Sydney Morning Herald: How to survive in Hollywood – tips from successful Australians
So, what does it take to survive in Hollywood? During Mendelsohn’s acceptance speech, the actor reflects on the years he spent trying to get the breaks, and thanks the “many Australians over the decades that provided me with bed, board, a car. If you didn’t charge me rent, there’s a good chance you’re in this list” and thanks others “for championing me when it was unfashionable to do so”.
As our latest homegrown star to hit the heights of Hollywood, what’s the reality like? “There’s no magic sprinkle dust that happens,” says Mendelsohn. “It’s a lot of work but it’s, you know, good. It’s pretty good.”
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Rogue One’: Darth Vader Body Count Was Even Higher in Early Script
Gary Whitta, who worked on the original story with director Gareth Edwards, told Entertainment Weekly that Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was originally intended to have somehow survived the Death Star’s shot at the Imperial base on Scarif — something he admits was “a bit of a reach” — only to have to face the music as a result.
“He survived the blast and they pulled him up and brought him to the Star Destroyer to report to Vader. … He’s all beat up, his cape’s all torn up and stuff, and he thinks he has survived,” Whitta explained.
Turns out, nothing could be further from the truth, as he discovers that he suddenly can’t breathe anymore. “Vader kills him for his failure,” the writer said.
Told through excerpts of his greatest performances, interviews with friends and family (including Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, and Ben Harper), and the lens of his own camera, I Am Heath Ledger is an intimate celebration of the actor, artist, and icon. An artist of exceptional depth and courage, Ledger was equally talented behind the camera. This stirring documentary paints a rich portrait of one of the great artists of his generation.
Sydney Morning Herald: As Loving opens, Joel Edgerton slams Married At First Sight as ‘insulting’
Edgerton is speaking from Hungary on an upbeat day. […] His friend Ben Mendelsohn is due in town soon to continue playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in a new Robin Hood.