Saturday, June 16, 2012

7 Questions With … Christopher Heyerdahl of HBO’s “True Blood”

Tall, lanky and foreboding, Christopher Heyerdahl cuts an indomitable presence onscreen. He’s become part of several TV shows and films with devoted followings, including The Twlight Saga, where he plays Marcus, a member of the ruling Volturi;Stargate Atlantis, during which he was covered in makeup to portray Todd the Wraith;Sanctuary, also a heavy makeup gig, as Bigfoot; the demon Alastair on Supernatural; and he’s more down-to-Earth, but no less frightening, as The Swede on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. But even he might be surprised at the level of fandom that comes from being on HBO’s vampire hit True Blood. Heyerdahl makes his debut on this week’s episode, “Authority Always Wins” — premiering Sunday at 9pm — as Dieter Braun, a member of The Authority. His soft-spoken, steely eyed demeanor makes his interrogation scene with Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) all the more compelling, and chilling.

Offscreen, Heyerdahl is pleasant and thoughtful, the antithesis of his persona. He took some time to answer our “7 Questions,” during which I was careful — just in case — not to bring out his bad side.

1. You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?

The New Yorker, Vogue — especially the September issue — and I like some good house porn, so Dwell.

2. If your TV only carried three shows, which three would you have to have?

30 Rock, Damages and Mad Men.

3. What’s been your strangest fan encounter to date?

Fans have always been pretty cool. The neat thing is, the other night, I had Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman) come up and tell me that he really liked my work. That was pretty cool for me. He’s not really a fan, but he’s someone who appreciates my work, and whose work I appreciate. That’s always nice when you appreciate someone’s work and you want to compliment them, and they end up doing it to you first.

4. When’s the first time you were starstruck?

I was living in L.A. probably 15 years ago, and I was sitting in the Kings Road café with a buddy of mine, and there was this kind of funny-looking, white-haired dude pedaling along a bike along with sort of a goofy bicycle helmet and puffy workout pants that have elastic at the ankles. I’m staring at this guy, and I’m feeling very [drawn] to this guy. “Who is this?” He takes his helmet off, and it’s Steve Martin. I’m a huge fan [and] I’m trying not to stare, and he just stops right behind my buddy because we’re right at the entrance to the café, and he’s facing me. He’s staring at me. So I look at him, he looks at me, sort of smiles, nods, I smile and nod, then the moment was over and he goes into the café. I have no idea why, but it was just one of those moments when nothing was said, but it was a sweet connection.

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5. What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?

A seven-grain, made by myself, mixer of porridge. I need to have a currie mix, and a bottle of Armagnac.

6. You’re part of a lot of series that have rabid fan bases — “True Blood,” “Twilight,” “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Supernatural.” Is there one, you think, that is the most fervent or dedicated?

All these genre pieces have very passionate fans, and they’re not afraid to express themselves. So I really haven’t noticed a difference aside from age group, and some groups have more women than men. … They’re all passionate, which is great. There’s nothing like people who wear their heart on their sleeves. They have no problem telling you if they love or do not love the work that you’re doing. If they think it’s boring, you know very quickly. If they think it’s really great, you know, again, very quickly.

7. You play a lot of scary people. Do you feel incumbent than to be extra nice and sunny in real life?

(Laughs) It’s a funny thing, because you never know when somebody is afraid of you or not. So many people go about hiding these things. No, I just love life, and I love sharing with my friends, people I love. It’s not really that difficult, and then I get to express the darker side of my personality in those kinds of characters. It works out really well.

Photo: Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Volturi Sneak Peek

Jane and Alec from EW's sneak peek.

Can Daniel be reprising his role of 'colossus' in X-Men First Class Sequel?

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Daniel Cudmore could appear in X-Men: First Class sequel

LATEST revelations for the storyline of the X-Men: First Class sequel could see the addition of stars from the previous films set in later years, including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

The epic tale could be another result of the Avengers Effect that I mentioned yesterday, which has already seen Warner Bros resurrecting its plans for a Justice League team-up movie.

Yes, we are in a post-Avengers landscape where multi-character, billion-dollar superhero blockbusters are very possible if done right. For Hollywood, it's time to wake up and smell the comics.

Twentieth Century Fox has - according to AICN - registered the title Days of Future Past with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). The MPAA has a Title Registration Bureau for studios and production companies to stake their claims on the names of films they intend to release, in order to prevent others using a similar title.

Confirming that earlier report, it's now separately emerged that Fox has also registered the website domain names and

For several years, producers including Lauren Shuler Donner have said they love the Days of Future Past storyline from the X-Men comics. At one time, Shuler Donner hinted that an X4/X5 - following on from X-Men: The Last Stand and more than likely based on Days of Future Past - had been proposed to the studio with Bryan Singer set to direct.

It now seems this idea has been merged with the X-Men: First Class sequel, which is to be directed by Matthew Vaughn with Singer, Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg producing. Production is due to start in January for release in July 2014.

For those who don't know the Days of Future Past story, it was published in the X-Men comics back in 1981.

Spanning two issues, it showed a dystopian future in which Sentinels - giant mutant-hunting robots - ruled the USA and had captured or killed many of the X-Men. Mutants were either incarcerated in concentration camps or on the run in rebel factions.

To try to avert this bleak future, the consciousness of Kitty Pryde was sent back in time to her present-day self (played by Ellen Page in X-Men: The Last Stand). Her aim was to get the X-Men to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood. The assassination was determined to be the pivotal moment that led to the terrible future.

It's one of the most memorable X-Men stories and has also been adapted into the 1990s animated series, in which a mutant called Bishop was sent back in time rather than Kitty's consciousness. In the later animated series Wolverine And The X-Men, another version of the tale saw the future Professor Xavier telepathically contacting the past X-Men rather than physical time travel being involved.

What this means for the movies is bringing together mutants from the First Class film with those seen in the previous trilogy set in later decades, including older versions of some of the same characters.

As yet there is no official confirmation from the studio and no information on who they want to include. But it could potentially mean seeing the return of actors such as Hugh Jackman (who already had a cameo in First Class), Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Kelsey Grammer and Rebecca Romijn.

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Charlie Bewley or Christian Grey?

This latest picture of Charlie Bewley has the ladies in a tizzy, more so then usual. Take a look below for yourself.

Charlie looking very sexy looking over his lap top can be channeling his Christian Grey, from EL James 50 shades of grey.

No, we have no word if Charlie is interested or auditioning for the role, but he looks like he can fill the role.
Let us know what you think.

Soldiers of Fortune Clip

Clip from Charlie's Soldiers of Fortune

Charlie Bewley's Soldiers of Fortune

Some pics of Charlie in his film 'Soldiers of Fortune'