Elashiry is featured on the cover of Maxim.
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.
Swanepoel appears on the cover of Maxim magazine’s March 2015 issue. She discusses her insecurities as a swimsuit model.
I look at myself in the third person, because that girl in the pictures isn’t me: It’s a girl I created to cope with the spotlight. I had to get over a lot of shyness to do this job.
Frost appears on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Maxim Australia magazine.
Mitchell appears on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Maxim magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Velasquez talks about his upcoming remtach against Junior dos Santos at UFC 66 for the UFC Heavyweight Title:
There’s a little added to it, especially with dos Santos being the type of fighter he is and how good he is. We’re two of the best guys in this division. We’re both out there hungry and we both want to win. He’s fast. He’s still strong. He has good technique. He was tough. Overall, he’s a tough dude. I’m expecting a tougher fight for this time.
Voight speaks about what drew him to the role of Van Helsing in the movie Dracula: The Dark Prince:
I thought it had a nice story to it, that there was something in it that was on the positive side of things. And I thought this character that they wanted me to do was sketched in. I thought maybe I could bring something to it. So that’s why I did it.
Howard talks about why he wanted to direct the movie Rush, a film about Formula 1 racing in the 1970s:
The first movie I did that was inspired by true events was Apollo 13. We had a preview screening, and the audience comment cards were great. I was very excited. But suddenly I came to one that marked it ‘poor.’ In big giant letters the guy wrote, ‘More Hollywood bullshit. They would never survive!’ I realized then that’s the beauty of a true story.
Drake gives his thoughts on his new album Nothing Was The Same:
I think I’ve found a way to successfully blend my melodic side and my rap side. I think that’s why it comes off a bit tougher, because there are no ballads on there like the last album. There’s not really any down moments, even when I’m singing – I chose to take a more aggressive stance while in production and during recording. It’s not tougher in a way where you are going to hear a bunch of gun and drug raps; it’s just a bit tougher in the sense that it’s got an energy coursing through it, and I’m really excited about that.
Lee gives his thoughts on his role in the movie Mallrats:
Oh, that wasn’t a cameo! I was one of the stars, shame on you. But I enjoyed it tremendously and I enjoyed Kevin Smith, we got along beautifully. Tell you a funny thing about it, though – in the movie, I’m supposed to be telling somebody that they shouldn’t feel bad about losing a girl because I had lost a girl once and I still remember her and blah blah blah. I went home and my wife said, What’s this about that girl you were talking about? And I said, Honey, it’s just movie! But it took me a while to pacify her.
Barinholtz talks about his role as Morgan Tookers on the show The Mindy Project:
When you first meet him he’s so crazy. He’s got this giant tattoo and he’s a crazy person. But then he started appearing more and more, and he started being more human. Especially when he was doing dumb things and you started to see the ramifications of that, like when he mailed Danny’s letter to [his ex-wife] and Danny [Chris Messina] had to fire him. The good thing about him is that at his core, he’s an idiot. So even though he does have some humanity, he’s a moron.
Gervais talks about his Netflix series Derek:
I have folded a few stories in, but they’re not so much strict stories as things in general. I’ve got 20 or 30 years of stories, some funny and some really sad. I just thought, it’s such rich, fertile ground because these people have lived ordinary yet extraordinary lives, every one. I find it fascinating that you’ve lived on this planet for 80 years and what you’ve seen, the changes you’ve seen. And it’s just the best backdrop for Derek because it’s sort of a show about kindness.
Hall talks about his return as a late night television and how he’s coming back to an entirely different era:
There were no cell phones when I started. I’m coming back to a whole other era. I broke Billy Ray Cyrus and Achy Breaky Heart, and now Miley Cyrus is out there smoking weed! The guys younger than me, that’s their world. The guys older than me, like Jay Leno, might not see concrete evidence of online popularity translating to hard numbers, so they’re not so into it.
Duplass gives his thoughts on the 5th season of The League:
We’re at Andre and Trixie’s wedding weekend. It’s a double episode to start things off, which is really fun. We haven’t done that before. Everybody’s together and we get to meet Ted for the first time. He’s been this faceless member of the league. In terms of where the characters are at, one of the best things about this show for me is they don’t f-cking change. They are puerile and infantile and immature, and really love making fun of each other and trying to verbally eviscerate each other with whatever ammo they can find. In that sense it’s definitely more of the same.
Rickles gives his thoughts on his brand of humor and what it takes to be a good insult comic:
There’s no trick; it’s an attitude. Even when I was in high school and the Navy, I was the guy who could rip somebody and they’d laugh at it. It’s nothing you can rehearse—it was just in my personality. By the way, I was nice to the people in the Philippines for the two and a half years I was there, because I knew eventually I’d have to kiss up to them so my grandchildren could have toys.
Rivers talks about winning The Celebrity Apprentice 2 and her relationship with Donald Trump:
Huge! Don’t ever underestimate him. I can’t even do a joke about him. So smart, so smart, so smart. He sold me the Brooklyn Bridge, and I’m still happy about it. He’s a genius showman. He’s in the category of P. T. Barnum.
Anthony discusses the charity work that his foundation does:
We started this foundation maybe six or seven years ago. But for me, it was always more about getting into the nitty-gritty of things and giving back to the underprivileged neighborhoods, refurbishing neighborhoods and basketball courts, and just giving kids in the community that feeling once again. There’s no more community feeling out there, and for me it’s about trying to get that back.
Jericho talks about his participation in the web series Jon Davis Gets A Sex Robot:
It actually all came about through Eli Roth, who introduced me to Jon Davis, who I hung out with a few times – he was a screenwriter in Hollywood, one of those guys that’s always been around doing stuff for years. He was hooked up with somebody that was involved with Justin Lin’s new YouTube Channel, YOMYOMF – which stands for You Offend Me, You Offend My Family, which must be some kind of a Bruce Lee thing.
Black talks about the comedians that he looks up to:
Inside, it would be Carlin, Pryor, Lenny Bruce – and then guys like Shelley Berman and Bob Newhart. Then outside of it, it was like – not really, because he kind of straddles it – Paul Krassner who was the editor of The Realist and does a lot of satirical writing. He’s very funny. And then there is Kurt Vonnegut.
Musk talks about coming along at the right time to start his business ventures:
Yeah, I feel like I’m here at the right time. If not for the Internet, where it’s possible to start with no capital and end up with a valuable company, it would have taken me a long time to build up these other businesses. It’s important to remember that being a good global citizen and a good businessman are not mutually exclusive.
Paul gives his thoughts to Maxim about the end of Breaking Bad:
Ha! I’m not telling you anything about the show! I would say, It’s been a fun ride. Thanks for having me to the party. And to my beautiful wife, I will miss you forever, my pretty little bird. I can’t wait to haunt the shit out of you!
Martin talks about how he got the role of Louis in the movie In A World…:
I’ve known Lake a little bit over the years. I probably met her six or seven years ago at a comedy party in L.A. or New York, but it tends to be a small world, when you meet this friend and they were in a movie with that friend or did a sketch thing or something, so she was in my orbit of friends. And I guess it was last summer that I got the script, and my agent said, Hey, Lake Bell’s making this movie and you might be right for this part here, and I read it and said, Yeah this would be great. And it was cool, it worked out, and it was like a 20-day shoot. And I’ve been in L.A. for a bit now so it wasn’t too far from where I was living.
McHale gives his thoughts on hosting the television show The Soup:
I’m the male version of Chelsea Handler. She does the same. I would liken it to a comedian that also acts. I see The Soup as kind of like a long late-night monologue that has a lot of clips in it. I took The Soup because—or rather, they offered it to me and I accepted—not just because of money, but because of the Greg Kinnear pedigree, where he transitioned from Talk Soup into acting, though at this point I’m not transitioning, I’m doing both (thank God). And when people see me on Community, I think they see that I can do both.
Clay discusses starring in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine:
Simple. I get a call from my manager saying Woody has a part he thinks I’d be great for. I walk in, talk to the guy for five minutes, and the next thing I know I’m filming. The coolest f-cking guy. We talked about Brooklyn, Brighton Beach. I’d never met him before and never thought I’d work with him. Then we’re hanging out on set, talking comedy.
Biggs discusses starring in the show Orange Is The New Black:
I heard from my agent that Jenji Kohan [creator of Weeds] was doing a new show, and that it was going to be for Netflix. Those two things, right away I was like, Oh my God, that’s super exciting! I’m a huge fan of Jenji’s and I’m really excited about Netflix and what they’re doing over there. My ears perked up and I was like, how do I get involved? So I auditioned and they brought me back to read with Taylor Schilling and we had great chemistry, and that was it.
The Iron Sheik talks about the release of his upcoming documentary:
The documentary about me coming from Iran to move to the America so I live American dream. From there I talk about my life in the wrestling, my life on the road all the up and down that come with this, my life after the wrestling too, and now that I am the legend forever I talk about all my new fans and new generation respect.
Wood discusses starring in the remake of the movie Maniac:
It’s a primarily POV film about a man who has a compulsion to stalk and murder women. You experience what this man’s world is and get a feel for his life – he discovers this young girl who it seems he has a real yearning for romantic love with that probably can’t sustain within the context of the world he set up for himself.
Guzman speaks about why he was excited to star in the movie The Last Stand:
I read the script and I thought it was really, really cool. And Kim Jee-Woon, the director, the Korean guy, he’s like the top action director in Asia, and I wanted to experience working with someone different. And of course the fact that Arnold was in it, and shooting in the great state of New Mexico.
Vaughn talks to Maxim about directing and starring in the movie The Internship:
I saw a 60 Minutes piece on Google as a place to work. It was such a foreign concept from what I understood as a regular job. There’s free food, sleeping pods, Ping-Pong. I’m the kind of guy who likes to get involved in everything— I’d be all over the Ping-Pong. I also thought, unfortunately there are a lot of people currently losing jobs, and things are moving in different directions. So a lot of older people are finding themselves unemployed and without the necessary skill set that is in demand now. It’s this: Oh, gosh, where do I land? So I’m really proud of this movie. I feel like it’s really a movie of this moment we live in.
Offerman talks about how he got involved with the movie The Kings of Summer:
I’m crazy about the movie. It’s [director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’] first feature. He’s 29, and if I didn’t love him so much, I’d punch him in the mouth. And the cinematographer, Ross Riege, is his cameraman – he’s been making comedy shorts and then he shits this thing out, I’m so tickled to be a part of it. I just was taken by the script by Chris Galletta, I think it’s really a brilliant piece of writing, because his humor is so finely wrought, wonderfully dry and strange, which is certainly my own wheelhouse. Meanwhile there’s this wonderfully emotional story laced through the film that gives it such a great heart, and makes me feel really nostalgic for the John Hughes films of my youth.
Dodean talks about her ping pong strategy and her go to move:
It’s very important to adapt to any kind of player. The good thing for me is that I’m always ready to try new styles – my coaches and players tell me my backhand is really good, but I like to believe that any move I make is great!
Morrison talks about creating the character Damien Wayne in his Batman comic book series:
I always liked that idea and it just seemed, you know, at the start of the storyline, you want to put an outrageous thing to open with. And I love the title, Batman And Son, because it was kind of like [1960s British sitcom] Steptoe And Son, like a family business. It could’ve been “Son Of Batman” but that’s not quite as cool as Batman And Son, which is the sort of thing you’d imagine written on the side of a window cleaner’s van. And it seemed like a really good thing to slap a paternity suit on Batman suddenly and have him confront this specter of his past.
Bay gives his thoughts on shooting a Victoria’s Secret ad:
They bring in tons of heels, and I walk in there knowing nothing about fashion. I just go from a guy’s perspective. I say, Those suck. What are those effin’ chunky heels? Get ’em out of here And they’re like, But these are in style! I don’t care. They’re gonna be out of style in a week. Guys don’t like chunky heels. Get rid of ’em.
Palicki talks about why she liked doing many of her own stunts in the movie GI Joe: Retaliation:
It looks better when you do your own stunts, because seeing somebody’s face when they’re doing them is fun for the audience. So I did my own till my double was like, I’ll do this one, because I don’t want you to die.
Carell talks about his role in the movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone:
If you happen to have a foam ball on you, I can make it disappear. The character is basically a kid who finds magic as an outlet that makes him cool, and then he starts to think a bit too highly of himself.