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Emilia Clarke, of “Game of Thrones,” on Surviving Two Life-Threatening Aneurysms

But I kept at it. In school productions, I played Anita in “West Side Story,” Abigail in “The Crucible,” one of the witches in “Macbeth,” Viola in “Twelfth Night.” After secondary school, I took a gap year, during which I worked as a waitress and went backpacking in Asia. Then I started classes at the Drama Centre London to pursue my B.A. As fledgling actors, we studied everything from “The Cherry Orchard” to “The Wire.” I didn’t get the ingénue parts. Those went to the tall, willowy, impossibly blond girls. I got cast as a Jewish mother in “Awake and Sing!” You should hear my Bronx accent.

In those days, I thought of myself as healthy. Sometimes I got a little light-headed, because I often had low blood pressure and a low heart rate. Once in a while, I’d get dizzy and pass out. When I was fourteen, I had a migraine that kept me in bed for a couple of days, and in drama school I’d collapse once in a while. But it all seemed manageable, part of the stress of being an actor and of life in general. Now I think that I might have been experiencing warning signs of what was to come.

I could hardly catch my breath. I went back to the hotel, where some people invited me to a party on the roof. “I think I’m good!” I told them. Instead, I went to my room, ate Oreos, watched “Friends,” and called everyone I knew.

The “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have said that Daenerys Targaryen is a blend of Napoleon, Joan of Arc, and Lawrence of Arabia.
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6 weeks ago by aries1988
The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan

The transfer was symbolically completed in 1999’s The Matrix, when Keanu Reeves, having downloaded a fighting program to his brain, opens his eyes and reverently whispers, I know kung fu.
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january 2019 by aries1988
Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Reviewed | The New Yorker

Chazelle, true to the title, and more intimate in his dramatic scope than Kaufman, is consumed by the curious case of Armstrong, forsaking all others. Long before he becomes the only man on the moon, he looks like the loneliest man in America.

If Armstrong is merely a name to you, take a look at the real Neil: those broad unfazeable features, the undemanding steadiness of the gaze, and a mouth that is happy, if conditions are favorable, to curve into a smile. Now consider Gosling—the sad-eyed heartthrob, a veteran of The Notebook (2004), and a tender presence who can’t help drawing us into his plights.

Recruiting Gosling to its emotional cause, First Man proceeds on the assumption that folk who are modest in displaying their feelings, like Armstrong, must by definition be deeply repressed and taut with untold misery. But they’re not. They’re just modest.
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october 2018 by aries1988


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october 2018 by aries1988
‘We will all be dust soon’: Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss on death, despair and drama
He’s watched by millions, so why does the actor and writer feel a loser in today’s culture war?
interview  uk  culture  2017  tv  actor  bio  british 
november 2017 by aries1988
Studio City - The New Yorker
Hengdian’s lot is eight thousand acres and includes a replica of the Forbidden City.
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april 2016 by aries1988
Over the next 12 hours, this man, who has never had a day’s acting training, will play the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. First, in the morning, as a healthy young man in 1963, before his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND); then, after lunch, walking with two sticks in the late 1960s; and finally, probably by late afternoon, in a wheelchair, in the late 1980s. The scenes all share the same location, St John’s College. Shooting them on the same day will save money, so never mind the chronology, or the leading man’s sanity.

As he often does when discussing his work, Redmayne slips into the second person. “So the thing that gets you out of bed at the crack of dawn is the knowledge that you’re going to be judged for it, in front of an audience. It is a great driving factor, the stakes being high.”

He flips it open. “So he starts by talking about a tower of tortoises, and then moves into a discussion about Ancient Greece, and I was like, OK, I get this, I’m on to this, maybe there’s a chance I’m going to understand how the universe works!” He turns a few more pages. “And somewhere between page 21 and page 25 I completely lost it.”

As Redmayne tears into his pizza I notice that his face looks different, in a way that’s hard to quite pinpoint. He reaches a freckled hand up to his right cheek and explains there are now muscles there that have developed since he started working on Hawking’s facial movements and tics, his lopsided grin and his gurn.

And yet. We all know that, at their best, theatre and cinema do matter. “When approached honestly and simply, the craft of acting has the ability to change lives,” Michael Grandage says. “Eddie is someone who would never say that out loud, but he is up there with a very few actors who understand the power of simplicity and trust themselves to be that honest and that simple. Where others are making all sorts of complicated choices, he will cut through everything and give you a moment of honesty that can take your breath away.”
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march 2015 by aries1988

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