Gerard Butler Knows How To Diffuse A Testy Situation

Olympus Has Fallen Like most red blooded males, Gerard Butler has found himself in a few scrapes and tussles.  Since he has starred in his share of action driven material (300, Gamer, Olympus Has Fallen), Butler admits he may get accosted by an over eager or aggressive fan.  Instead of elevating the situation past the point of no return, Butler has learned how to avoid a physical confrontation.

So how do stars learn to avoid people who want to simply throw down?  Listen to Gerard Butler’s thoughts below by clicking the media bar.

Olympus Has Fallen, which has made over $40 million domestically since its release last week, also stars Aaron Eckhart and Melissa Leo.

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Joining Sequels Can Be a Challenge for Dwayne Johnson

133Dwayne Johnson joins another well established film franchise, G.I. Joe, starring in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which will be the top movie at the box office this weekend.

Johnson is no stranger to starring in film franchises, having joined The Mummy, Journey to the Center of The Earth, and Fast & Furious. Johnson explains that joining well established franchises can be fun, and that creating a new character can also be challenging at the same time. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)

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Matthew McConaughey Takes Shelter In Mississippi Set Drama ‘Mud’

Mud (Roadside Attractions/CR: James Brides) Opening April 26th, Mud centers on two boys (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) who discover a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding on an island nestled in the Mississippi River.

The project is directed by filmmaker Jeff Nichols, who received excellent reviews for his 2011 feature Take Shelter.  The project, inspired by the writings of Mark Twain, shot for eight weeks in Southwest Arkansas.

During a recent interview, Matthew McConaughey talks about his own youthful relationship with Mother Nature, and he recalls building a tree house on a large oak tree.  To hear McConaughey, click on the media bar below:

Mud also stars Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon, who starred in both of Nichols previous films (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories).

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Evil Dead’s Jane Levy Had Demonic Audition For Horror Flick

Evil Dead (TriStar Pictures/CR: Kirsty Griffin)

Let’s face it.  Hollywood is a crazy town, and when you mix show business in with the vagaries of La-La land, the cocktail, depending on your tastes, is either intoxicating or toxic.

Perseverance, moxie, and a healthy dose of toughness are important tools for actors trying to carve out a solid show business career.

Before she headed out to Los Angeles, Suburgatory actress Jane Levy studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  Along with the TV series, Levy landed the lead role in Evil Dead, the remake of the Sam Raimi film (Raimi’s also a producer), a horror flick which opens April 5th.

Whether you’ve studied method acting or are theater trained, if you want to make it in Hollywood, you’re going to have to audition.  Jane Levy talked about her embarrassing audition for Evil Dead; she actually ran out of the room after attempting to turn into a demon.  That embarrassment led to creative prosperity, as Levy nailed the audition and got the part.

Listen to the actress talk about her memorable Evil Dead audition.  It’s pretty funny.

Evil Dead opens April 5th.

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Danny Boyle Places Audience In A ‘Trance’ With Hidden Clues

Trance (Fox Searchlight) Director Danny Boyle is an artist who isn’t afraid of tackling different genres from picture to picture:  Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Sunshine, The Beach and Trainspotting are just several films that highlight his diverse body of work.

He’s at it again with the twisty thriller Trance, which centers on an art auctioneer (James McAvoy) who’s embroiled in a battle of wills with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) and a criminal (Vincent Cassel).  At stake is a lost painting which only the auctioneer knows how to recover.

During the recent interviews for Trance, Danny Boyle explains why he placed clues in the film for fans to appreciate the movie a second time around.  To hear Boyle, click on the clip below:

Trance opens April 5th.

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