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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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Ben Mendelsohn: From dish pig to Hollywood’s A-list

Ben Mendelsohn is one of the hottest Australian actors in Hollywood right now – yet just over a decade ago he was washing dishes at a Bondi restaurant. What changed?

(Originally posted in the June 17th issue of Good Weekend Magazine. Byline: Michael Bodey)

Ben Mendelsohn has died once too often. In 2010, he sizzled in the Australian TV drama Tangle before his character’s spectacular death at the end of its first series. Last year, he won an Emmy for his eviscerating portrayal of the black sheep in a dysfunctional Florida family in the hit Netflix series Bloodline. Despite the star turn, his character was murdered in the penultimate episode of the show’s debut season. And last summer he joined the Star Wars universe as the white-caped villain Orson Krennic in Rogue One. But he won’t be returning to that galaxy far, far away, either.

Then there was the time early in the last decade when his career died, due both to an industry downturn and his own hand. “I really did think by 2007, ‘God, this has got to be over now,’ ” he admits.

As far as career dives go, Mendelsohn’s was deep. In the early 2000s, he was living in a cheap flat in Bondi, above a butcher shop on a busy intersection where buses chugged by all day and night. Shunned by directors, he took a job washing dishes at a glamorous restaurant frequented by members of the film industry he was no longer a part of. He moonlighted at a bakery.

Today, he’s kicking back in the bar of the Los Angeles celebrity haunt, Chateau Marmont. Yet he still looks like he’s come from a back-kitchen job. Dressed in black jeans, sneakers and a stained grey T-shirt, with messed hair, Mendelsohn shirks attention in a place where others go to get it. Everyone around him knows he’s an actor, even if some of them don’t quite know which actor he is.

Well might he take advantage of all that Hollywood has to offer. Many observers of Mendelsohn’s career fail to grasp the wilderness he inhabited not so long ago. And it’s a sign of the high regard in which he’s held that nobody talks about why he wasn’t working.

We’ll get to that later. Right now, at 48, Mendelsohn is soaring, a sustained run of thrilling performances making the world take note. Better to talk about why he’s so alive today, although he’d rather leave the assessment of his success to others. “Look, there’s no way to talk about it without imagining it, in print, sucking,” he says, looking away. “It’s good and life can be very, very sweet.”

For at least the next 18 months, Mendelsohn’s work will be omnipresent. Athletes talk of rare periods when they’re “in the zone”, when everything just works perfectly. Mendelsohn is there, and his industry knows it.

“Everybody wants to work with him. People are desperate to get into a room with him,” says Benedict Andrews, the expat Australian director of the British drama Una, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival on June 9 ahead of its national release next week.

It’s a sign of Mendelsohn’s pulling power that the festival joined forces with distributor Madman Entertainment and Sydney’s Vivid Ideas festival to bring Mendelsohn out from Los Angeles, where he’s based, for the premiere of this dark film about sexual abuse. His co-star, Rooney Mara, was not here, nor Andrews, the theatrical wunderkind for whom Una is a feature-film debut.

Those helping propel Mendelsohn into the filmic stratosphere include Steven Spielberg, who cast him in his coming sci-fi thriller, Ready Player One; New York indie comedy darling Nicole Holofcener (The Land of Steady Habits); Atonement’s Joe Wright (Darkest Hour); and rising director Otto Bathurst, who is reimagining the Robin Hood legend with the Australian as his Sheriff of Nottingham. (Bathurst has cast another Aussie, Tim Minchin, as Friar Tuck.) There’s also Untogether, a movie made with his soon-to-be ex-wife, British author turned director Emma Forrest, and narration for Gorillaz’ new album and a video game. In the midst of that prodigious run, he won that Emmy Award for his magnetic supporting performance in Bloodline.

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Link Roundup #4 and new shoots

ABC.net.au: Ben Mendelsohn: Intimidating, menacing and all-round good guy

News.com.au: Dark lord, drug dealer, paedophile … it’s all in a day’s work for Emmy-winning actor Ben Mendelsohn

The Daily Telegraph: Veteran actor Ben Mendelsohn taking well-deserved break after filming five movies

With five films — including one in which he worked with Steven Spielberg — slated for release over the coming year, the 48-year-old is fast emerging as Hollywood’s silent achiever.

“It has been a hectic little while, so I am actually going to bludge for a month or two now,” he said.

ScreenRant: Ready Player One: Ben Mendelsohn’s Character Not Faithful To Book

Sun Sentinel: Clothes, furniture from Florida-filmed ‘Bloodline’ up for sale

The Wrap: ‘Bloodline’s’ Ben Mendelsohn on History of Danny’s Cigarette Dangle, Which Rayburn Is the Worst

Madman.com.au: Ben Mendelsohn In Conversation Screenings of Una

The Australian: Ben Mendelsohn returns in a blaze of glory

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.”

Daily Telegraph shoot:

 

June 7th AAP shoot:

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Pre-Sydney Film Festival media rounds

Sydney Film Festival is geared to start soon and Ben is getting a jump on promoting ‘Una’ and ‘Bloodline’ while in Australia. He’ll be in Sydney and Melbourne for premiere screenings and Q&A/conversations of ‘Una’ while the festival is going on.

Ben was a guest the other night on talk show Drive, hosted by Veronica and Lewis. The entire interview hasn’t been uploaded yet, but here’s a brief clip of Mendo doing a reading of “The Lion King”:

Ben was also interviewed on the Australian current affairs show “7.30” the other night. He talked about playing a pedophile in ‘Una’, being homesick about Australia, Rogue One, being unemployed for a time, and his success. You can watch the whole segment below or read the transcript here:

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