Alongside Kate Winslet, Clive Owen is now one of the few Brits with real tinseltown clout. Kevin Maher talks to the Coventry-boy-turned-sex symbol about fame, family and celebrity fans.
Clive Owen might just be the first male movie star that this country has produced since Cary Grant. Yes, there have been talented actors in between, including Hopkins, Fiennes and Day-Lewis, plus a couple of reputable James Bonds. But Owen, a 46-year-old RADA graduate from Coventry, has emerged in recent years, like the male Kate Winslet, as that rarest of British subspecies – a bona fide Hollywood player, a leading man, a star. Read the rest of this entry »
Not even a month after “Sin City” star Michael Clarke Duncan told us he hadn’t heard a peep about “Sin City 2?, the plot thickens. Now, Rosario Dawson, the straight-talking star who once strapped herself into black leather to play the role of gang gal Gail says that she’s leaving room open on her 2009 calendar for the long-awaited sequel.
“Yeah, I talked to Robert [Rodriguez] and Frank [Miller],” she said of a recent conversation with the director and writer who joined forces with Quentin Tarantino for the hit 2005 film. “They actually just finished the script for ‘Sin City 2’ a few months ago.” Read the rest of this entry »
Clive Owen and Julia Roberts first co-starred in 2004’s “Closer,” playing a dysfunctional couple with trust issues. Now, the handsome Brit and America’s Sweetheart play another dysfunctional couple with honesty issues in “Duplicity,” a smart comedy set in the world of corporate espionage.
Owen and Roberts start out as spies for rival government agencies. They meet, fall in love and decide to exit the spy business for the more lucrative corporate world. Applying their spy skills, they then decide to hoodwink a corporate giant. Only problem is these two strong-willed lovers don’t trust each other, despite their amorous feelings.
The dark and handsome Owen says he was impressed with the script, written in a rat-a-tat style reminiscent of 1940’s screwball comedies. The writing, he says, has “great rhythm and wit.” Read the rest of this entry »
Toys covered the floor, and Mary Poppins sang softly on the TV when director Tony Gilroy arrived at Julia Roberts’ New York City apartment in the fall of 2007. The actress, who has three kids with husband Danny Moder, seemed to have relegated herself to ensemble work, but Gilroy was determined to woo her back to the screen in a major way. They sat in her kitchen, sizing each other up. He told her why she’d be perfect in Duplicity, as a slick corporate spy who trades kisses and quips with an equally smooth Clive Owen. Then Roberts’ new baby, Henry, started burbling for his mama, 3-year-old twins Finn and Hazel woke from their naps, and the meeting took a G-rated turn. ”It started off, I thought, with me seeming very chic,” says Roberts, ”because it was just me and Tony sitting having a cup of tea. Then one by one they all woke up and came in until I looked like Mother Hubbard.”
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