

“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else. The producers. The money people. I always have people I needed to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was groundbreaking. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so badly,” she told Vanity Fair. “I have never worked more closely with a director than I worked with Andrew. Yes, I have had collaborative relationships, but to get phone calls at midnight because he has an idea and he can’t sleep and all of a sudden you can’t sleep for the same reason.”

Ana grew up in Havana and only learned to speak English a few years ago – mastering the language in just four months.

“People ask, ‘How did you learn English so quickly?’ I’m like, ‘Because my life depended on it’,” the 31-year-old explained.

She’s since gone on to land roles in thriller Deep Water alongside Ben Affleck, The Night Clerk with Helen Hunt, and will appear alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond in No Time to Die. But Ana insisted her success is all down to hard work.

“I’ve never had an agenda. All I want to do is work,” she added. “All I want to do is get something challenging and prove to myself that I can do it.”

Blonde, also starring Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale, is due to be released later this year.

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Knives Out sequel officially in the works

Lionsgate executives have confirmed a sequel to Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out is a go.The murder mystery, which stars an ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana de Armas, has grossed nearly $300 million (£232…

Lionsgate executives have confirmed a sequel to Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out is a go.

The murder mystery, which stars an ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana de Armas, has grossed nearly $300 million (£232 million) worldwide since its release in November.

Johnson had previously expressed interest in making a sequel and reports have been swirling suggesting he was already working on a script, but the sequel was officially confirmed by Lionsgate chief executive Jon Feltheimer during an earnings conference call on Thursday, according to Deadline.

The Star Wars: The Last Jedi director told the publication in January he would be happy to continue the story.

“I had such a good time making it, such a great time working with Daniel, and now just seeing that audiences are responding to it, the idea of continuing it on seems like it would just be a blast,” he said. “But there’s a lot that has to happen before that can happen, first and foremost being writing a script. So, we’ll see.”

Johnson’s producing partner Ram Bergman also shared with The Hollywood Reporter that James Bond star Craig was eager to reprise the central role of private detective Benoit Blanc in another Agatha Christie-inspired film.

“Daniel had so much fun doing it, and he wants to do more,” Bergman said.

Knives Out has been a commercial and critical hit. It was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Johnson has been nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Award, and Writer Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Original Screenplay. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, he was beaten by Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while at the BAFTAs and WGAs, he lost out to Bong Joon Ho for Parasite. The Oscars take place on Sunday.

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Lashana Lynch thrilled to work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Bond movie

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script…

Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas were thrilled to discover Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired as a writer on their James Bond movie No Time to Die.

The Fleabag creator was brought onboard the project by Bond actor Daniel Craig and helped redraft a script written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Scott Z. Burns. Accordingly, franchise newcomers Lynch and de Armas were thrilled to learn of her involvement.

“I very literally squealed when I first heard her name,” the Captain Marvel actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.'”

“I saw Phoebe, and I just blushed – I got red like a tomato,” the Knives Out star added. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, can I hug you? I want to be your friend.'”

The hire was considered an attempt by franchise producers to bring the films into modern times, with more well-rounded female characters that aren’t just Bond’s conquests.

Cuban actress de Armas told the publication it was clear the franchise was evolving by the fact that Lynch is a main character and gets to wear trousers, and while her character Paloma wears a gown and heels, she has insisted there is more to her than her appearance.

“She’s got this bubbliness of someone who is excited to be on a mission, but she plays with this ambiguity — you don’t really know if she’s like a really trained, prepared partner for Bond,” she said. “(Her) brains and looks are equal this time. She’s very smart. She helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Meanwhile, Lynch explained that she approached Waller-Bridge with ideas about her character and they help craft a real woman who was “round enough the edges”.

No Time to Die hits cinemas in April.

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