You can watch Murdoc and 2D, of the Gorillaz, live on the sofa today, Thursday 20th April, from 3pm BST. Watch the live broadcast here.
Hosted by MistaJam, the interview will be your chance to hear about the new album from Murdoc and 2D…
Commenting on the band’s first ever live conversation Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals said:
“Get ready for the online event of the century – a live audience with me, Murdoc Niccals. Thanks to our comrades over at Electronic Beats, you can watch me and 2D live on the sofa and ask anything you want. Or just tell me how much you love me. But keep it clean, yeah?”
To celebrate the release of Humanz, you are invited to the Humanz House Party, an exclusive worldwide listening event via the Gorillaz app, which allows you to hear the new album in full, for the first time from tomorrow, Friday 21st April. Check out the Facebook event ; and keep an eye on Gorillaz.com for the full location reveal.
Exiled Kingdoms is an isometric role playing game that brings back nostalgia of the 90’s straight to your hand on Android and iOS. I spent the last couple of weeks playing it on break and have barely broke the tip of the surface. Between the main quest line, side quests, skills, traits, companions, and hack n’ slash style game play you could spend between 80-100 hours lost in this game. Yeah, but there are a ton of RPG’s like this in the marketplace right; what sets this apart? Well that’s what I set out to find out, so I made contact with developer David, of 4D Games to find out the creation process and what makes Exiled Kingdoms different from other cookie cutter mobile RPG’s of today.
You may not believe it, but Exiled Kingdoms is created by a one man army at 4D Games. Since David Ballestrino was 8 years old he knew he wanted to create games, and into his teens tried to produce his own creations, but of course in the 80’s we didn’t have as much freedom to create and share as we do now.
“I always preferred open-world and story-centered games like Fallout, Baldur’s Gate and Morrowind. And while not a “direct” inspiration, I have to mention other RPG’s that truly marked me and are probably present in everything I design: Darklands and Pool of Radiance.”
He spent the last 20 years of his life as a programmer, but never in a video game setting. Already an experienced programmer, he had a great base to build upon and with a little bit of trial and error and plenty of hours spent in front of the computer, he was ready to begin his adventure. With technology so easily accessible and the internet working as a bazaar for independent game developers he knew it was the time. His life long dream could finally come to culmination with Exiled Kingdoms and he soon realized that a great challenge it would be. Not much longer he realized he couldn’t devote the time needed to make his dream come true whilst working a full-time job. With a leap of faith he turned to game development full time and has been living his dream.
What sets Exiled Kingdoms apart from other mobile RPG’s?
“The RPGs made for mobiles were nothing like the old games I liked to play. I was certain there had to be many thousands of potential players looking for a game in the style of the
old isometric RPGs, which presented a big challenge and true chance of exploration, without asking for money all the time.” -David Ballestrino
Exiled Kingdoms features no auto battling, no auto routing, no waypoints, and simply no shortcuts! A classic RPG, you will read each quest (Over 63 main quests, and 160+ side quests), explore endlessly around a huge map featuring 85 areas and battle as classic classes like the warrior, rogue, and cleric. Have a companion follow you and battle by your side, learn class specific skills, and increase your base traits to make each attack stronger, have more health or increase your gossiping skills! Rest at the inn to recover health or gossip at the tavern around a round of drinks to find out more information about your current quest. Following the main quest line you will travel the world, conquering enemies and gaining experience to level your character to be the strongest it can be.
A breath of fresh air from all the mindless, button spamming RPG’s that are made today, Exiled Kingdoms will instantly catch a seasoned role player and reignite the passion of classic RPG’s.
Q/A with 4D Games Developer David Ballestrino
Q. What were your main inspirations for the game and the challenge with the isometric type
A. “Isometric has become so rare nowadays that it has the power to instantly bring you back to the 90s, right? It is great.I always preferred open-world and
story-centered games like Fallout, Baldur’s Gate and Morrowind. And while not a “direct” inspiration, I have to mention other RPGs that truly marked me and are probably present in everything I design: Darklands and Pool of Radiance(the old Gold Box game, not the later one!). Technically speaking the isometric view was a bit tricky but not as hard to code as I expected. However isometric assets are much more laborious to obtain, as it implies 3D and 2D knowledge. I certainly can see why the gaming industry embraced 3D so eagerly; something as simple as having a different animation for 2-handed weapons is extremely hard in an isometric game.”
Q. As a one man development team, what were your main challenges?
A. “The biggest challenges have not been technical, but psychological. It’s not easy to spend hours programming, then tending to the community, then working on assets, then switch once more and begin to write a dialogue, which incidentally has to be witty regardless of your current mental state. The reception has been great, which has been a relief. Releasing the game in “Early Access” has also been very stressing, but at the same time very beneficial. I suddenly had to leave my comfortable routine of programming and writing and deal with actual players finding bugs or reporting about balance, but at the same time that feedback was invaluable. The players have made this game SO much better, I can never thank them enough. Not to mention releasing a commercial Beta is what made possible my full dedication to the game.”
Q. Plans to continue adding to Exiled Kingdoms? Do you want to add more classes or quest expansions?
A. “Of course, I keep working full time on Exiled Kingdoms. The game currently features about 80-100 hours long, but is still missing about 20% of key areas, and the ending of the main quest. Next update should be out in a few weeks and it will feature new content, controller support and new Advanced Skills. There will be a mage class as well, but the current rule system is oriented towards few classes with lots of customization past the mid-game. You can choose from dozens of advanced skills to make your character unique.”
Q. Fantastic solo game. Would you ever consider a multiplayer server? Or arena style PvP?
A. “Yes, I am determined to add cooperative multiplayer options. Not so sure about going the MMORPG route, but it’s also one of the plans on the table.”
Q. Plans for any games in the future?
A. “Exiled Kingdoms is still several months away from completion, but I am already eager to start working on the next project, which is still in the concept/design phase. I can’t say more at the time but it’s gonna be great!”
Exiled Kingdoms is available now in the Apple Store and Google Marketplace. You can follow them on Facebook or check out their website, full of news and announcements!
For a chance to win a code to unlock the full game for free, tweet #ExiledKingdomsCode and your mobile platform, iOS or Android. Three winners will be selected for each platform!
Play Exiled Kingdoms today!
***This article contains spoilers for Logan, if you don’t want the film spoiled, don’t read on!***
Logan is continuing to dominate and wow audiences all around the world, plus, it’s getting an insane amount of love and positive reviews as well. Though, that’s not the only milestones it’s surpassing – it just might become the highest R-rated movie of all time! That’s a pretty incredible accomplishment for such an amazing, powerful, and moving film. Hugh Jackman’s spent seventeen years as Wolverine, and that’s seventeen years that we’ve had him in our lives – so most of us got REALLY emotional when he got killed off. Now I’m gonna cry again…don’t do this to me!
One of Logan’s screenwriters, Scott Frank, recently talked with The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision, about the film. Frank revealed how he and director James Mangold crafted those final moments, and discussed the decision to introduce X-24 — the horrible Wolverine clone that terrorized the film’s heroes.
X-24 was a surprise. Did you feel Logan needed someone who could best him physically?
It was an interesting thing — for him to be confronted with himself. It reminds him of what he once was. He was not a good guy. But we didn’t want to make a meal out of it. You have to be careful that that doesn’t become the concept through the whole movie, because then it does exactly the opposite of what we were trying to do.
Professor X already died in X-Men: The Last Stand, and was sent off in a way fans hated. Were you conscious of that as you crafted his death in this movie?
I don’t know if we consciously tried to do that, but I do know in the middle of the movie, we kept feeling this desire to have this respite, where for 30 seconds they can have this life that is never available to them. But they can have it for a couple of hours and it’s a cruel, cruel detour. We thought there could be a lot of emotion there. And it could be a way of also ending Professor X’s story — with the most normal family in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Many people go into the movie expecting Logan to die. But it was still painful when the moment comes. How did you craft that?
We just kept going back to the character and his relationship with his “father” and his relationship with someone who is genetically created, but is still technically his daughter. We kept it personal the whole time. That’s really what we were obsessed with. You could feel it as we were writing it — that it was accruing to something powerful at the end.
You weren’t 100 percent satisfied with The Wolverine, which you also wrote. What did you get right on Logan that you feel didn’t turn out exactly right on the last one?
We didn’t have to connect it to any larger “universe.” Or, as Jim keeps saying, “We didn’t have to sell Happy Meals.” And so that was great. Whereas, the last one, my favorite part is where he’s in the middle of rural Japan and with this woman and being a human being and feeling what it’s like to be a human being. But we’re not there very long before we’re back to giant robots and stuff. And then it becomes just another superhero movie with a lot of CG stuff. And we were trying to avoid that this time around, and the studio had changed studio heads and they were very much into the idea of trying something new, because otherwise, what’s the point? The only way these movies have value is if they become about something else. They can’t all be about saving the world.
How did you decide on 1953’s Shane and Laura reading that passage at Logan’s funeral?
Jim and I both love Westerns. In the last movie [The Wolverine], we talked about Outlaw Josey Wales a lot. In this movie, we talked about Unforgiven a lot. And I just finished making a six-hour Western. So I’m obsessed with the Western genre. The plot doesn’t mirror Shane‘s plot, but Shane is a bit of a superhero. Coming into town and taking care and vanquishing the bad guys and leaving. I always thought that was a really interesting idea, and having her quote the movie and having something she can connect to with Professor X was something Jim very early on started playing with. And it became great in the larger thematic sense.
“There are no more guns in the valley.” It’s all apropos of what’s happening in Logan. We also liked the idea that she didn’t know what to say at his funeral, so she’s going to quote the movie. Which is interesting, the same way they are using comic books, they are going to a place they think are going to keep them safe, because they read it in a comic book. All of that stuff I think is really interesting to play with.
Logan was a superhero film unlike any other – it was full of heart, and reminded many of us humanity and love. In his final moments, as our eyes were filling with tears, our hearts were beating slower, and our bodies filling with sadness, for once in his lifetime, Logan knew what being human felt like.
And he died a hero.
The 89th Academy Awards is right around the corner – Its an exciting time for both the fans and actors/actresses alike…though, things aren’t so peachy.
You’d think that for most actors and actresses, winning an Academy Award would be among one of the greatest things that could happen in their acting career. But that isn’t the case. For others, winning the 24-karat gold-plated statue (which is worth around $900) is “the stupidest thing in the world,” “total utter bullsh*t,” and “rigged.” Below is a list of actors who (basically) hate the Oscars!
1. Joaquin Phoenix
The 42-year-old actor is best known for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, among others like Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, and We Own the Night. Back when Mr. Phoenix was nominated for The Master, he told interviewers that the Oscars were:
“Total, utter bullsh*t. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other…It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.”
2. Michelle Rodriguez
The 38-year-old actress is widely known for portraying Letty in the Fast & Furious franchise. She’s also known for Avatar, Girl fight, Blue Crush, and the Machete films in which she stars alongside Danny Trejo. Back in 2012, interviewers asked Michelle about her love for the movie The Paperboy:
“One of my friends said, ‘[Nicole Kidman’s] going to get nominated for an Oscar for [The Paperboy].’ I was like, ‘Nah, man. She’s not black!’ I laugh, but it’s also very sad. It makes me want to cry. But I really believe you have to be trashy and black to get nominated. You can’t just be trashy.”
3. Sir Anthony Hopkins
The legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins (79) is best known for playing cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, in The Silence of the Lambs and 2001s Hannibal. He’s one of the highest rated/acclaimed actors of our time, and its really no surprise either. Mr. Hopkins has won an Oscar, and has also been nominated for three more. When asked what the Academy Awards were like, he had this to say:
“I can’t stand all that. I find it nauseating to watch and I think it’s disgusting to behold. People groveling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that. It makes me want to throw up, it really does. It’s sick-making. I’ve seen it so many times. I saw it fairly recently, last year. Some great producer-mogul and everyone kisses this guy’s backside. I think, ‘What are they doing? Don’t they have any self respect?’ I wanted to say, ‘F*ck off.'”
4. James Cromwell
The 77-year-old actor is best know for Babe, The Green Mile, L.A. Confidential, Space Cowboys, and his roles in FX’s American Horror Story. In 2012, James had this to say about the Academy Awards:
“[They’re] basically created by the industry to promote pictures. They weren’t really to acknowledge the performances. Then it became sort of this great popularity contest and now, it’s an incredible show and it’s seen all over the world. But the strain on us to put ourselves up against other people to think that it’s some sort of a contest — and it isn’t a contest — we’re all in this together.”
Cool fact: James Cromwell is 6’7″ tall!
5. Bill Murray
Known for a wide-variety of movies like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and What About Bob?, you’d think that the 66-year-old would’ve been nominated more times than he has…but nope.
During the 2005 Oscars, Bill Murray (being nominated for ‘Best Actor’ in Lost in Translation) was upset when he lost to Sean Penn. He was mad at Penn, then mad at himself for even attending the show:
“P*ssed off? You bet I was. I don’t approve of award ceremonies, so I was wondering what had persuaded me to attend that one. I was p*ssed at myself.”
6. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe (27) is best known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter franchise, among others like Swiss Army Man, Imperium, and Horns. During the 84th Oscars, the star was upset after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 wasn’t nominated for anything but technical awards:
“I don’t think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids’ films, unless they’re directed by Martin Scorsese. I was watching Hugo the other day and going, ‘Why is this nominated and we’re not?’ I was slightly miffed. There’s a certain amount of snobbery. It’s kind of disheartening. I never thought I’d care. But it would’ve been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in.”
7. Ethan Hawke
The 46-year-old is best known for movies like Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, Born to Be Blue, and The Purge. Ethan Hawke has been nominated for his roles in Training Day, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, and Boyhood. After losing each of his nominations, his hate for the Oscars continues on.
“It’s so asinine…if you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.”
So what do you think? What are your thoughts on the Oscars? Do you agree with what these actors have said?
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The end of last year it was confirmed that Brie Larson would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the role of Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. It was also confirmed that she will be in Avengers: Infinity War, which will be her introduction in the MCU before her own solo film. With what already know of the character and her power set, we anticipate that she will be the most powerful character to debut yet in the MCU. For those that do not know here’s a brief history of Captain Marvel:
Carol Danvers entered the Air Force upon graduating from high school to pursue her love of aircrafts and her dreams of flying. Carol was a top student at the Air Force Academy and enjoyed a rapid career advancement rising to the rank of Major. Because of her stellar performance, superb combat skills and natural intellect, Carol was recruited into the intelligence field. She ended up serving with the C.I.A., during which time she met and worked with Colonel Nick Fury. She was partnered with Colonel Michael Rossi and the two became lovers. Carol had a distinguished career in the C.I.A.
Following her affiliation with the C.I.A., Carol took a position with N.A.S.A. as the security director for Cape Canaveral. It was in this capacity that Carol first met Captain Marvel, the Kree warrior, Mar-Vell. In her official capacity, Carol was challenged with unraveling the mystery of this alien soldier. During her investigation, the two forged a unique bond, first as friends and then as lovers. It was this relationship that would change Carol forever.
Captain Marvel’s mortal enemy, Colonel Yon-Rogg kidnapped Carol, using her as bait in his conflict with Mar-vell. In the course of the battle, Carol and Mar-vell were caught in the explosion of a Kree Psyche-Magneton device. The energy bombardment somehow caused Carol’s genetic structure to be melded with Mar-vell’s. While Mar-vell was apparently unaltered by the event, Carol was now a perfect hybrid of Kree and human genes. In addition, she possessed all of Mar-vell’s Kree knowledge and training. Through this transformation, Ms. Marvel, later Captain Marvel, was born. Captain Marvel’s current powers include flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands.
After Larson posted a photo on her Instagram account of her reading the trade paperback of Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster we assumed Marvel would be basing her solo film off of said storyline. This is a very big possibility with a quick origin likely coming in Infinity War and expanding on it in her solo film. In any case the movie’s co-writer, Nicole Perlman, discussed the movie, it’s place in the MCU, and more.
“Meg LeFauve and I were hired a long time ago but we have not received the order to start until now. Marvel is like a house of cards, every decision has the potential to impact other films. Discovering where our story fits within the Cinematic Universe influences the universe itself. We have to get away a little to make sure that our story is original and does not borrow too many elements from other films. The protagonist is an incredibly strong and wonderful heroine, but all the characters of Marvel are. So we need to discover how to bring it to life so that it is unique in its story, but in a way that honors the canon and also fulfills the roles it needs to play in everything that happens in the Cinematic Universe.”
She also talks about the fact that this new film will be the first in the MCU that has a female as it’s main star, something certainly important not only for the MCU but for cinema in general. It is important to mention that it and DC’s Wonder Woman can be huge stepping stones for other heroines to reach the cinema.
“I think making sure that Captain Marvel is not just someone who is a hero in spite of her femininity is important. She is a strong character and a woman is only part of that strength. I would say that there are certain tropes with which you can get away with it without having to examine too much that you are writing the first Marvel Studios movie starring a woman. Which could be read as many things or that could even lessen the proactivity, strength and independence of the heroine. There are things that you would not think twice about Iron Man but that you would do about Captain Marvel.”
Everything seems to indicate that the film will be released in 2019. You can listen to the whole interview below! What are your thoughts on the upcoming Captain Marvel film?
People are into some pretty weird things – plain and simple. Most folks forget that actors and actresses are human like everyone else, so it comes as a total surprise when they say or do something that we wouldn’t expect them to do.
A prime example of such things, you might say, was June 12, 1994. If you know your celebrity history, then you’d know that that was the day O.J. Simpson murdered his wife and her secret lover. It was a total shock to people when news broke out what the former football player had done. Surprising indeed.
However, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. We’re here to talk about some other surprising things. Fetishes. Everyone has them, even if they aren’t as crazy/weird as the ones I’ve listed below. You might find yourself liking a particular race over others, a certain look over that one, or even wanting your spouse to do this, or look like that. We may not see it as such, and it might not even be sexual, but that’s what it is – a fetish.
The simple truth of it is, that we are all weird in our own way, and Hollywood can get a little freaky too.
1. Quentin Tarantino – Feet
The 53-year old filmmaker is best known for his movies such as Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and Reservoir Dogs. With his incredible movies, you might assume that he might have an action or blood fetish…but its not. Its feet, which is fairly normal all things considering. He has such a serious foot obsession that in some movies, he has to give them a fair amount of camera time. In both the films Jackie Brown and Death Proof, he showcases his love for feet – more so in Death Proof, and its insane! For each time a foot appears on camera, take a shot of your favorite liquor – you should be drunk within 35 minutes, guaranteed!
Bonus: Tarantino even, willingly, drank champagne out of one of Uma Thurman’s high heels. YUCK!
2. Ricky Martin – Golden Showers
Mr. Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, best known for his songs such as “The Cup of Life” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” In 2013 he was a coach on The Voice Australia, and from 2014 to the present, he is a coach on The Voice Mexico. No, he doesn’t have a music fetish, or a Latino one at that. His, is giving the golden shower – yuck! Back in 2006, Ricky had this to say to Blender magazine,
“I love giving the golden shower. I’ve done it before in the shower. It’s like so sexy, you know, the temperature of your body and the shower water is very different.”
I don’t know about you, but that’s freaking disgusting!
3. Richard Gere – Gerbilling
The 67-year old actor/humanitarian is best known for his movies such as Pretty Woman, Unfaithful, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Shall We Dance?. Now, Richard is supposedly a fan of what the freak community would call “gerbilling.” Before continuing on, just take a guess at what such a thing as this could be. Well, Gerbilling is the practice where someone receives pleasure from anally inserting a small animal; be it a mouse, hamster, rat, gerbil, or other small rodent. Ouch (and disgusting)! Mr. Gere became the center of attention in the mid ’80s when it was said that he, “was checked into the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after inserting his pet gerbil, Titus, up his poop chute.” Unfortunately, Titus was stuck in the anal cavity and had to be surgically removed, and Richard claims that this a rumor and it’s NOT true. But how would a rumor like this get started, and why, would it stick for almost forty years?
4. Angelina Jolie – Hematolagnia
Probably the most famous actress in the world, is best known for her roles in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Maleficent, Salt, and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, just to name a few. Her fetish is pretty weird…but not as disgusting as gerbilling or the golden shower. Apparently Angelina Jolie is into hematolagnia, or otherwise known as “blood play.” And its different – in the weird way. While married to Billy Bob Thornton the two would occasionally bring knives into the bedroom to spice up the scene, so while in the midst of doing the deed, they would cut and taste each other’s blood. They also took it a step further with outfits that were decorated with vials of each other’s blood. After they got divorced, Angelina fought furiously to get them back, because she was afraid he would put a curse on them…
5. Shaquille O’Neal – Menophilia
The 44-year old veteran basketball player turned actor has a fetish similar to Angelina’s and Billy Bob’s, but his takes a WILD turn. In the fetish community, they’d call it blood-hounding. Don’t worry! It has nothing to do with dogs! Instead, he is sexually aroused by the menstruation blood of a woman. Eww! You maybe thinking “Aw, that’s not too bad.” Well folks, Shaq gets even freakier! He likes to perform oral sex on the women he is courting while they are on their period. Disturbing… His ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez had this to say about it,
“When he would call and want to get together, I was reluctant to see him when I had my period. . . . And [Shaq] would say ‘I don’t care.’ And when we would see each other, he had, like a fetish that he’d just like to give me oral sex during my period.”
6. Kristen Stewart – Maschalagnia
The Snow White and the Huntsman and Twilight star is into something pretty weird…even more so than a standard foot fetish. Don’t worry, maschalagnia isn’t a genital disease, but rather an armpit one. Going further, it’s where people receive pleasure from getting their armpits licked. That’s just all around weird and abnormal! When she was with Robert Pattinson, he even liked licking her pits.
7. Charlie Chaplin – Pies
The late Mr. Chaplin was the king of the silent era in filmmaking. He starred in some of the very first films, most notably Modern Times, The Kid, The Great Dictator, City Lights, The Gold Rush, and Limelight. According to film historian, David Browning, Charlie would,
“only communicate with the actress he was auditioning via caption cards and mime, supposedly to test their ability to ‘perform’ in silent movies. The cards would become ever more lewd and suggestive as he got them to undress, and he would fondle their breasts in an exaggerated silent movie acting manner… eventually, he would get them to stand naked and throw custard pies at them.”
So what do you think? Do you know of any other actors that have weird fetishes? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Its been rumoured these past couple of weeks that Mr. Affleck was going to step down from his portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman, do to everybody “bugging him about it all the time” and trying to keep the movie on the “down-low.” That would be a horrible thing to happen to the DCEU, to lose Batman, but thankfully this is indeed not the case.
“I’m gonna direct the next Batman, we’re working on it. It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating because with Live By Night it took me a year-and-a-half to write it and get it ready and I worked really hard. It’s just no one gave a sh*t. No one was like, ‘WHERE’S LIVE BY NIGHT?’ But with Batman I keep getting the, WHERE’S THE F*CKING BATMAN?’ I’m like, ‘Whoa, I’m working! Give me a second!”
USN: We are here today with Jeremy Shada, the voice of Finn the Human on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time!
JS: Yessir! Hey, what’s up guys! How’s it going?
USN: What is your favorite thing about working on Adventure Time?
JS: There’s a lot of nice things. The fan response when you go to events or comic cons. Ultimately, I think one of my favorite parts is just recording the show itself. It’s fun to be in there, in the booth, with all the other voice actors, creators, and writers. It’s just such a fun process. It’s very creative and just such a blast. It’s the the best job in the world, that I could possibly have. I love it.
USN: How often do they get all of you to record together?
JS: Usually for the most part, we have most that cast for that specific episode there to record together, if we can. Sometimes we have scheduling conflicts and stuff like that. But usually we try to ensemble recordings for the most part, which is my favorite way to do it.
USN: What is your favorite episode of the show?
JS: Oh, that’s hard. I really like the whole Flame Princess story and that arc for sure. The Marcie mini-series we did, Stakes, is awesome. I think one of my all time favorite episodes is one of the original episodes, Trouble in Lumpy Space, is great. When Finn and Jake get the lumps and they have to talk like lumpy space people. It’s awesome.
USN: We also see that you’re a musician.
USN: Tell us about your band.
JS: Yeah, so my band is Make Out Monday. We’ve been together for about 2 years now and it’s kind of a Punk/Alt/Pop/Rock group. I sing and play bass. We have our debut EP up on iTunes and we’re in the process now of recording our first full length album. We’re also touring around.
USN: Where can people follow you and the band?
USN: Great! Thank you for taking time to chat with us!
JS: No problem! Thank you, I appreciate it!
Hooligan Comics is the latest comic book publisher to break through in the indy comic boom. The latest comic book from them is Beauty Awoken and today we get to speak to the creator of the soon to be hit book, Elise Yeakley!
It is a spin-off of the Grimm Brothers’ story “Briar Rose” (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty). Where most Sleeping Beauty spin-offs focus on what happens around the kingdom and around the princess while she’s asleep, mine focuses on what’s going on in her mind and what is actually happening within her. She is sent into an alternate dimension. When she wakes up, she has to figure out whether or not everything was real and what to do next. When she’s in this dream world, she has to fight for her life, lead a chaotic group of people, and figure out how to escape. This first issue sets the scene. It tells how Violet (my “Sleeping Beauty”) came to be. The second issue will spark the rest of the story and lead us into her falling into her deep sleep.
Today to celebrate the series finale of Cinemax’s hit show Banshee, we have the honor of talking with Geno Segers who played the big bad guy, Chayton Littlestone! For those that haven’t yet caught up on last season of Banshee there may be some slight spoilers ahead, proceed at your own risk!
How did you land the role of Chayton Littlestone on Banshee?
It’s funny, they sent me on an audition. My agent at the time was pushing me really hard with this particular casting director and I had just gotten off of a DisneyXD show called Pair of Kings. Now, there was quite a bit of apprehension of me being able to play such a violent, visceral character as a result of my past experiences. So it was a bit of a push and stretch for them but when I was able to send in my audition tape they ended up saying they wanted to see how I would do with some extra coaching and direction, so we did that. Then they started to show me concepts of what the character might look like and they sent me this drawing of Chayton with the tattoos all over his body. I thought “I don’t have any tattoos, so how are they going to give me all the tattoos I needed?” They ended up getting this guy was a tattoo artist and they put them on like temporary tattoos, they put a glue on your arm, then the tattoo, then they wet it and peel off the sheet and you’ve got tattoos! Now I don’t have any tattoos, not one. My whole take on that is people that have tattoos clearly didn’t get enough bumps, scratches, and bruises by accident. Not that they didn’t get A bump, scratch, or bruise, they just didn’t get enough of them. You know I got too many of them by accident to then go out and put more marks on my body, I just don’t do it.
Yeah, I don’t have any tattoos myself either.
Exactly. As a kid growing up every weekend I had a new scratch or bump. So I wasn’t going to do that deliberately. You know? Now originally they (Banshee producers) asked me if I could change my voice, crazy right? Because to them my voice sounded kind of fake.
So I said no problem. I can do breathy (he says in a breathy voice), it’s no big deal to me. I do voice over work all the time and I had no problem changing my voice. In my mind the breathy voice is what landed me the job, right? So I get to the set and OC (Ole Christian Madsen) is talking about the character and were discussing how he feels and where he’s coming from, we never talk about how he sounds, we never mention that, so we get on the set and it’s the first time you see Chayton. Then I come out and say my lines in this breathy voice, I get through the whole scene and OC comes up to me and says, “That’s really good, that’s really good. But what happened to your voice?” I say “What do you mean?” He goes “You changed your voice. Why’d you change your voice?” I told him that’s how I did it in the audition. He said, “No, no. Use your voice, use your real voice. Because you’re going to come in and everyone else will talking and then you come in with your voice and say Just Chayton, and it’s gonna be great.” So I told him ok great! No problem! So I do what he says and said the lines and when I saw the playback it was really good. It was perfect. But originally Chayton wasn’t supposed to sound like me, he was supposed to sound like this tough guy (he says in a mock gangster voice).
I gotta say though, that scene when you first debut on the show, when we first see Chayton, I was hoping he would be around for a while.
Yeah, we thought he was going to be dead in three episodes. I mean if you notice no bad guy comes to Banshee and lives more than two episodes. No one. I mean even the albino, he was two episodes and that’s it. They felt like they missed the boat with the albino, and thanks to the albino, they let Chayton stay around longer. It just made sense for that world. I was happy for it and I thank Joe Gatt all the time for creating such a good bad guy that they wanted another one.
Yeah, you two were probably the best bad guys they had on the show.
People say that all the time.
Because of that I didn’t want them to kill off Chayton right away since the bad guys never made it very long. So when everything went down at the end of last season with Chayton’s death it was a memorable way to go out.
Yeah there’s a lot of Fanshees that compare Chayton Littlestone’s death to that of Gus Fring from Breaking Bad mostly because half our heads are missing also the relief of Chayton dying because of what he had done to Siobhan, what he had done to Hood, and what he had done to Banshee in general. Chayton started out in a good place, he started out with an honorable motive, but when they killed his brother, the only person he trusted and the only person he loved, that was it for him and he decide that his time was up. It wasn’t about getting back the land anymore it was about what he could take and stark raving revenge.
We loved the character of Chayton so much that we based a character in a comic book that we’re working on off of you.
That’s cool man! Thanks! You know Scalped is on the table.
I was actually going to get to that too because not to long ago I did a Casting Call where I cast actors who I think should play the characters, and I had you in there. It got a lot of traction among Native American sites for my useage of all Native actors for the parts, since I feel that’s how shows and movies should be cast. The lack of ethnic casting for ethnic roles bugs me so much.
That’s very common man. If that bugs you let me ask you this, does it bug you that they have English people playing Americans?
Now the only issue I have with that is that you would never get an American to play English. You would never get an American to play Polynesian. You would never get an American to play a New Zealander. You’d never get an American to play an Australian. Yet it’s so common place to get Australians and Canadians to play Americans. In fact, Jesse Owens, one America’s most celebrated heroes is played by a Canadian. Now they would never let an American play Ben Johnson. But they will let a Canadian play one of our most celebrated heroes of our culture, and they let an Englishman play one of the most prolific civil right leaders of all time, Martin Luther King Jr. I kind of got a problem with that.
The one that’s catching the most flak right now is Scarlett Johansson cast as Motoko Kusanagi, a Japanese character.
Come one man, that’s wrong, that’s just wrong. I don’t care how you look at it, it’s wrong. And furthermore I have an ever bigger problem with them allowing Egyptians to be played by people from England.
Yeah, Gods of Egypt was horrible.
What is that!? They all had english accents!
That’s why when I do my Casting Calls I try to find the best actors that are actually the nationality of the characters they would be playing. So when I did Scalped I went researched all the Native American actors I could find for the roles. I knew we wanted to have you in the show for certain, but it was finding the right role.
That’s tricky, because I can’t play Dash, the lead. Dash is a wiry, bald, slim guy, you know?
Yeah, for Dash we picked Adam Beach.
That’s a great choice. Now the only one I figured I could play would be the gay bodyguard, Shunka.
That’s exactly who we cast you as!
I’d have to let my hair grown and if I’m going true to the character in the comic book I’d either have to wear a wig or let my hair grow. I’m fine with either one. I spoke with the guy who’s writing it, he was a writer on Banshee, so there is some real possibilities there to play Shunka. I know that he has a big arc where he’s trying to hide the fact that he’s gay from his boss since they would most likely cast him out for it. It’s a real internal struggle he has to deal with and I think I could make that work. I’ve got my fingers crossed it to happen.
Back to Banshee, what did you like most about working on the show?
I think it was the interaction between the directors and the cast. I thought they didn’t leave us in the lurch in a lot of ways. If there was something they wanted or something that they expected from the characters they were on it. In that process, working with Loni (Peristere), Greg (Yaitanes), and OC, all those guys really left the door open for you to express yourself, and if you went down the wrong road for a beat they would say “Hey, that’s great idea but we want something more for this character later on so he has to be in a certain line.” I think that’s probably indicative of the success of Banshee because the directors and producers were so involved in each character’s arc, where they wanted it to go, how it was connected to other characters, and how it all played into the bigger picture. So I think my favorite part about working on the show was just that, the interaction between the directors and the cast. Antony Starr was really good about that too. When we had fight scenes every punch meant something. Every punch has an effect, each time get hit I’m a little bit slower, each time he gets hit or cut he’s a little bit weaker, it was just a really good team effort and I really appreciate Antony for that.
Have you continued to watch the show even though you’re no longer on it?
Oh yeah! I’m a fan, I’m a Fanshee for life. I love where it’s going. It’s honed in a lot more and been focused a lot on the character development. It really shows where Hood has been, what he’s done, and how he’s dealing with it.
I recently watch a movie with you in it, you didn’t have any lines in it whatsoever, just a lot of grunting…
How was it working on that movie?
Honestly, at first I didn’t want to do it because I’m a package deal. I’m a look, a presence, a sound, I need to be able to speak. But I thought about it and I had an opportunity to be Jason Voorhees, Jaws, Michael Myers, silent killers. I had the opportunity to be the lead antagonist in a film with Kurt Russell. I deal the fatal blow to Kurt’s character. Kurt, of course, cuts my head off and while I’m sitting in the audience for a screening the whole theatre cheered at the beheading of my character, Boar Tusk, I consider that a great accolade. It meant that the job had been done, I gave them a villain they wanted to see die. I was really excited about it and really happy I did it. I got the chance to work with some really cool people, Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, and Sid Haig. Kurt Russell though will forever be the dude’s dude to me. He’s probably the coolest dude I’ve met. We were shooting some wide shots and Kurt was telling them “Come on man, how many wide shots do you need? You got a two shot here, you got one there, we’re done, let’s go!” Calling these guys out. The DP (director of photography) was trying to decide with the director what angle they wanted and Kurt was like “Come on let’s get this done.” And it wasn’t even about him, it was about the crew, he would say “Let’s get this done, these guys are tired. It’s 2am.” That’s Kurt.
How tough was it to get the makeup right for the character?
Oh man, that took a minute. I got some behind the scenes shots of me getting ready in that makeup. I’ll tell you what, getting that cold mud being slapped on my body in the cold desert, it was hard man. It was hard for me because they wanted somebody big but not a bodybuilder. Big but not fat. Muscular but not a bodybuilder. They wanted me to gain weight for Boar Tusk, I needed to lean down for Chayton, gain weight for Boar Tusk, and originally I got bigger for Chayton. My body was going up and down and finally I said “Hey look, you get what you get.” Now if I feel the role is going to be better for someone that’s smaller and leaner then I’ll take that upon myself, but man, I don’t think I could violently go through these changes constantly.
With your background with The Lion King musical, do you see yourself ever getting back into that type of work?
I’m currently at a festival now with a show called, The Breakout: A Rock Opera. It could be a very interesting series because of the dynamics. There’s a black male lead and a white female lead, and they are in love with each other. It’s a story about a kid coming to a new school, but there’s singing throughout. It’s kind of like Glee, High School Musical, but there’s a twist in there. It’s great and I think that that market is expanding, with the TV musicals. My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Empire, where they’re singing and whatnot. We’re hoping to get it on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any of the available media platforms or networks.
I saw that you were working on something called the Secret Closet as well.
Ah! The Secret Closet is something that’s still in the pre-production stage. I’m working with the executive producer and were hoping to get that started soon.
Do you consider yourself nerdy or geeky for anything?
Absolutely! My stuff is more history. Particularly, indigenous peoples history. I tend to read about migrations, how people got certain places, why people look the way they look, why most southern Italians tend to have darker features, why Polynesians tend to look Asian, you know. How did the Aborigines of Australia get to be one with nature? I could go on, and on, and on about indigenous people. I’m a geek when it comes to that. I can out talk most people in that subject.
What do you do in your down time?
Not much. Spend time with my girlfriend and making her happy. I try to train regularly, maybe 3-4 times a week. I try really hard to keep my training up, but the older I get the harder it gets. I used to do 60 pushups, 4 sets of 60, now I have a hard time getting that first set of 60! You just gotta stay at it. Joint fitness and joint health is very important. I try to think of it in range of motion as opposed to just getting big. Being flexible. That’s where I’m headed now, I don’t really want to be big anymore. I used to have this magic number of 300 pounds. Anything under 300 I was okay with, now I’m moving it to 260. If it means losing a little muscle I’m good with that.
I agree, I think it’s more being fit than anything else.
Exactly. If it hurts man, stop. (Laughs)
Now aside from the possibility of Scalped, would you consider joining the Marvel or DC movie universes?
You know, I was really cut when I didn’t get an opportunity to even read for a certain role. I was upset. I wasn’t like i read for it and they said not thank you, I didn’t even get a chance. When I saw who got the role I kind of understood. The guys a great actor and it’s no slam on him, he’s going to do a wonderful job. I just had my feeling all up in there. I just wanted to read for the character because he was one of the first characters I envisioned myself playing because there are so few characters I could play. I’m hoping that they’ll at least consider me for other roles that I can at least read for. I’m hoping that at some point the character becomes available again because I’d love to take a crack at him. Also with all of the CGI and voice filters they have now a natural bass voice isn’t as in demand as it used to be. They can get actors to play a role not normally suited for them. I mean take Oscar Isaac, he’s playing Apocalypse. He’s a great actor, he’s going to do a great job, but a role that is perfect for Oscar I would never be considered for. But I don’t think that Apocalypse is perfect for him, I just don’t think it. Now again, that’s no slam on Oscar Isaac, I think he’s great and I know he’s going to do a great job. Look at the Nina Simone movie. Zoe Saldana is playing Nina Simone, which to me is bad casting, BUT, I think she’s going to do a wonderful job. I mean they put dark makeup on her, made her nose bigger, make her lips bigger, I mean come on, she’s a beautiful girl, her be beautiful. If you want her to play the role let her play the role as herself don’t docter her up. Casting could have picked Viola Davis, she could have walked into the room, no makeup, put the head wrap on, and would have killed it. But in this business you never know who they’re picking, why they’re picking them, what the politics are behind it, and all the bullshit. It’s all to the detriment of the product, because people will pick with their wallets. Yes we’re going to go see this movie or no we don’t agree and we’re not going to go see this movie. Bottom line, I’m going to go see another movie with white people playing Egyptians, I’m just not. I mean it’s 2016, surely we should be okay with casting people who at the very least look Egyptian. Let’s take a step further, that we’re accurate to the Egyptians at that time. How about this, we’re doing a period piece on England, but we cast nothing but Chinese people in the movie. You wouldn’t go watch it.
That’s fair enough.
I mean if it’s a show like Game of Thrones which is full of English people playing those types of roles I’ll watch it all day long. And my favorite show, The Walking Dead, has a ton of English actors playing American characters. I love that show but it gets hard for me to watch. If they called me tomorrow and said “Hey we want you to audition for the show”, I would. I’d do it, I won’t lie.
Yeah, going back to the Scarlett Johansson being cast in Ghost in The Shell, I read articles with people saying Hollywood did it because there are no bankable Japanese actresses, I thought they were crazy.
Yes. One of the best actresses who I thought would be perfect for the role was Rinko Kikuchi from Pacific Rim. She would have been perfect.
Yes! She was awesome! I don’t get it either bro, but it’s not Scarlett’s fault, she just doing her job. Casting needs to wake up. The excuse that people will only want to see it because Scarlett’s in it it BS. I think people will want to see it because it’s a good story. That’s how I feel about it.
Lastly, where can people follow you?
Go to www.genosegers.com, that will give you links to my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, and Instagram. You can follow me on WhoSay. @genosegers is my handle everywhere.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today!
Thank you man, it was fun! Peace.