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Andy Serkis

As the actor monkeys around in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, he talks chimps, ‘Star Wars VII’ and playing Hitler Few actors have done more to revolutionise filmmaking than Andy Serkis, the unseen star of apocalyptic blockbuster ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. Wearing a ludicrous green Lycra ‘performance capture’ suit (basically a high tech leotard), Serkis has no qualms about wriggling around as Gollum in ‘Lord of the Rings’, or chestbeating in ‘King Kong’. Rather than view it as a sideline to ‘proper’ acting, the 50-year-old north Londoner has become the king of performance capture technology, where an actor’s movements are digitally recorded and translated into a computer image. He’s even opened a dedicated studio in Ealing, the Imaginarium, where he’ll direct ‘The Jungle Book’. His turn as chimp leader Caesar in the new ‘Apes’ was shot in performance capture. It’s a breathtaking example of technology and Serkis’s raw and powerful acting – even if you can’t see his face.Is performance capture your life’s work? ‘I’ve championed the technology because I really believe in it. It’s the most liberating tool for an actor. It enables you to play anything, regardless of shape, colour or sex. I wouldn’t say it’s everything, but it’s a massive chunk of my life.’ You’ve been doing it for years, but are there still times when you feel ridiculous in the Lycra suit? ‘Yes! There’s a scene in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” where 2,000 apes march down to the human colony. We shot it

Keira Knightley

The ‘Begin Again’ actress talks Hollywood, feminism and watching football on the floor This film feels like a change. No spanking. No throwing yourself in front of a train. Were you in the mood for something less brittle? ‘Yes, I’d got to the end of a whole period of very, very dark stuff. I wanted something with hope in it. No more neuroses! But the thing is, I like them brittle. I like playing awkward women that I wouldn’t necessarily like. I want to get into their heads.’ You play a singer-songwriter who records an album on the streets of New York. Did anyone mistake you for a busker? ‘Yes. But it’s New York. It’s a very cool city. So they don’t really pay you much attention, unless you’re in the way. In which case they go: “Get off the fucking sidewalk. I’m walking here.”’ You actually sing on the soundtrack. Do you rate your voice? ‘It is what it is. The problem is that when I open my mouth I want Shirley Bassey to come out. So it’s always a disappointment. The whole thing was nerve-wracking. I know a lot of singers. I’m married to a musician.’ Your character Greta has a mid-twenties crisis. How can you relate to that? Your career was pretty sorted when you were 25. ‘I think everyone has that. I’m constantly in a state of questioning career-wise. What kind of role should I do next? What am I looking for? Dustin Hoffman talked about going to therapy because he couldn’t choose his next role. I can understand that! And I have so many friends who are in their mid-twenties,

Melissa McCarthy

Surreal, obscene, hilarious: Melissa McCarthy’s performance in ‘Bridesmaids’ made her a star. It also made her a target Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women in the world, and can seem like she’ll tear the face off anyone who says otherwise. From her gross-out supporting turn in ‘Bridesmaids’ through a punchy lead role in buddy cop comedy ‘The Heat’ to starring in road movie ‘Tammy’ (which she co-wrote with director and husband Ben Falcone), McCarthy has proved herself the reigning screen queen of foulmouthed rage and unladylike behaviour. But off camera, this improv comic-turned-megastar couldn’t be more different. Speaking on the phone from LA, McCarthy barely utters a naughty word during our interview (unless you count ‘bummer’), instead assuming the politely enthusiastic tone of a suburban soccer mom. It’s easy to forget that this is the same woman who, in her various roles, has shat in a sink, dry-humped an in-flight security guard and implied Sandra Bullock’s vagina was full of broken Christmas lights.You’ve said and done some pretty extreme things in your movies, but you seem so gosh-darn nice in real life. Is there a special dark place in your head where all this bile gets produced? ‘There must be some demon, some terrible bitter person inside me. Sometimes I feel weirdly guilty about it. Where is it coming from? Will I one day cross over and actually become that lady? It’s a concern.’ Is there anything you’ve said while improvising that has made you go… Woah

Richard Linklater

Director Richard Linklater cast Ellar Coltrane aged six to star in a coming-of-age film that took 12 years to shoot. The pair look back at pictures from the set Read our ‘Boyhood’ review Is ‘Boyhood’ the most nuanced home movie of all time? Not quite, and that would diminish Linklater’s achievement. Better to say that it retrains us to let go of melodramatic expectations and simply let life unfold, a remarkably sophisticated ambition. Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time. Latest film top tens The top ten time travel cockups on film The potential downsides to mucking about with the space-time continuum. Read more The ten most outrageous action scenes Strap yourself in. No, seriously. Read more The ten most unlikely Oscar nominees Seeing their names in the history books will forever make us do a double take. Read more Ten eye-catching actors in drag From Johnny Depp to Ryan Gosling, when actors swap trousers and shirts for blouses and skirts. Read more Latest film interviews Elle Fanning ‘I’m 16. I still go to school dances’ The teenage actress talks Disney princesses, fashion, feminism and getting star-struck. Read the interview Ken Loach ‘It’s difficult to keep out of mischief’ We speak to veteran director Ken Loach about rumours of retirement and his new film ‘Jimmy’s Hall’. Read the interview Michael Fassbender ‘You have to take risks’ We ask the star of ‘Shame’ and ‘12 Years a Slave’ why he’s hiding

Elle Fanning

‘I’m 16. I still go to school dances’

The teenage actress talks Disney princesses, fashion, feminism and getting star-struck.

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Ken Loach

‘It’s difficult to keep out of mischief’

We speak to veteran director Ken Loach about rumours of retirement and his new film ‘Jimmy’s Hall’.

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Michael Fassbender

‘You have to take risks’

We ask the star of ‘Shame’ and ‘12 Years a Slave’ why he’s hiding inside a giant fibreglass head.

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Joanna Hogg

‘I tend to draw from my own life’

The British director discusses her new film, which explores the lives of two middle-aged artists.

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Adam Driver

‘The military is the best acting training’

The accidental sex symbol talks about joining the US Marines, ‘Girls’ and his new film ‘Tracks’.

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Andrew Garfield

‘Jesus did some really sick stuff’

The bouncy Brit actor behind the mask in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ talks about his character.

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Brendan Gleeson

‘Art makes people feel less alone’

The go-to character actor for Spielberg and Scorsese talks about ‘Calvary’.

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Tina Fey

‘I am kind of in love with Kermit’

The actor, writer and comic talks about her ‘journey’ to funny.

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Shailene Woodley

‘I need life experience to bring colour to roles’

Hollywood’s new It-girl explains why she won’t play a drippy love interest.

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Kermit the frog

‘Puberty really sticks with you, even for a frog’

The world’s most famous frog has hopped from the swamp to Tinseltown – and into our hearts.

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Josh Brolin

‘I cooked a pie a day for two-and-a-half months’

The actor talks about ‘Labor Day’, in which he stars with Kate Winslet as an escaped convict.

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Imogen Poots

‘I love playing damaged characters’

The serial scene-stealer talks on playing troubled women and why she won’t be changing her surname.

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Jonathan Glazer

‘Hearing people boo is good! It’s a reaction’

The director tells us how he got Scarlett Johansson talking with Glaswegians.

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Wes Anderson

‘I always try to do something different to what I’ve done before’

The director explains how he once carried €10,000 in a suitcase for Bill Murray.

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Geoffrey Rush

‘I definitely describe myself as a character actor’

The Australian actor Geoffrey Rush explains why even Oscar-winners get butterflies sometimes.

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Sally Hawkins

‘I didn’t think Woody Allen would trust me with an American character’

The star talks about her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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The cast of ‘Nymphomaniac’

‘I’m like: That’s my sex face? No!’

We got the lowdown on Lars Von Trier from the cast of his new film.

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Jim Jarmusch

‘As we film, my movies just get funnier’

The coolest director on the planet talks Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and space mushrooms.

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Neil Corbould

‘Visual effects supervisors ask how we did it – I don’t tell them!’

The special effects genius tells us how he made ‘Gravity’ sparkle.

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Joaquin Phoenix

‘I always think acting is hard’

Joaquin Phoenix is the go-to actor for haunted, but he’s softened up to play a writer in ‘Her’.

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Matthew McConaughey

‘If I win an Oscar, I won’t be at a loss for words’

The actor explains how he dropped 47 pounds to play a man with Aids.

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Tom Hiddleston

‘I’m just not cool enough...’

The fast-rising star on fame, fan worship and his romantic new vampire movie.

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Jared Leto

‘I lived with a man dying of Aids’

The star on playing a transsexual called Rayon opposite Matthew McConaughey.

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Judi Dench

‘The Oscars are very long, but very exciting’

Nominated for her role in ‘Philomena’, Judi Dench talks about how it feels to win an Oscar.

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Kenneth Branagh

‘We asked what it means to be a patriot in 2014’

The actor-director was on both sides of the camera for ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

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Steve McQueen

‘This is not a black movie or a white movie’

‘12 Years a Slave’ received nine Oscar nominations. But does McQueen really care about awards?

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David O Russell

‘The Oscars make a big difference’

On the day ‘American Hustle’ received ten Oscar nominations, we asked the director how he felt.

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Joel and Ethan Coen

‘Why are we successful? Who knows!’

The men behind ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘Fargo’ are taking us back to New York’s 1960s folk scene.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

‘Race is an invention’

Remember the name: Chiwetel Ejiofor is about to become a huge movie star.

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Idris Elba

‘Mandela was more than a job’

He initially turned down the chance to play Nelson Mandela on screen. So what changed his mind?

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Will Ferrell

‘I am the Lady Gaga of comedy’

Broadcasting legend Ron Burgundy is back – we speak to the man behind the moustache.

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Martin Freeman

‘I do enjoy fighting’

The star tells us about his epic journey from the desolation of Slough to the ‘Desolation of Smaug’.

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Daniel Radcliffe

‘I'll be wearing some very short shorts over the coming months’

Capturing the young Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Radcliffe has finally come of age.

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Alexander Payne

‘I love our whole fucking planet’

The director of ‘Sideways’ and ‘The Descendants’ tells us why he’s only just getting into his stride.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

‘This movie is about what my mom taught me’

The star of ‘Don Jon’ tells us why he’s stepping behind the camera.

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Alfonso Cuarón

‘I’ll never make another space movie’

Why did it take the ‘Gravity’ director so long to send George Clooney and Sandra Bullock into space?

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Judi Dench

‘I was a bit of a rebel’

The actress talks about her teenage years, getting the push from Bond and why she still gets stage fright.

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Jim Broadbent

‘Most of my fan mail is to do with Harry Potter’

He won an Oscar and could’ve played Del Boy. But it took ‘Harry Potter’ to make him famous.

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Adèle Exarchopoulos

‘Sex is an important force’

Tabloid controversy, explicit sex, awards glory. We meet the 19-year-old lead in a French scandale.

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Paul Greengrass

‘I can still be truthful and authentic’

The British director talks us through the making of his latest film, piracy drama ‘Captain Phillips’.

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Kate Winslet

‘I never felt that I was entitled to be an arsehole’

One of our greatest actresses talks about ‘Labor Day’ and why she’s happy when it rains.

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Ron Howard

‘I don’t think James Hunt gave much of a shit’

The American director has made his best film in years with ‘Rush’. He tells us why it's picking up female fans.

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Irvine Welsh

‘I used to sit on the Circle Line and write’

The ‘Trainspotting’ author's book ‘Filth’ finally gets the big screen treatment. But is he happy about it?

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Woody Allen

‘Making films is not difficult’

As he approaches 80, and in the sixth decade of his career, Woody Allen is as productive as ever.

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Morgan Spurlock

‘For seven months I dreamt about One Direction’

In making a film about One Direction, has the controversial director of ‘Super Size Me’ sold out?

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Neill Blomkamp

‘We're disgusting organisms’

‘District 9’ propelled the director into Hollywood. But has he managed to repeat its success with ‘Elysium’?

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Chloë Moretz

‘I don’t do damsels in distress’

Hit-Girl is back dishing out violent vengeance. But how does a 16-year-old cope in Hollywood?

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Armando Iannucci

‘I do like Alan. I want him to succeed’

The creator of ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘Veep’ explains why he keeps going back to the man from Middle England.

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Steve Coogan

‘Alan Partridge is becoming more like me’

As Norfolk’s finest DJ makes his big-screen debut, we talk to his alter ego and creator.

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Greta Gerwig

‘I’ve never been fashionable or cool’

She’s friends with Lena Dunham and has discovered the secret to a killer role.

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James Mangold

‘Wolverine is kind of like Forrest Gump’

The director talks about superhero stereotypes and why women get a raw deal in blockbusters.

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Felicity Jones

‘Emotional messiness is my reason for life’

The Brit star of ‘Breathe In’ will soon be everywhere. But her feet are still firmly on the ground.

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Alex Gibney

‘An interview with Assange would be one long speech’

The Oscar-winning director talks about how he made ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’.

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Idris Elba

‘I have many different strings to my bow and I want to fuck with them all’

The star talks about Stringer, Luther and Mandela.

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Edgar Wright

‘I can't watch zombie movies’

The fanboy favourite talks about bringing the apocalypse to the suburbs.

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Seth Rogen

‘It’s more ambitious to make comedies’

The star of 'Knocked Up' talks about facing the biblical apocalypse in his new film.

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Joss Whedon

‘Since I started writing, I’ve only worked on things that I love’

The director talks about his DIY take on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

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Viggo Mortensen

‘I'm obsessive preparing for roles’

He commits to characters but is famously laidback. Just don’t call him a method actor.

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Audrey Tautou

‘Celebrity feels like a prison to me’

Best known for playing kooky ‘Amélie’, now Audrey Tautou is a murderous wife in a new French film.

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Shane Meadows

‘The Stone Roses are gods. I'm a baldy’

The director of ‘This Is England’ is back with a powerful new rock doc.

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Saoirse Ronan

‘I could have ended up like Lindsay Lohan’

Oscar nominated at 12, the star of ‘Byzantium’ talks about how to handle Hollywood.

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Carey Mulligan

‘It helps that I’ve got a forgettable face’

Carey Mulligan talks about her role in Baz Luhrmann's latest epic, ‘The Great Gatsby’.

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Benedict Cumberbatch

‘I’m not a “Star Trek” atheist!’

The ‘Sherlock’ actor talks to Time Out about taking on Hollywood.

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Pedro Almodóvar

‘Sex is one of the great gifts’

The Spanish director talks about passion, death and his new in-flight comedy ‘I’m So Excited’.

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Steve Coogan

‘I have a lot of love in my life’

The Alan Partridge actor talks about playing Soho porn baron Paul Raymond in ‘The Look of Love’.

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Harmony Korine

‘I still feel like a kid’

The former wild child on 'Spring Breakers', his brush with the mainstream.

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Ben Whishaw

‘Yeah, I still get nervous’

One of the brightest talents of his generation tells us why he isn’t ready for superstardom.

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Christopher Walken

‘I just do things and hope for the best’

The legendary actor speaks about his latest film, ‘A Late Quartet’.

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John Boorman

‘I hardly ever look at my films once I finish them’

The veteran director talks about Jon Voight, ‘Hope and Glory’ and more.

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Carlos Reygadas

‘A film is like music or a great wine’

The Mexican director explains why we should watch his controversial new film 50 times.

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Ken Loach

‘Politicians say they celebrate the NHS, but they’ve all undermined it.’

The legendary movie-maker talks about cinema as an act of rebellion.

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Danny Boyle

‘People think we're fucking cool at culture in this country’

The director with the Olympic spirit talks about his new film, ‘Trance’.

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Richard Gere

‘When I develop scripts myself, they’re never good enough’

The ‘Pretty Woman’ star talks about game plans, politics and power.

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Cate Shortland

‘I was almost throwing up’

The director talks about her harrowing film set in post-war Germany.

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Terence Stamp

‘I don't do ordinary’

The ‘Song for Marion’ star speaks about his fifty years on film.

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Bruce Willis

‘I’m sure my body will tell me when it’s time to hang it up’

The Hollywood tough guy talks girls, guns and British villains.

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Judd Apatow

‘Everything I do is a mid-life crisis movie!’

Hollywood's laugh meister Judd Apatow talks family, funnies and his new film, ‘This Is 40’.

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Bill Murray

‘I am basically all about having fun’

The ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ actor talks FDR, cheese and the meaning of life.

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Kathryn Bigelow

‘I was humbled and honoured to tell this story’

The director accused of glorifying torture defends ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.

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Daniel Day-Lewis

‘It feels odd to be so consistently misrepresented’

The ‘Lincoln’ actor talks about going back in time for Steven Spielberg.

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