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WaPo looks back at Helen Mirren's Career

Posted August 31, 2011

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With THE DEBT now in theaters, the Washington Post pays tribute to the career of Helen Mirren with an extensive slideshow of her film career. It starts off with performance in the 1980 THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY and continues on through 27 slides and 31 years to arrive at THE DEBT. Also see our People in Film: Helen Mirren for an overview of her career.

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NPR’s see Helen Mirren Everywhere

Posted August 30, 2011

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After seeing THE DEBT, Linda Holmes in "Monkey See," the pop-culture blog for NPR considered "Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles In Which Helen Mirren Would Have Ruled." After all, as Holmes notes, "I enjoy her in pretty much everything, including interviews, and that as far as I'm concerned, it's a crying shame that I haven't seen her in more enormously famous movies." Here are a few of her thoughts:

James Bond. If you don't think Helen Mirren could snap Pierce Brosnan like a twig and/or outdraw him and/or figure out how to poison him with a martini with him being none the wiser, we are not friends.

Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. I love the idea of a Brit in a Western. And her on a horse. Yay!

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Jessica Chastain follows MovieLine

Posted August 29, 2011

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In the Movieline interview with Jessica Chastain, S.T. VanAirsdale covers a lot of ground about the rising star. At one point, VanAirsdale asks about her preparation for her roles, especially her recent Krav Maga training. Chastain explains:

Whenever I research or work on a character, I totally disappear into it. I could speak German when I was working on THE DEBT! I took a German course months before we started shooting; I had a German coach. Now I can't speak anything; every once in a while I'll hear something and I remember it. But it was very short-term memory for me. I did four months of Krav Maga -- many times a week -- and there are some things about it that I remember. One of the things about it was that it's a state of mind. My trainer told me, "It's not about self-defense; it's about killing your opponent as quickly as possible." So there is that ruthlessness and effectiveness with Krav Maga -- do it as quickly and as cleanly as you can -- that I do remember. But who Jessica is when I'm not playing a part is very separate from it. I'm not a fighter at all. I very much try to be a peacemaker with my friends and my family. I don't like confrontation. I feel very far away from the Rachel Singer I played when we were making that movie.

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USA TODAY on Helen Mirren, Spy Extraordinaire

Posted August 29, 2011

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In his USA TODAY profile, "Helen Mirren: International woman of mystery," Bryan Alexander, looks at the British actress new acting direction: "butt-kicker in the spy world." She's learned a little martial arts and a little gun play, but she's most proud about her language skills, of having learned Russian. Mirren comments "Actually, Russians who have seen it say the accent is great...I'm thrilled."

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Sam Worthington comes to Boston.com

Posted August 29, 2011

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In Boston.com, Lynda Gorov talks with Sam Worthington, one of the stars of John Madden's thriller THE DEBT. Among other things Worthington talks about how Madden sold him on the idea of the film, even before having seen a script. In the film, Worthington plays one of a trio of Mossad agents sent to East Germany in the 60s to extricate a Nazi war criminal. But his interest in the film was about the overarching ideas.

It was never about the thrill of hunting down a war criminal. We always talked about it like holding water in your hand. It's kind of a hard task to do, something so simple, but it just keeps dripping, dripping. That's what's happening with these guys. They're trying to keep their lives together but this simple act of not being totally honest ripples through their whole lives...I like that idea that we all have secrets that we harbor, baggage we don't want to let out, and the more you don't confront those demons, the bigger and more intrusive they get.

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NBCUniversal captures THE DEBT Red Carpet

Posted August 29, 2011

The Folks from NBCUniversal direct were on hand for THE DEBT red-carpet NYC premiere to capture the stars and filmmakers.

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Helen Mirren talks to The Vulture

Posted August 29, 2011

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In New York Magazine's culture blog, Vulture, Brett Smiley talks with THE DEBT star Helen Mirren about her part in the film, not doing Krav Maga, and, of course, her fabulous looks. Most interesting are her points about sharing the character of Rachel Singer with Jessica Chastain.

Jessica Chastain, who not only shares certain characteristics [with me] but who looks like me. There couldn't be an exact match, that person doesn't exist, but there's a physical resemblance. So, we discussed how we could find a connection. She studied me, and got a feeling of how I was when I was younger, and approached her work with a dedication that was like me when I was her age. And she did an incredible job. And I took the totality of her performance. Everything I do is based on her and her look. People use their imagination, they know I'm not Jessica Chastain, they know I'm not Israeli, but the audience goes along with it.

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THE DEBT's John Madden Considers "All Things"

Posted August 29, 2011

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The director of THE DEBT appeared on NPR's All Things Considered to discuss his thriller. It's a diverting conversation that swerves from the strange serendipity of the title (attached to the film long before Congress went into session) and Madden's own history of creating drama on radio. But more than anything, Madden brought up the emotional and political complexities woven into this thriller about three Mossad agents who carry with them a dark secret. For one thing, Madden points out, ""In Israel, 'the debt' has a much more specific resonance, having to do with the debt the nation owes to the 6 million dead....But it has more meanings and other meanings as the film unfolds."

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David Nicholls talks writing in GQ

Posted August 28, 2011

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In the British GQ magazine, Jonathan Heaf in "David Nicholls talks ONE DAY," talks with the novelist and screenwriter of ONE DAY. It's a great profile of the writer, from his early days attempting to be a novel, to his recent success as a novelist and screenwriter. (Also check out video with David Nicholls  -- "ONE DAY: A Novel Becomes a Movie. ") At one point, Nicholls talks about the need to keep the roles of novelist and screenwriter separate.

When I write, I'm in no way thinking about the film. If I did that with One Day then it would be ten years rather than 20; and not nearly so many locations. Trying to squeeze 20 years into 100 minutes, that gives you only five minutes of screen time for each year and, of course, you can't structure it like that.

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Jesper Christensen Tells Speakeasy How to Be Bad

Posted August 28, 2011

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In the Wall Street Journal cultural blog "Speakeasy," Rachel Dodes talks to the Danish actor Jesper Christensen, who plays the Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, aka the "Surgeon of Birkenau" who, in John Madden's thriller THE DEBT. Dodes talks to him about the art of playing evil. (In our special FocusFeatures.com piece "Nazis We Love to Hate" we look at some of cinema's most famous bad Nazis.) Christensen explains:

As villains go, Vogel is a great villain because he's clever and he's articulate. There's a lot to do as an actor with him. I was in the greatest of company with the other actors and John Madden...I had a ball. So when I think of Vogel I am glad. I think about what a great time we had [filming the East Berlin scenes] in Hungary.

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