I feel very excited. I’ve only ever appeared in MAXIM in bits and pieces so it’s great to be featured in a bigger way! I’m also pretty stoked to have my swimwear range recognized amongst different audiences.
She talks about her Cheeky Swim range:
Well, I’ve been working with Glue Store for a while now. Between social media, campaigns, collaborations, and events, I’ve been lucky enough to have taken such a big part and be involved closely with such a well recognised brand. When you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life — it’s like having good times and fun with friends…I designed the entire range with the help of the Glue Store buying and marketing team — there were some outrageous designs. I’d already thought about designing swimwear a year ago, so I found my old sketch book and started to combine new and old ideas, gather inspiration from Pinterest, and then threw together a mood board of materials, patterns, shapes, colours and moods for the range.
Elba is the first man to appear on the cover of Maxim. He wears a black leopard-print funnel coat. Editor-in-chief Lanphear:
We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo. This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more bad-ass than Idris…I couldn’t be more happy with [the cover]. He’s so sophisticated and complex. There’s so much that he is amazing at.
Breenan discusses directing his own standup special:
Honestly, it’s not that difficult. Eddie Murphy was making fun of directing stand up specials one time. He was like, It’s not that hard; just point four cameras at me. That’s kind of what it is. The thing that I didn’t do is when I talked about black people, I didn’t cut to black people, and when I talked about Asian people I didn’t cut to Asian people. That’s my only innovation as a stand up director. Otherwise, it wasn’t like my proudest moment. It’s more just a show off thing. Like, Well, I can also direct it because I direct stuff.
George talks about the obstacles in designing the video game James Cameron’s Avatar:
One of the challenges we were up against was presenting Pandora, a world that is at the same time stunningly beautiful and uncertain, in such a way that it represented the level of quality that was expected from the film. Cameron is going for the highest fidelity, photo-realistic visual style, a challenge which we’ve seen he’s able to pull off. In the game, we’ve decided to capture this style by pushing the game through one of the most powerful graphic engines in the industry: Dunia, a subsequent generation of the Far Cry 2 engine.
Chobot talks about how she gained fame on the Internet:
Yeah, funny how that one picture blew up. It’s been copied so often! Part of me feels special and is flattered. The other part is like, Oh Christ. As for Sony, they have never acknowledged that photo, except when they attempted a weird graffiti campaign with an odd-looking kid on a skateboard licking the PSP like it was a rocket pop. Money-wise? Nope. Nada.
White gives his thoughts on his new video game, Shaun White Snowboarding:
It’s funny to say, but really this game feels like your really snowboarding. In the end, we wanted people that have never been on snow, or never ridden in the backcountry to get a feel for how much fun it is. Also, since you can get online and ride with your friends, it feels like the real deal.
Sanchez talks about doing voiceovers for Midway’s new video games:
There was a actually consideration of a different voice entirely. We went through some trials with other voiceover artists because of the DC association and the potential rebranding of the series and I was open to it; I’d had my time at the mantle. Ultimately, everyone decided it was a better idea to stick with the tried and true version. It just didn’t feel like Mortal Kombat without my voice on it, I was told. We actually had a couple of female voices doing the same narration and emphasis over the fight scenes that I was going to be doing. It just didn’t quite work out. So, they yanked me back in and I did the traditional work, except now with Superman and Batman instead of just MK characters.
Clark talks about her role as Lilith on the HBO series True Blood:
Lilith was created in the image of God, who is a vampire himself. The vampires in True Blood right now are split between the Mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas, so the Sanguinistas devoutly follow the vampire bible and they worship Lilith, me, as the vampire savior, so it’s really very fun and cool.
Cranston discusses his role in the movie Godzilla:
I’m a scientist at a nuclear power plant. I’m married to Juliette Binoche, and I was very pleased when she was cast in that role. The movie is about family and how we cope with the potential life-ending problem of the monster. It’s also about how we as a people may be messing with Mother Nature when it comes to nuclear power.
Daly talks about how he ended up starring on The Comedy Central show Review:
The Australian broadcasting company that produced it sold the format of the show to this international format company, and they sent it around the world to try and get other people to make the show. I heard they tried to make a version in England and another one in Holland – the Australian creators said they saw a version of their show in Dutch and didn’t understand any of what was being said. So they sent it to Comedy Central and Comedy Central immediately thought of me to adapt it here. I was like, Yep, that makes perfect sense. That’s me.
Hamm gives his thoughts on being featured in the movie Million Dollar Arm:
For whatever reason, the story of these pitchers, Rinku and Dinesh—which is a true story, 100 percent—missed me, and I’m a huge baseball fan. Maybe it’s because it happened to the Pirates, whom no one really cared about a few years ago. They were god-awful. Anyway, I loved the script, and googled it.
Hale talks about his role as Gary Walsh in season three of the HBO series Veep:
All he wants to do is please Selina. That is his life goal. In this season he thinks, I need to exercise some different muscles. I’m in my 40s. I can do more. I can carry more than just a bag. So he tries some other things out, thinking he can gain some more responsibility. And obviously it fails miserably because he really is gifted at giving her wipes. And that’s about it. He tries and it does not end well.
Hutchison talks about winning the Maximum Warrior 4 competition:
It’s very realistic. It’s not like sports where you know the rules. In combat there are no rules: Anything goes. It could be a land mine; it could be an enemy combatant in a suicide vest dressed as a woman. With Maximum Warrior, you may hit a trip wire. That kind of stuff happens.
Mancuso talks about competing in the Sochi Olympics and her best event:
My best event is Super-G. I’m competitive in all my events, but Super-G has been most consistent for me. Ironically, that’s one event I don’t have an Olympic medal in, but I’m really excited. I think I have a good shot.
Barkley discusses what it’s like to be a part of the crew on TNT’s Inside the NBA:
We’re having more fun than that! I always tell people I wish we could put the behind-the-scenes stuff on the air, but we’d probably get arrested. Last year Shaq was always tackling everybody. I tried to tackle him back, but I couldn’t knock his big ass down.
McKellen talks about his role as Gandalf the Grey in the movie The Desolation of Smaug:
The trouble in answering that is that we filmed the three Hobbits at the same time. What is actually in the second film, I’m not quite sure. I know that Gandalf has quite a big stake in this one. It’s pretty striking stuff, quite violent, hopefully exciting, and a bit mysterious.
Knoxville gives his thoughts on his role as Irving Zisman in the movie Bad Grandpa:
The name comes from two guys who used to come to a restaurant I worked at. But the character is like a mixture of Mel Brooks, Walter Matthau, a more perverted version of myself, and my father. There were a lot of lines in the movie that come straight from him. He’s probably my biggest influence.
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