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Ben Whishaw

From a furry bear in ‘Paddington’ to Freddie Mercury in a new biopic, Ben Whishaw’s roles keep getting wilder. But he’s happiest out of the limelight The week I meet Ben Whishaw, every media source from here to darkest Peru is shouting about the news that he’s set to play Paddington Bear. In a forthcoming film from Harry Potter producer David Heyman, he’ll be taking on a voice role surrendered by Colin Firth (who has left the film due to the ‘maturity’ of his voice). Whishaw will have no such problem – he speaks in a choirboy’s alto when he greets me politely, if with trepidation, at his publicist’s office in Victoria.He’s famously and obviously uncomfortable in

Woody Allen

After a difficult year, the director talks about his new film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, why he doesn’t read critics – and, well, about the end of the universe This year has been an eventful one for Woody Allen. The 78-year-old New Yorker’s last film, ‘Blue Jasmine’, won Cate Blanchett an Oscar in March. Since then, Allen has finished another movie, ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, with Colin Firth and Emma Stone, and shot yet another one, a still-untitled murder mystery again starring Stone, this time alongside Joaquin Phoenix.But away from the cinema, Allen has been in the headlines for other, darker reasons. In February he went public to deny allegations that he abused his

Richard Ayoade

The super-geek with the toilet-brush hair in ‘The IT Crowd’ and the man behind the indie hit ‘Submarine’ is back directing with ‘The Double’ 1. He doesn’t think directing is that important Critics are raving about ‘The Double’. But Ayoade talks down his bit. ‘Even if you don’t turn up, it will still get made. Once everyone’s shown up, something’s going to happen. So if you get hit by a truck that morning, they’ll film something. It will go on regardless. Actors are the main component in a film.’ Watch ‘The Double’ trailer Latest film interviews Andy Serkis As the actor monkeys around in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, he talks chimps, ‘Star Wars

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

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

Jonathan Glazer

The director’s new film ‘Under the Skin’ imagines a beautiful alien landing in Scotland. He tells us how he got Scarlett Johansson talking with Glaswegians It’s taken 48-year-old British writer-director Jonathan Glazer nine years to complete his new movie, ‘Under the Skin’, an adaptation of the novel by Michel Faber. Something of a left turn for the director of ‘Sexy Beast’ and ‘Birth’, the film follows a sultry alien, played by Scarlett Johansson, as she prowls the streets of Glasgow on the hunt for human prey. Luckily Glazer’s years have not been wasted: the film is a quiet miracle, at once freakish and sensual, disturbing and sad, and utterly indescribable.‘Under

Andrew Garfield

The bouncy Brit actor behind the mask in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ has done some serious thinking about his character – even comparing him to the Son of God © Paola KudackiIn 2012, on the eve of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ opening in cinemas, Andrew Garfield looked like a kid about to have root-canal surgery. Which is less enthusiasm than you’d expect from an actor on the brink of becoming the superstar face of a Hollywood mega-franchise. It turns out Garfield was seriously freaked out by all the attention: the life-changing, no-going-back-ness of being famous.Two years later, squeezing back into costume for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, the actor from Surrey is as protective

Shailene Woodley

The outspoken actress is Hollywood’s new favourite It-girl (heaven help her!). She explains why you won’t catch her playing a drippy love interest Over the past week the internet has been spewing out articles about how Shailene Woodley is The Next Jennifer Lawrence – poised for superstardom with teenage blockbuster ‘Divergent’. After meeting the 22-year-old actress you’re left wondering whether Hollywood will know what to do with her. She gives off the air of a normal-girl like J-Law and is feisty and unrehearsed. But she’s also hippie-ishly scatty in a barefoot yoga, sunbathing-her-vagina kind of way. (That last one is straight up: Woodley told a beauty blog that she gives

Wes Anderson

The director explains how he lived with his A-list cast while making ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and why he once carried €10,000 in a suitcase for Bill Murray That shoulder-length, neat-but-not-too-neat hair, that tweed suit, those Clarks ankle boots – is there a film director alive who looks more like a character in one of their own movies than Wes Anderson? He’s the 44-year-old Texan whose films, from ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ to ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, radiate hipster style, highbrow cheek and eccentricity.His new film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, is his best yet. It’s the story of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes, seriously funny), a

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix is the go-to actor for haunted emotion, but he’s softened up to play a lonely writer in ‘Her’ Joaquin Phoenix is telling me that he’s sick of the impression people have that he’s awkward or difficult. To which the blindingly obvious answer is, stop playing all those awkward, difficult characters. Actually don’t. There’s no one better at it.To be fair, Phoenix shows us his gentler side in his new film ‘Her’. He’s quietly dazzling as Theodore Twombly, a sensitive writer in Los Angeles around 2025 who falls in love with his computer operating system (think Siri, circa the release of the iPhone 87). Theodore is a big softy: ‘Everything makes you cry,’ his

Jim Jarmusch

The coolest director on the planet talks Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and mushrooms from outer space The 61-year-old Jim Jarmusch is the lone wolf of American indie cinema. After DIY beginnings, he found his niche as an idiosyncratic auteur able to take on different genres – the western in 1995’s ‘Dead Man’, the romcom in 2005’s ‘Broken Flowers’ – and inject them with his unique brand of hipster humour, wry intelligence and wistful romanticism. His latest experiment is ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, in which Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play centuries-old vampires struggling to come to terms with modern life.What made you look at Tilda Swinton and think

Tom Hiddleston

The fast-rising star on fame, fan worship and his romantic new vampire movie ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ It’s hard to recall a rise to stardom as sudden as that of 32-year-old Brit actor Tom Hiddleston. Three years ago he was a jobbing player with a few indie movies under his belt and a supporting role in ‘Thor’ on the horizon. Now, he’s practically an institution, with a legion of obsessive fans.His return to the role of trickster Loki in both ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Thor 2’ has meant the Eton-schooled, Westminster-born Hiddleston is public property – he’s also dashing, rumoured to be single and staying quiet about his relationship status (sorry, Hiddlestoners). And a

Jared Leto

The ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ star tells us about playing a transsexual called Rayon opposite Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto lost over 30 pounds to play Rayon, a transsexual drug addict with HIV in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Funny and sad, his performance will touch your heart and has earned him an Oscar nomination. It’s not the first time the onetime ‘My So-Called Life’ star has pushed his body to the limits. The 42-year-old dropped 24 pounds for ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and grew to nearly 16 stone to play John Lennon’s killer in ‘Chapter 27’.Despite being scarily skeletal as Rayon, Leto makes a surprisingly pretty woman. Does he agree? ‘No! I don’t think if I was walking

Steve McQueen

On the day ‘12 Years a Slave’ received nine Oscar nominations, we picked up the phone to the ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame’ director to find out if he cares about awards The 1840s-set real-life historical drama ‘12 Years a Slave’ stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, an African-American man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. It’s 44-year-old British director Steve McQueen’s third feature film after ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame’, and it's his first feature to receive any Oscar nominations.McQueen's film is currently poised to win big at the Academy Awards on March 2, and so a few hours after hearing of the nominations we tracked him down in Los Angeles, where he was

David O Russell

On the day ‘American Hustle’ received ten Oscar nominations, we picked up the phone to the ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ director to find out how he felt The 1970s-set crime comedy ‘American Hustle’ is 55-year-old director David O Russell’s seventh feature and stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as four larger-than-life characters caught up in a hugely entertaining East Coast con-artist yarn that’s heavy on wisecracks, costumes and music.Oscar voters clearly adore both Russell and the film: for the second year in a row, a film by the director of ‘I Heart Huckabees’ and ‘The Fighter’ is nominated in the Best Picture, Best Director and all

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ is about to make Londoner Chiwetel Ejiofor a huge movie star, and possibly an Oscar winner. We met him for a chat. Remember the name: Chiwetel Ejiofor. Give it three months, and it’s no stretch to imagine this 36-year-old British actor holding not just a Bafta in his hands, but also an Oscar for Best Actor, making him the first black British actor ever to win an Academy Award. All for playing the lead role in extraordinary new film ‘12 Years a Slave’, the true story of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in nineteenth-century Louisiana. As the desperate but buttoned-down Solomon Northup, Ejiofor gives the performance of a lifetime –

Paul Greengrass

The British director talks us through the making of his latest film, piracy drama ‘Captain Phillips’ Paul Greengrass's new film 'Captain Phillips' tells the true tale of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. It has all the gruelling intensity and stark realism we've come to expect from the 58-year-old director of 'The Bourne Supremacy'. Tom Hanks shines as the terrorised skipper, alongside a terrific cast of largely untrained Somali actors. The film's final scenes will have you fighting for breath. How did it feel being asked to open the London Film Festival with 'Captain Phillips'? 'It was a big thrill, a big honour. I'm British, I live here and I've always made my films

Martin Freeman

The star of one of the year's biggest films tells us about his epic journey from the desolation of Slough to the ‘Desolation of Smaug’ I’ve been doing interviews for years,’ says Martin Freeman, ‘and in all that time I’ve virtually never read one and gone, “Yep, factually and tonally that’s exactly what happened.” Pretty much never.’ Well, this is awkward. Or at least it would be if today’s interview – conducted across an oceanic glass coffee table in Mayfair’s Claridge’s Hotel – hadn’t gone bounding off script. Ostensibly, the 42-year-old – who originally made his name more than a decade ago as put-upon Tim in Ricky Gervais’s ‘The Office’ – is here

Miguel Gomes

Time Out sits down with the director of 'Tabu', a tantalising tale of paradise lost Born in Lisbon in 1972, Miguel Gomes has been considered one of the most promising European directors ever since his 2008 film 'Our Beloved Month of August'. The odds are that with his new feature film, the superb and mysterious 'Tabu' (read our review here), Gomes will come to be recognised as one of the greatest living directors. Time Out met the great man over cigarettes and Jack Daniels... Time Out Paris: In 'Tabu'  you play with references to silent cinema – starting with Murnau – in much the same way as you referenced the tale of Snow White in 'The Face You Deserve'... beyond intertextuality,

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