Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset:
I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.
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New Mad Men photos are here! Show creator Matthew Weiner hasn’t revealed what year(s) Season 7 will take place in, but the clothes can give us a clue. Work it, Joanie.
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Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
David Bianculli reviews the HBO comedy film Clear History, created by and starring Larry David:
Like Curb Your Enthusiasm, the movie Clear History is both largely improvised and carefully plotted. What has to happen in each scene is outlined in advance, but how the actors get there is up to them. It’s a wonderful way to work if you have the right actors, and David does.
Some of the actors include: Jon Hamm, J.B. Smoove, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber.
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Jon Hamm explains how he approaches every new season of Mad Men: "I honestly don’t like knowing what’s going to come down the pike, for fear of somehow subconsciously playing the end of the story, or playing information my character shouldn’t have. That said, Matt and I sit at the beginning of every season and we talk about what the season is going to bring and what the arc of the season could be or should be or might be — but this is well before anything is written. And we talk in very, very general terms of themes and feelings and general ideas."
Apostrophes, however, I love with all my heart. I support the correctly used apostrophe with that kind of fierce emotional investment in an irrelevance that most people reserve for football. (Go the team in the forthcoming thing, mind you.) I know punctuation rules well, derive a lamentably high percentage of my self-esteem from that knowledge and feel, again with my heart not my brain, that I’m a higher form of life than people who have either forgotten those rules or never been taught them.
Tomorrow: We listen back to interviews with actor Jon Hamm and author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.)
Quote from David Mitchell (via furtivelittlefeelings)
I just felt the need to make this.
I suck at photoshop.
But if you listened to Fresh Air today, you’ll know what I’m talkin’ about.
We fully welcome photoshopped-mashups of things mentioned in interviews. (Jon Hamm’s first role in a play was Winnie the Pooh.)
Jon Hamm, on his thoughts about his character Don Draper, on this season of Mad Men: “When you no longer have the perfect life and the perfect family and the perfect job and the perfect approach to every problem, when all of that stuff gets stripped away, who are you at the foundation?” (Photo: AMC)