How will I focus the rest of the day?
Jim Sturgess and Colin Farrell, numbers 2 and 4 on my Five List, just showed up together at a presser for The Way Back in London. They did not pose side by side. In a way I’m thankful for it. Remember last week when Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal stood next to each other and exploded your lady business? This can be dangerous, non?
Here’s an example of how Quiver can take on different forms. Colin is so obviously virile it slaps you in the face. Jim’s is a more subtle sexiness, it reveals itself in his gait, in his voice, the way he wears a pair of white pants in character all Vegas Gucci gangsta and sh-t in 21. Remember?
Colin is the more popular choice though, I can see that. And you will see that this is probably the hottest he’s looked in a long long time. Goddamn. How did Sasha walk away? Bitch, you are crazy. He seems like he would be fun, non? Look at him. In a good space now, he says. Lighthearted, optimistic, maybe even a little playful.
Did you read his tribute letter to Sally Hawkins in Variety last week? It’s similar to what Julia Roberts wrote to honour Natalie Portman, except Julia made it all about Julia and Colin made it about Sally for her performance in Made in Dagenham which, please, if you haven’t seen it, and you are a working woman, please please do. It’s practically mandatory.
Here are Colin’s words for Sally. Maybe too much of a mouthful. Maybe a little too Try. I just had a vision though of Kellan Lutz trying to sound out the first sentence and had a really, really great laugh.
"Sometimes I see a film. Sometimes I see a film that moves me. Sometimes I see a film that has a friend in it. Sometimes that friend's name is Sally. When I see a film with a friend in it and that friend's name is Sally, that film moves me.
As it was with 'Vera Drake' and 'Happy-Go-Lucky,' so it is with 'Made in Dagenham,' Sally's latest film. As Rita O'Grady, who spearheaded the movement that willed into being equal pay for women in the U.K., Sally shines as she always has, striking the ever-human balance between dogged strength and essential vulnerability. My heart cracked, ever so, on a number of occasions as I watched her Rita grow into the leader, stepping delicately from the shadow of her own existence and the existence of those women who had gone before her, into the light of a new day of equality.
As Rita, Sally is constantly being changed, modified, affected by her environment whether rising up against the establishment or breaking down with sadness and remorse at the loss of a friend's husband.
To watch Sally, to be guided by Sally, through this tale of change and progress, is to deeply feel the emotional center of an important story. As Rita, Sally is so caring and scared, and bold enough to allow that fear to propel her forward into the life that stares her unflinchingly in the face. Change is terrifying. Essential. This story shows us that and Sally embodies so beautifully the voice that heralds such growth."
There’s also a recent, very candid interview with The Independent. And a great quote about his troubles. His answer is in sharp contrast to the “poor me” refrain often heard from Hollywood:
"I remember being asked by somebody in America, 'Do you think it's harder for celebrities to get sober than normal people?' And I was just like, are you joking? I didn't come out (of rehab) unemployed, hadn't lost my family, my home; had all my teeth in my head. Could I have had it any easier?
Click here for the full piece. It’s a good read.
As for The Way Back – getting a lot of really strong buzz, especially for Ed Harris’s performance. He has a very good shot at a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Which is why it would be a F-CKING TRAVESTY if Justin Timberlake were to score one. Trailer below.
Saoirse Ronan is SO beautiful.
Photos from Wenn.com