Category: Interview

In Conversation: M. Night Shyamalan

Posted January 7, 2019

Over the course of a 20-year filmmaking career, from the breakout The Sixth Sense through critical duds like The Happening and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan has made, in his words, “a bunch of movies that were really successful and then a bunch of movies that people didn’t like.” Recently, he’s back to making movies people like the hit slasher-film-with-a-twist Split, about a killer with multiple personalities — the twist being that the film is revealed in its final moments to be a sequel to Shyamalan’s moody proto–superhero thriller Unbreakable. At an 8 a.m. breakfast Shyamalan is cheerful and engaging, […]

THR Actor Roundtable

Posted December 4, 2018

VIGGO MORTENSEN Chaos is always there. We try to [impose] order: We dress, we brush our teeth, we stop at stop signs. But really our world is completely crazy all the time. MORTENSEN You can’t have beautiful moments or have something great happen unless you are willing to make big mistakes, either. You have to be willing to make an ass of yourself. MORTENSEN You know, even as a kid I didn’t like being told no. It stimulates me. When I was a little kid and I realized that animals die and therefore we do, I asked my mom, “Am […]

Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile

Bradley Cooper Is Not Really Into This Profile

Posted September 27, 2018

In A Star Is Born, his directorial debut, Mr. Cooper wrangles with the celebrity industrial complex. So you can imagine how this interview went. Bradley Cooper is not not happy to be on the press tour for A Star Is Born, the movie he specifically, exactingly, meticulously, perfectionistically, obsessively directed, co-wrote and stars in. He worked so hard on this movie. Every detail of it comes from a true thing — something he’s learned, something he’s seen, something he knows for sure.  What a huge bet this was; what a long haul it’s been; what a full-on occupation of the […]

Chris Hemsworth Is Post-Hunk

Chris Hemsworth Is Post-Hunk

Posted August 20, 2018

How, in times like these, is a golden-haired, chiseled-bodied action star supposed to be…relevant? On field day recently at Chris Hemsworth’s daughter’s school, he and a slew of other fathers prepared for the “dads race.” They assembled—all feigning disinterest, all ready to kill for victory. The other dads had dressed to move, but Hemsworth was wearing jeans and boots. Hours before, having watched his daughter’s events—the egg-and-spoon race, the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash—he offered his 6-year-old some fatherly wisdom: “I was like, ‘It’s great, honey. It’s not about winning.’ ” But that advice was trash, he realized. He got […]

Secrets of the Marvel Universe

Secrets of the Marvel Universe

Posted December 1, 2017

After a decade of unprecedented success, Marvel Studios is at a pivotal moment: the looming farewell to some of its founding superheroes, and the rise of a new generation. On a sweltering October weekend, the largest-ever group of Marvel superheroes and friends gathered just outside of Atlanta for a top-secret assignment. Eighty-three of the famous faces who have brought Marvel’s comic-book characters to life over the past decade mixed and mingled—Mark Ruffalo bonded with Vin Diesel. Angela Bassett flew through hurricane-like conditions to report for duty alongside Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Laurence Fishburne, […]

Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Saying Goodbye to Wolverine

Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Saying Goodbye to Wolverine

Posted December 1, 2017

On a blustery late-summer day, Jackman walks into Perry St, a posh SoHo eatery overlooking the Hudson. Even dressed down in a gray T-shirt and cargo pants, the six-foot-three actor with the gleaming smile and jet-black hair is every inch the movie star. He cuts a figure so dazzling that even here, a gathering spot for 1 percenters, patrons will glance over at the corner table where Jackman parks himself, hoping to catch a glimpse of the actor in an unguarded moment. Jackman looks revived after four months spent traveling with his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, and their kids, Oscar and […]

Angelina Jolie Solo

Posted September 19, 2017

There’s the Angelina Jolie who’s now a single mother—managing the day-to-day chaos of six kids, and the trauma of her split from Brad Pitt—and there’s the Angelina Jolie whose latest movie, a groundbreaking film about Cambodia’s genocide, is also a thank-you to the nation that transformed her. At her new L.A. mansion, Jolie reveals the tension between the two Angelinas and the reason her life will never be normal. Like most things involving Angelina Jolie, stepping foot into her house is an experience so heightened one wonders if it’s for real or the product of careful orchestration. The large gates […]

The Robert Pattinson No One Noticed

Posted September 7, 2017

Robert Pattinson is one of the most recognizable movie stars on earth. But for his most recent film, Good Time, he managed to go undercover in New York. He worked in a car wash. He took the subway. “Basically was just trying to think, okay, how can you change yourself so people never recognize you once the entire time,” he explains. Miraculously, he got away with it. Here, the actor explains his method, and path to superstardom. Did you always want to be an actor?Uh, no. I was not at all into it. In fact, my drama teacher when I […]

Chris Hemsworth on Why Weightlifting Alone Isn’t Enough to Get In Superhero Shape for Thor

Chris Hemsworth on Why Weightlifting Alone Isn’t Enough to Get In Superhero Shape for Thor

Posted July 14, 2017

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth recently suited up as the face of the Boss Bottle’s latest fragrance, Tonic, but off-duty he’s much more casual. “I spend so much time in board shorts at the beach, and so I don’t tend to wear that with the kids,” explained the father of three on a recent afternoon in New York. “But when I’m dressing up and going out, this is nice and light.” Okay, so what’s it like to be a real life superhero?It’s great. The kids think it’s pretty cool. One of them in particular is more impressed than the other two. […]

Brad Pitt Talks Divorce, Quitting Drinking, and Becoming a Better Man

Brad Pitt Talks Divorce, Quitting Drinking, and Becoming a Better Man

Posted May 12, 2017

Brad Pitt is making matcha green tea on a cool morning in his old Craftsman in the Hollywood Hills, where he’s lived since 1994. There have been other properties in other places—including a château in France and homes in New Orleans and New York City—but this has always been his kids’ “childhood home,” he says. And even though they’re not here now, he’s decided it’s important that he is. Today the place is deeply silent, except for the snoring of his bulldog, Jacques. Pitt, who exudes likability, general decency, and a sense of humor (dark and a little cockeyed), says […]