Wow. This interview was taken when
was literally just being introduced to American audiences, well before his famous films like
and of course
The Dark Knight Trilogy
. In fact, this was his first interview for American television period. It was filmed in 1965 just outside his home in London. Caine and Merv Griffin discuss his new movie,
The IPCRESS File
and what the word "Cockney" means.
Check out that hair! Besides the mullet, what's most interesting is that he's on the show because of his brief success at being on the sitcom
The Facts of Life
. Obviously, this is long before he reached superstardom. Enjoy the video.
A widely underrated film,
showed that Tom Hanks can undergo a huge physical demonstration to complement his already outstanding acting. To achieve his different looks-- one being heavy with short hair, the other being trim with a beard and long hair-- the film was
shot in two parts over the course of 16 months, with a one-year break in between. Hanks lost almost 50 pounds during the hiatus. His preparation for the movie also included reading actual accounts of people who had also been shipwrecked.
“It was despair. There are a lot of, like, logs and diaries that have been found of people who were shipwrecked or cast away on islands, and they can actually battle the elements for a while. They could figure out how to make fire and find water and eat food."
[on eating and working out] "The idea of looking at four months of constant vigilance as far as what I ate, as well as two hours a day in the gym doing nothing but a monotonous kind of workout - that was formidable. You have to power yourself through it almost by some sort of meditation trickery. It's not glamorous."
Today we have a short video illustrating how
joined the cast of
. Included in the footage is a snippet of the actual screen test used to convince the studio heads that Brando was the man for Vito Corleone. This movie did for Brando what Pulp Fiction did for John Travolta. A complete revival of his career. Enjoy.
The video below features a very young
being interviewed by Merv Griffin in September of 1983. Tom discusses
just after it became a huge hit, as well as other topics like Hollywood. While watching this, I couldn't help but think "Does he have any idea how much his career is about to explode?" Because besides maybe Will Smith, I can't think of any other actor whose had so much uniterrupted success since their starring debut. Say what you will about his private life, Cruise is a true superstar and always puts out good work. Enjoy the vid.
Largely unknown theatre and television actor, Chadwick Boseman will be getting his big break in film this Spring with the big studio version of the Jackie Robinson story,
. This film also stars Harrison Ford as team executive Branch Rickey who guided Jackie through his historic signing to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read Chadwick's quote below on a particular scene in the movie in which Jackie finally relieves some of his pent-up anger.
"It’s the moment we didn’t get to see in his story. It’s important in the movie for that reason. Brian Helgeland asked Ralph Branca (a teammate of Robinson's, played by Hamish Linklater],
'Did he ever break down?' And Ralph Branca always points to his guts and says 'Guts,' and actually he doesn’t even say 'guts' he just points. Brian didn’t know what he was doing for a long time, and finally he just said one word: 'Guts. He's the bravest person I ever saw. There’s nobody that even comes close to being as brave as this man to be able out walk out on the field that way.' It says that those moments did happen; he shared them with the people he could trust, and they're not talking about it. But if you’re going to tell this story, you have to be artful enough to show it."
Phil Hartman joined the cast of
Saturday Night Live
in 1986 and would continue as a regular for 8 seasons. Hartman's gallery of characters included Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Ed McMahon, Barbara Bush, and more. Enjoy his hilarious screen test below.