13 Steamiest Golden Globe Nominees

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Award show season has (unofficially) begun! Call your stylist and snag a Valentino fresh off the runway to ensure you’ll look your best on the step and repeat. For this set of 2014 Golden Globe nominees, looking their hottest wont take much. Keira Knightly could show up in a maternity dress and still be the hottest dime on the red carpet.

1. Jennifer Aniston, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for CakeThe Cinema Society & InStyle host a screening of CakePhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Julianne Moore, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Still Alice L'ORÉAL PARIS 2014 Women of Worth Celebration ArrivalsPhoto: Ryan Kobane/BFAnyc.com

3. Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Imitation Game David-X-PruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

4. Reese Witherspoon, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Wild John-SalangsangPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

5. Jake Gyllenhaal, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for NightcrawlerCarly-OtnessPhoto: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com

6. Eddie Redmayne, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Theory of Everything 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Press RoomPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

7. Amy Adams, nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy for Big Eyes LACMA 2014 Art+Film Gala sponsored by GUCCIPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Emily Blunt, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical for Into The Woods Los Angeles Premiere of Cinedigmís ARTHUR NEWMANPhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

9. Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for A Most Violent Year GIORGIO ARMANI hosts the official premiere & after party of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with OSCAR ISAAC and JESSICA CHASTAINPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

10. Keira Knightley, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in The Imitation Game David-XPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

11. Emma Stone, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Birdman Julian-MacklerPhoto: Juliane Mackler/BFAnyc.com

12. Ethan Hawke, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Boyhood Matteo-Prandoni-2Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

13. Mark Ruffalo, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Foxcatcher Ben-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

Matthew McConaughey Really Wants An Oscar For ‘The Dallas Buyer’s Club’

Celebrities! They’re just like us! Sometimes they are spotted at the airport looking emaciated and with terrible haircuts and mustaches! Yes, that’s Matthew McConaughey right there, who is looking gaunt and sickly for his role in the upcoming The Dallas Buyer’s Club, in which he’ll be playing an AIDS patient. Ladies and gentlemen, get your 2014 Oscar ballots ready because McConaughey is gunning for a trophy!

McConaughey was spotted last week at LAX while taking a break from filming the movie, which also stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, who, according to E!, will be "playing a cross-dresser with AIDS." This sounds like a fun little flick, huh? How will this fare against Ryan Murphy’s big-screen adaptation of Larry Kramer’s masterpiece The Normal Heart? Well, Jennifer Garner is certainly a poor man’s Julia Roberts, who will be starring in The Normal Heart as a wheelchair-bound doctor (Ellen Barkin won a Tony for the role in the play’s Broadway production last year). The Dallas Buyer’s Club definitely lacks the star power of Kramer’s AIDS epic (Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, and McConaughey’s Magic Mike co-star Matt Bomer have all joined the cast of The Normal Heart). 

This match-up is really the Armageddon / Deep Impact of 2013 AIDS movies, huh?

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New Avengers Trailer Features Avenging, Hulk Smashing

Seeing The Avengers doesn’t require much convincing: It’s either on your radar or it isn’t, like any of the mostly interchangeable superhero movies that come out every year. You will probably end up seeing it semi-drunk on a whim, if anything. But this brand new trailer, featuring all types of brand new action, certainly won’t hurt the case for plopping down $15 at your local cinema. There’s more of an emphasis on Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, who we’ve only seen here and there in the previous trailer: Here, he’s being recruited, Hulking out and smashing tons of bad guys in a climactic NYC battle scene. As you were no doubt informed in chemistry class, the madder Hulk get, the stronger Hulk get.

The trailer also shows the Avengers mixing it up amongst themselves: Iron Man fighting Thor, Thor fighting Captain America, Hulk chasing the Black Widow, everyone mad and ready to thrown down. It all comes together for that final battle scene, though, including one wonderfully choreographed moment where the Hulk grabs a freefalling Iron Man out of the air because teamwork makes a dream work. Joss Whedon, who’s directing this whole shebang, certainly knows how to make a movie look fun. It’s out on May 4, which is so close! I just can’t wait.

Breaking Down the Extended ‘Avengers’ Super Bowl Trailer

We’ve been hearing about The Avengers movie for the better part of the last five years, but to see last night’s Super Bowl trailer grounds all of the speculation in a firmer reality: it is real, and it seems good enough to probably make boatloads of money. Fortunately, there weren’t just thirty seconds of typical Super Bowl air time — there was an entire minute, just waiting to be picked over on the Internets.

"The world has changed," Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury grimly intones over a slo-mo procession of average New Yorkers running through the street against a backdrop of explosions. From there, the trailer goes into a fast-paced montage, cutting to the first Quinjet, Thor summoning lightning atop the Empire State Building, Captain America and Tony Stark saying each others’ names really importantly, the first Iron Man transformation, Scarlett Johansson doing some side kicks, a slew of Norse baddies jumping from the sky, Iron Man heading upwards and onwards during an alien dogfight, and in the primest/gooiest money shot, a revolving camera around the six Avengers, teamed up and ready to fight. "I have an army," villain Loki says at the end. "We have a Hulk," Tony Stark replies, cutting to a mad Hulk punching things out of the sky. Goosebumps! 

There are two big tent superhero movies coming out this summer — this one and The Dark Knight Rises, diametrically opposed takes on the whole comic movie genre. You will probably see both of them, because that’s the way the world works. And to be honest, even though it would upset our French Diaspora Filmography professors? You will probably see them twice.

The Hulk Gets a Makeover With Mark Ruffalo

If you’ve lived longer than ten years and been aware of moving images you’ve probably noticed that comic book character The Hulk has seen quite a few images thrown his way. First, there was the much-derided Eric Bana vehicle The Hulk which did poorly at the box office. Then there was The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, which, again, despite being a financial sucess, failed to pull nearly the kind of "wow!" factor that similar franchises Spiderman and Iron Man have brought in. 

Finally we are brought full circle with You Can Count On Me star Mark Ruffalo portraying the green guy on screen in The Avengers, according to Yahoo Movies. Is America ready for another Hulk actor? Hopefully, yes. If not: get ready. The Avengers drops on May 4th, 2012 and feature not only Mark Ruffalo but Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansonn.

The Kills Cover BlackBook’s May Music Issue!

What luck! In a week that turned out to be all about the kill, we’re introducing our brand new Music Issue on newsstands now, featuring cover stars The Kills. Coincidence? We think so! Anyway, read all about the everlasting musical union between Mr. Hince and Ms. Mosshart — and the new album they made — here. Also in our May issue:

Before Mark Ruffalo hulks and smashes in next summer’s Avengers, he pauses for his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious; read a revealing interview with the actor about the rock drama and the darkness that inspired it. UK music sensation Anna Calvi has opened for Interpol, but she never met lead singer Paul Banks — until now. The Arctic Monkeys, rockstars before they turned twenty, evolve on their new album, Suck It and See. New York’s Gang Gang Dance explain where their trippy, tribal, genre-defying sound comes from. Our sometime fashion guru Gavin McInnes puts SXSW on blast. Avant-garde musical artist Planningtorock takes us on an impromptu tour of Berlin.

Plus Rose Byrne, Taylor Momsen, Chloe Sevigny, Death Cab for Cutie, Dolly Parton, Richard Ashcroft, Tinie Tempah, and more!

Mark Ruffalo Turns Misery into Magic with ‘Sympathy for Delicious’

Just as he’s sitting down to our interview, Mark Ruffalo reaches into his coat pocket to check his phone. He exhales sharply, looks at me with a tight smile, and says regretfully, “Something’s come up. I’ve got to go.” He puts his hand on my shoulder and hurries off. Although I no doubt look like a toddler who’s just dropped his chocolate double-scoop, I manage to blurt out something chipper, like, “Don’t worry, Mark! We’ll reschedule!” (Such is the power of the 43-year-old actor’s charm.) Spinning around on his heels, he points both hands at me tauntingly, and, cackling, yells, “Gotcha!” Today is the first day of April, and I have been made Ruffalo’s fool.

He’ll later send me a message via Twitter to apologize. Although he’s still learning the “Twittiquette,” Ruffalo is an avid user of the social networking site, and unlike most celebrities whose publicists create profiles to promote their clients, he actually engages his followers in conversations about the things that “enrage” him. This afternoon, those things include: the $87,000 that billionaire financier David Koch gave to New York governor Andrew Cuomo; the labor disputes and soaring unemployment rates in Wisconsin; and, most of all, hydraulic fracturing (drilling, essentially, for oil and natural gas), which is poisoning bodies of water across the country, and threatening to do the same to the Delaware River, 45 minutes from where Ruffalo lives with his wife and three kids in upstate New York.

“As people, we’re so polarized, but what we want out of life isn’t all that different: a little sun on our face and, you know… love,” says Ruffalo, a vegetarian, between healthy bites of a roasted artichoke salad from at65, the cafe inside Manhattan’s Alice Tully Hall. “I started using Twitter because of the Green Revolution in Iran. I saw their leaderless rebellion spring up because of social networking sites, which, to me, at that time, were the most shallow, narcissistic reflections of our culture. What I saw it being used for—giving voice to people you would normally never hear from—was really exciting.”

This isn’t to say that Ruffalo, who has appeared in such films as Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, and Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (for which he received an Oscar nomination last year), won’t, from time to time, tweet about his films. Most recently, he’s done so in support of his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious, in which he also appears as a priest. The film tells the story of DJ “Delicious” Dean, a homeless paraplegic who seeks wealth and fame as a faith healer. Dean bands together with rockers played by Juliette Lewis and Orlando Bloom (whose turn as the act’s lead singer owes as much to Johnny Depp’s Captain Sparrow as Depp’s Captain Sparrow does to Keith Richards), but his healing powers are flipped for a profit, and he soon becomes the group’s sideshow attraction. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Sympathy stars Christopher Thornton as the film’s morally ambivalent title character. Thornton, Ruffalo’s childhood friend, wrote the screenplay for the film after a climbing accident in 1992 left him paralyzed from the waist down. It’s a story about faith and redemption, to be sure, but Sympathy spares audiences the easy denouements characteristic of most Hollywood narratives.

If the story is sometimes unsettling, so too was its creation. “We had three weeks to pull this off, I didn’t know a thing about directing a movie, our camera was always breaking, we had no money, instead of 20 extras we’d get 5, and we never had enough sunlight in the day,” Ruffalo says, running a hand through his corkscrew hair. “I was constantly looking in the mirror, asking myself, Are you out of your fucking mind, Mark Ruffalo?” When he agreed to the project, he was mourning the loss of his younger brother, Scott, who was fatally shot in 2008. “It would have been so easy for the whole thing to have devolved into one big pity party,” says Ruffalo, who next stars as Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in The Avengers. “Somehow it turned out to be such a special moment for everyone who made the film. We were raw, vulnerable, scared, and totally alive. It was rough and holy—spiritual punk rock.” image

Tell me about the genesis of Sympathy for Delicious. Sympathy was born out of my relationship with Christopher Thornton who, more than 15 years ago, had a climbing accident and broke his back. He was my best friend and I watched him struggle with life in a wheelchair. A universal truth came out of that experience, which is this: Sometimes life hands you a bag of shit and it really looks like a bag of shit—something truly horrible—but in time it can also provide a fertile place from which to grow.

How much of his own experience do you think Christopher wrote into the screenplay? He wanted to write a great part for a character actor in an “anti-wheelchair movie” that didn’t wear its heart on its sleeve—his character is a son of a bitch. The film came out of some of his experiences, but he wasn’t playing himself.

Still, watching a film about a man who can heal others but can’t heal himself, you get the sense that there’s something almost masochistic going on. He set out to make a movie devoid of pathos and pity, and he ended up, of course, dealing with the very thing he didn’t want to deal with, which was coming to peace with being in the chair. Sometimes you get the healing you need, not the healing you want.

That’s the tagline for the movie. Yes, which is a rip-off of the Stones. It was an incredibly cathartic journey.

What was purged? For the first time, I think Chris dropped the idea of ever really being able to walk again. There was a bit of despair at the end of the shoot, I have to say.

That despair also comes across in the film. Every single conceit of Sympathy is totally fantastical, but there’s a deep amount of sincerity, naturalism, and realism grounding the fantasy. It’s a journey that Chris has made over the years, and one I also made with my brain tumor [the removal of an acoustic neuroma resulted in a period of partial facial paralysis] and the loss of my brother.

Did you experience a similar catharsis? All I know is that when I started making the film I was in the deepest pit of grief and pain. I was really mourning, and I said to myself, How can I possibly turn a total fucking shit situation into something else? The only thing I knew to do with all my unresolved anger and sadness was to shove it into the work, and to try to make something meaningful. I would go into my trailer every day, wanting to crawl into a little ball, and then someone would be like, “Boss, they’re ready for you on set.” I’d be lying there, like, Fuck, how am I going to face this day? Acting—whether it’s theater or filmmaking—has always been a really healthy way for me to work out my dark, dark shit.

Is it about escapism? It’s about survival. My only other option was to slip into deep despair and depression, which I was headed for. If you’ll notice, I dedicated the movie to my brother. I did have to pay the piper in the end. You can’t hide, and you can’t run from grief. I so desperately wanted to feel like something sweet and human could come out of something so senseless.

Given what you were going through, why did you direct the film when you could have just acted in it? Following Chris’ accident, he was planning to pack it all in and move back to New Orleans, and I said to him, You’re an actor. You can’t go home now. Mine wasn’t a dissimilar moment. After my brother died, Chris said to me, “I understand what you want to do, but what you need to do is get up. You have to get up and you have to make this movie.” image

But the fact that you hadn’t directed a movie before seems— Insane?

Fucking crazy. It was perfect, because you can’t think too much when you have to shoot a movie like that in 23 days. It was an awesome set even if it was a heavy movie.

Juliette Lewis told me how frightening it was for her, a recovering addict, to play someone who overdoses on heroin. She really didn’t want to do that scene. It was written into the character, but she was resistant to playing it. I told her, after we’d gotten into a fight one day, to take a break because it wasn’t working. I’ve learned that the best way to deal with some of this stuff is to not deal with it, to turn your back on it. About two or three hours later she called me and was like, “I’m really sorry. I’m throwing up a lot of resistance because this brings up a lot of heavy stuff.” I was like, Join the rest of us, babe—we’re all going through some really tough shit together. Bring it to set tomorrow, and we’ll film it.

Confronting your own demons can be terrifying. There was a lot of that, even with Orlando. He came to me and was like, “Listen, man. I’m feeling so empty as an actor. I don’t know why, but this part scares the shit out of me, and I need to play it.” I was like, Good! Bring that to set—that’ll be interesting. There was a lot of trust among us because we were all feeling really vulnerable, and what we were trying to accomplish is pretty much impossible in such a short period of time. We were taking a flying fuck at a rolling donut. Every step of the way I had one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave.

Add to that the reality that you were also starring in the film. It was a bat-shit crazy thing for me to do. Do you know how easy it is for a movie about a rock ’n’ roll band to stink up the place? My determination to avoid doing that actually reinvigorated my passion for movies. By the time I started shooting Sympathy, I didn’t know if I was going to be an actor anymore. It had lost its joy for me. Even when I walked into The Kids Are All Right, I didn’t give a fuck—I really didn’t.

It’s ironic, then, that it earned you an Oscar nomination. That character was an homage to my brother. When I started Kids, I was like, Acting isn’t the only thing in the world to me. I was really turned on by directing and it came easier to me than acting, and so, fuck it, that was going to be my last movie. Who gives a shit? I decided to make it fun. I was sexy, and I flirted. It gave me an enormous amount of freedom, and while I was that free I remembered that acting is actually kind of great.

Are you nervous about how critics receive Sympathy? Shit, man. I’m not going to kid you. I’d love for it to be received well. I can handle criticism, but I hate when some of those motherfuckers get mean and personal. It’s like people forget that there are actual human beings involved in making these things. Sometimes it’s important to hold a mirror up to people—not in a mean way, but just like, Hey, dude. Check that out. That’s how you look right now. Do you like how you look? I want to be as honest as I can in my life and with the people around me. If I get my ass handed to me, that’s fine. When I look at that movie, knowing the limitations we had, I think, It might have its faults, but it’s sincere. In a time when we’re all so cynical—when there’s so much irony in everyone’s work, when so many people don’t put themselves on the line because they’re afraid—I’m proud to have made something that’s sincere. And that is definitely a personal thing.

Photography by David Roemer.

First photo:Suit and shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna. Sunglasses by Persol. Bracelet by Tom Ford. Pocket Square by Canali. Belt by Bottega Veneta. Second photo: T-Shirt by Salvatore Ferragamo. Bracelet by Tom Ford. Third photo: Jacket, shirt, and pants by Emporio Armani. Watch by Salvatore Ferragamo. Belt by Canali. Grooming by Gita Bass @ Exclusive Artists using Dior Homme. Photo Assistant: Clare Chong. Stylist’s assistant: Toure Gaddis. Location: Metro Daylight Studios, New York City.

Links: Lindsay Lohan is the New O.J. Simpson, Mark Ruffalo To Play the Hulk

● O.J. Simpson’s old lawyer, Robert Shapiro, will now be representing America’s new Most Wanted: Lindsay Lohan. White Bronco is what she calls cocaine, though. [TMZ] ● Joaquin Phoenix’s highly anticipated documentary about his life as a rapper has a release date. Slated for September, it’s unfortunately before the end of the world. [Deadline] ● Whoopi Goldberg will not stop defending Mel Gibson. [PopEater]

● With Edward Norton thrown by the wayside, Mark Ruffalo is poised to become the next Incredible Hulk. He’ll just have to spend the next few months bench pressing his wife. [NYP] ● In order to attend the The Hills series finale party, Spencer Pratt wore a wig and fake white beard, obviously fooling everyone. [HuffPo] ● Kelly Osbourne and her fiance, whom no one has ever heard of, have split amid reports that he cheated. He’s 20 years old, making him 13 when Kelly became a reality television star. [People]

Mark Ruffalo on ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ Awkward Sex Scenes, and Dreams of Directing

There are very few people who dislike Mark Ruffalo. If you’re one of them, please leave the building. He’s one of those actors who’s the best thing about a bad movie. (See Just Like Heaven, 13 Going on 30). And when he’s in good movies, which is often, look out. Since he burst onto the scene in the searing indie drama You Can Count on Me, Ruffalo has cemented his reputation as one of our finest, most underrated actors in movies like Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Shutter Island. Lucky for him (and us), his latest is one of the good ones. In Lisa Cholondenko’s The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo stars opposite a longtime lesbian couple (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) as an easygoing restaurateur/sperm donor getting to know the children he fathered, but never met. It’s his funniest role in a while. We sat down with the actor to talk about acting between the lines, the comedy of awkward sex scenes, and the personal projects he’s developing on the side.

This movie could have been political, but avoided that. Yeah. I’m so glad it’s not political, because politics can be so divisive. The movie is more inclusive. It’s not some strident, gay married couple fighting. It is so sincere and so personal.

You had just finished directing your own picture and acting in Shutter Island when you started filming this. Shutter Island was before my movie, and then my movie was in the summer. I was actually cutting my movie when this came in. It didn’t look like it was going to work out, date-wise. I wanted to spend time with my family. I was moaning that I wasn’t going to be able to do this, and Julianne and my wife were texting each other, like “What’s going on at that movie? I love that movie.” [My wife] was like “He can’t shut up about it! Are you still doing it?” And Julianne’s like, “Oh my God! The part is available! Will he do it?” She was like, “I think he will!” It was crazy. I was that close to not doing this movie.

So, when you received the script did you know right away that you wanted to do it? Yeah! I read it quickly when I was cutting because it was Lisa, and I had been a big fan of hers. I had met her earlier in a restaurant and had introduced myself and I told her that I would really like to work with her. She was like, “Great, I’d like to work with you, too.” But that’s like the conversation you have with someone at a bar. Then, it shows up and she said she really thought about me when she was writing this. So, it was a really sad day when my time to do it expired, but then it worked out!

How did you approach the role of Paul? This guy is kind of an amalgamation of a few people I’ve known, loved and admired in my life, even though I couldn’t live the way they did. My wife and I knew a really famous Hollywood bachelor in his seventies. He had the house in the Hills, all the modern art, the 20-year-old models running around. The last thing he said on his deathbed was, “I really wish I had a family to share this with.” There is something inherently tragic in guys like this guy. So, that tragedy mixed with their charm and their bravado and the unapologetic way they live their life: that’s an interesting character.

And your character is just thrown into family life after years of doing the bachelor thing. It’s like instant family, just add Paul. To see him go from the beginning of the movie as a man who never has to ask anything from a woman, to at the end where he is begging [Julianne Moore’s character] to be with him, that is an interesting journey to take. And it’s funny. What makes the movie work is how funny it is.

Was it a lot of fun on set? It was a fast process, right? Yeah. It was 23 days so it moved quickly. Lisa loves her actors, so it is very relaxed and there was a lot of room to play. She loves what an actor brings to something. She lets an actor live in-between the lines. After the scenes, she keeps the camera rolling

Were there any specific challenges to this role? The fact that it was so fast was a challenge and that I was in the middle of post production. The sex scenes are always awkward. As fun as they look, you walk into a room full of people and you have to take your clothes off. If you are lucky, you know the actress you’re working with. A lot of the time, they walk in with their robe and it’s like, “Nice to meet you.” Then, you have the director telling you how to do it. A guy never wants to hear that.

The sex scenes in the film were so awkward. [Laughing] When she’s holding my face like it’s a riding pommel on a saddle!

That one’s a little too real. There is nothing sexy about it. We knew that we wanted to make it funny. We read it and it wasn’t placed that way. There was something where [Julianne] slaps me and Paul’s like, Ow! Ow. I thought that was hilarious: We should find as much humor in this as we possibly can. After a while, it was kind of like we were on a nude beach: Here we are. We’re naked. I have a sock on. You have a little piece of tape. Eventually, you’re like, This is our fate. You are never totally comfortable, but as much as you can be.

Do you feel good now that the movie’s out and getting such a great reception? In a career, you only have a few that are like this one, that are appealing to a lot of people and strike a nerve. I’ve found that if family stuff is sincere and handled with humor, it just strikes with people in a really deep way. Even though it’s a lesbian couple, it’s like they’re my mom and dad.

You also just finished directing your first feature, Sympathy for Delicious. What was it like being on the other side of the camera? It was a long process, 10 years. We worked a lot on the script, so by the time we shot it we really knew it inside and out. Same 23-day shoot. Everyone is rushing around. We had a great time. I loved directing it. It was a progression from what I was doing. There was a time that I was thinking I’d never go back to acting. Just recently, I feel like that is something I love to do and I’ll always do it, but I really love directing and it came naturally to me. I felt confident doing it. The days I had to act were hell. The days I got to walk past the make-up trailer at five in the morning gave me so much joy. Those suckers are in there and I’m walking by! It’s not natural for a man to sit in front of a mirror for two hours.

Well, I hope it’s not natural for anyone. Exactly.

Do you have plans for the future? If it takes another ten years, I’ll probably make three movies in my lifetime. I hope it doesn’t take that long for the next one. I learned a lot making that movie. I made every mistake you can possibly make making that movie. I’m working on a script right now.

What’s the premise? It’s about a single dad raising a kid in Hollywood on his own. He’s an ex-porn star, ex-street poet, ex-actor, ex-junkie.

That’s funny. He’s lived every Hollywood cliché. Yeah, and it is really funny and really poignant, and they have a beautiful relationship between the two of them. It’s good, I think. The big part right now is bringing in the humor of it. Mining for the gold nuggets is the real work.