2011 YEAR IN REVIEW: BREAKTHROUGH ACTRESS JESSICA CHASTAIN

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Is it just me or was Jessica Chastain in every other movie that was released this year?  In 2011, the once unknown actress graced us with The Tree of Life, The Debt, Take Shelter, The Help, Texas Killing Fields, and Coriolanus!  To put the proverbial icing on the cake, Chastain received a Golden Globes and Critics Choice Award nod for her work in The Help.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chastain as she promoted The Tree of Life and, later in the year, The Debt. My favorite story from the two interviews came from Chastain’s recollection of almost introducing herself to Robin Williams. Thanks to the Oscar winning actor, Chastain’s Julliard School education was funded by Williams.

Click on the media bar and listen to Chastain talk about her synchronistic encounter with Mr. Williams:

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Chastain will be seen in 2012 with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in director John Hillcoat’s (The Road, The Proposition) latest drama, Wettest County.

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‘THE DEBT’S’ JESSICA CHASTAIN – ACTING AS A MASTER CLASS

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Having starred in such high profiles films as The Tree of Life, The Help, and now The Debt (opening Friday), Jessica Chastain is finally seeing all the hard work pay off.

“There are so many actors that are not working,” says Chastain, who will also be seen this year in The Texas Killing Fields (which also features The Debt co-star Sam Worthington.  “For the past four years, I’ve made 11 films and of course many of them got delayed for certain reasons.  Now they’re coming out at the same time, and it’s a very good problem to have.”

Listen to Chastain explain why she views each film as a “master class” and why, when it comes to choosing movie roles, she won’t play it safe:

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SAM WORTHINGTON’S EARLY ACTING DAYS WERE ALL ABOUT A GIRL

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It’s the standard story for any actor, musician, writer, or anyone involved in the creative arts – it all started with a girl.

Before he was the best thing about Terminator Salvation and had his life forever changed with Avatar, Sam Worthington, he was a working actor in Australia.  And before he was an actor, he was a bricklayer.

It was an ex-girlfriend who unwittingly put him into the acting track, and although Mr. Worthington has told this story to countless journalists and late night talk show hosts, it’s still a pretty cool anecdote.  Listen to the actor, whose next film The Debt opens Wednesday, elaborate on his early initiation to the National Institute of Dramatic art:

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JESSICA CHASTAIN ON FEELING HELEN MIRREN’S ENERGY FOR ‘THE DEBT’

jessc2 Jessica Chastain, who stars as a Mossad agent in The Debt, learned Krav Maga to prepare for the role.  Most actors learn fighting and self-defense techniques for actions films, but with The Debt the actress took to YouTube to help her learn about co-star Helen Mirren’s mannerisms (they play the same character, as the film spans several decades).

Click on the media bar and listen to Chastain talk about how she connected with Mirren during the making of The Debt:

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The Debt, co-starring Sam Worthington, opens August 31st.

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SAM WORTHINGTON TALKS ‘CLASH OF THE TITANS 2’ AND THE “INSTABILITY” OF ACTING

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Although he’s been blessed with his share of high profile projects (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation, Clash of the Titans) Sam Worthington knows that an actor’s hold on Hollywood is tenuous at best.

Worthington, who plays a conflicted secret agent in The Debt (opening August 31st), is currently sporting a beard for his next project, the surf drama Drift. But after he’s done with Drift, the actor may be jobless.

Click on the media bar and listen to Worthington talk about the fickle nature of show business:

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Mr. Worthington also elaborates on why Clash of the Titans 2, which he’s finished, was bankrolled, even though it received its share of lukewarm reviews.  “I think it came out of the fact that we made a hell of a lot of money to be perfectly frank,” says Worthington.  “Money only means that people came and saw it.  Now it’s up to us to kind of advance it and not just make it a continuation of Clash of the Titans, which it isn’t.  It’s actually Jonathan Liebesman’s (director of Battle: Los Angeles) take on this kind of mythology.  That’s been exciting to actually kind of  know exactly what the audience are going to maybe feel about it and what critics feel about it, and then flip it on its head.”

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