Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter's Roundtable - The Actors

Last Sunday I shared The Hollywood Reporter's Writers Roundtable, a lively discussion centered around the process and challenge of scripting stories for film, be it an original idea or adapting from another source. It was an interesting bunch of writers responsible for some of this years most talked about films including George Clooney and partner Grant Heslov (Monuments Men), Julie Delpey (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Danny Strong (Lee Daniel's The Butler).

This week I want to share THR's Actors panel. Watch as Stephen Galloway, THR's longtime moderator, facilitates a conversation between male actors Josh Brolin (the adaptation of Joyce Maynard's Labor Day), Forrest Whittaker (Lee Daniel's The Butler), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners) plus Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). I was blown away by Dallas Buyers Club and the tour de force performances of Matthew McConaughey and the just unbelievable Jared Leto as the transexual Rayon. Watch as Leto shares his audition process (it was via Skype) and how he found his feminine side to play Rayon. There were moments in the film when I not only forgot I was watching an actor, I forgot I was watching a man.

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