As opportunistic clergyman and nemesis to Daniel Day-Lewis’s megalomaniac oilman in There Will Be Blood, young actor Paul Dano (Fast Food Nation, Little Miss Sunshine) makes his mark in a BAFTA-nominated role he only took over after Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic had already started shooting. IGN recently had the opportunity to chat with Dano about working on the critically acclaimed drama.
Following the success of The Office, Martin Freeman has become one of Britain’s most sought-after comic actors, appearing in hits like Love, Actually and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Now he’s taking a slightly more serious turn, co-starring with Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz and Simon Pegg as a disaffected ex-pop star trapped in a failing relationship, who meets the woman of his dreams, in his dreams, in The Good Night.
You might have thought Ray Winstone, ‘The Daddy’ of British movie hard-cases, has gone Hollywood recently, what with his digitized (and very Sean Bean-esque) warrior Beowulf and playing Harrison Ford’s sidekick in the forthcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But Winstone’s not one to deny his roots, as he proved when IGN caught up with him, picking up an Honorary Richard Harris Award at the recent British Independent Film Awards.
British documentary maker David Sington was given unrestricted access to the NASA film archives to make In the Shadow of the Moon, his film about the Apollo Space Programme. Here he tells IGN about his fascination with space, his hopes to one day visit the moon, and why his documentary is like a dinner party with the astronauts.
Everybody’s favourite actor takes a more serious tack in Grace is Gone, which was showing at the London Film Festival this week. He plays a widower who is unable to tell his two daughters that their soldier mother has been killed in Iraq. The Weinsteins may be onboard for awards season, but when IGN spoke to him, Oscars were the last thing on his mind…
Naomi Watts has become the go-to actress for tortured roles, from David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. to a giant ape’s plaything in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Next up, more on-screen abuse in the LFF-featured US remake of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games – and just maybe the upcoming remake of Hitchcock’s The Birds