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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

A chat with six great actors

I always enjoy the Hollywood Reporter’s occasional roundtable discussions, in which they gather groups of actors, directors or writers and let them talk about their work. This week, they’ve got Alan Arkin, Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, John Hawkes and Denzel Washington sitting around chatting, and what we can take away from this is: a) Hawkes is a very quiet fellow; b) Arkin says that if he wasn’t an actor he’d be a safecracker, and that’s fabulous whether he means it or not; c) Washington says, laughing, that he’d like to play James Bond, and I say, bring it on. Can’t you just see him being all icy and scornful with Judi Dench?
You can read the whole thing here. I particularly like this quote on fame, from Hawkes (who says very little, but everything he says makes you wish he’d talk more): “Any rise in visibility worries me because if I can’t be somewhat invisible in a crowd and observe human behavior, it’s harder to be an actor.”

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