Chris Evans freaked out while auditioning for Seth Rogen

Chris Evans was so nervous auditioning for Seth Rogen that he lost out on a role in one of the funnyman’s movie.The Captain America star recalled the embarrassing incident as he discussed how he was keen to move on from his role as Johnny Storm/Human T…

Chris Evans was so nervous auditioning for Seth Rogen that he lost out on a role in one of the funnyman’s movie.

The Captain America star recalled the embarrassing incident as he discussed how he was keen to move on from his role as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies in the mid-2000s.

He told Backstage magazine that he went along to audition for Rogen’s offbeat comedy Observe and Report, which was released in 2009, and followed the story of a mentally unstable vigilante mall cop who wants to join the police academy.

“I walked in the room, and there were Seth and the director and a producer, and for some reason, my brain just started shrieking, just screaming, ‘No, no, no.’ I began my audition, and about three lines in, I got this wave of sweats and my face went red. Mid-audition, I said, ‘I’m sorry, guys. I’m sorry. I’ve got to stop,'” Evans shared.

“I go into the hallway, I collect my thoughts. I’m laughing at myself. Go back in, we start up again, and it f**king happens again. My face just goes so red. I start sweating and I have to stop again.”

Evans then headed home from the audition, but called his agent and asked for another chance, promising he would get a handle on his nerves.

“They got me back in a couple of days later and I’m back in. Don’t you f**king know, it happened again!” the Knives Out star laughed. “There’s a wave of heat and sweat and I had to stop again. And I just say, ‘Guys, I’m so sorry…I’m just going to go.’ I did not get that role.”

Rogen eventually starred as the mall cop, alongside Anna Faris and Ray Liotta.

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Josh Trank wanted black actress to play Sue Storm in Fantastic Four

Josh Trank faced “heavy pushback” over his decision to cast a black actress as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four.The filmmaker, who helmed the 2015 comic book blockbuster, has revealed that he had a lot of “controversial conversations” when it came to castin…

Josh Trank faced “heavy pushback” over his decision to cast a black actress as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four.

The filmmaker, who helmed the 2015 comic book blockbuster, has revealed that he had a lot of “controversial conversations” when it came to casting decisions with bosses at 20th Century Fox.

In an interview with Geeks of Color, Trank recalled wanting the roles of Sue Storm, her brother Johnny Storm, and their father Franklin Storm to be played by black actors, but faced a lot of resistance.

“There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm, and a black Franklin Storm,” he stated, noting that studio bosses were keen for a white actress, such as Margot Robbie, to be the film’s leading lady.

Kate Mara was eventually cast as Sue Storm, who was adopted, while Michael B. Jordan played her brother Johnny Storm and Reg E. Cathey portrayed Franklin Storm.

Trank confessed he felt he had “failed” when he relented and scrapped his vision to cast black actors in the superhero roles, and wished he had stood up for his values instead.

“When it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role… When I look back on that, I should have just walked when that realisation sort of hit me, and I feel embarrassed about that, that I didn’t just out of principle,” he shared. “Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life; those weren’t the values then or ever for me… I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue. I feel like I failed in that regard.”

The director previously revealed he received death threats over casting Jordan as Johnny Storm in the 2015 reboot.

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Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan in Fantastic Four

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller …

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, and Jamie Bell as The Thing.

Noting that he fought with bosses at Fox to cast Jordan as Storm, who transforms into the Human Torch after being exposed to cosmic rays, Trank also revealed that he was left on edge at one point during the shoot after he read posts on IMDb message boards from disgruntled fans who threatened to shoot him over the news the Creed star had landed the coveted role.

“I was so f**king paranoid during that shoot,” he confessed, adding that he slept with a gun during production. “If someone came into my house, I would have ended their f**king life. When you’re in a headspace where people want to get you, you think, ‘I’m going to defend myself.'”

Trank also claimed he was left out of overseeing reshoots on the highly anticipated reboot and that the film’s ending was changed after studio bosses were unimpressed with the dark tone.

“It was like being castrated,” the 36-year-old commented of watching reshoots that were overseen by producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trank explained it was his bad experience making Fantastic Four that led to him quitting the standalone Star Wars movie about Boba Fett that he was due to direct.

“I quit because I knew I was going to be fired if I didn’t quit,” he recalled, adding that he believed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy was about to fire him anyway.

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Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic heading to video-on-demand

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May. The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but tha…

Tom Hardy’s Al Capone biopic will be released on video-on-demand in May.

The Dark Knight Rises actor portrayed America’s most notorious gangster in the biopic, which was originally titled Fonzo, in early 2018 ahead of a planned release in 2019, but that date came and went without any updates.

However, on Wednesday, after around a year of silence about the project, director Josh Trank shared the trailer on Twitter and revealed its new title – Capone – and that it would be released on video-on-demand on 12 May.

“TRAILER. Tom Hardy. Capone. Coming MAY 12. (Different title. My cut.),” he tweeted, referencing the drama with his ill-fated reboot of Fantastic Four in 2015. He had creative differences with Fox executives during post-production and declared the finished film was not his version.

In separate tweets, Trank, making his first directorial outing since the debacle, explained that Capone was supposed to have a theatrical release but he turned to digital following the closure of cinemas due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Will be on streaming! Planned as theatrical, but hopefully will be on the big screen later this year!” the director wrote, before adding, “It was supposed to be in theatres next month, but there’s no theatres. I’m very grateful we can do it this way for everyone at home right now.”

Knives Out director Rian Johnson vouched for the movie on Twitter by writing, “This movie is bats**t bonkers (in the best possible way) and believe me you’re going to want to see it.”

Capone depicts the criminal’s life after his stint in prison, when he begins to suffer from dementia and becomes haunted by his violent past. The screenplay was written by Trank and it also stars Kyle MacLachlan, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, and Matt Dillon.

It will be available for a 48-hour rental from 12 May.

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Chris Evans’s mum convinced him to take on Captain America

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was …

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.

The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was “scared” of being a part of a massive film franchise.

Now, it has been revealed that it was the actor’s mum, Lisa, who convinced him to seize the career-making opportunity.

“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” she explained to Esquire magazine. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.'”

She added, “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity. You’ll never have to worry about paying the rent. If you take the part, you just have to decide, ‘It’s not going to affect my life negatively – it will enable it.'”

Evans, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, took his mother’s advice and ended up playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 11 Marvel movies, from Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 to last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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John Krasinski keen to play Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four reboot

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marv…

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.

The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Krasinski first expressed his desire to play scientist Reed Richards, who transforms into Mr. Fantastic after being exposed to cosmic radiation in space, almost two years ago.

And in an interview with Total Film, he revealed he’s still hopeful he’ll be able to play the superhero on the big screen one day.

“I would love to be in the Marvel Universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies,” Krasinski explained. “I have no idea what (Marvel) are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

But The Office star, who made his directorial debut with critically-acclaimed horror A Quiet Place in 2018, ruled himself out of helming a Marvel blockbuster in the future.

“Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun,” he laughed.

Marvel producers have not yet formally announced a reboot of the beleaguered Fantastic Four franchise, but rumours have swirled since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last year.

The most recent adaptation of the comic book was back in 2015. However, the flick, which starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara, was mauled by critics and flopped at the box office.

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Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan to reunite on Tom Clancy movie

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will m…

Jamie Bell is set to reunite with Michael B. Jordan for new movie Without Remorse.

The 33-year-old British actor is in final negotiations to join Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel, according to Variety. If his deal is finalised, it will mark a reunion between Bell and Jordan, who last appeared together in the critically-panned Fantastic Four reboot in 2015, alongside Miles Teller and Kate Mara.

Jordan was previously cast as operations officer John Clark, also known as John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who goes to work for the CIA. Bell would portray Robert Ritter, the deputy director of operations at the CIA who helped recruit Clark upon his return to the U.S. after his haunting mission in Vietnam.

Director Stefano Sollima is at the helm of Without Remorse, while Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is penning the script, with Jordan, Akiva Goldsman, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec serving as producers.

And in an attempt to build a film franchise around Jordan’s role as Clark, the 32-year-old will also lead the movie adaptation of Clancy’s novel Rainbow Six, with production scheduled to begin towards the end of this year.

The character has appeared in 17 of Clancy’s novels, including Clear and Present Danger.

Bell recently starred as neo-Nazi Bryon Widner in Skin and in the Elton John biopic Rocketman as the pop icon’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Jordan is currently starring in Just Mercy, alongside Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

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Sean Astin wanted to direct Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finis…

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.

The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finishing The Lord of the Rings saga, in which he played Samwise Gamgee, in 2003.

Astin even tracked down a number of scripts that were developed by the studio over the years – including one from filmmaker Chris Columbus – and eventually lined up a meeting with Kevin Feige, who at the time was in charge of physical production at Marvel Studios.

“I was just starring in Lord of the Rings so there was a moment where you could just call people. And I said, ‘Listen, is there any way in the world that you’d consider me to direct Fantastic Four?’ And he was like, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ I said, ‘So are you saying there’s zero chance? Zero? No chance? 100 per cent not gonna do it?’ He says, ‘Well, I’m not gonna say zero per cent…'” he stated.

Astin then met with Tom Rothman, the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, and pitched his Fantastic Four idea – with Aguilera as superhero Sue Storm.

“I remember I was trying to meet with Christina Aguilera, I thought she’d be great as Sue Storm. It was an amazing time, it was an insane time,” the 48-year-old commented, before recalling the less-than-enthusiastic response he received from the studio boss.

“(Rothman) looks at me and he’s like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I said, ‘I want to direct this movie.’ He goes, ‘Alright, well, this meeting is premature. We’ve ordered another script. It’s due in three weeks from now. And he said, ‘And I’ll let you read it.'”

Astin even approached Michael Chiklis and encouraged The Shield star to go for the part of the Thing, and later tried to convince Cameron Diaz to play Sue Storm.

“(Diaz) was like, ‘Wait, how long do I have to be in the make-up?’ And I was like, ‘Well, maybe a while.’ She said, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do that,'” he added.

Sadly for The Lord of the Rings star, his beloved Fantastic Four project didn’t pan out, as Fox enlisted the filmmaking services of Tim Story, who directed the 2005 feature, starring Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Chris Evans as The Human Torch, and Chiklis as the Thing.

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Kate Mara styles all of her own red carpet outfits

Kate Mara styles all of her own outfits for red carpet events.The House of Cards actress has a knack for pulling off just about any fashion trend and often steps out in looks which combine edgy garments with more tailored pieces. While Kate previously …

Kate Mara styles all of her own outfits for red carpet events.

The House of Cards actress has a knack for pulling off just about any fashion trend and often steps out in looks which combine edgy garments with more tailored pieces. While Kate previously worked with Hollywood stylist Johnny Wujek on her ensembles, she now prefers to do her own styling.

“I used to work with a stylist, but now I just go to one designer and try things on – it’s easy,” she said during a chat with Riverdale actress Camila Mendes for U.S. InStyle magazine, adding that she can always find something that suits her requirements at a specific Italian fashion house.

“Valentino looks are always very classic, but romantic and ethereal too… Valentino will forever be special to me because Pierpaolo (Piccioli, designer) made me an incredible custom wedding dress.”

Kate, who married her Fantastic Four co-star Jamie Bell in July 2017, also explained that she is “fascinated” by designers and the way in which a particular garment can transform her look or mood. However, she tends to abide by simple outfits when off-duty.

“(My style is) a masculine-feminine mix. Most days I’m in some variation of black pants, usually by Rag & Bone, with a white T-shirt,” the 35-year-old said.

During the chat, Kate divulged that she loves to buy jackets, especially creations from Yigal Azrouel. But when all of her fashion finds start to take over her house, she has no option but to sell them on.

“I use the closet in my husband and I’s bedroom and the one in our guest room. I’m trying to be better about it and do a clean out every month! When I need space, I sell pieces on (luxury consignment website) The RealReal,” she added.

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Jessica Alba sheds her ‘pregnancy hair’

New mum Jessica Alba has refreshed her look by chopping off her lacklustre “pregnancy hair”. The Fantastic Four beauty kicked off 2018 as a mother-of-three after giving birth to her son Hayes, and on Wednesday (07Mar18), she debuted her chic new cut o…

New mum Jessica Alba has refreshed her look by chopping off her lacklustre “pregnancy hair”.

The Fantastic Four beauty kicked off 2018 as a mother-of-three after giving birth to her son Hayes, and on Wednesday (07Mar18), she debuted her chic new cut online after turning to celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood to trim a few inches from her long, brunette locks.

Jessica shared before-and-after snaps side-by-side on Instagram and asked fans for feedback.

“This happened,” she captioned the post. “thx (thanks) @chadwoodhair for the awesome #haircut- it feels sooo good to shed the pregnancy hair. Whaddaya think (sic)?”

The actress was flooded with compliments from followers, who gave the star’s new cut a big thumbs up.

Jessica’s trip to the hair salon came shortly after pushing herself through her third workout session of the day in a bid to lose the pregnancy pounds and gear up for her acting return in the planned Bad Boys TV spin-off.

The 36-year-old, who is also mum to daughters Honor, nine, and Haven, six, posted a pair of photos with her sweaty workout buddies after their spin class, and wrote, “3rd workout of the day for me -man it was hard, but oh so good…”

Earlier in the day, Alba had also hit the gym with her Bad Boys co-star Gabrielle Union, who is known for her fit physique.

“I was feeling really good about myself until I saw this hottie come in here with all of her fashions and her abs and her dimples,” Jessica quipped in an Instagram Story video, as she turned the camera on Gabrielle, who was riding an exercise bike.

Alba is teaming the intense exercise sessions with a new healthy eating plan, thanks to “amazing nutritionist” Kelly LeVeque, to help her get back into tip-top shape.

“Starting today I’m going to make healthier food choices…,” she told fans in early February (18). “I just had a baby, and it’s hard to get back in the saddle, but I think it’s time.”

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