Scott Bakula is one of the best actors working on television today. Bakula, who currently stars in the CBS action series NCIS: New Orleans, is not only an accomplished actor, but he is also a great singer as well, earning many accolades performing on the stage.
Bakula won the hearts of many starring in the classic NBC sci-fi series Quantum Leap. Bakula played time traveler Dr. Sam Beckett who temporarily took the place of other people in order to correct their mistakes. In addition to playing Dr. Sam Beckett, he also played the character of the those he leapt into. It was a true acting challenge for Bakula, who knocked his beloved role out of the park.
While Quantum Leap has been off the air for over two decades, it has found new generations of fans through DVD and it’s currently playing on Netflix. Bakula still embraces fans, both old and new, of the beloved series. We spoke to Bakula not too long ago and he explained why the show is timeless.
Before Wesley Snipes hit big in films and television, he starred in the Martin Scorsese directed music video Bad. Inspired by the musical West Side Story and originally 18 minutes long, Bad is one of Michael Jackson’s most iconic videos.
Working with arguably the biggest musical star in the world made a huge impact on Snipes. We spoke to Snipes who recalled making the video with the King of Pop and he talked about being in awe of Jackson’s work ethic. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wesley Snipes)
Snipes goes on to say Michael Jackson was an angel that was sent to us, and that people should reflect on how they treated him. He also adds that the singer was a cultural icon, not just in music, but that he represented so much more. (Click on the media bar below to hear Wesley Snipes, who can currently be seen in The Player, elaborate on his love for Michael Jackson)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in an amazing performance in the new film The Walk. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the true story centers on French high wire artist Philipe Petit’s walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974.
During his training, Levitt became very proficient in wire walking, and though the film is a gorgeous visual spectacle, The Walkis a risky movie. As Levitt accurately points out, The Walkis an unconventional action film that hopefully will find a sizable audience. With ambitious narratives like Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Who Framed Roger Rabbiton his resume, it’s easy to see why the ambitious scope of The Walkwas right up Zemeckis’ creative alley.
Premiering December 14 on Syfy (10/9c), The Expanseis a futuristic epic which initially focuses on the search for a missing girl. Steven Straitplays Jim Holden, the second officer of an ice hauler who, along with a hardened investigator (Thomas Jane) find themselves in the middle of this growing conspiracy.
Strait, who starred in the popular Starz series Magic City, is a fan of The Expanse novels and was invested in Jim Holden’s life changing journey. Though Holden has leadership qualities, he’s the kind of guy who would rather recede into the distance and enjoy a hot cup of coffee (for the java reference, check out the video at the end of this post). A distress call, however, immediately changes the protagonist’s priorities.
“Holden is driven mostly by this incredible guilt over the circumstances of the people that he cared about,” says Strait. “Because answering this distress call brought upon an incredible amount of destruction and pain and death to people he really loved. He has to find a sense of justice for what happened.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Strait talk about his love for the first two books in The Expanse series (the project is based on the books penned by James S.A. Corey, the pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck):
The Expansealso stars Wes Chatham and Florence Faivre.
Stan Lee is an icon in the comic book world. He created such memorable Marvel comic book heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor. Though some of the comic books were created over 50 years ago, they have managed to transcend time and weather.
Lee told us that he doesn’t really give it much thought about the longevity of his comic book heroes. He gives credit to the films that have been recently released such asThe Avengers and Spider-Man, which have keep his creations alive.
Check out the video below to hear Stan Lee talk about how cinema has helped shape and grow the MarvelUniverse.