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Simon Brew May 15, 2017
Forrest Gump was a huge hit - but it's worth remembering just what a massive, massive gamble it was. Here's just a slice of that story...
Few major Hollywood blockbusters of the 1990s can lay claim to being some kind of cultural phenomenon, but surely Forrest Gump can. Love or loathe the film, its dialogue has slipped into everyday language, it’s inspired a spin-off bunch of restaurants, and it’s one of the top grossing films of the decade. Oh, and it won a bunch of Oscars, including a second consecutive Best Actor win for Tom Hanks.
It’s often said that the most successful films, though, have tumultuous behind the scene stories. I remember when Richard Donner directed Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas in Assassins (based on a heavily butchered script by the pre-Matrix Wachowskis), and it was widely reported that the shoot was a calm and very pleasurable one. »
Steven Seagal can now add Ukraine to the list of places he’s been banned from, right next to “That Blockbuster where the clerk wouldn’t stop calling Executive Decision ‘a Kurt Russell flick.’” Per The Guardian, the country issued a five-year ban on entry to the actor this week, accusing him of committing “socially dangerous” actions that might damage the country’s security.
Those actions presumably have less to do with breaking boards and setting new standards for bad efforts in film-making, though, and more to do with Seagal’s friendship with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. Russia and Ukraine have a long, complicated, and largely ugly history, one exacerbated in recent years by Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and support of rebels revolting against the Ukrainian government. (Bizarrely, Seagal was involved there, too, bringing his blues-rock band to play for pro-Russian separatists.)
Last year, Seagal accepted »
- William Hughes
Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.
The actor: Since the late ’80s—actually, let’s just say 1989, since that’s when Glory came out—if a casting director has found themselves in need of a burly, blustery, mustachioed man for their project, Richard Riehle has likely been near the top of their list. He’s been in over 200 films and on more than 125 TV series, including Casino, Executive Decision, The Fugitive, Grounded For Life, and Office Space. In addition to popping up all over the primetime lineup—among the currently airing shows he’s guested on are NCIS, The Middle, The Real O’Neals, Major Crimes, Mom, Drunk History, Modern Family, and The Mindy Project—Riehle can also been seen in ...
- Will Harris
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