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17 September 09

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell (born May 31st, 1976) is one of Ireland’s best young faces in Hollywood and abroad. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.

He was born in Castleknock, Dublin, as the youngest of four children. His father and uncle were both professional athletes and he was expected to follow in their footsteps however he decied to join a band. He couldn’t make it in the band because he was tone deft. Farrell dropped out of The Gaiety School of Acting and appeared on screen in “The War Zone” and “Drinking Crude”. From there he moved on to much bigger things.

Farrell co-starred in the war film “Hart’s War” opposite the talented Bruce Willis. Unfortunately the film was a flop like his previous film “Tigerland”. Farrell was then cast in Steven Spielberg “Minority Report” where he played opposite Tom Cruise. The film was praised by critics and loved all around.

2003 was a major year for Colin Farrell. He starred in the crime thriller “The Recruit”. Pacino later stated that Farrell was the best actor of his generation. Farrell kept very busy that year with “Daredevil”, “S.W.A.T.”, “Intermission”, and “Veronica Guerin”. 

 The following year, Farrell acted in what is his most infamous film role yet: the title role in the mighty Oliver Stone film epic “Alexander”, which is a character study of Alexander the Great as he travels across new worlds and conquers all the known world before him. Farrell donned a blond wig and retained his Irish accent, and gave a fine performance as Alexander. However, both he and the film were criticized. Despite being one of the highest grossing films internationally and doing a good job at the DVD sales, Farrell did not come out of the experience without a few hurts.

Since then Farrell starred in a few films including “The New World”, “Miami Vice”, “Ask The Dust”, and “Cassandra’s Dream”. Farrelle followed up with a hilarious drama, “In Bruges”, in 2008 which has been one of Farrell’s praised roles. His next film was “Pride and Glory” which did not recieve as great reviews.

As well as working with charity, and speaking at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007, he has donated his salary for “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009) to Heath Ledger’s little daughter (who was left nothing in a will that had not been updated in quite a while). Ledger had originally been cast in the film and was replaced by Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law.

Personal Quotes:

"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me."

"I’m in no hurry to get anywhere. I don’t have any plans. I don’t have a map. If you did in this business, you’d destroy yourself."

On Hollywood: “I’m not seduced by it all. I swear to God. I’m easily pleased, yeah. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll indulge in it. I’ll be in Los Angeles for two weeks and I’ll have a laugh, get battered and have a buzz, but at the end of the day, I’ll go home. It’s just me earning a few more stories to tell everyone at home and all.”

"I do have the ability to explore life and to be over the moon at the smallest thing - a few pints and a craic in the pub and I’m in heaven. But I have a melancholy side to me as well. Acting allows me to feel things, it kind of buys me human experience. And I don’t mean this as acting as higher cause, because it’s not, but it does kind of have a higher awareness emotionally."

(A special thanks to www.imdb.com for the information on this fantastic actor.)

16 September 09

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp (born June 9th, 1963) is said to one of the strangest actors of our time. He has played a massive amount of roles ranging from a teenage boys in the 1950s to a schitzophrenic psychos to Willy Wonka.

John Christopher Depp II was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, however he was raised in Flordia. He dropped out of school at age 15 in hopes of becomming a rockstar. He fronted several bands including The Kids who once opened for Iggy Pop. Depp got into acting after a visit to Los Angeles, California, with his former wife, Lori Anne Allison, who introduced him to Nicholas Cage. He made his film debut in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984). In 1987 he shot to stardom when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular TV series “21 Jump Street” (1987).

In 1990, after numerous roles in teen-oriented films, such as “Cry Baby”, his first of a handful of great collaborations with director Tim Burton came about when Depp played the title role in “Edward Scissorhands”. Depp became known in the industy as serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike. He has teamed up with director Tim Burton several times after “Edward Scissorhands” in the films “Ed Wood” (1994) and in “Sleppy Hollow” (1999) playing the lead role of Ichabod Crane.

Some of his most popular films today are the “Pirates of the Caribbean” seires which includes “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006), “Pirates of the Caribbean: At The World’s End” (2007).
In a kind of ironic twist: Depp was allergic to chocolate as a child and in 2005 he stared in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
Off-screen, Depp has dated several female celebrities, and has been engaged to Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss. He was married to Lori Anne Allison in 1983 but they divorced her in 1985. Depp is living with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children: Lily-Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002. They have the same names of the two main characters in “Legend” (1985).
In 1999 Depp was arrested for getting into a fight with the paparazzis in front of a restaurant in London. Has twice recorded with British band Oasis. Most notably, he plays lead slide guitar on the track “Fade In-Out”, from the 1997 album Be Here Now. Noel Gallagher, Oasis’s lead guitarist, was allegedly too drunk to perform it himself, so celebrity pal Depp stepped in and nailed the lead on one take.
Depp’s most recent released film is “Public Enemies” and his most recent yet-to-be-released film is “Alice in Wonderland” set to be released sometime in 2010.
15 September 09

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto (born June 2nd, 1977) is best know for his role as Sylar in the television show “Heroes” and his role as Spock in “Star Trek” (2009).

Zachary Quinto grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and started acting there as a hobby. This hobby quickly grew into a vocation which lead him to Carnegie Mellon University. There he recieved a BFA in 1999.

 

After graduating from CMU, Zachary Quinto moved to New York and soon after that to Los Angeles to persue an acting career. He began recieving work in shows such as “Touched By an Angel”, “CSI”, “Off Centre”, “Haunted”, “The Agency”, “Six Feet Under”, “Joan of Arcadia”, and “Crossing Jordan”.

 

In 2004, Quinto landed the role of Adam Kaufman inthe third season of the popular show “24”. After this Quinto played Tori Spelling’s best friend on “so noTORIous”. After this Quinto had a streak of trouble getting acting jobs and his dark mood helped him to land the role of Sylar, the super powered psychopathic serial killer on NBC’s “Heroes”, which is best know for.


(Don’t you just wish that was you?)

Besides the above stated acomplishments, Quinto and his long time friends Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson started the production company Before The Door in 2008. Since then they have completed several projects and many are in production. The newest project to come from the Before The Door team was “Hostage: A Love Story” which can be viewed on www.funnyordie.com. To get more information on the company, the boys, and the released and upcoming projects visit their site at www.beforethedoor.com.

Personal Quotes:

"The interesting thing about my character ‘Sylar’ is that my strengths as an actor seemed to go completely against the shape of a character in the shadows. I stepped into this character and then realized how much there was to play with."

"There’s a group that calls itself the Sarmy-or Sylar’s Army- and it’s dedicated to the support of my character, and they don’t like it when he’s disparaged. Their slogan is "Every villain needs a legion of evil supporters." But what’s funny is they do great charity work. It’s never bad to have an army. " (Please check out www.sylarsarmy.com. They do great work for charity and support Zach and his devilish character, Sylar.)

"What scares me? Oh, now that’s a big question. I don’t know what scares me- cockroaches, nuclear apocalypse. Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in all of our lives. I try to be as fearless as possible. I don’t always succeed, but I like to think I try."

(on which story he likes the most on “Heroes”)
"I think I tend to be drawn to, a lot of the stories have really strong family elements. I’m really drawn to that element of it. I think that’s one of the biggest hooks of the show for me, is like, what do these powers do to the relationships in everybody’s lives? I really feel like the dynamic in the Bennett family is really compelling and really complicated."

"When Horn Rimmed Glasses gets me in captivity, he’s kind of merciless in trying to get at the root of what I’m doing and why I’m doing what I’m doing. You really see Sylar’s anger, the darkness that comes out. I don’t like being in captivity, and I don’t like being overpowered."

A special thanks to www.zacharyquinto.com for providing much information for this post.

14 September 09

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia (born July 8th, 1977) is best know for his role as Peter Petrelli in the popular NBC show “Heroes”.

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia was born in Anaheim, California. He is of Sicilian Italian descent on his father’s side and a combination of Irish, English, Scottish, French, Cherokee and Blackfoot descent on his mother’s. When he was on “Ellen” one interesting fact we learned about Milo’s childhood is that when he was seven his two sisters dressed him up like Madonna and later at age 13 he found the pictures in a closet and tore them up. He attended El Modena High School in Orange, CA. He graduated in 1994. 

If you don’t want the popular science fiction show, “Heroes”, on NBC you may know Ventimiglia from his role as Jess in “Gilmore Girls”. Before landing the role as Jess, Ventimila made appearences on shows such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, ”Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, and ”Promise Land”. 

Since starting his work on ”Heroes”, Ventimiglia has started up a production company named DiVide Pictures, shown a great interest in directing, and started a comic book titled “Rest”. Milo Ventimiglia is one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors. Ventimiglia’s most rencent movie was a small role playing  Rick Rape in “Gamer” staring Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, and Michael C. Hall. Another recent project is returning to his character Peter Petrelli in Season 4 of ”Heroes” which is set to premier on September 21st, 2009 at 8/7c on NBC.

Some little know facts about Milo: He has a ‘67 Chevelle Super Sport named “Evelyn”, his favorite book is The Long Walk (by Stephen King as Richard Bachman), he is close friends with Sophia Bush and “Heroes” co-star Kristen Bell, and his favorite bands include The Strokes, Deftones, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Hives. 

 

Personal Quotes:
"I’m a homebody, I’d rather be in the kichen cooking than hanging out in a bar."

"Every job built my career in some way or made me grow as a person or I got to meet someone great. I had one line on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but I met Will Smith and he took 20 minutes out of his day to talk to the kid with one line. To this day, I think that guy is amazing because of that."

"The Godfather" 1 and 2, "Goodfellas," "The Matrix" — those are movies I can sit down and watch over and over again"

"I just try not to subscribe to the ways of celebrity. I’m not a celebrity, I’m a working actor. A lot of the events — the parties and the premieres that people go to to get noticed — I’m just not into. I’ll hang out with my friends, go see punk shows, read at home. At the same time, I have a production company, which is a lot of work."

 

13 September 09

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio (born November 11th, 1974) is an actor who stared in one of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic.

Leo was born in Hollywood, California, to his German mother, Irmalin, and his Italian father, George, who were divorced the year following his birth. Leonardo’s name derives from his mother having experienced a sudden kick from unborn Leo while admiring a painting by the great Leonardo DiVinci.

Leo began acting at the young age of 5 when he appeared on one of his favorite shows, “Romper Room” (1953). He was nearly thrown off the set for misbehaving. After doing several commercials, educational films, a small role as Josh in “Critter’s 3”, and playing Luke in the popular TV show “Growing Pains”, DiCaprio landed his first major role as Tony in “This Boy’s Life” co-starring with Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin.

Leo recieved his first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations from his difficult role as Arnie in “What’s Eating Glibert Grape” in which he co-starred with Johnny Depp. From there Leo did many other films including “The Basketball Diaries”, “Total Eclipse”, “Marvin’s Room”, and ”Romeo + Juliet”.

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In 1997, Leo landed the role that skyrocketed him to stardom. Leo was cast to play Jack Dawson in the much anticipated “Titanic” directed by James Cameron. In the film Leo stared with then upcoming actress, Kate Winslet, who played Rose. “Titanic” is the highest grossing film of all time and it tied with “Ben Hur” for the most Academy Awards (11).

After “Titanic” Leo stared in a few films that didn’t make too much money and later made his comeback by landing the role as Frank Abaganale in “Catch Me If You Can” where he stared opposite Tom Hanks.

Aside from the above stated films, Leo has also had success in the films “The Aviator”, “The Departed”, “Blood Diamond”, “Body of Lies”, and “Revolutionary Road”. Leo’s most recent film “Shutter Island” is set to come out in February acording to www.imdb.com.

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