Kevin Bacon would take Joe Exotic role ‘in a second’

Kevin Bacon would jump at the opportunity to portray Tiger King star Joe Exotic on the big screen because the incarcerated zookeeper is his “type of guy”.The Footloose star was recently named as the bookmakers’ favourite to bring Exotic to life in the …

Kevin Bacon would jump at the opportunity to portray Tiger King star Joe Exotic on the big screen because the incarcerated zookeeper is his “type of guy”.

The Footloose star was recently named as the bookmakers’ favourite to bring Exotic to life in the inevitable movie adaptation of the stunning true-crime tale, which is documented in Netflix hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

And during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today, Bacon admitted he is ready and waiting for the call.

“I’d play Joe Exotic in a second,” he insisted, revealing he first pondered the casting when his actress wife, Kyra Sedgwick, asked him why he was even watching the docuseries.

“‘This is an amazing show,'” he recalled telling her. “I said, ‘The reason that I’m watching this show is because these are the kind of characters I get asked to play.’ This is my type of guy, you know, so listen, fingers crossed!”

The 61-year-old has even been campaigning for the role on social media, with him sharing a mocked-up image of his face on Exotic’s body.

“I saw Tiger King, and now I bet you can’t unsee this,” he posted on Twitter in early April. “Bacon Exotic might have a nice ring to it?”

Bacon isn’t the only star eager to sink his teeth into the outrageous character – Dax Shepard threw his name out for consideration in March, while bookies believe Edward Norton, Billy Bob Thornton, David Spade, and Ben Stiller would also be good choices to play Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, in a Hollywood biopic.

Wendy McLendon-Covey is the frontrunner to portray Exotic’s rival, big cat sanctuary owner Carole Baskin, who Exotic is accused of plotting to have killed. Allison Janney, Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Coolidge, and Laura Dern are also expected to be in consideration.

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Kristen Bell was told she wasn’t ‘pretty enough’ early in her career

Kristen Bell was told she wasn’t “pretty enough” to play the attractive girls onscreen at the start of her career.The Frozen II actress, 39, told Vanity Fair that when she was starting out as an actress, she’d constantly be told she was “not pretty eno…

Kristen Bell was told she wasn’t “pretty enough” to play the attractive girls onscreen at the start of her career.

The Frozen II actress, 39, told Vanity Fair that when she was starting out as an actress, she’d constantly be told she was “not pretty enough to play the pretty girl”.

“I remember early on, getting feedback, that I wasn’t enough in either category. I would get feedback from an audition: ‘Well, you’re not pretty enough to play the pretty girl, but you’re not quirky enough or weird enough to play the weird girl’,” she recalled.

However, for the aspiring Hollywood star, she was just grateful to be considered for a part at all, adding: “I was like ‘OK so does that just mean I can’t be an actor? What does that mean?’ That’s what I was getting feedback on in every single audition.”

Now, The Good Place star has noted the criteria for acting roles has shifted and producers aren’t so preoccupied with looks anymore, with casting directors favouring “dimensional people that don’t have to be one thing”.

“I think as I’ve grown older, those boxes have changed and they’ve almost gone away,” she explained. “It’s this huge grey area now of all these beautiful stories you can tell.”

And Kristen is “grateful” for how roles for women and men have become more inclusive over the years.

“It’s not the ’80s where you have to have the popular girl and then the nerd who gets the guy. It’s not that anymore and I’m really grateful for that. It opens up a lot of opportunities for everyone to play and pretend, which is the most fun part,” she added.

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Claire Danes stands by decision to turn down Titanic

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading m…

Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down one of the lead roles in Titanic.

The Homeland actress declined the part of Rose in James Cameron’s historical epic back in 1996 because it felt too familiar after having just starred opposite leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

The gig eventually went to Kate Winslet, and the historical epic won 11 Oscars in 1998, including a Best Actress nod for the British star.

However, Danes is still pleased she turned down Titanic because she simply wanted a different type of movie to get her teeth into.

“I had just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot Titanic!” she said during a sit down with Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “And I just didn’t have it in me!”

The 40-year-old then recalled a conversation with DiCaprio as he wrestled with the decision to star in Cameron’s epic.

“He just looked up at me and said, ‘I’m doing it! I’m doing it!'” Danes said. “And I could see he wasn’t sure. But he was like, ‘F**k it, I gotta do this thing.'”

The Golden Globe winner later confessed that she wouldn’t have been able to deal with the huge fame both DiCaprio and Winslet received when the film was released.

“I think I really wasn’t ready for it. And I remember after that movie came out… and he just went into another stratosphere,” she explained. “I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want it. I was just really clear about it. I wasn’t conflicted.”

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Elizabeth Banks will never undergo plastic surgery

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future …

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.

The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future either, as she wouldn’t want to deal with the psychological effect of making any drastic changes to her appearance.

“I’m trying to age gracefully,” she told Dax Shepard during a chat for his Armchair Expert podcast on Monday. “That’s something I will happily say to everyone, like, I have not put anything in my face, I’ve never had a needle in my face … I’m really uninterested in the psychology of starting to mess with my face.

“I would do it if I could happily look in the mirror and not have emotional or psychological baggage doing it but I just… I don’t want to do it and I’m trying to resist and there’s a reason for that and I have to honour it.”

As for her reasons for not having surgery, the 45-year-old continued: “I feel the way about those kinds of doctors as I do about a lot of things, like, you are putting your livelihood and your life into their hands and who knows what could go wrong … like why am I doing that?

“And then I’ve also had friends and my sister who have faced cancer and have had surgeries and stuff and you’re like, ‘Why would I voluntarily put myself under a knife and like anaesthesia and all that?’ It’s all so dangerous, is my point.”

When it comes to how she’ll cope in the world of Hollywood as she advances in her years, the screen star said she hopes society’s views of ageing will change.

“I’m just over it,” the Charlie’s Angels director reflected on the pressures to appear youthful.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard launch plant-based baby product line

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have become the latest stars to launch their own lifestyle brand – with products all designed for babies. The married actors, who share daughters Lincoln, five, and Delta, four, have teamed up with U.S. retail giant Walmar…

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have become the latest stars to launch their own lifestyle brand – with products all designed for babies.

The married actors, who share daughters Lincoln, five, and Delta, four, have teamed up with U.S. retail giant Walmart for Hello Bello, a range of affordable plant-based items, including diapers, wet wipes, shampoo and body wash, baby lotion, and bug spray.

“As a mum of two, I know how beautifully messy parenthood can be, and that’s why we created Hello Bello – a line of premium, super-effective baby care products to take care of your kids from head to butt to toe,” Kristen shares in a press release.

“Our products are fresh and fun. More importantly, we use plant-based ingredients and organic botanicals that are better for our kids and better for our world.”

Her husband Dax adds, “We know parenting is hard enough as it is. Parents shouldn’t have to choose between what’s good for their baby and good for their budget.”

The couple also promoted Hello Bello on the Parenthood actor’s Armchair Expert podcast on Monday, revealing the stars had been “working for two years” on developing the goods.

“(It’s) the stuff we would use on our babies – and do,” Kristen explained, adding that she was the main driving force behind the project: “I’m really anal about (product) ingredients.”

Pricing for items in the collection range from just under $2 (£1.50) to $24 (£18.50).

They aren’t the only celebrity parents to establish baby products free of nasty chemicals – Jessica Alba has found huge success with her Honest brand, which began with baby goods and household items, and has since expanded to include cosmetics and skincare.

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