Back in 2016, Aubrey Plaza and Robert De Niro co-starred in the gross-out comedy Dirty Grandpa (not to be confused with Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa). 79-year-old Robert played a horny old grandfather, and 38-year-old Aubrey played a horny young woman who wants to bang him. Fast forward to now: Variety reports that, at a recent talk at the London Film Festival, Aubrey reflected on her working relationship with Robert De Niro. She says she remained in character during the shoot, and that meant “acting totally insane.” So insane that Aubrey’s agent heard a rumor that “Bob’s a little freaked out.” Damn, Aubrey’s “method” acting weirded out Robert De Niro? A man who got a cab license for Taxi Driver? Who gained 70 pounds for Raging Bull? Choices…
Christian Bale Claims He Acted As A Mediator Between Amy Adams And David O. Russell On The “American Hustle” Set
Christian Bale covers this month’s GQ to promote his latest flick, Amsterdam, directed by David O. Russell (31% on Rotty-Ts). This is the third time 48-year-old Christian’s been directed by 64-year-old David; he previously starred in The Fighter and American Hustle. The GQ interviewer brings up the claims that David’s behavior on the American Hustle set caused Amy Adams a lot of turmoil and tears. Christian confirms there was on-set drama, and that he acted as the “mediator” between actress and director. It was such a mess that Christian “STAY OFF THE FUCKING SET, MAN!!!” Bale had to play peacekeeper.
Seen above making the same “Say the fuck what?” face I made when reading that Joaquin Phoenix will mumble yodel as the Joker, Lady Gaga is probably going to play a singing Harley Quinn in the Joker sequel that will apparently be a musical. So prepare your nerves for Joker 2: Incelectric Singaloo. So since the first Joker movie was director Todd Phillips’ comic book-ized Taxi Driver, then I’m guessing Joker 2 will be his comic book-ized New York, New York. That means we could see Lady Gaga as Liza Minnelli as Harley Quinn. That’s what Gaga really meant when she said, “I got you” to Liza at the Oscars. That shady trick!
No disrespect to Jon Lovitz’s Master Thespian character from SNL – I know he takes his craft very seriously. But can he say that he was so committed to a role that he learned how to literately fix a refrigerator for a role? I think not. Only the deeply-committed capital-A actor Jeremy Strong would go to such lengths. And he did, according to Jeremy’s co-star and cheerleader Anne Hathaway, who recently revealed that he went all the way to prepare for a role as a plumber from Queens in the film Armageddon Time.
There’s no end to the stories about serious actors getting as serious as possible for a role, and living out that character through the process known as method acting. And usually when an actor throws themself into the method process, they’re basing their performance on a real person or a real experience that they can measure their choices against. Well, all of those method actors are amateurs compared to Gary Oldman. Gary Starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as the titular Dracula. And you might be wondering how the hell someone method acts as a totally-fictional character creature with zero basis in reality. Because really, who is going to check you for accuracy? Vampires aren’t real! But Gary found a way. Specifically, he went as method as a human can go when playing a vampire, and he slept in a coffin every night.
Ridley Scott Thought It Was Fantastic That Lady Gaga And Jared Leto Stayed In Character For The Entire Filming Of “House Of Gucci”
By now, we’ve all heard the tales of Lady Gaga’s 18-month long method acting exercise to prepare for and play the role of
Best Actress Oscar Winner Lady Gaga the character of Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci. Gaga says she stayed in character before and during filming, at all times, no matter what, in order to fully become the character of Patrizia. Her House of Gucci co-star Jared Leto is no stranger to the concept of method acting, as he too has been known to be the type of actor who falls into a role and refuses to drop character until the DVD commentary. If that sounds super annoying to you, then go ahead and pull up a chair next to Martin Freeman and have a nice chat about that. But when it comes to House of Gucci director Ridley Scott, he thought all that method acting was charming.