Jonathan Rhys Meyers is back on the throne (and in the bedroom) as Henry VIII in Showtime’s hit The Tudors. And he’s getting a bevy of new beauties to prove that the legendary king was a sexy guy.
And in person, the darkly attractive Irishman fits the bill.
Q: You’ve taken some flack for not matching up to Henry’s traditional physical image as an overweight redhead.
A: I’ve played him my way. I could have dyed my hair red and gained extra weight or put on a fat suit. But then the role becomes something that’s already been done by other actors. I hope I’ve made King Henry my own. I had to make his ambition bigger than anybody else’s. …Read the Q&A
Ryan Reynolds goes for laughs in the indie comedy Adventureland, and this summer you can watch him go mano a mano with Hugh Jackman as the fearsome Deadpool in the highly anticipated X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Off screen, after the deluge of headlines generated by his marriage to Scarlett Johansson , Ryan keeps a tight lid on their life together.
Q: The guy you play in Adventureland is hard to love and he doesn’t care who he hurts, including his much younger girlfriend played by Kristen Stewart.
A: The challenge is to make sure the audience doesn’t totally hate him even though I’d hate to be him in real life. His coping mechanism is to put himself in a position where he’s the biggest fish in the tiniest pond he can find. There’s something so sad about people that live their lives like that. But I love that this guy gets to expose himself, warts and all. He’s like, ‘Take it or leave it.’…Read the Q&A
Michael Emerson as Ben Linus might just be the most manipulative and confusing character on television. Emerson joined Lost to do a guest shot and his emergence as the primary villain ( or maybe he’s the hero?) is the stuff that an actor’s dreams are made of.
You want facts about this season’s finale? Would you really trust the man who plays Ben no matter what he told you? One true fact, the round glasses are pretty much like the ones he wears in real life. Another certainty is that you won’t get Michael to disrespect Ben.
Q: How would you describe your character?
A: Ben is intelligent and he is an operator. He’s a great student of psychology and he knows how to work people. He is sometimes very ruthless. We’ve seen that. Yet, to counterbalance that, we’ve seen him genuinely grieve the loss of a daughter, probably the loss of his own childhood or the loss of a chance to live a decent romantic life that he sees other people have. And of course he doesn’t have a happy relationship with members of the opposite sex, either. So he’s kind of alone. …Read the Q&A
Arrested Development got Will Arnett an Emmy nomination for playing George “Gob” Bluth II. And the greatly loved but low-rated show may soon enjoy a new life on the big screen.
In the meantime, Arnett has found success in comedies like Blades of Glory in which he and wife Amy Poehler played a pair of outlandish figure skaters. The co-stars have gone from getting laughs on screen to trying to get a laugh from their 6-month-old baby boy.
Up next, Will is channeling his own inner-child, getting animated in Monsters vs. Aliens.
Q: How did you feel about playing a monster?
A: I wasn’t sure how to feel because they said, ‘We want you to play this weird creature called The Missing Link. He’s this kind of brave dumb-dumb.’ They showed me a picture and I was like, ‘He’s got that silly smile that I kind of identify with. Is that me?’ So the good news is that I got to be in a DreamWorks animated feature, but it hurt my feelings a little bit. …Read the Q&A
How far can you get from Dwight on The Office? Rainn Wilson went from a geeky guy at Dunder Mifflin to a odd looking alien plotting to take over the earth in the animated feature Monsters and Aliens.
And it’s all part of Wilson’s plot to avoid getting typecast as the paper salesman who can’t hide his upwardly mobile longings in the Emmy Award-winning series.
Q: Now that you’ve done a few movies, did you try and get some extra star perks on Monsters and Aliens?
A: I came in and I was like, ‘I want the biggest trailer you got.’ They set me up with an enormous trailer. It was stocked from top to bottom, it had DirectTV and a Jacuzzi. I went, ‘Who cares about the movie.’ And if you believe that, you’ll also believe that the four-eyed evil alien I play is really me. …Read the Q&A