Mark Ruffalo ‘astonished’ by real-life story behind Dark Waters

Mark Ruffalo was determined to make a movie about the DuPont chemical scandal after reading an “astonishing” article. In Dark Waters, the Avengers actor stars as real-life environmental lawyer Robert Bilott, who agrees to represent a farmer who claims …

Mark Ruffalo was determined to make a movie about the DuPont chemical scandal after reading an “astonishing” article.

In Dark Waters, the Avengers actor stars as real-life environmental lawyer Robert Bilott, who agrees to represent a farmer who claims a nearby landfill site ran by chemical company DuPont is contaminating the water on his farm, but eventually discovers the effects of the toxic substances has a much wider-ranging impact.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton, Ruffalo explained that he read the 2016 New York Times Magazine article, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, and was determined to make a film about it because he wanted more people to know about the scandal.

“I read an article in the New York Times Magazine and the breadth and the depth of the deception were so astonishing to me and the fact I was reading about it in a supplement instead of the headline of every single major newspaper in the world, I thought, ‘This has got to be a movie and people have got to know what’s happened,” he explained.

While preparing for the film, Ruffalo, who also serves as a producer, met with Bilott, who worked on the case for many years, to the detriment of his health and finances.

“He is the most beautiful, heroic and generous guy who did great service for all of us,” the 52-year-old praised.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ruffalo was asked if last year’s Avengers: Endgame was his last appearance as The Hulk, and he vaguely replied, “I don’t know… Who knows really? It is supposed to be over and that was supposed to be the end.”

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Jamie Foxx: ‘Just Mercy struck a personal chord’

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him. In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row fo…

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him.

In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row for six years, until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, took on his case and appealed the conviction.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Foxx explained that he was honoured to shine a light on McMillian’s story and all those who have been unjustly incarcerated, such as his own father.

“When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances,” he shared. “He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, ‘Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,’ and he has been living with me for 20 years now.

“Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, ‘You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'”

Jordan helped produce the movie after reading Stevenson’s memoir about his work getting wrongly convicted people off death row, and Foxx heaped praise on his co-star for helping make Just Mercy, as well as starring in other films which are led by African-Americans.

“I commend Michael for making this movie. If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence. When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul,” the 52-year-old gushed.

Just Mercy is in cinemas now.

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Henry Cavill was banned from doing high-altitude stunt by Tom Cruise

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher M…

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.

The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Henry revealed he was desperate to perform a stunt which involved him jumping out of a plane, but Tom stepped in to talk him out of it.

“One stunt I really wanted to do was the high altitude jump at the beginning of the film,” he told host Graham. “I begged to do it, but Tom said, ‘We would love you to do it, but I am up there with the professionals and if I get anything even slightly wrong, they can correct it. If there are two of us up there and something goes wrong, you’ll kill everyone!’ And I was like, ‘Okay!'”

Working with Tom has rubbed off on the Man of Steel star, as he was determined to do all his own stunts on the set of his new Netflix series, The Witcher, in which he plays a mutated monster hunter.

“I do every single stunt myself. I have a lot of respect for the stunt performers and their craft, but if there was an emotional scene I wouldn’t ask another actor to come in a cry for me,” he explained. “For me, it is really important that the character exists in the action, so if I am going to take on a role like The Witcher I am going to make sure I can do all the stuff he can do.”

The Witcher debuted on Netflix on Friday.

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Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over James Bond role while filming Cats

Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over the possibility of him playing James Bond while they were filming Cats.The film and theatre icon stars as Old Deuteronomy in the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical, alongside Ian McKellen,…

Judi Dench teased Idris Elba over the possibility of him playing James Bond while they were filming Cats.

The film and theatre icon stars as Old Deuteronomy in the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical, alongside Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, and Taylor Swift.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Dench confessed that she tried to make fun of the speculation surrounding Elba playing the famous MI6 super spy, following Daniel Craig’s retirement from the role.

“I knew he was up for it and in Cats I had the line to him ‘You’ll never get to the Heaviside Layer’ but, during rehearsals, I said, ‘You’ll never get to MI6,” Dench quipped.

“But, I think he might,” she cryptically added, before confessing that she’d taken a shine to the 47-year-old star, who plays Macavity in the musical movie. “Well, of course! Why ever not?” the 85-year-old laughed.

Dench played M, head of MI6, from 1995 until her much-loved character was killed off by Javier Bardem’s villain Raoul Silva in 2012’s Skyfall, although she had a cameo appearance in 2015’s Spectre.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Hollywood veteran revealed that she was surprised when she saw her character Old Deuteronomy, which is traditionally a male role, brought to life because it reminded her of one of her own pets.

“It came as a surprise, but it’s still a clapped-out old cat,” she laughed. “I thought I knew the kind of cat I was, but when I saw the film, I realised I had turned into Carpet – a cat I once had that was a huge orange bruiser!”

Cats debuts in theatres 20 December.

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Kevin Hart hates working with animals in movies

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jun…

Kevin Hart didn’t enjoy working with real animals on Jumanji: The Next Level as he was terrified of the camel he had to ride.

The funnyman reprises his role as video game avatar Franklin ‘Moose’ Finbar in the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but was less comfortable during filming this time as he had to deal with real beasts.

Kevin explained during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show that he prefers working with computer-generated animals as he can trust them more.

“I prefer green screen to actual animals – I have a certain respect for them because we don’t know what they are thinking!” he laughed.

However, his co-star Dwayne Johnson then revealed the real reason was because he had to ride a camel during a segment of the film set in the desert. “It’s a fear. He is terrified of camels!” he added.

The Ride Along actor also discussed playing a different character in the sequel, as he is now the avatar for Danny Glover’s Milo Walker, rather than the young athlete Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson.

“The thought of (playing an avatar) is challenging, but when you embrace the idea, it’s actually more fun than anything and we had the opportunity to elevate the first movie we did. The challenge was to come back and outdo that success,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, the wrestler-turned-actor shared his delight with the sequel, which expands upon the first movie, which was a reboot of the original 1995 film Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.

“The first movie was amazing – it really took off,” Johnson said. “With the success of that, we wanted to come back even bigger for part two so we all committed to each other that the story would be right and that the creativity would expand the Jumanji universe.”

Jumanji: The Next Level, which also stars Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, is out on 13 December.

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Chadwick Boseman felt James Brown’s presence before he filmed Get on Up

Chadwick Boseman feels he may have been possessed by the late James Brown’s spirit before playing him in a 2014 biopic.The Black Panther star appears on Friday’s episode of U.K. chat programme The Graham Norton Show, alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who…

Chadwick Boseman feels he may have been possessed by the late James Brown’s spirit before playing him in a 2014 biopic.

The Black Panther star appears on Friday’s episode of U.K. chat programme The Graham Norton Show, alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who told host Graham she spoke to late British royal Princess Margaret before playing her in the new series of The Crown.

Revealing his own spooky encounter before playing Brown in Get on Up, Boseman said: “I had a similar experience with James Brown because I had a lot of questions about playing him.

“I’d actually said no to the role a few times. But after I accepted I was really worried about his movement, his walk, his voice, all of it. I went to sleep one night and when I woke up I was kind of doing his voice and ‘he’ said, ‘You’re going to be good, but you ain’t going to be better than me!'”

Brown died at the age of 73 in 2006.

On the show, Bonham Carter opened up about her ghoulish meeting with Margaret, who died in 2002, explaining that it happened quite by accident.

“I actually went to see a friend about something else, but she has a talent for mediumship and she suddenly said, ‘Margaret is here. Does that mean anything?’ I hadn’t actually said yes (to the part) yet, but thought I’d ask her if I should take the role and she said, ‘You’ll be better than the other one,'” the Alice in Wonderland star shared. “There was actually someone else up for the part and it was typical of Margaret. I’d met her a few times and you never really knew where you were with her, she had a way of complimenting and putting you down at the same time.”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One in the U.K.

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Julie Andrews ‘didn’t feel worthy’ of Oscar win for Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews didn’t “feel worthy” when she won an Oscar so early in her career.The veteran star won the Academy Award for Best Actress after her iconic turn as the magical nanny in 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins, with her performance still loved by ch…

Julie Andrews didn’t “feel worthy” when she won an Oscar so early in her career.

The veteran star won the Academy Award for Best Actress after her iconic turn as the magical nanny in 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins, with her performance still loved by children today.

However, Julie has revealed during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which airs in the U.K. on Friday, that she didn’t appreciate the prestigious win at the age of 30, and almost felt embarrassed.

“l kept the Oscar in the attic for a very long time because I thought I’d been given it as a ‘Welcome to Hollywood’ and I didn’t feel worthy of it. So much early success sent me into therapy and analysis,” she candidly shared. “I learnt you have to do it right and honour the films you are making. It’s a huge gift, but a lot of obligation.”

A long-awaited sequel to the iconic musical, Mary Poppins Returns, was released last year with Emily Blunt in the titular role. And while Julie declined to take part in the movie, she gave the Disney remake her blessing.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 84-year-old was quizzed by host Graham about her early days in Hollywood, and if she had any unpleasant encounters on the casting couch.

“I was very lucky. I married Blake Edwards soon after arriving in Hollywood and it protected me from ever getting into that predicament,” Julie said of her late husband, who she wed in 1969.

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Regina King feared she would always be cast as a ‘wife’ in movies

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerr…

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.

The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerry Maguire.

She went on to play Will Smith’s wife in 1998’s Enemy of the State, Eddie Murphy’s significant other in Daddy Day Care in 2003, and Margie Hendrix, partner of Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles, in the 2004 biopic Ray.

But during an interview on The Graham Norton Show which airs in the U.K. on Friday night, Regina explained that she grew tired of playing the same parts and knew she wanted to start taking on much more complex roles.

“When you get a call asking you to play Samuel L. Jackson’s wife you think, ‘Surely you meant daughter or mistress?’ I love Sam, but that told me it was time to shift,” she explained, refusing to name the movie or character she was offered and turned down.

Regina, who scooped an Oscar earlier this year for her stunning portrayal of a woman seeking justice in If Beale Street Could Talk, also opened up about the sense of relief she felt after her win for Best Supporting Actress.

“It still feels surreal, but I felt so much love in that room. Once you’ve won the pressure is off, and they do have a bar!” the 48-year-old laughed.

Regina is currently appearing as Angela Abar – and her alter-ego Sister Knight – in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen, which is an adaptation of the bleak, ultra-violent comic.

And while the star is happy doing her own stunts on the show, she’s keen for a double to take over her racy scenes.

“I’ll do some of them, but I have a stunt double to do all the hard stuff because I am not landing on the ground! I do sometimes wish that the double could come in to do some of the sex scenes – that would be awesome!” Regina joked.

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Emma Stone couldn’t breathe while wearing corsets in The Favourite

Emma Stone did not enjoy wearing corsets in new drama The Favourite. The La La Land actress is currently promoting director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest project, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court fav…

Emma Stone did not enjoy wearing corsets in new drama The Favourite. 

The La La Land actress is currently promoting director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest project, which focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne, as played by Olivia Colman, in the early 18th century.

Rachel Weisz takes on the role of Sarah Churchill and Emma plays her cousin Abigail Masham, with the star now explaining that she found the period costumes very difficult to work with.

“For the first month, I couldn’t breathe and I would smell menthol and it would make me think I was in a wide-open space and could breathe for a moment in time,” she shared during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, which airs in the U.K. on Friday evening (26Oct18). “After a month, all my organs shifted – it was gross and if you don’t have to, don’t do it!”

Emma went on to explain that The Favourite marked the first time she had to act in a corset and the tight costumes made her empathise with the women of the period.

“Women existed like that for such a long time, which gives you a lot of sympathy for that time period and what they were going through,” the 29-year-old added.

Shooting of the film took place in Hertfordshire, England last year, with Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss and James Smith also featuring in the cast. Accordingly, Emma felt a lot of pressure to master a British accent on set.

“Being the only American I thought if I messed it up it would stick out like the sorest thumb. It would maybe ruin the entire movie so I tried to work hard on it,” she smiled of her accent.

The Favourite hits cinemas in the U.S. on 23 November and in the U.K. in early 2019.

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