Jessica Chastain really showed her game face for the ‘Foxcatcher’ premiere in Cannes yesterday. I’m not usually a fan of that particular color, but with her hair and that cape/wrap thing? I’m into it. Mainly because it was windy and the dress flew all over the place, without exposing anything unladylike – that I saw anyway. Always a plus. I love it.
The early reviews are in, and if the Cannes viewers have anything to say about, it looks like Steve Carell may be in the contention for an Oscar for his performance in this wrestling drama.
“Carell is the revelation that everyone has suggested in the role, and then some: vocally, physically and psychologically he is not just unrecognizable, he simply is a different man, and a man whose tragic flaw (cursed to wield great wealth and influence with no shred of greatness to justify it) is the entire story of this film. It’s seldom we’ve ever witnessed such a total erasure of self in a role, and it deserves to win him everything, everywhere.”
The Hollywood Reporter weighs in:
“From the beginning, you can’t take your eyes off Carell; as if by some secret alchemy, the actor makes you believe that his character is an entirely uncharismatic man while delivering a completely charismatic performance.”
I believe it. I think Carell is incredibly talented and the dark comedy and serious roles he has played in the past have been awesome. I hated his character in ‘The Way Way Back’ but he played him perfectly. Loved that movie BTW. ‘Foxcatcher’ also features Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo – who are receiving rave reviews of their own. I guess I’ll put this one on my ‘must see’ list…
Believe it or not, that’s Steve Carrell! The former ‘Office’ actor sports a prosthetic nose, and looks absolutely unrecognizable!
EW got their hands on this photo from his new movie, ‘Foxcatcher.’ It’s director Bennett Miller’s follow-up to ‘Moneyball.’ Carrell stars as John DuPont, the real-life chemical heir who befriends Olympic wrestling brothers Mark (played by Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) before murdering David in 1996.
If you didn’t recognize Carell at first sight, you’re not alone. “We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” says Miller, who explains that the unlikely casting of Carell as a killer is an important part of making the character feel authentic. “If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that’s a good thing. Because it’s unexpected… John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”
According to Miller, there’s also much more to Carell than his funny-guy roles in The Office and Anchorman might suggest. “I had met Steve before, and there was something about him that really interested me. There’s something guarded and a real intelligence going on behind his eyes,” says Miller. “I love performances like Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy, and Peter Sellers in everything, and working with Jonah [Hill] in Moneyball. Comedians are dark, but I think we tend to think of them along the lines of what they project. I just think there’s a hell of a lot more to Steve than he tends to show.”
I think Steve is actually an incredible actor. It will be REALLY nice to see him in something a bit darker than he’s used to. It will be great to see if he can pull it off!
The “Incredible Burt Wonderstone” looks absolutely hilarious.
Directed by Don Scardino (“30 Rock”), “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as a pair of fading Las Vegas magicians who try to overcome the growing fame of a younger(ish) upstart (Jim Carrey in his Criss Angel glory). Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Olivia Wilde lend support to the comedy, which looks like a needle-thread of the silly-sweet-sad thing that Carell does so incredibly well. Also, those wigs. Lots of wigs. Watch the “Burt Wonderstone” trailer above, and see rankings of its best-worst hairstyles below.
Actress Kiera Knightley and costar Steve Carell enjoy their time between shots on the set of their new film “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” which is filming in Malibu. Also on set keeping the actress company was new boyfriend, Klaxons member James Righton who held hands with the actress and lingered by her side throughout the day.
Set in a too-near future, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. Can one man find his greatest love at the worst possible time? As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.
I don’t know how I feel about Keira Knightley in a comedy – and especially opposite Steve Carell. Seems like very strange casting if you ask me.