“I spent 45 minutes spewing out information about him, to him.” – Best Actor contenders on theatre, dream roles, inspirations, and much more.

As Awards Season rolls along, with another big week of critics group announcements next week, The Hollywood Reporter continues to release their excellent roundtables, today’s with a crop of Best Actor and Supporting Actor frontrunners: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton (Birdman). While the majority (4 out of 6, in fact) are playing real life people, the topic of obligation to the truth isn’t touched upon much. Instead, the discussion mostly skews towards their individual parts, with a focus on fame, mentors, and film vs. theatre. As usual, it’s an entertaining discussion, even if Tatum doesn’t get much of a word in, and, as usual, I wish that the actors were allowed to steer the conversation themselves, as the best insights come unprompted. Timothy Spall, with his excellent accent and anecdotes, is especially a delight to listen to, telling a particularly hilarious theatre story.

2013 roundtable

In case you missed the other roundtables so far, here are the links to them. Your Sunday is now sorted:

Writers & studio executives 

Actresses & animation

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