My Fun Interview with Eric Bana for "Closed Circuit" 


It’s always a pleasure interviewing Eric Bana. The Australian actor is always sweet and knowledgeable when it comes to the themes of his films. In “Closed Circuit,” Bana stars as a defense attorney who must team up with his ex (Rebecca Hall) acting as the Special Advocate. But in the U.K., it’s a law that when it’s a closed trial, both the defense attorney and the special advocate must not communicate when evidence is presented. John Crowley directed the film from the script written by Steven Knight.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to playing a defense attorney for “Closed Circuit?”
*** The interesting concept of the film about closed proceedings in the U.K.
*** The drag of the U.K. lawyers – the wig and the cape! How does it truly work?
*** How did he prepare for the role?
*** What about the physicality of the role? Rowing a boat all across the Thames River?



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The Lovely Rebecca Hall Talks About "Closed Circuit" 


I loved meeting Rebecca Hall! She’s a down-to-earth actress who is able to match Eric Bana, nuance by nuance, in director John Crowley’s “Closed Circuit.” In the film, Hall stars as Special Advocate to the defense, while Bana stars as the defense lawyer. In the U.K. post 9/11 and 7/7, closed proceedings are regarded heavily and both defense and Special Advocates cannot communicate once evidence is presented. So what happens if they were ex-lovers?

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to making the film?
*** How did she prepare for the role?
*** What did she learn from hanging out with the U.K. lawyers?
*** The U.K. lawyers’ drag – wigs and cape – and how it’s powerful!
*** Her courtroom scene!



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Director John Crowley Interview for “Closed Circuit” 


John Crowley (“Intermission,” “Boy A”) directs “Closed Circuit” from a script written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things”). The film gives us a rare glimpse inside the world of closed trials in the U.K. post 9/11 and 7/7. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star as ex-lovers who must team up for the defense of an international terrorist.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What inspired him to make “Closed Circuit”
*** The unusual closed-trial proceedings in the U.K.
*** The balance of being a taut thriller yet still entertaining
*** The film’s 70s political thriller roots
*** London plays another character in the film
*** The meaning of “Closed Circuit” the title



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"The Frozen Ground" and "The World's End" Movie Reviews 


This weekend at the box-office, it’s Nicolas Cage versus the end of the world! First, we have “The Frozen Ground,” starring Cage as an Alaska State Trooper out to get serial killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack). His one and only lead is an unreliable teenage prostitute played by Vanessa Hudgens. Based on true events, “The Frozen Ground” will be released in theaters and video-on-demand.

And also out is “The World’s End” from the Three Flavours Corneto trio of writer/director Edgar Wright, writer/actor Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. This one’s about aliens, friendship, and drinking…lots of drinking! Is “The World’s End” as good as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz?” Find out!



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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Interview for “The World’s End!” They Taught Me How to Drink!  


I love these two! Not only are they great comedic actors, they’re also fun to talk to! “The World’s End” inspired me to imbibe immediately after watching the film. So both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were teasing me about my own pub crawl (okay, not too much of a crawl, I only visited one pub).

In the film directed by Edgar Wright (and co-written by Pegg and Wright), Pegg (Gary) and Frost (Andy), along with Paddy Considine (Steven), Martin Freeman (Oliver), and Eddie Marsan (Peter) try to relive their glory days by going on the Golden Mile – visiting twelve pubs culminating with The World’s End bar. They weren’t quite successful decades ago and this time, they want to finish it by hook or by crook even when they start noticing something odd about their old town of Newton Haven.

And let me tell ya, I love this movie – it’s funny with equal measures of thrills and drama. You will not be disappointed! “The World’s End” is definitely a great addition to their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (which includes “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”).

In this interview, we talked about:

*** The film put me in a good mood to go on my own The Golden Mile
*** I wish I was drunk when I was watching the movie
*** The film perfectly blends humor and drama and it works!
***Their characters are much more layered this time
*** We should petition Cornetto Ice Cream to be here in America
*** What’s the secret to finishing The Golden Mile



Official Synopsis:

Official Synopsis

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

Director -- Edgar Wright

Cast

Simon Pegg--Gary King
Nick Frost--Andy Knight
Rosamund Pike--Sam Chamberlain
Paddy Considine--Steven Prince
Martin Freeman--Oliver Chamberlain
Eddie Marsan--Peter Page

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