LA Times Interview + Ben talks ‘Darkest Hour’
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LA Times Interview + Ben talks ‘Darkest Hour’

Firstly, Ben has been nominated by AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of King George VI in ‘Darkest Hour’. The AACTA Awards will be held in January. Congratulations, Ben!

A new LA Times interview and photoshoot has been released:

How did you make King George VI, a part that’s been played so many times in so many ways, your own?

As soon as you stand up and you do it, in one way or another, there it is. It does become your own by virtue of the fact that you’ve done it. But what I don’t think you do is try to make it your own. We’re lucky, there’s [archival] footage of George; we can see him, we can hear him. So you let yourself be guided by that. And it always comes back to the script.

Was Colin Firth’s work in “The King’s Speech” any kind of touchstone for you?

I watched it again really close to see how Colin was handling the speech stuff and to get a sense that his was an interpretation of a time prior, when George and [speech therapist] Lionel Logue were doing their thing. At the point where we meet George [in “Darkest Hour”], he’s further down the road. Watching it again just enriched it all. It was like putting a beautiful rinse through everything.

Did you see the more recent “Churchill” or watch “The Crown” at any point?

No, and I didn’t want to watch “The Crown” because I was afraid of putting myself off. I rank Jared Harris very, very highly indeed and I didn’t want to go in feeling any more doubt than I would naturally.

Read the full interview here and browse the photoshoot in the gallery:

Focus Features: How Darkest Hour’s Ben Mendelsohn Became Royalty
We Live Entertainment: Ben Mendelsohn talks Darkest Hour and Ready Player One
Flicks.com.au: Going Full Mendo: The 5 Greatest Ben Mendelsohn Performances

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TV Appearances, Interviews, and Their Finest Hours Exhibit
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TV Appearances, Interviews, and Their Finest Hours Exhibit

New, exclusive photos from a November 10th press conference for ‘Darkest Hour’ were added to the gallery:

November 30th, Ben joined Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on their morning show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” for a short interview:

Ben later filmed The Late Show with Seth Meyers that evening:

Photos from the episode:

On December 2, ‘Their Finest Hours’ exhibit launched with Ben and Gary Oldman in attendance, with a panel following a screening of ‘Darkest Hour’:

2 new stills and one behind-the-scenes photo of Ben (and Gary) on the set of ‘Darkest Hour’ have been released:

A featurette from ‘Darkest Hour’ was released yesterday:

Other interviews:

Uproxx: Ben Mendelsohn On ‘Darkest Hour’ And Working With Grand Moff Tarkin
New York Times: The New Generation of Character Actors
Slate: Ben Mendelsohn’s Villain Roles Ranked in Order of Menace
Happy Sad Confused: Ben Mendelsohn
Den of Geek: Ben Mendelsohn on Playing the King of England
IGN: Ben Mendelsohn talks Darkest Hour, Star Wars, and fandom
The PlaylistBen Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment [Podcast]
Parade: Ben Mendelsohn on Being King and Working With Gary Oldman
Business InsiderBen Mendelsohn gets to show a different side in ‘Darkest Hour’

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‘Darkest Hour’ Premiere and Press Roundup
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‘Darkest Hour’ Premiere and Press Roundup

November has been a busy month for Ben and the rest of the crew of ‘Darkest Hour’, with plenty of new photos, interviews, and premieres for us to enjoy before the movie is released on the 22nd.

November 6th: San Francisco Film Society Honors ‘Darkest Hour’ (with a video of Ben goofing off)

November 9th: Los Angeles premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’

Portraits for ‘Darkest Hour’

November 11th: 9th Annual Governors Awards

November 14th: New ‘Darkest Hour’ clip with Ben and Gary Oldman

November 14th: AOL Build Series NYC with Kristin, Joe, Anthony, and Ben

Entire AOL Build Series interview

November 15th: New York premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’

November 16th: BAFTA NY screening of ‘Darkest Hour’

November 17th: SAGAFTRA Foundation Conversation for ‘Darkest Hour’

Collider: Watch as Ben Mendelsohn humorously tries hard not to confirm he’s joining ‘Captain Marvel’
Racked: Why Are Movies Obsessed With Capes?
LA Times: You know them, you love them, but these veteran actors have never felt Oscar’s love
VarietyThis Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees
The PlaylistBen Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment

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Final round of Una press + photoshoot outtakes

Firstly I’d like to announce that the Press section has been updated with many interviews and articles of Ben over the years. If there’s something missing, feel free to tweet us or comment on here and let us know!

Ben’s round of press in Australia promoting ‘Una’ concluded at the end of June and here are the highlights:

Radio NZ: Actor Ben Mendelsohn on playing the villain

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn talks to Kathryn Ryan about his upcoming film Una, in which he plays a middle-aged man attempting to rebuild his life after running away 15 years earlier with a 12-year-old girl – a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. He also talks about his role as bad boy brother Danny Rayburn in the Netflix series Bloodline.

Books and Arts: The Rise of Ben Mendelsohn

ABC Sydney: Ben Mendelsohn on Una

The Final Cut: Una

The New Daily: The moment Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn proved he’s a national treasure

The man captivating Hollywood with his terrifying portrayals of sinister characters is a ray of sunshine in person.

Friendly, down to earth and, most notably, a true-blue Aussie bloke.

This becomes clear when The New Daily asks Mendelsohn, 48, about the story behind recent paparazzi photos of him eating a pie on a Sydney street.

“I’d been f***ing dying to eat a meat pie,” the actor says while in Melbourne for the Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Ideas.

“You can’t get them anywhere but here. So I got the meat pie. I got two in fact, ’cause I was hungry. I cracked the sauce on it, got into it, then I looked up and was like ‘oh f*** I’m being papped!’

“If you’re an Australian guy that’s the best kind of papping you can get. I was very, very proud.”

JunkeeBen Mendelsohn Does Not Care What You Think About Him

When Mendelsohn comes to the phone with a friendly “G’day!”, I find his gravelly Aussie drawl — blissfully unaffected by years working in another country — a bit arresting. That is, until he jolts me back into the conversation by exclaiming “Bullshit!” loudly into the receiver when I tell him it’s sunny in Melbourne.

SBSBen Mendelsohn talks ‘Una’, going Full Mendo – and why he did ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

BroadsheetCoffee and Cigarettes with Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn’s morning tea is two Freddo Frogs, two Caramello Koalas, a latte and two American Spirit cigarettes. He lines the chocolate treats up on the bench beside him, then remembers the brownies. “They’ve got these fucking brownies, they’re excellent,” he says. “I’ll get you one.” He disappears back inside and returns with two chocolate brownies. I can confirm the brownies are excellent.

The Saturday PaperUna’s Ben Mendelsohn on his American roots

The Weekly ReviewBen Mendelsohn: behind the bad guy mask

SBS VICELAND Interview:

I was also able to find the outtakes from the People Magazine shoot in December. You can view them in the gallery:

Vanity Fair outtakes:

 

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More ‘Una’ Promotion

On June 9th, SkyNews posted an interview with Ben that he gave while he was speaking to the Australian Associated Press. Watch below:

From SkyNews:

‘The Australian part (of his career) has still got decades on the American part but you get more of a fuss made of you for the American part, there’s no doubt about it,’ Mendelsohn told AAP in Sydney.

‘You don’t have to look terribly far in my body of work to realise that playing loveable guys is not the first order of choice,’ he said.

‘I read that script and I was exhilarated. I hadn’t seen the play so I hadn’t been exposed to it before. I can remember reading that, and it’s a pretty intense psychological thriller first and foremost. The subject matter is really intense and it’s one of the reasons that it kind of can leave you so breathless.’

One of the main reasons he signed on to the film, he says, was to work with Andrews who had directed him in a Sydney Theatre Company production of Julius Caesar.

He remains, he says, indebted to many players in the Australian film, TV and theatre industry for encouraging his career. During a fallow period in the early 2000s he contemplated throwing it all away, but didn’t thanks to film critic David Stratton.

‘I was thinking quite seriously about leaving and David Stratton said ‘you’ve got something really worthwhile’ and he said some really nice things to me which have stayed with me and which I really treasure because I like being a part of the history of this thing we’ve done,’ he said.

‘There was a period of quite a few years where things were pretty quiet in my 30s and it just felt like ‘oh well, this is more or less over. I’ve had my run, it’s a good run’ and all that, but these things come to an end and this is looking like it’s come to an end so I’d better find something else to do’ and he was very, very good to me.’

He will return home to work on something again, he’s sure of it.

‘I have no doubt, everything else not withstanding, I have no doubt and I look forward to hopefully doing many many things here,’ he said.

Ben stopped by the current affairs show The Project and gave a hilarious interview, talking about Una, Star Wars, those meat pie paparazzi pics, and how to be a villain:

More interviews:

 

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