Topic: Actors

Captain America’s Dominic Cooper…Revealed!

Captain America's Dominic Cooper...Revealed!

With all the fervor over Captain America‘s studly star Chris Evans, it would be easy to forget anyone else is in the movie at all. But to do so would be a huge mistake, because the supporting cast includes Dominic Cooper, a great actor (and heartthrob) in his own rite. In this, his Hollywood blockbuster debut, Cooper plays Howard Stark, the brilliant inventor who helps turn regular guy Steve Rogers into a patriotic übermensch. (And who, in Iron Man, grows up into John Slattery and fathers the title character.) Here are some things you might not know about him. More »

Has a Movie Ever Ruined an Actor for You?

Has a Movie Ever Ruined an Actor for You?

I have absolutely nothing against Keith David as a person. The talented, prolific actor lent his voice to one of my favorite animated shows — he was Goliath on Gargoyles — graced us in Coraline as The Cat, and was probably fantastic on the otherwise poor superhero series The Cape. But every time I see him in something, I feel a brief shudder.

I blame Requiem for a Dream. Darren Aronofsky‘s bleak film, something of a cautionary tale about drug use, featured David in a small role as Big Tim, a man who puts Jennifer Connelly‘s character in sex shows in exchange for heroin to fuel her habit. Think Connelly getting it on with another girl while men in business suits jeer above them, all with Big Tim as the perverted gatekeeper. More »

Video: Meet Jesse Heiman, the Extra Who Has Been in Every Movie

Video: Meet Jesse Heiman, the Extra Who Has Been in Every Movie

Remember Ricky Gervais‘ 2005 series Extras? It was the painfully funny tale of an actor who doggedly paid his dues, always aspiring to break into Hollywood but perpetually falling short. It looks like Gervais has a counterpart in Jesse Heiman, a 33-year-old actor who has appeared in seemingly every movie and TV show. Many of his roles, starting with 2001′s American Pie 2, have been vague — Beer Bong Student, Monopoly Game Piece Thief, Winking Comic Book Nerd — and/or uncredited, but someone has slavishly updated his IMDb page with every appearance. There’s also this great video picking him out of the crowd in Glee, The Social Network, and Arrested Development. (The fact that it’s set to “Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream makes it all the more epic.) Considering the breadth of his Hollywood career, I think you can assume that he’s havin’ a laugh. More »

Gallery: Actors Who Really Got Into Their Roles

Gallery: Actors Who Really Got Into Their Roles

Big Love star Chloe Sevigny is preparing to play axe murderer Lizzie Borden for an HBO miniseries — which is a great choice, considering her capacity for portraying deadly, emotionless women. Although screenwriter Bryce Kass is only halfway through the script, Sevigny is committed to the project: She’s even staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA, the town where spinster Borden hacked up her father and stepmother in 1892. (Sing the song with me: Lizzie Borden took an axe / Gave her mother 40 whacks / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father 41…) More »

Ryan Kwanten…Revealed!

Ryan Kwanten...Revealed!

We may know him as the handsome Jason “Dumber than a bag of hair” Stackhouse on True Blood, but native Aussie Ryan Kwanten is more than a pretty face. His latest project has been revealed as The Family, in which he’ll be tackling the role of America’s most infamous cult leader, Charles Manson. You can also catch the 33-year-old blondie in the upcoming nouveau-Western Red Hill, and co-starrred with Mischa Barton in Don’t Fade Away . But what do you really know about Ryan (besides that he looks awesome without his shirt on)? Here are five fun facts you can use to impress your friends! More »