Acting is about the art of reinvention and transforming oneself into a character. To become someone else—to lose oneself in the guise of another—is, in many ways, the most thrilling part of what an actor does. The alchemy involved in that process is mysterious—a melding of mind-set, physical presentation, and the magical relationship between the actor and the person he or she is portraying. Since all cinematic characters are initially created by writers and directors, actors are the ultimate muses. They give life to other people’s words and vision.
In the past two years, Jessica Chastain has seemed to go from nowhere to everywhere, reincarnating in movie after movie. She was a devoted mother in The Tree of Life; a loud, libidinous Southern belle in The Help; an Israeli Mossad agent in The Debt; and, more recently, a CIA analyst determined to track down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, which is in theaters on December 19, and a black-haired punk-rock chick in the frightening fantasy Mama (due out January 18). “I never want to get bored,” Chastain told me over coffee in early November. It was cold, and her delicate frame was nearly swallowed by a large leopard-print scarf. She was wearing no makeup, and her wavy red hair was loose. It was just four days after Chastain’s debut on Broadway in The Heiress, in which she plays a socially awkward virgin. “I wear a prosthetic nose,” Chastain said, sounding delighted. “I learned how to put it on myself.” She patted her nose. “I like the ritual. I love wigs, I love costumes, I love anything that will get me into the character.” [Read More]
Today morning director/producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal, along with cast members Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke, was at Today Show to talk about the film “Zero Dark Thirty”. You can watch the interview below:
Jess is pretty busy this week, and I have a few more pictures added of all her events attendances. Last Monday she was in a few Q&A’s in New York City and I have pictures of her arrivals, plus additional (and gorgeous) high quality pics of the photocall done yesterday.
Some videos are popping up with excerpts of interviews Chastain, Bigelow and the other cast members did to the media two days ago to promote “Zero Dark Thirty”. I will post some of them on this post, but soon all videos will be up in our media archive.
Jessica looked stunning earlier today while promoting “Zero Dark Thirty” in New York with director Kathryn Bigelow and also Mark Boal, Kyler Chandler and Jason Clarke. Check out some pictures added, and come back later for more coverage:
1. Zero Dark Thirty
It opens in darkness with sounds, sirens, and sobbing phone calls from the burning Twin Towers. Revenge—such as it is—will take time. Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller is mercilessly gripping. It’s all hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait. Captured suspects don’t want to talk, and wearing them down—with waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other methods of extreme interrogation—takes weeks, months, each day uglier than the last.
Money, lots of it, must be freed up, operatives inserted into dangerous settings. There is always another busy, professionally skeptical CIA bureaucrat to be pitched—and then he’ll have to pitch his superior, who’ll have to pitch his. All of them, up to the (unseen) top honcho, ask, “What are the odds that this is Osama bin Laden?” The question still hangs as the Navy seals board the craft that will carry them into Pakistan, where, at zero dark thirty (half past midnight), they’ll don their night-vision goggles and burst into the compound—and hurry up and wait, and hurry up and wait. Most of the people they kill will be unarmed, with extra bullets pumped into prone bodies for added certainty. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (who wrote The Hurt Locker) give you one lonely protagonist, but she’s not in every scene and she doesn’t fight—except to make herself heard: a CIA analyst, played by the arresting Jessica Chastain, who shows her character’s rage via tension in her face and body. This is a phenomenal piece of action filmmaking—and an even better piece of nonaction filmmaking. It also borders on the politically and morally reprehensible. By showing these excellent results—and by silencing the cries of the innocents held at Abu Ghraib, Bagram, and other “black sites”—it makes a case for the efficacy of torture. How to reconcile these two feelings? The debate begins December 19.
Zero Dark Thirty was named “Best Film” by New York Film Critics Circle Awards! The movie also got Best Director and Best Cinematography.
Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named Best Picture from this year’s vote. The film also won two other awards for Best Director (Bigelow) and Best Cinematographer (Greig Fraser). Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Lincoln, picked up three awards, including Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field), and Best Screenplay (Tony Kushner). Rachel Weisz was named Best Actress for her performance in The Deep Blue Sea. Matthew McConaughey won for his roles in Bernie and Magic Mike.
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Drama Release: October 10th, 2014
Role: Eleanor Rigby
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Drama Release: October 27th, 2014
Role: Mrs. Williams
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Drama Release: November 7th, 2014
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Drama Release: December 31, 2014
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Drama Release: 2015
Role: Miss Julie
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Horror Release: October 16, 2015
Role: Lady Lucille Sharpe
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