Clive Owen’s children are desperate for him to make a kids’ film.
The ‘International’ actor refuses to allow his kids – Hannah, 12, and nine-year-old Eve – to watch his usual movies due to their adult content, so they have started pestering him to star in a child-friendly film.
Exactly when did Clive Owen start looking so miffed? At birth? He’d win a crossness contest with Daniel Craig – or even with Mark Wahlberg. In Tom (Run Lola Run) Tykwer’s sleek espionage thriller The International, Owen plays Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent pursuing the secret arms trafficking of an international bank, whose employees he confronts as if they’ve just delivered a particularly gross insult to his mother.
Tykwer’s film uses Owen as a seeker of justice with a brow like corrugated iron, but it’s a slight snag that there’s no personality under there. His attempt to nail this corporation is a shell game, shuttling him from the mysterious heart attack of a colleague in Berlin, to a political assassination in Milan, to an elaborate and ridiculously entertaining shoot-out in New York’s Guggenheim Museum. This sequence – alone worth the price of admission – builds beautifully: the Milan gunman (Brian F O’Byrne) has been spied and followed in, meets his contact, and then spots Owen on the other side of the curving walkways. Time almost stops as the bullets fly back and forth, the camera circling and turning the event into its own semi-abstract exhibit – a study in blood. Read the rest of this entry »
Clive Owen is now firmly established as one of the foremost leading men of his generation of film actors. He admits that he’s drawn to characters that are not necessarily all good or all bad. With Louis Salinger in Columbia Pictures’ The International, he plays a man haunted by his past and is driven to try and make amends.
“I remember going to Los Angeles once to meet some casting director, and I was there on the back of some little film and he called me in to see who I was and he said, ‘So, do you play goodies or baddies?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t really see it like that…’ and the meeting disintegrated.
“I never see characters as good or bad. Some people have said to me, ‘You play a lot of bad guys’ and I don’t think any of the parts I play are bad. I don’t see them in that way. They are full of conflict, fallible. None of us are good guys or bad guys—we’re all mixed up. Read the rest of this entry »
Most action heroes are your three standards, your suave, debonair James Bond types, your muscle-bound, roboticArnold Schwarzenegger, or your uber-violent Rambo or Bruce Lee types. But in the economic hard times the U.S. and the world is currently engulfed in, there may be a new blueprint burgeoning in the works, the ‘thinking man’s action hero’.
This was described to us by director Tom Twyker of his impression of actor Clive Owen in the new action thriller The International. Owen, who has been in films as diverse as King Arthur, Sin City, Children Of Men,Shoot ‘Em Up, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, first discussed with us what is arguably the centerpiece of the film, a shootout at the famous Guggenheim Museum in New York City
“I think it’s one of the most exquisitely realized sequences I have ever been involved in,” Clive recalls, “It was talked about from the very first time I met Tom. He said to me, this isn’t an action film, but when we got action, I want it to be as explosive and as intense as we can do. The thing about that sequence was that it was strange, it bled through the entire shoot. They built an absolute to-scale replica of the Rotunda. While we were prepping the film, Tom had the whole thing worked out and choreographed way, way, way in advance. Eventually, just before we set off in Istanbul, we did one run through the whole sequence, without the guns going off but with the stunt guys and with everybody involved.” Read the rest of this entry »
After all the glitz and the glamour of the Oscars one thing is certain, British films and British actors are on the up. I got the chance to speak to one who has definitely made his mark in Hollywood – Clive Owen. You will know him for films such as Children of Men, Closer and Sin City. His latest film is very timely. It deals with banking, greed and corruption. ‘The International’ looks set to be popular. I was on the tube the other day in London and saw loads of posters for it and there have been lots of trailers ahead of the cinema opening on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »
Collider.com had a chance to talk to Clive Owen about his move The International and was asked about the status of Sin City 2. He doesn’t know if he will be in it and that’s because he doesn’t know what’s going on with the project. This is very grim news to my ears…
The International stars Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. Watts plays a Manhattan Assistant Director Attorney named Eleanor Whitman, and Owen is the Interpol Agent named Louis Salinger. These two become acquainted with the murder of André Clement, a member of the IBBC, International Banking Business Company. This company was trying to overcome all their debt by supplying and selling missiles to countries currently at war. In doing so, they began to come across some obstacles which were fixed by killing the people in their way. The man in charge of these killings was Jonas Skarssen, played by Ulrich Thomsen. Only half way through the movie was this man identified through extensive research on an orthopedic imprint. Read the rest of this entry »
Just a headsup, Clive Owen will be on UK TV twice this week both times on Jonathan Ross Show. Sharon has also told me that Clive will be on the front cover of next month GQ magazine. So lets hope we will be getting the scans & videos at the same time. Thanks to Sharon for the updates!
Tuesday night BBC1 @ 11.15pm Film 2009 – Clive and Naomi talk about their roles in The International.
Friday night BBC1 @ 10.35pm Friday night with Jonathan Ross – Clive will be on the chat show.
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