Esquire gives its cover to Clarke for its annual Sexiest Woman Alive issue. In the interview she says she had to look up the Game of Thrones series online before auditioning for the role.
I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R.R. Martin] books. So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.
Theron appears on the cover of May 2015 issue of Esquire. She talks about her experiences during the filming of Mad Max: Fury road.
It’s material that’s really frightening — we didn’t have a script. Tom and I are actors who take our jobs seriously. Both of us want to please the directors we work with, and when you don’t know if you can deliver on that, it’s a frightening place to be — and for Tom more than me, because he was stepping into big shoes.
Winter talks about coming up with the idea to create the HBO series Boardwalk Empire:
We were looking for something to do after The Sopranos, which I was just finishing up. They handed me the book, said they had it under option, and wanted to see if I thought there was a TV series in it. Then, almost as an afterthought, they said, By the way, Martin Scorsese is attached to it. I said, Okay. I don’t even have to read it. Yes, there’s a TV series in it and I’m going to figure it out… The book itself is essentially a history of Atlantic City from the time it was a mosquito-infested swamp until the present day. When I hit the chapter on the Prohibition years and specifically about this guy, Nucky Johnson, I said, That’s the show!
Plouffe gives his thoughts on being the campaign manager for Obama:
I’m a competitive person. Elections are nothing about doing well. You win or lose, and I love to win, and it feels absolutely terrible when you lose. We built something from scratch, he continues and we beat Hillary Clinton and John McCain. That’s like, uh, beating the L. A. Lakers and the Boston Celtics to win the championship. If he had lost, I’d have felt like I let the country down.
Weiner talks about balancing the end of his show Mad Men with his directorial film debut, Are You Here in an interview with Esquire Magazine.
It’s the fulfillment of dreams and also super-emotional. It’s very exciting to have the movie come out, it’s been a long time in the making, and the timing is a good distraction, although I’m still in the middle of post-production on the show. Ending the show was a huge thing in my life.
Seinfeld discusses appearing on Comedians in Cars in an interview with Esquire Magazine.
Jon Stewart, Robert Klein, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Wallace. And I’ve done three of the five. Have two more to go. And it’s gone very well. The whole thing is leading me around now. It was really just an experiment. But I love the potential that a technology like the Internet gives a guy like me. I thought, What if I just put something out and didn’t say anything about it? People would probably start moving it around for me. It’s very self-promoting. Unlike traditional network or movies, where you got to hustle your butt off to get people to notice something, I said, This thing, it’ll do it itself.
Slattery discusses the making of the film God’s Pocket:
So I read the book about ten years ago and I tried to get the rights but was told they were owned by someone else. And I was told in the beginning that Peter had written a screenplay of the book back in the ’80s. Over the years I kept basically downloading the book into screenplay form and rearranging things and showing it to people and a couple of years later near the end of that process I showed it to Alex [Metcalf] and we wrote a draft together. And as I tried to get the rights again, I though what would have Peter Dexter added to the screenplay that isn’t in the book? So I realized all I need was the book, so I didn’t really look at his screenplay.
Graham gives her thoughts on being cast as a sexy mother:
Maybe, I don’t know. I’m just glad to be working. I’m not actually a mom in real life, so it’s fun to pretend to be one. I like to approach things the same in art as in life. You can choose to look on the positive side and enjoy whatever roles you’re given. You can find the silver lining in anything.
Wilkinson speaks about designing Superman’s costume for the upcoming movie Batman vs. Superman in an interview with Esquire Magazine.
There was some pressure, although I have to preface it by saying that when the director Zack Snyder asked me to work on Man of Steel, I was already working on another project. So he started off with another costume designer, James Acheson, who developed the suit, and then I came in and finished the development and designed all the other costumes in the film. We were so thrilled to be able to contribute to the look of Superman in the 21st century.
Rapaport speaks about playing the role of Daryl Crowe Jr. in the television show Justified:
I knew he was going to be a bad guy. I was familiar with the show, but I didn’t have an outline for the season, or the arc. But I knew the pedigree of the show and the writing. They’ve brought in a lot of good actors over the years. I try to make him as true as possible, his point of view to be understood as much as possible. His whole agenda is to take care of his family. It just doesn’t always seem that way.
Fukunaga speaks about if he has any favorite episodes of HBO’s True Detective that he’s directed:
There’s not one. There are scenes that after we shot we were like, That was a fun scene to shoot, or the guys were really on fire in that scene. The scenes I enjoyed a lot between McConaughey and Harrelson, there were two: One is when they are in the locker room and Cohle makes a comment about Hart’s wife’s pussy, and the other one is the two of them after the hospital in episode four, having drinks at the bar and Hart is trying to have a heart-to-heart with Cohle and Cohle doesn’t want to.
Hill talks about directing the movie The Warriors:
My friend Larry Gordon, who produced several of my movies around that time, had optioned the book quite a few years before. He threw it to me one day and said, You might want to read this. He had not been able to get it going. I read it and said, Yeah, this would make a really good movie. I don’t think anyone will ever let me make it, but it’s such a pure chase story. There’s an elegance and simplicity to the story that really appealed to me.
Bacon talks about appearing in the movie Animal House:
Animal House was my first movie, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. I was a sight gag more than anything else. So I can’t say it was one of those things where your life changes. When the movie came out, I had to ask for the night off at the bar. And I remember having a horrible time because nobody was recognizing me, and I went back to the bar to hang out for the rest of the night.
Olyphant speaks about being co-executive producer of the FX show Justified:
Honestly, I don’t think I’m doing anything different this season than I’ve done in any other seasons. It’s just now on the up and up with the title, meaning I’ve been a big pain in their ass from the jump. I was never not a pain in the ass. It’s now just official pain in the ass. That title is not available, so instead they gave me co-executive producer.
Mancusso talks about competing in her fourth Winter Olympics:
For sure it’s exciting. Because it gets kind of mundane and repetitive going World Cup to World Cup. I mean, the venue changes. It’s definitely a big stage and a big opportunity. Even though the races are very similar, there’s a lot more on the line. For me it’s really cool because our sport is really European, so you get to show off what you do to your friends and family and they can actually follow along.
Fumero talks about her show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine winning a Golden Globe Award:
Total underdogs. We did not expect that to happen at all. All of our conversations leading up to the Globes, we were like, We can’t believe we are going. Maybe we will see so-and-so from our favorite show. What are you wearing? How are you wearing your hair? That’s all the conversation that we were having. Not one person on the cast was like, “Maybe we might win. This might happen. Did not expect it all. When Andy won we were just like so shocked and so happy for him. The entire table was crying after he won. And then we heard them say Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we just all jumped up, and were totally stunned.
Novakovic speaks about starring in the television show Rake:
The funny thing is that it’s so hard to talk about, because my character changes all the time. In the beginning she’s a high-class escort and her relationship with Keegan [Greg Kinnear] is questionable. Are they friends, is it something more? Is it business? What is it? And then everything keeps changing to the point where I’m waiting to read the next episode to find out what’s going on with me.
Hoffman discusses the film The Master taking three years to develop:
That’s the best way to do a film. That’s the way you rehearse — you develop it, you work with the writer and director and talk and bullshit, and then you eventually shoot and you’re on the same page. Film’s hard when you don’t have any relationship with the director at all and you just show up. Then you really are just a gun for hire. But that doesn’t happen so often with me.
Beckford gives his thoughts on returning to model for Polo:
I’m beyond excited and ecstatic. I don’t even have words for it. Once you’ve gone out and worked for other brands after you’ve worked for Ralph Lauren, you really realize how much they have their stuff together. Everything they do is so on-point. As my guy says in Ocean’s Eleven, “It’s good to be working with some proper people again.
DiCaprio talks about what comes with being the lead in a movie:
There’s so much more responsibility in being a lead. There’s the arc of that character and how each of your decisions affects the story line. When I was in Gilbert Grape, I could spit spaghetti out and climb trees and make any noise I wanted, because Johnny had to move the story along, for the story to make sense.
Astbury talks about the public’s perception of him as an enigma:
Really? It’s strange because I don’t objectify myself. I hate looking at pictures of myself, they’re usually awful. As you get older, it’s just, “Aww…” The last videos we did, Honey from a Knife, we’re not even in it! And for the Animals video, we’re only in a cameo. The most important thing for us is putting our music out there. The idea of being icons, I think it’s great when you’re 24. It’s fantastic. I much prefer being in the studio or on stage and staying out of the mainstream really. Adam Levine is good at that.
Costello speaks about being an angry young man earlier in his music career:
I went to quite some lengths a number of years ago—30 years ago now, nearly—to dismantle the initial character that was sort of a contrivance between my naturally inappropriate appearance for the job of rock ‘n’ roll singer and, to be honest, my natural reticence and shyness.
Pollard talks about making solo albums as opposed to group albums:
It really doesn’t, other than the idea in the back of my mind that a Robert Pollard album should maybe appear more like the work of a 56-year-old man, and I’m speaking mainly of the artwork and lyrics. With Guided by Voices it doesn’t need age restrictions. It can be as far out or “immature as necessary, not that Blazing Gentlemen isn’t far out — it’s just like, you know, with Peter Gabriel in early Genesis, he could be the Watcher of the skies, a Slipperman, Britannia or whatever, but on his solo albums he was just Peter Gabriel.
Olbermann talks about working with Patrick on Sportscenter:
One of the things Dan and I thought was a really good way to pass the time on SportsCenter was to try to make the other one laugh uncontrollably—to possibly, you know, snort something out of the nose, to guffaw, to be unable to continue. You have to read the next highlight because I can’t talk.
Greenwald discusses the possibility of writing a book:
I could have just sat back and not triggered any more risk for myself, or any more sort of recriminations. But, you know, the premise of what I was doing all along was that I wanted to report this story differently than the normal, unwritten rules between journalists and the U.S. government that typically govern how these things function. I wanted to be as aggressive as possible in how I reported them; I wanted them to actually make an impact.
World Peace talks about growing up in Queens, New York:
The City now is way different than it was back in ’85. Especially in Manhattan. Back then, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, it was definitely and heavily drug-infested. I can only ever remember how drug-infested it was when I reminisce about it. I remember in my neighborhood, people tried to come together and do good things. But I think a lot of people fed off the fact that we were struggling in my neighborhood and the best way for them to cope was drugs.
Murray speaks about serving as a color commentator for a Chicago Cubs baseball game:
It was really thrilling. Harry Caray had been ill or something, and he couldn’t do the first half of the season. So they got a guest person to do the game every day. I started watching the games just to see what people were doing. I mean, I watch Cubs games anyway, but I saw that these people were trying to be broadcasters. And I thought, What the hell? That’s not how I would do it. So I made the decision to do it as a fan, calling it like a person would sitting in front of his TV. I was very fortunate.
Navratil talks about how he got his start in cliff diving:
I started with my first twenty meter when I was 18 years old in the European Championships, in Switzerland, and there I did my first somersault from that height. Afterwards I kept progressing in height and quality of the diving, and five years later I went for the first competition from 28 meters, Marmeeting in Amalfi coast (Italy).
Huppenkothen appears on the cover of the June 2013 issue of Esquire Mexico magazine.
Pitt talks about being a drifter in his younger days before he made it in Hollywood:
I’d get so far and then want to do something else. I mean, I’m two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me — the guy who always leaves a little on his plate. For a long time, I thought I did too much damage — drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing.
DeSalvo talks about taking a public health approach to violence in an interview with Esquire Magazine.
We have a public-health approach to violence in New Orleans. We believe that violence is a transmissible thing, just the way a disease is. You have a source population, and a means of transmission — that would be the gun — and you have a susceptible population, into which the violence is transmitted.
Warren gives her thoughts on the Obama financial bailouts:
You know, without restrictions, no. So I’m going to put it this way: It was clear something had to be done. The part that I was just beside myself over was the lack of accountability. I mean accountability in every meaning of that word: how the money would be given out, whether or not the banks would be accountable for it. Go back and look at that first report, because that’s what that first report is about. I could not believe that, that the treasurer of the United States government was shoveling money out the door to the nine largest financial institutions on a no-questions-asked basis…. And in some ways it was worse than that, because it not only had no restrictions to speak of, it had no restrictions in the statute — it was a bait-and-switch.
Ryan talks about why he voted for TARP:
No. I don’t. Look, first of all, you don’t look back on these things. The reason I voted for TARP is I legitimately worry about us having a deflationary spiral, and what that means is thousands of businesses would go belly-up and bankrupt through no fault of their own.
Bell talks about starring in the film Hit & Run with Shepard:
You couldn’t find two more extremes. He used to be a drug addict, and I don’t know if I’ve even seen cocaine at a party, let alone done it. When I found out that my Prince Charming has gone on five-day benders where no one could find him, I was like, Wait, what?
Murray talks about working with Willis in the movie Moonrise Kingdom:
I got along great with Bruce Willis. He’s different, though. He’s rolled as a movie star for a long time, so it’s a little different for him coming into Wes Anderson’s world, where no one gets movie-star treatment. Life really does change when you go on one of Wes’s films — you gotta sit back and relax. But Bruce absolutely delivered. He was really game. It was like, Let’s play. Sometimes you get people that don’t want to play — they just want to perform, to act. He’s a movie star, I’ve been a movie star — we don’t have to take this so seriously.
Van Halen discusses his music standing the test of time:
Yeah, it does hold up, but that was kind of purposefully done. Before we decided to actually make a full record, we said, Hey, let’s do some old demos. And we actually recorded three of them already. And I engineered She’s the Woman, Out of Space, and Bullethead, and it ended up turning into a whole record. But we figured: Why not give fans the era that they liked, you know? But not the whole album is that. It’s just like a third old, a third middle, and a third new.
Clinton talks about his Clinton Global Initiative:
I just kept feeling that there was more possibility to create jobs in America without some huge government initiative. That if we could get businesses that are doing well together with people with good ideas, and with people that are doing training, and with banks that are willing to loan money under certain circumstances, then we could do some good. That’s what led to CGI America. And the commitments we’ve gotten will create or fill existing vacancies that haven’t been filled in months for more than 150,000 jobs and give more than twice that many people more-relevant job training. We also got another $265 million in direct commitments for investments of low-interest loans to small entrepreneurs.
Navalny talks about the federal parliamentary elections on December 4 in Russia and the protests that followed:
Everybody was nervous and worried, myself probably more than others, because I initiated a campaign against United Russia, the ruling party, under the slogan Party of Crooks and Thieves. The slogan appeared by accident — during a radio show, the host asked me how I felt about United Russia, and I said, Very bad. United Russia is a party of crooks and thieves. Later, I announced a poll on my blog — Do you consider United Russia to be the Party of Crooks and Thieves? — and 97 percent of 40,000 people said Yes, and away we go. From the very beginning, it was clear that the election was going to be unjust, but I really wanted to know if one could do any significant damage to United Russia by means of a campaign launched on the Internet.
Piombo discusses his experience with the Scottish clothing mills:
At first, [the old Scottish mills] didn’t want to know when I went to them — they were more interested in making lighter commercial cloths that were kind of boring. But eventually they fished out their old archive books and they were amazing. Much of the old ways of weaving (which still, miraculously, hang by a thread) were done by single weavers working in their own crofts. This, for Massimo, was — and remains — a virtue.
Upton discusses her body maturing:
I don’t really know what the appeal is about… boobs. But I do know that when I was in junior high, I used to be made fun of — for being flat-chested. Everyone would go, She’s not pretty! She doesn’t have boobs! So I always had boob envy. And when finally I went through my growth spurt, and they appeared, and I just… I loved them. So that’s why I like boobs, because I didn’t have them, and then I got ’em. So I dunno what the appeal is for you.
Huntsman talks about troops from the United States withdrawing from Afghanistan:
If you can’t define a winning exit strategy for the American people, where we somehow come out ahead, then we’re wasting our money, and we’re wasting our strategic resources.It’s a tribal state, and it always will be. Whether we like it or not, whenever we withdraw from Afghanistan, whether it’s now or years from now, we’ll have an incendiary situation… Should we stay and play traffic cop? I don’t think that serves our strategic interests.
Keller talks about the difficulties of being an executive editor for The New York Times:
There’s a lot of stuff they don’t teach you in the mythical editors’ school. They don’t teach you that you’re going to have to spend a lot of your life in crisis management. It’s been a fair amount of that — every kind of crisis you can imagine, starting with a crisis of morale and credibility that I inherited.
Neeson talks about preparing for the file Battleship:
I’m the admiral of the fleet. But get this, I was in Belfast this summer, visiting my family, and my agent kept calling me, saying, Have you read that? Are you ready? And I said for what now? The shooting isn’t till December. And he said no, no, no. It’s Sep-tember. They need you this coming Wednesday! I’d completely let it slip my mind.
Shadyac talks about how suffering a concussion in a bike accident changed his outlook on life:
I began to wake up to principles. Nature is an incredible cooperative. When things operate outside of that cooperative, they die off. It’s a very simple rule that nature operates under. When I applied that rule to my own life and saw that I was operating outside of what I think is natural, I wanted to reconsider that.
Ailes talks about having liberal voices on Fox News Network:
Tell me who you want to see on the left and I’ll hire them. If you give me a big name that’s out there, that’s floating around and wants work, I’d be happy to hire them. We have Ed Rendell, I mean he was the head of the Democratic party. He’s on twice a week. You can’t get any bigger than that. I go for people who will get ratings, but I’d be happy to put a bigger name Democrat on if you’ve got one. Now that probably surprises you and won’t get into the story, but it’s true. I want people who have marquee value.
Adria talks about how he deals with positive and negative reactions to his cooking:
Why did one person like it but the other person didn’t? One thought it was too much and the other thought it was not enough. It took me fifteen years to understand. Every person is a world. It’s better not to ask. Otherwise, you’re going to end up at the psychoanalyst.
Coudreaut talks about making a good hamburger:
One thing you could think about is cooking your burger from frozen rather than from raw. I make the patties ahead of time, wrap them individually, and keep them in my freezer, so when my kids come home I can make them a good burger. Another important thing is, always season the burger. Salt and pepper. I think that’s something that people just forget to do. And make sure that you’ve got good fresh bread — a good Kaiser roll, or a pretzel roll, something like that.
Shook discusses his Los Angeles restaurant Animal:
I don’t know. Basically, first, the product there is amazing. We’re in Southern California. We have the best produce in the world. We buy a certain level of meat product. We use Diamond Ranch, a conglomerate of family-run farms, and a lot of the reason we buy from them is supply and demand. When you’re using twenty pounds of pig ears every other day, that’s a lot of pigs. You figure six ears per pound. That’s three pigs.
DiCaprio gives his thoughts on the fame he attained after starring in the movie Titanic:
It wasn’t the era of penetrating Internet paparazzi that we have now. But my name wasn’t me anymore. I was sort of this thing. Kate felt it, too. But a lot of the attention was on me because of the teenage girls who repeatedly went to see the movie. I had the blond hair, and I was Jack Dawson, this heroic figure. So I set up everything in my personal life to rebel against that image in order to strip it down. I had a lot of fun stripping it down. But ultimately, that knocked me a few rungs down the ladder.
Torv talks about her role as Nariko in the video game Heavenly Sword:
But the character I play in Heavenly Sword, Nariko, is ultimately protecting her family and this runaway girl. It’s a beautiful game. It’s beyond a video game. The landscape is to protect and to care. My friend is working toward a world where you get an emotion out of the people who are playing it. See if you can make them cry if they couldn’t save the people who they were trying to protect. This isn’t Pac-Man.