Empire Magazine takes a deep dive into Spielberg’s iconic career, starting with a several page spread about the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE. Scans below, linking to the full size:
The most feared of these opponents is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation looking to take over the OASIS in order to monetise it. For Mendelsohn, Sorrento’s intimidatory tactics are helped by his name — “It’s like Snake Plissken, what a fucking name” — but the moniker masks a nexus of complexities.
“He’s a nerd who’s managed to finagle and manipulate his way into a position of power. He wants the internet to be a commodity and he owns the hardware. He leads a crack force — they’re the shit — against these charming amateurs.”
To what extent would Mendelsohn, an alum of The Dark Knight Rises and Star Wars: Rogue One, self-identify as a nerd like Sorrento?
“Fuck off!” he bellows, jokingly. “And I say that with love. I don’t eschew the nerd side at all, but you want me to talk about it in this fucking magazine? Eat a bowl of dicks!
— EMPIRE UK, APRIL 2018
Ben attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February, here are the photos:
The 17th Annual Movies for Grown Ups Awards:
Here’s the first look at Ben as the Sheriff of Notthingham in the upcoming adaptation of Robin Hood, slated to release late this year. Thoughts?
Ben can briefly be seen in this new tv spot for Ready Player One; he plays the film’s main antagonist, Nolan Sorrento.
Photographer Billy Kidd released a few shots of Ben during the Toronto International Film Festival – you can check them out in the gallery below:
Additionally, an outtake from Comic Con 2017 with Sarah Dunn was released, as well as some great outtakes from Ben’s 2016 Empire Magazine shoot:
Ben was featured in an episode of a iTunes podcast called “Aussies in Hollywood”, hosted by Jenny Cooney, where she interviews prominent Australian actors about their stories of trying to ‘make it’ in Hollywood. Check it out!
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
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:
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 Playlist: Ben 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 Insider: Ben Mendelsohn gets to show a different side in ‘Darkest Hour’