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Sunday
Jun232013

Henry Cavill Reveals Roles He Didn't Get

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(LOS ANGELES) -- Henry Cavill is at at the top of his game right now, playing Superman in the blockbuster film, Man of Steel. But in a new interview with Peter Travers, the actor, 30, reveals that landing huge movie roles hasn’t always been so easy.

In fact, he tried out for the James Bond role that Daniel Craig landed, and also the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight and Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – both of which went to the same man, Robert Pattinson.

But Cavill harbors no sore feelings. In the case of Craig playing Bond, he said: “Daniel Craig was absolutely nailed that role and best man for the job. I don’t care if I don’t get the job if the best guy for the job gets it.”

Had he practiced shaking and stirring martinis?

“No, but I practiced asking, ‘shaken, not stirred,’ though,” he said.

However, just a few years later, Cavill landed the role of a lifetime – though, he admits, he almost missed the call.

When he learned he had won the part of Superman, he was playing World of Warcraft, the popular online game, and was so distracted that he ignored the ringing.

“I looked down at the last minute and I see its Zach Snyder and I dive for phone,” Cavill said to Travers. “I was like, ‘forget you guys, I’m going for Zach!”

Playing Superman is, so far, a dream come true. The film is a smash at the box-office and a sequel is already in development. For Cavill, the road to Superman was paved with several casting rejections.

For more of Peter Travers’ far-reaching interview with the Man of Steel actor, where they discuss Cavill’s chubby childhood and the prospect of a Justice League movie, watch the video below.

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Thursday
Aug252011

Hathaway Dissed (Again) -- 'Life' Ranks Worst Accents In Movie History

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh from stinging criticism of her Oscar hosting duties earlier this year, barbs over her playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and a box office bomb in her new drama One Day, Anne Hathaway just got more bad news. Her British accent in the film has just landed her on a none-too-flattering ranking compiled by Life.com: its "Worst Accents in Movie History" list.

The website puts Hathaway's One Day English accent alongside such infamous linguistic lapses as Mickey Rooney's racist Chinese intonations in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Keanu Reeves' attempted Indian accent in 1993's Little Buddha, and Kevin Costner's Sherwood Forest-by-way-of-SoCal accent in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec312010

Year in Review: Celebrity Deaths in 2010

Gary Coleman. Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a review of some of the more notable Hollywood passings of 2010:

Child star Gary Coleman, who was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes, died on May 28 of a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home in Utah.  Arnold's frequent question on the show -- "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" -- became a national catchphrase.  Coleman was 42 at the time of his death.

Actress Barbara Billingsley, who played matriarch June Cleaver on the classic TV series Leave It to Beaver, passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 94.

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Mr. C. on TV's Happy Days, died Oct. 19 at the age of 83.

Pernell Roberts, who starred on the long-running TV western Bonanza and the 1980s TV series Trapper John, M.D., died of cancer Jan. 24 at the age of 81.

Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen died March 11 at the age of 69.  Before launching his acting career, Olsen was a pro football player who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Fess Parker, who portrayed Davy Crockett on TV and in later years opened a California winery, died March 18.  He was 85.

On Oct. 28, James MacArthur, the actor who played Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on the original Hawaii Five-O, died at the age of 72.

Peter Graves, the star of TV's Mission: Impossible and the breakthrough comedy Airplane!, died March 14 at the age of 83.

Leslie Nielsen, one of Graves' co-stars in Airplane!, died Nov. 28 at a Florida hospital of complications of pneumonia at the age of 84.  Nielsen was a dramatic actor for years before finding fame as a comedic star in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series of films.

Hollywood veteran Tony Curtis died Sept. 29.  The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones, and Spartacus was also the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.  He was 85.

Actor Robert Culp died on March 24 at the age of 79.  Culp starred in 1960s' TV series I Spy and the 1980s' series The Greatest American Hero.  Culp was 79.

Kevin McCarthy, the actor who tried to save his fellow humans from aliens in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie, died Sept. 11 at the age of 96.

Actor Harold Gould, best known for playing Kid Twist in The Sting and Valerie Harper's father on Rhoda, also died on Sept. 11.  He was 86.

Actor Dennis Hopper died May 29 at the age of 74 after a battle with prostate cancer.  Hopper directed, co-wrote and starred in 1969's Easy Rider, which also featured Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.  Hopper's career also included roles in Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, and Speed.

Corey Haim, the 1980s heartthrob and actor in the movie The Lost Boys, died from complications of pneumonia on March 10 at the age of 38.

John Forsythe, the veteran actor who provided the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels and played oil tycoon Blake Carrington in Dynasty, died April 1 after a battle with cancer.  Forsythe was 92.

Actress Gloria Stuart died on Sept. 26 at the age of 100.  Stuart is best known for her role as the elderly Rose in the movie Titanic.

Jill Clayburgh, the actress who earned Oscar nominations for the 1970s films An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over, died Nov. 5.  Clayburgh, who'd been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, was 66.

Lynn Redgrave died May 2 at the age of 67.  She received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters and was a member of Redgrave acting dynasty.

Jean Simmons, the Oscar-nominated star of Hamlet and The Happy Ending, died Jan. 22 at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer.  Simmons career also included roles in Spartacus and Elmer Gantry.

Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive actress who appeared in the Poltergeist movies, died Jan. 27 at the age of 76.

Actress Patricia Neal died Aug. 8 at the age of 84.  Neal starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and won an Oscar for her role in Hud.

Dixie Carter, the actress who starred in TV's Designing Women, Family Law and Diff’rent Strokes, died April 10 from complications of endometrial cancer.  Carter was 70.

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning Golden Girls actress, died of a brain hemorrhage June 3 at the age of 76.

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