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Ben Stiller doesn't think he has a "drive" for acting any more.
The actor-and-director enjoyed making his latest film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - in which he plays the titular lead character - and he wonders if his passion behind the camera has taken over:
"I don't want to ever be dismissive of it. To be a really great actor takes as much commitment as anything. But I do wonder sometimes, for me, if I have as much drive for that these days as I do to direct, because that I don't even question. But then it's also about finding the projects, and it's much more of a commitment. But you're not limited by being cast in something, what type you are, what roles you can play, because you are who you are, which is fine, but directing to me is so many possibilities, so many worlds to explore."
Will Ferrell tried to keep Kanye West happy on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The "Black Skinhead" makes a cameo appearance in the much-anticipated comedy sequel, and Will - who plays lead character Ron Burgundy in the movie - admitted his new co-star struggled to get to grips with the filming schedule. "He was playing [his new music] through the sound department, on the speakers on set, at the park, as people were setting up for the next shot. Which was great. But then he didn't understand when it had to be turned off, when it was time to actually film. He was like, 'Hey man, what's going on?' We didn't want Kanye to get upset, but at the same time, we kind of had to film," he told Rolling Stone.
As well as giving the crew a sneak peak of his tracks, Kanye also treated them to the occasional performance, which director Adam McKay described as hilarious: "I think it was 'New Slaves' - the really strident one. Whichever one gets off on a rant. He was like, 'You guys want to listen to some new tracks?' We're like, 'Yeah, sure!' Then he started performing, and it gets to the point where he's screaming. He goes a full 100-miles-an-hour. Then he'd turn off and go, 'Anyway, thanks.' It was hilarious."
Trudie Styler thinks that George Clooney should be cast in movies alongside women his own age.
The film producer - wife of "Shape of my Heart" singer Sting - has blasted ageism in Hollywood, using the 52-year-old hunk as an example. "Look at George Clooney...I'm a huge admirer of his, but when he plays a leading man in a love story, his love interest is always 10 years his junior. Why not have an actress the same age as him? Hollywood always wants to rose tint everything, but this doesn't even reflect real life. In life, you see younger men and older women and the majority of marriages don't have such a huge age gap as we're used to seeing in films," she told The Daily Mail.
Leading ladies who have played opposite George include Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellwegger, all of whom are now 44. However, in real life, ladies man George's last three girlfriends have been much younger than him, with him dating Stacy Keblier, 34, Elisabetta Canalis, 35, and Sarah Larsen, 32.
Idris Elba tried to capture Nelson Mandela's "aura" when filming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The star thoroughly researched his role as the South African civil rights activist and former president - who was imprisoned between 1962 and 1990 for his beliefs - and says his acting was helped by understanding the gravitas he is held in:
"I was more of a journalist than an actor when I first got the role [as Mandela]. I didn't know as much as I'd like to about him, there is so much to learn. Especially about his aura, about the way people feel about him because you can't really act that. You just have to have some understanding of it, so that's what I did. The pressure of taking on someone that everyone knows is insurmountable - ultimately you've got to own it yourself. I don't look like Mandela so I have to ask the audience to come along on a journey and say this is my interpretation."
Brad Pitt reportedly thinks Shia LaBeouf is too serious.
The duo, who are currently filming the movie Fury in Oxfordshire, England, have always wanted to work together but allegedly aren't getting along well on set between scenes because they are so different. "Brad likes to enjoy himself on a set, but Shia is an incredibly serious guy when it comes to his performances. They have very different styles of working and it's not mixing well on a personal level, which is tough because Brad and Shia met many years ago and wanted to work together. They searched a long time until they found the right project and both were enthusiastic about the World War II army thriller," a source said.
Vanessa Hudgens popped the blood vessels in her face while filming a scene where she goes in labor.
The 24-year-old star, who plays a teenage mother Apple Bailey in her forthcoming film Gimmie Shelter, felt both physically and mentally exhausted when she was in character. "Probably the most physical and emotionally draining scene was my birthing scene. I've never shot a birthing scene and I ended up popping blood vessels in my face," she told E! News.
Vanessa formed a strong connection with her alter ego and even found herself feeling strange when Apple's baby was taken away from her after they completed scenes for the movie. "It's odd, it really is. I mean, I totally had a connection with my baby - my movie baby - and I just had so much love for her but afterwards they call 'cut' and take the baby away and I'm just left there hanging," she explained.
The brunette beauty piled on the pounds for the part, but found it harder to lose weight afterwards, despite doing plenty of exercise: "Getting it off was the more difficult part. It was a lot of exercise... Just doing a lot of cardio, a lot of yoga and just really anything active."
Bret Easton Ellis has retracted his love for troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.
The writer recently opened up about the critical and box office failure of The Canyons, a 2012 film he wrote which starred Lohan and famed porn actor James Deen. "I think where we went wrong was with the casting of Lindsay Lohan. Now I don’t mean she wasn’t good in it, she was very good in the movie. I mean that suddenly The Canyons has become the Lindsay Lohan film," he explained.
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"We worked on [how Jennifer Lawrence looks when she's running]. One of the first things we talked about when we started Catching Fire was that she said she always made this stupid face when she ran, and I had to specifically watch out to make sure she didn't make the stupid face when she ran. So I was always checking. I would tell her, 'You made the stupid face!'"
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence recalls working with Jennifer Lawrence on fixing how she looks when she's running in a scene.
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Oprah Winfrey refused to get "buck naked" for The Butler.
The talk show host - who plays Gloria in the historical fiction drama - was adamant she wasn't going to bare her flesh in a romantic scene with her co-star Terrence Howard, and she regularly had disagreements with her director Lee Daniels about it.
"You know, he [Daniels] would have had me buck naked on that sofa if I had let him. He did more screaming than I did - I'm not a screamer," she told The Daily Mail.
Oprah's alter-ego plays the wife of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker), but when she becomes bored with her lifestyle, she strikes up an affair with her neighbor (Howard). However, the 59-year-old actress wasn't keen on her character inappropriately fondling with her new lover and insisted Gloria shouldn't go to bed with the man next door: "If she's going to roll around in bed in the middle of the afternoon, then it would be a lie, a fake thing."
Jake Gyllenhaal was rushed to hospital after he injured his hand.
The 32-year-old actor severely cut himself while on the set of his new film Nightcrawler - in which he plays a struggling crime reporter in Los Angeles - on Wednesday and was forced to seek medical assistance.
"Jake was indeed filming Nightcrawler when during the shooting of an intense scene his character purposefully banged his hand into the mirror. Unfortunately the mirror broke and Jake's hand was badly cut up. He got numerous stitches at the ER and was released. He already returned to set for work," Gyllenhaal's rep stated.
Jake has been working hard to perfect his role and previously revealed he lost weight because his character was both "literally and figuratively hungry." He said"It takes place in a land where I think there is a desert in a lot of ways, great opulence, and at the same time, great vastness and emptiness. I knew that [Lou] was literally and figuratively hungry." In order to feel more like the character, the actor aimed to look almost skeletal and got into a "mode where I was always a bit hungry."
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