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Andrew Garfield is ready to take a break. The actor hasn’t stopped performing for about a year with ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ and ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ Now, he can be seen in “Under the Banner of Heaven,” FX’s limited series adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s 2003 true-crime book of the same name. Garfield plays a Mormon detective investigating the brutal murder of a mother (Daisy EdgarJones) and her infant daughter by fundamentalist supporters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I’m going to get some rest,” Garfield, who earned his second Oscar nomination for “Tick, Tick,” tells me. “I have to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while. Because, as you know, it’s a washing machine this awards season. Not that he’s complaining about recognition: “I just need to be a little ordinary for a while.”
With a mixture of religion and murder, “Under the Banner of Heaven” is anything but lightweight material. “I think it was actually a necessity for us to have game nights and go out into nature and hike and you know, swim and snorkel and lakes and dance and eat good food. food so that we can really come back and give ourselves fully [to the work]”, says Garfield. “We had to continue to take care of ourselves so that we could take care of the story.”
The series, written by the Oscar-winning actor Dustin Lance Black and led by David Mackenzie, is not Garfield’s first foray into television. One of his first jobs was at the age of 21 on a British show called “Sugar Rush”. “I remember having that first gig on TV and knowing that I was going to get paid to play so I could pay my rent and I could have a nice occasional meal a month,” he recalled. “I remember going out with my friends that night and partying. We went to a club called Turnmills. It got messy. I was so happy.”
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OT Fagbenle gamely took on the role of President Barack Obama in “The First Lady” opposite Viola Davis as michelle obama. The British actor says the next living legend he would like to play is Harry Belafonte. “He’s such a great artist, but he also made such a difference in the civil rights movement,” says Fagbenle. But does he have the vocal chops to perform hits like “Day-O”? He says, “I sing a little.”
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No surprise, but Colin Hank says he embarks on many co-starring projects with his father, tom hank. “Too many times,” Colin laughs while promoting his latest Paramount+ “The Offer.” He reveals there’s a movie they talked about doing together: “It was something where we played the same person, and the only person I ever wanted to do that with was [‘Never Let Me Go’ director] Marc Romanek. Unfortunately, we never got past the conversation. It’s not because someone said no. I think it was because there were too many other things that everyone was saying yes to.
“The Offer” recounts the creation of “The Godfather”. Hanks plays a Paramount studio executive who tried to shut down production for budget reasons. “The character I played is actually a composite character,” Hanks explains. “He’s basically the only guy who doesn’t want to do ‘The Godfather.’ “I thought I was going to be at an incredibly disadvantage because the rest of the cast had real people to draw from, but I actually ended up with incredible freedom because I wasn’t playing an iconic, supremely identifiable, more larger than life.. I was able to create my own guy and create my own character with his own wants, needs and desires that obviously run counter to almost everyone else.
After directing documentaries and a music video, directing a feature film could be the next step for Hanks. “I flirted with it and tried to get this miracle of having a good idea,” he says. “I sure would.”
Have you watched “Heartstopper”, the new Netflix YA series about two high school students – Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) – whose crush on each other turns into romance? It’s sweet, beautiful and moving. It made my heart stop several times. The show is based on the writer and illustrator Alice Osmanthe web comic and graphic novel series of the same name. While most of the actors are newcomers, Olivia Colman makes an appearance as Nick’s mother. “We had the idea of reaching out to big names to play it,” Oseman told me over the phone from his home in the UK. “I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. I really thought there was no way someone famous would want to be on the show, but we decided to go with it. go anyway, and Olivia Colman was our top pick. Turns out, the director of “Heartstopper” Euro Lyn worked with Colman on “Broadchurch”. “We sent her some scripts and some of the comic, and she wanted to do it!” Oseman said.
Oseman is still amazed to have received the green light from producers to adapt her work for television. “They suggested I try writing the first three episodes,” Oseman recalls. “I’ve never written a screenplay before. I went there like, ‘I’m going to do my best. But isn’t that so great, then that’s fine with me. I’ll be happy for us to find another writer to do it. But I think they really liked it.
What the “Heartstopper” universe could mean for young gay men is not lost on Oseman. “If ‘Heartstopper’ helps a young queer person in coming out, or if it helps a parent to better understand their child, it’s the most beautiful and heartwarming thing you can hear and it gives the feel like it’s all worth it,” she says.
The cast also includes a trans actress Yasmine Finney like Elle, a new student at an all-girls school. “We had to cast a trans actress to play Elle. There was never a question about that because we know that a cis actor as a trans character is truly harmful and detrimental to the trans community,” says Oseman: “We did a big international casting call for Elle because we knew how hard it was going to be to find a teenage trans actor of color. We were really nervous that we couldn’t find someone to play Elle. Luckily we found Yasmin, who is amazing. We are very lucky.
Expect to hear more about “Heartstopper”. In the meantime, please check it out on Netflix when you get the chance.