Colin Farrell regrets hair dye disaster

Colin Farrell recently had to call a friend for help after he used an at-home dye kit on his locks.Earlier this month, the actor decided to drastically change his look to celebrate the end of filming BBC series The North Water. Colin had been in the No…

Colin Farrell recently had to call a friend for help after he used an at-home dye kit on his locks.

Earlier this month, the actor decided to drastically change his look to celebrate the end of filming BBC series The North Water.

Colin had been in the North Pole on the set of the four-part drama, alongside co-stars Stephen Graham and Jack O’Connell, and wanted to overhaul his look after playing the brutish character of Henry Drax when he returned home to Los Angeles. However, he hated the finished result.

“The job I finished close to the North Pole was fairly intense, so at the end of films, I like to do something that might be something as simple as paint a nail black or get a haircut… or shower,” he told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show on Wednesday. “I decided to dye my hair… so I went to (drug store) Rite Aid and spent about $80 on L’Oreal’s finest.

“It went f**ked up. It went bad… It went purple, and then it went p**s yellow, and then it went… foxy silver-grey.”

Colin later admitted he panicked because he didn’t want to show up on the set of his next project, Matt Reeves’s comic book thriller The Batman, in which he plays Penguin/ Oswald Cobblepot, with grey hair.

“I had somebody come by and fix it, a friend,” the 43-year-old added. “It was misguided but it was something to kill a few hours.”

The Irish star will appear opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman in the film, which is due to begin shooting next month. The Batman is slated for release in June 2021.

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Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over The Irishman character

Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over his role in The Irishman as he was worried about an English actor playing one of his old mafia acquaintances.Graham plays Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s new movie, which also stars Al Pacino and…

Joe Pesci grilled Stephen Graham over his role in The Irishman as he was worried about an English actor playing one of his old mafia acquaintances.

Graham plays Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s new movie, which also stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

However, the Boardwalk Empire star has now shared that he found meeting Pesci to be mortifying, as the actor knew Tony Pro, who was a leading gangland figure in his home state of New Jersey, and originally had eyes on that part.

“Awkward is not the word,” Stephen told U.K. chat show host Graham Norton. “It was the first couple of days of filming, and I was told that he wanted to see me. He asked, ‘Where are you from?’ I said, ‘I’m from England, Liverpool’ and he went, ‘You’re not Italian?’ I apologised for it and he was like, ‘Okay, you’d better do this right,’ to which I said, ‘I’ll do my best.'”

Graham went on to reveal that Pesci, who plays quietly spoken gangster Russell Bufalino in the film, had coveted the role due to his connection with the top mafioso.

“‘I wanted your part,'” the star recalled Pesci telling him. “I was like, ‘But your part’s massive, you’ve got loads to do.’ And he said, ‘I knew Tony so make sure you do a good job.’ The meeting really couldn’t have got any worse!”

The British actor also revealed that the Home Alone star insisted he completely ditched his Liverpool accent during filming.

“A few days later he came up to me and said, ‘You’re doing really well, come and have some dinner,” the 46-year-old remembered. “But then he said, ‘Why are you talking like that? Why don’t you talk as your character so I can understand you?'”

The Irishman is available on Netflix now.

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Stephen Graham in talks to join Venom 2 – report

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to e…

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.

The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to editors at Deadline. It is unclear what part he will play.

Hardy is reprising his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who transforms into the titular alien symbiote, while Harrelson is expanding his role as villain Carnage after a post-credits scene at the end of Venom teased his character.

Harris is set to play villain Shriek, who originally served as one of Spider-Man’s adversaries in the Marvel comics.

Should the deal go ahead, it will mark the second time Graham has worked with Hardy, as the pair also starred in the FX series Taboo.

The British actor shot to fame in Guy Ritchie’s comedy-drama Snatch back in 2000, and since then, he has landed roles in movies such as Gangs of New York, Public Enemies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.

He also played Al Capone on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire, and is currently earning critical acclaim as labour organiser Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The first Venom movie, released in 2018, underwhelmed critics but grossed a massive $855 million (£649 million) worldwide, prompting Sony bosses to order a sequel.

Kelly Marcel is penning the script, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal returning to produce the movie, along with Hutch Parker.

Venom 2 is slated for release in October 2020.

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This Is England role almost cost Stephen Graham acting career

British actor Stephen Graham almost “lost” himself after drowning his sorrows in alcohol while portraying a racist thug in hit drama This Is England. The Boardwalk Empire star won huge acclaim portraying ex-convict Andrew ‘Combo’ Gascoigne in Shane Me…

British actor Stephen Graham almost “lost” himself after drowning his sorrows in alcohol while portraying a racist thug in hit drama This Is England.

The Boardwalk Empire star won huge acclaim portraying ex-convict Andrew ‘Combo’ Gascoigne in Shane Meadows’ 2006 movie, in which his character violently attacks a black man.

However, the role took an emotional toll on Graham, and he turned to booze to try and escape the tough gig, which left him crying his eyes out over the phone to his wife Hannah Walters, who had a minor role in the film.

“It was life-changing. I lost myself quite a bit within that character…,” he told The Sun. “For me, that was where I really learned to dive into a character.”

But the high praise the 45 year old received for his performance as a white nationalist onscreen didn’t initially help his acting career – and Graham was almost forced to quit.

“After This Is England I could not get a job. For about eight months I couldn’t get an audition,” he said. “I almost packed it all in. I was going to be a youth worker.”

Despite the tough time he endured as Combo, Graham went on to reprise the role for three spin-off mini-series, beginning in 2010 for This Is England ’86. This Is England ’88, and This Is England ’90 followed in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

He has since also featured in blockbuster movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011 and 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as well as upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as the rock legend.

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Aml Ameen: ‘Working with Idris Elba was like being with my big brother’

Actor Aml Ameen loved collaborating with Idris Elba on Yardie, comparing the experience to working with a “big brother”.Sense8 star Aml first met Idris on a plane in 2015, where he devoured the Yardie script and agreed to star in the project by the tim…

Actor Aml Ameen loved collaborating with Idris Elba on Yardie, comparing the experience to working with a “big brother”.

Sense8 star Aml first met Idris on a plane in 2015, where he devoured the Yardie script and agreed to star in the project by the time he had disembarked.

The 45-year-old Luther actor chose to bring the movie, adapted from a book by Victor Headley, to the big screen, with a cast including Aml, Shantol Jackson and Boardwalk Empire star Stephen Graham, in his first movie as a film director. And Aml has explained that working with fellow Brit Idris was an experience that felt familial.

“I felt like I made a friend and I was finally getting to work with my big brother who I had looked up to from the periphery over the years,” Aml told British publication The Voice. “He invited me into his world and really streamlined a performance before we even got to set.”

Aml, 33, explained that Idris was very open to collaboration on set, and, as an actor, understood his need to share his thoughts on character D, a Jamaican man whose plans to abandon a life of crime change when he heads to London and encounters the man who murdered his brother ten years ago.

“I remember when I read the initial script I said to Idris could we bring back the essence of darkness and the torment the guy was going through,” he continued. “I wanted to be able to explore that and the truth about what it would have been like to explore that person. I think Idris did a fantastic job of humanising the terminology ‘Yardie’ in the first place.”

The film has opened to mixed reviews, with some critics suggesting the dialogue is tough to follow. But Aml is proud of Idris’ effort to “humanise” the Yardie gangster.

“I feel like what we did with this movie, which so many of my favourite gangster genres do, like Goodfellas, City of God, is try to humanise the experience and give reason as to the ways that D was acting,” he smiled.

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Idris Elba: ‘Yardie captured my imagination’

Idris Elba was inspired by 1992 novel Yardie, which he’s adapted in his directorial debut.The British actor has taken Victor Headley’s story to the big screen, with a cast including Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham, having been blown a…

Idris Elba was inspired by 1992 novel Yardie, which he’s adapted in his directorial debut.

The British actor has taken Victor Headley’s story to the big screen, with a cast including Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham, having been blown away by the book’s content when he read it as a teenager.

“If someone said, ‘Read a novel,’ you were like, ‘Mills & Boon? I’m not reading no novels.’ This was called Yardie, man. This was about a rude boy on the streets,” Idris recalled in an interview with Britain’s Empire magazine. “There were no films about rude boys on the street, there were no TV shows about rude boys. The cover had a guy’s face with a gun pointing at you; it was like ‘Well, I’ve gotta read this.’ And it was compelling – it’s a page-turner. It certainly captured my imagination.”

Yardie – which usually refers to Jamaican gangs or organised crime groups – tells the story of a young Jamaican man, named D, whose plans to abandon a life of crime change when he encounters the man who murdered his brother ten years ago. Much of the film is set in 1980s Hackney, a borough in London where Idris was born in 1972. To emphasise his connection to the film’s setting, Idris – who also DJs under the moniker DJ Big Driis – gave the film a more musical focus.

“I wanted to make it more relatable and real,” he explained. “The reality of being a young lad in England. My offering was that needle-drop into the culture, and the music was the way through to that. I was never a gangster in the way D was, but I was around the culture.”

Yardie hits U.K. cinemas 31 August (18).

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