Frank Silva on playing BOB in Twin Peaks
When we found this interview with Frank Silva, who you know better from your David Lynch-induced nightmares as the terrifying BOB, we were surprised to learn that Lynch recruited him for the role at the last minute. Silva was actually working on the set when Lynch asked him to hover behind a bed, looking creepy. (He did a great job.) Though we’re sure he was perfectly nice in real life – at least, nothing like BOB – it further creeped us out to discover that Silva wasn’t even in costume; he wore his own clothes for the part. So BOB was, in a sense, kind of walking around in the early 1990s…
Meryl Streep on playing Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
This Guardian interview with Meryl Streep is a gem. Not only because there are few Streep interviews floating around, but because this one in particular catches her after playing one of her most abrasive roles to date – and we’re not talking about Margaret Thatcher. Miranda Priestly, the character based on Vogue‘s indomitable Anna Wintour, had clearly rubbed off on Streep at the time of the interview. While her commanding presence comes off the screen, the interview also presents Streep as the headstrong woman she is, as she speaks of the various “difficult” women she’s rendered, and discusses women in politics. Our favorite part of the interview is the lesson on power acting Streep learned from drama school: “the teacher asks, how do you be the queen? And everybody says, ‘Oh it’s about posture and authority.’ And they said, no, it’s about how the air in the room shifts when you walk in. And that’s everyone else’s work.” Now that is Prada all over.
Russell Crowe in Les Miserables
This writer spent the near three hours of Les Miserables wanting to pellet popcorn at Russell Crowe’s head. While everyone else is haplessly suffering in post-revolutionary France, Javert’s an unflinching baddie, with no ounce of goodness in him, it seems. But Russell Crowe’s interview with Flicks and Bits gives his one-dimensional character some depth, as we learn the story of a man named Eugène-François Vidocq. As Crowe explains, Vidocq was Victor Hugo’s inspiration both for Javert and the noble Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman). “Once you know that, the process becomes far more interesting,” Crowe said, who based his character on Vidocq. “Javert is so much more complex,” he added. It’s a fascinating story, as most villain’s stories are, however atrocious they may be as human beings.