you are the fifth estate

julaerenee  asked:

Hi Dusky, I was wondering what you think about how little we've heard about Current War, given the fact that it's premiering at TIFF in just a month. Do you think they're purposely under-hyping it to let it stand on its own merit and good word of mouth? Do you think they're trying to avoid the fiasco that happened with The Fifth Estate?

Hey :-)

We have been all chafing at the bit over this one. Now it’s announced for TIFF current worldview (amongst twitter peeps at least) is that Weinstein and Co. are waiting to get closer to the festival. Having said that, TIG was dropped in July…

I don’t want to ever compare it to TFE; and we know nothing yet. As I’ve said endlessly, it would be a surprise that someone notoriously picky like Michael Shannon and someone as discerning as BC would attach to a weak film. I’ve read Mitnick’s very first draft of the script and it’s really really good. Someone saw the first rushes btw and tweeted that Shannon was astonishing, and BC was very good. (the über fan in me wished for the other way around but heigh ho :-)

So yeah I think it will be any day. I need to hear BC’s accent, and I am yearning that TCW will be dark and raw, and that Harvey keeps his big, please-everybody mitts off the editing.



After ‘Downton Abbey’ tux, Dan Stevens tries on modern American roles


It’s been almost two years since Dan Stevens’ beloved “Downton Abbey” character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the 31-year-old British actor, Crawley’s tragic death marked a kind of rebirth — or at least a chance to strike out in some very different directions as an actor.It’s been almost two years since Dan Stevens’ beloved “Downton Abbey” character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the 31-year-old British actor, Crawley’s tragic death marked a kind of rebirth — or at least a chance to strike out in some very different directions as an actor.

Stevens, who costarred with Jessica Chastain in last year’s Broadway production of “The Heiress,” stars in two films opening this week, playing characters who would never be mistaken for the kind, noble Crawley. In the thriller “The Guest,” in theaters Sept. 17, Stevens is a steely-eyed, possibly homicidal American soldier who upends the lives of a family when he mysteriously shows up on their doorstep. In the crime drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” opening Sept. 19, he stars opposite Liam Neeson as a hardened New York drug trafficker seeking vengeance against the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

When you were doing “Downton,” you said you sometimes felt like Matthew Crawley was “too gentle.” Were you looking for a way to explode any notion of typecasting you as “slightly repressed period English guy”?

Well, there was no guarantee that it would explode anything, but from a personal artistic sense, it just felt good to explore some other avenues. I guess part of the appeal of [“Downton”] was that you had this sort of milquetoast guy with this very strong woman by his side. It’s been fun the last couple of years getting to expand that range a bit. That’s all I’ve ever dreamed of, really, is that opportunity to just try another accent or put on another suit and see how it feels.

“Downton” fans were shocked by your sudden exit from the show at the end of the third season, and some seemed to feel a bit betrayed. Were you surprised by how intense the reaction was?

I guess I was. In a funny way, it was a curious compliment to the character that people missed him so much and couldn’t bear to see him go. What’s been heartening recently is that now people are starting to see a few of the things that I’ve been up to since and are beginning to understand the desire to go try different things.

Benedict Cumberbatch said in an interview that he thought the second season of “Downton” was “atrocious” — and soon after that you guys worked together on the film “The Fifth Estate.” Did you give him a hard time about that?

Yeah, but just for fun. It’s great to have a few ways to tease Benedict. He was mortified by that quote. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think it was one of those out-of-context things that got spun into something silly.

For “The Guest,” you had to transform yourself physically into a buff special-ops soldier. How did you pull that off? 

 It was a great challenge. I trained seven days a week, four hours a day with a guy who had previously been a world taekwondo champion. It was a lot of circuits, weights, martial arts — basically just not stopping at the point where I normally would stop, the point where it hurts.

I’ve always wondered if it alters your personality temporarily to get ripped for a role like that.

I don’t know — you’d have to ask my wife. [Laughs] I certainly haven’t kept up that kind of regimen since because, apart from everything else, it’s very time consuming. But it did have an extraordinary effect mentally and emotionally in terms of preparing for the kind of man that character is.

On top of acting, you studied literature at Cambridge, you co-founded a literary journal, you’ve been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, and you play the violin and cricket. Have you always been this annoyingly well-rounded?

Well, I don’t play the violin very well, and I don’t play cricket well at all. But I just like challenging myself in new ways. Now I’m trying to focus that more toward my acting, so that each role has a different element to it.

In 2012, you served as a judge for the Man Booker literary prize. How many novels did you have to read?

I think it was 147 novels in seven months.

I don’t know if I could read 147 novels in seven years, let alone seven months.

Well, I haven’t done it since. It was quite a stressful time. I was also producing [the film] “Summer in February,” my wife was pregnant with our second child, and I was shooting the second series of “Downton.” I’ve been trying not to be that busy again, but I seem to be failing.

You’ve also got a couple of comedies coming up: “The Cobbler,” with Adam Sandler, and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” in which you play Sir Lancelot.

Yeah, if you had told my 16-year-old self that I would someday work with Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller within six months of each other, I think I would have fainted.

What’s been your most surreal encounter with someone you admired who turned out to be a “Downton” fan?

Ben Stiller. One night when we were shooting [“Night at the Museum”], he was like, “I really have to ask you some 'Downton’ questions.” I said, “OK, as long as I’m allowed to ask you some 'Zoolander’ questions.” We still challenge each other back and forth with “Downton” questions on the [mobile game] QuizUp. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the show. But he has yet to beat me.

My mother. Benedict Cumberbatch. And a lot of photographs

(My mother went to see August: Osage County…)

Me: “[…] And what did you think about Benedict Cumberbatch?”

M: “Oh, such a great actor! A bit ugly, but a great actor!”

Me: “… I’m sorry, what?”

M: “Well yeah, he was very good, but he’s not good looking at all.”

Me: “… now let me show you something.”

*pics from Hawking*
*pics from Parade’s End*
*pics from The fifth estate*
*pics from Star Trek*

Me: “You were saying?”

M: “Oh. Well, maybe I was wrong, he’s not that- ..oh my God, is he naked ?”

Me: “Not exactly, he was having a shower in a cut scene in Star Trek and-“

M: “ Cut scene? You mean we can’t SEE it?”

Me: “Well, actually we can, it’s on youtube and-“

M: “Hurry up then!”

Me: “…ooookay, but-“

M: *sees some pics from Sherlock* “Oh god, is he wearing nothing but a SHEET?”

Me: “Mum…”

M: “Those cheekbones are not human. They’re not, they can’t possibly- A purple shirt? Why isn’t he always wearing a purple shirt?!”


M: “He’s not married, is he?”

Oh God, what have I done