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Jan 31st
10:21 pm
MAOW Update: All the usual + Ethan Hawke mentions MAOW and Zac  
Long-time Linklater friend and collaborator Ethan Hawke was interviewed recently by New York magazine and in it he discusses briefly Linklater, Me and Orson Welles and Zac. Here is what he had to say:

Over drinks at a bistro in the Maritime Hotel, however, we’re not talking about Stoppard or Shepard or Mendes or Lumet. We’re talking about Zac Efron. Hawke and Linklater are close friends, and Linklater’s latest film, Me and Orson Welles, released in November, stars the unknown British actor Christian McKay as Welles, and the very well-known Efron—who became famous in High School Musical—as Welles’s young protégé. And herein lies a dilemma.

“The irony is, from Rick’s point of view, he wants to make a period film. He wants McKay to play Orson Welles. So you need a star to be in it somewhere,” Hawke says. “Here’s the answer: We’ll get Zac Efron to play the young kid. Because they audition him, and you know what? He turns out to be a really good actor. So that’s the reason Rick gets the money to make the film. But that’s also the reason people struggle to take the movie seriously.” This is a predicament that Hawke knows all too well. “A part of my heart goes out for these guys like Zac or [Twilight’s] Bob Pattinson. I wish them well,” he says. “The world is very mysterious. It has the appearance that it’s rooting for them and giving them everything they want. Instead, it’s setting a huge trap. And it’s very difficult to get out of.”

A couple of nominations to add to the tally:

Christian was nominated for Best Actor by the London Evening Standard British Film Awards. Winners will be announced February 8th. His category and competition:

Tom Hardy, Bronson
Christian McKay, Me And Orson Welles
Alex MacQueen, The Hide
Andy Serkis, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Christian was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Denver Film Critics Society:

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (winner)
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles



KPBS Film Club: Me and Orson Welles (transcript and/or downloadable audio review)
Bowling Green Daily News, "Theater lovers will enjoy ‘Me and Orson’"
The Daily Athenaeum, "Cast excels in ‘Welles’"
World Socialist Web Site, "Me and Orson Welles, but too much of the former"
Hill Country News, "'Me and Orson Welles' delights with interesting story"
Blog: Kay Fabe
Blog: The dark side of the moon
Blog: Hey, this is me...
Blog: The Tattler
Blog: Confessions of a Teenage Film Buff
Blog: Blog, Tarsier, Blog
Blog: Macrobert
Blog: Marissabidilla
Blog: Eric Lundegaard

And articles

I'm just going to link these because they are basically interviews/articles with Christian. But I know some of you love to read them because he is such a great storyteller!

Vanity Fair, "Sleeper Oscar Contender Christian McKay on Channeling Orson Welles" by Krista Smith
The Wrap, "'Promising Newcomer' Christian McKay Channels Orson Welles" by Steve Pond
NY Times Carpetbagger Blog, "Being Orson Welles" by Melena Ryzik
LA Times Gold Derby Blog, "Curious Oscar wild card: Christian McKay" by Tom O'Neil (with video interview)
PRX, "ME AND ORSON WELLES: Richard Linklater and Christian McKay talk about making the film." (downloadable audio file)
Santa Monica Daily Press, "Screenwriting couple make good with 'Me and Orson Welles'" by Taylor Van Arsdale

There is a great article about Christian meeting Norman Lloyd (Cinna in the Mercury production of Julius Caesar) here which has this great pic of the two:

And one last thing. All along watching twitter for Orson Welles mentions occasionally I'd see Orson Scott Card mentioned. And oddly enough a few days ago he randomly showed up in my Google alerts too, lol. I expected it to be nothing but when I read the link, it ended up being this:

David: What was the last movie you saw?
OSC: Me and Orson Welles. It was so brilliant I went back right away, this time with my wife and daughter, and saw it again. A great script, great directing, and above all absolutely brilliant acting, especially by Christian McKay in the title role – though all the other actors do a splendid job as well.

Mood: cheerfulcheerful
10 10 comments Comment
samwise gamgee.colfer on February 1st, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
lol bob pattinson.

and really, it's too bad MAOW had to come out the same year as inglourious basterds, because if not for christoph waltz cleaning up every damn supporting award (deservedly so), it'd be christian's year for sure.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 1st, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
srsly lol at bob. that's our new codeword for rpattz.

i just really hope he gets an oscar nomination. i mean, they haven't been able to do much campaigning really but the articles are awesome and hopefully that's enough for a nom.
samwise gamgee.colfer on February 1st, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
i hope he does too. aside from christoph the category is pretty weak this year, so hopefully he'll be able to slide in.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 1st, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
ugh i just hope people who are too lazy to watch their screeners are at least proactive enough to google the critics associations/baftas/etc and see what's up.
Shruti: Fashion | Imocalcified on February 1st, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)

Ethan Hawke is the right actor to be led - or lack thereof, more like filmed inside his personal comfort bubble - by Linklater. I think (at least you and I agree) Zac is just. Not. But that's ok, it was clearly a good experience for him and people who don't know shit like to pretend it was Z's best and most serious (in a quality sense) role to date.

hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 1st, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
i think people also wrongly hold it up as the only accurate measure of his talent because it was ~*~srs bsns~*~ but that isn't true either... i think 17 again gave him way more character to work with. but he seems to know that each performance counts, even the mainstream ones, so it's all good.
Shruti: Zac | Hot To Deathcalcified on February 1st, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I was telling Bianca, I just remembered.

JUST SO SHE DOESN'T SEE THIS AND GO, oic how special I am (not) to you.
wild at heart: ( ze ) ` seriously i can't breath `jukeboxblues on February 1st, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
aww, the last bit of Ethan's blurb made me a little melancholy. it's completely accurate of the business but i hate to think that zac will really get stuck in it. i so badly want people to see how seriously he takes what he does.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on February 1st, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Mte. But, (and I'm being totally cheesy right now, I fully acknowledge that) it made me think of something Conan said during his final Tonight Show that if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.

I'd hope that if Zac ever did leave acting (of his own choice or otherwise) that he just continue to bring his kind heart, good intentions, and work ethic to whatever it is that he set his sights on.
elena_claytonelena_clayton on February 1st, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
In light of what Ethan says, it makes sense that Zac is keen to produce his own films (or at least, executively produce). It's like a massive finger at those people who didn't take him seriously. I'm proud of him. And really want his upcoming films to do well. :)