Role Recall

‘Star Wars’ star Anthony Daniels on the claustrophobia-induced panic attacks that nearly kept him from suiting up as C-3PO

When it comes to celebrate Star Wars Day, there’s no actor who can trump Anthony Daniels, who holds the astonishing distinction of being the only person to appear in all 11 movies. And as the man behind the oft-bumbling protocol droid C-3PO, the 76-year-old British thespian did most of his work inside the incommodious confines …

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Tim Robbins on being in the first Marvel movie, where his ‘Bull Durham’ character is now and the one thing he still has from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’

As far as souvenirs from movie sets go, a jar filled with rocks may sound considerably less cool than a lightsaber or a suit of armor straight from Middle-earth. But for Tim Robbins, it’s a prized possession — one that was gifted to him a quarter-century ago after filming wrapped on The Shawshank Redemption. And …

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Edward Norton on landing ‘Primal Fear’ after Leo passed, making ‘Fight Club’ funny and who’s his favorite Bruce Banner

Edward Norton didn’t need much time to establish himself as an acting powerhouse on screen. The Boston-born, Columbia, Maryland-raised actor who began his career off-Broadway was turning heads in Hollywood before his first movie even came out thanks to a buzzed-about audition tape for what would become his first role, Primal Fear (1996). The audition, …

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John Travolta recalls his ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Face/Off,’ ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Grease’ roles

Forty-two years ago, moviegoers watched John Travolta strut down a Brooklyn sidewalk — and into movie history — to the tune of “Staying Alive.” The disco blockbuster Saturday Night Fever premiered in theaters on Dec. 12, 1977 and that now-iconic opening sequence immediately got the audience in a dancing mood. But if the film’s producer, …

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Richard Gere recalls initial reaction to role, ‘Just put a suit on a goat’

Richard Gere would’ve been happy to let Pretty Woman walk on by when the project first came to him in the late ’80s. First of all, the broad comedy about a business transaction-turned-romance between a corporate raider and Hollywood prostitute (Julia Roberts) just was n’t his cup of tea. “It’s not my kind of movie, …

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Russell Crowe recalls filming of Oscar-winning epic

Oh, we were entertained. Ridley Scott’s swords-and-sandals epic gladiator became the rarest sort of Hollywood beast after it was released 20 years ago, on May 5, 2000: A cleverly conceived clash of popcorn vs. prestige — a summer blockbuster hit that would go on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor …

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Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls the gruesome wrist-cutting injury he hurt on set

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been one of the most prominent action stars of his generation, and his body can attest to the wear and tear that title has come with. The actor-turned-politician-turned-actor-again has sustained numerous injuries filming stunt work. “I get injured in every movie,” he said in 2014. That includes a particularly nasty laceration on …

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Richard Dreyfuss admits he thought ‘Jaws’ would be a failure

At least he didn’t pass on it. In an industry where every major actor has regretful tales of future movie hits they turned down (just ask Brad Pitt about The Matrix), Richard Dreyfuss can point to one he simply didn’t believe in, but still made anyway. “Everyone had thought they had struck gold, and I …

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Andie MacDowell reflects on her awkward relationship with Demi Moore

In one of the most memorable moments in st. Elmo’s Firethe Joel Schumacher-directed drama about twentysomethings that debuted 35 years ago, on June 28, 1985, law student Kirby (Emilio Estevez) gets over the heartbreak of discovering longtime crush Dale (Andie MacDowell) is already in a relationship by sharing a long kiss with her, lowering her …

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Nicole Kidman looks back at ‘Days of Thunder,’ where she first met ex Tom Cruise

Nicole Kidman was bound to make the move overseas. After working steadily in Australian film and television for six years, beginning with 1983 movies like BMX Bandits and Bush Christmasthe fledgling actress drew international acclaim for her role as a grieving mother whose boat trip with her husband (Sam Neill) turns treacherous after an encounter …

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