♦ A behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of Warrior (Josh Birt, via Charlidos):
♦ Director David Yates on Cicero (you can watch the video at the link):
“That’s still something I’m very passionate about. It’s with a wonderful producer called John Lesher. He’s really amazing and inspiring. I’m still very committed to that. It won’t happen next year or the year after, it’s a slow burn. It’s quite a big—cause that’s such a mythic character in American history, and I want to do it in a way that’s surprising and interesting. And the writer Walon Green is a really wonderful writer, he’s a really lovely old-school writer…There’s some great action set pieces, there’s also a really compelling character. He was amazing, he was very, very young when he built his empire. I love the notion of making a film about a bad man who’s trying to be a good father and a good husband, and he’s just a very compelling character. So yeah, Capone is still very much on the table.”
♦ More from George Miller on Mad Max: Fury Road:
CS: Tom Hardy was brilliant casting, and you cast him right after “Bronson” or very close to that I guess. He hadn’t been booked on “The Dark Knight Rises” or anything, so how’d you come to him?
Miller: Well, I just saw lots and lots of actors and tested them. Tom was there and he just got that thing, you know? There’s a certain quality of a really charismatic actor that, I don’t know, they remind me of some sort of big, wild cat. They look great and then they walk around or whatever, but you never know when they’re going to strike. You just don’t know what they’re going to do. We tested for a day. Well, it wasn’t like a test. It was just working, improvising and playing around. He was fantastic.
CS: Are you going to be able to keep some of the same cast that you’d already been putting together?
Miller: Yeah, yeah, Charlize, Tom, Nicholas Hoult, quite a few others, yeah.
CS: I’m guessing you want to keep it a bit of a mystery, but I heard that this isn’t a sequel or a remake…
Miller: No, it’s not. It’s not a sequel or a remake, no, but it’s a post-apocalyptic world. I mean, the big attraction of those films is that the human behavior is reduced to its very essence, to a very elemental stage. It’s almost like a medieval world set in the future. It’s very spare, given that it’s figures in the landscape, a little bit like “Happy Feet,” in that big, vast landscape with these figures interacting.
♦ And from The Playlist:
One thing that Miller said was absolutely the same was Mad Max, the character who was being rebooted, albeit primarily via Hardy’s performance rather than a ground-up reinvention via screenwriting. “He’s a rebooted Mad Max, but it’s a new interpretation.” Miller revealed. “We made it very clear from the outset that it would be crazy to try to impersonate what Mel had done, but Tom [like] Mel and Heath Ledger; these guys all have very similar kind of maleness, I find. I don’t know, they somehow remind me of big cats – they’re mesmerizing to look and be with, but you don’t know what they’re going to do at any moment.”
“There’s kind of a lot of stuff boiling underneath, and that makes them extremely interesting to watch,” he observed. “And also, Tom is an astonishingly good actor.”
♦ Tom makes it on People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2011 list.
♦ Deadline is reporting Tom might be up for a supporting role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden, along with former co-stars Idris Elba and Guy Pearce, with Jason Clarke taking lead.
♦ Gavin O’Connor and Nick Nolte talk at the TheWrap’s Awards Season Screening Series Q&A:
O’Connor provided a glance into the making of the movie — and into casting Hardy. He said that he knew he wanted Hardy for the part, but that Hardy told him he’s not good at auditioning.
The director told Hardy, “there’s no way I can get you in this movie without auditioning.”
So he suggested the actor come to his house, where they could rehearse the audition and make sure it worked out.
“He showed up on a Sunday night,” O’Connor said. “At midnight, there was a knock at my door … and he lived with me for five days. He did! He never left. And it was actually great because I got to know him.”
Nolte chortled. “Tom Hardy can audition,” he said. “Believe me, he can audition.”
“What are you saying?” O’Connor asked. “That I got conned by Tom Hardy?”