Recently I got to spend some time with actor Anthony Kelley of The Gambler. He's super cool, down to earth & a lot of fun–his jump shot is pretty good too! Check out the interview below!
How did you go about getting this role and what was audition process like?
My uncle told me about an open casting call, they were looking for real basketball players to portray Lamar . I drove down to Watts- straight from class. At first, I didn't really want to do it- because I'm camera shy..I don't really like the whole camera thing. I worked with Sheila Jaffe for like 2 months, twice a week and ended up getting the role.
What was it like seeing yourself on screen for the first time?
When I went to the premiere it was my first time I was kinda overwhelmed. I didn't want to see anyone else's parts I just wanted to see my parts, I was really concentrating on that. I wondered if anybody really believed what was going on (laughs). I would ask my dad..Did you believe that part? The second time around, I was really able to enjoy the movie- it was cool.
What was it like working with A- List celebs?
This was my first time acting ever! At first it was overwhelming, but everybody was so down to earth, so chill. It was really cool. I can call Mark (Wahlberg) whenever I want pretty much. I probably bug him a little too much. (laughs)
Do you have any other projects you're working on?
I actually have 3 films on the table. Just waiting for the contracts, and some other things. One is a very controversial topic going on today about a man that's been in solitary confinement for 43 years, and that's all I can say.
So are just into acting now? What about basketball?
I still hoop everyday, as if I'm going to the NBA. (Laughs). I take it seriously, I rally up all my boys. Right now it's just taking a back seat. I don't know if the Lakers need help..(laughs)
Did any of the actors give you advice?
Micheal K. (Williams) told me to be patient & stick with it, and if I ever need advice to give him a call. Mark told me to let it flow– don't oversell it, dig deep. Just react- how you normally would.
How did you prepare?
Reading lines while driving..broke out in scenes with my friends at dinner, haha. The casting director, told me to play basketball while reciting lines- which was very hard.
What was the first day on set like?
Overwhelming. My favorite part was the food though-I had the breads, fish, I was grubbin. I almost took a nap. (Laughs)
What 3 actors would you love to work with?
Mark, again. Denzel would be cool & definitely Will Smith. Will Smith has broken barriers for African Americans & minorities in this industry.
Are you a big gambler?
Oh Man, No! I'm not good at rolling the dice. At all. Every now and then I'll probably bet my friends on basketball, shots–something I can really dictate. I don't do blackjack, don't even know how to play it. Maybe play some speed or I declare War- lol.
Do you think you're on the right path?
Yeah, now I do. I fell in love with it. At first, I was kinda against the whole acting thing. I've seen my friends struggle with acting- waiting on the next big thing. Basketball was something I could more dictate…my future, I was trying to go overseas. but I was at a crossroads with basketball. Got this role, and decided to keep going. We'll see what happens.
The Gambler DVD is set to be released April 28th! Be sure to check it out!
The hilarious film Haunted House 2 hits stores Tuesday August 12! We are giving away 3 FREE copies! For your chance to win, email us using the contact form, and we'll choose 3 winners at random. Good Luck!
Nicki Minaj's romantic comedy The Other Woman will be released on DVD July 29th! Nicki Minaj is definitely a trendsetter! Check out the gallery and watch her transformation from the Pink Friday Album, to her flirty looks as her character Lydia in The Other Woman.
The highly anticipated summer blockbuster Hercules starring Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to hit theaters on July 25! "The Rock" has truly transformed to become the Mythological God Hercules. Check out photos of the "The Rock" through the years!
With less than 2 weeks til it's debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to smash the box office with a predicted opening of $68 million dollars according to boxoffice.com. The film is generating buzz with favorable reviews and is the follow up to the 2011 film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I'm a huge fan of The Planet of the Apes films, and can't wait to go see it! Will you be seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Check out the trailer below!
Thriller The Purge, exceeded expectations and made 16.7 million at the box office on Friday and is expected to make about $38 million this weekend. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones' Lena Headley. The film is set in the future and one night per year citizens can legally commit violent crimes. The movie cost $3 million to make. I saw this film on Friday and it was -edge-of-your-seat awesome. I highly recommend it!
Will and Jaden Smith cover New York Magazine as they promote their latest film, After Earth. Here's what Will had to say when asked if his children were pushed into showbiz and if he'd be ok with Jaden being a dentist:
It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help. Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.
Jaden added in his 2 cents: He’s, like, really just cool. He lets us have our freedom as long as we can control our freedom.
Posted by Trin Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Jared Leto admits he "didn't eat" to get down to 116 for his role in The Dallas Buyers Club where he plays a transexual with AIDS.
I just basically didn't eat. I ate very little. 'I had done similar things with weight, but this was different, I think the role demanded that commitment… 'It was about how does that effect how I walk, how I talked, who I am, how I feel. You know, you feel very fragile and delicate and unsafe.
Jared says that family and friends that didn't know what he was doing thought he was sick…luckily he has recently regained his weight back. What a commitment!
The highly anticipated premiere of Harmony Korine’s film Spring Breakers starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez ,and James Franco opens this Friday. View the trailer HERE. Here’s how to get the colorful look of snapbacks, neon, and crop tops.
Check out a recap from the 2013 Academy Awards. Above is one of my favorite looks of the night, Charlize Thereon. She looked stunning with her pixie cut along with the all white Dior gown. Other honorable mentions include Jennifer Lawrence, who was twitter favorite for best dressed in her blush Dior gown, and Halle Berry who got mixed reviews for her plunging Versace gown.
1. Best Picture: “Argo”
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”