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John Hurt Blames Studio For Capt Corelli Slaughter

3 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Captain Corelli's Mandolin star John Hurt knows why the film flopped - he blames the casting of Nicolas Cage. Hurt believes powerful movie studio bosses destroyed the big screen version of the Louis de Bernieres best-seller. He says, "We got slaughtered in America. The audiences somehow wouldn't forgive Nic Cage. I mean, he did his very best, and if he was wrong for the part, it's not his fault. It's entirely to do with the studio, who shot themselves in the foot by saying 'Here's $45 million to make the film once you get Nic Cage.' And you'd say 'Well that's fine, but can I still have the $45 million and get someone who's right for the part?' It's not like this is something new. It's been going on in the film industry for years. But nobody seems to learn. It's a shame. Nic's part was written for someone who sweeps her off her feet. Nic is a lovely actor in many ways, but he's not that sort of actor." »

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Cage's Epic Task

21 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicolas Cage chose Captain Corelli's Mandolin because it gave him the chance to star in an epic. The action superstar, 37, is a veteran of over 40 films, but still feels he has a lot to learn. He says, "I've never been in these sort of large-scope, epic dramatic films and I thought it was time to try to do that. And I think if I take roles like Captain Corelli, where I have to speak in an Italian accent and learn how to play a mandolin and march like an Italian soldier - there's a lot that could go wrong. But maybe, maybe something will go right, and I'll learn." »

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Cruise And Cruz Together At Film Premiere

15 August 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise showed his affection for new love Penelope Cruz by accompanying her to the American premiere of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. In July the Spanish stunner's manager confirmed Penelope and Tom were a couple, just a week after the actress had denied the rumors. The actor's divorce from Nicole Kidman became final last week. Tom and his sizzling girlfriend clasped hands on the red carpet, clearly illustrating their commitment. Cruz' co-star Nicolas Cage attended the screening with new love Lisa Marie Presley, following his spilt from gorgeous wife Patricia Arquette. »

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Nicolas Really Can Play Mandolin

14 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Captain Corelli's Mandolin star Nicolas Cage discovered a real talent for playing the mandolin during filming of the movie. Cage said that he had no musical talent before he became the mandolin-playing star of the movie. But, the man who taught him to play, musical director Paul Englishby, says Cage quickly became an accomplished player. Although the movie soundtrack was recorded by mandolin expert Giovanni Parricelli, Cage was required to play the instrument during the filming. "Cage actually played it and there is lots of footage of him doing that. It was incredible," says Englishby. "He really is very talented. Nicolas used to go away for the weekend. He had a private jet and one weekend he asked me to go to Venice with him so he could have his music lessons." Englishby is now teaching Hugh Grant to play guitar for his latest role in the film version of the Nick Hornby novel About A Boy. »

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Christian Bale The Loner

7 May 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Captain Corelli's Mandolin star Christian Bale was the loner of the Greek set of his new movie. Bale was far too shy to strike up any friendships with his co- stars - Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz and John Hurt. Christian says, "To be honest, I probably spent more time with my driver Angelo than I did with anybody else. I didn't have a lot of scenes with Nic Cage. If you sat us down for dinner today, you would be introducing two strangers." And Bale believes he is shy and retiring because of the stardom that came to him at the age of 13, when he starred in the hit movie Empire Of The Sun. He adds, "It made my schooldays much more difficult, I got into a lot of fights. By the time I was 14 I was ready to quit. Steven Spielberg was back in Los Angeles and I was in Bournemouth (England), not having a great time." »

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Corelli Movie Changes Necessary

23 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British producer John Madden has defended the changes he made to the film version of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The movie, which premiered in London last week, doesn't have the book's poignant ending, homosexual overtones or anti-communist bias. Madden claims the changes were necessary saying, "The ending is problematic on film although it works magnificently in the novel, as do many of the other narrative strands we had to do without." »

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Cage Mastered The Mandolin

20 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Nicolas Cage mastered the mandolin for his part in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The star says that music has always played a big part in his life and he became an actor to learn new skills. He says, "I had had no musical training in my life, but I do come from a musical family and somewhere inside I felt I had some ability. I just really dedicated myself to going home every night and practicing the songs that I play for a couple of hours. But I must admit, if I picked up a mandolin now, I'd only be able to play three or four songs." »

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Penelope Cruz Fell In Love With Role

20 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz fell in love with her part in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. In the film, based on the bestselling book by Louis De Bernieres, Cruz plays a Greek girl wooed by an Italian army officer on the Greek island of Cephallonia during the Second World War (1939- 1945). The film had its world premiere in London's Leicester Square Thursday night in a benefit for the Red Cross. Cruz, who starred alongside Nicolas Cage, wore a black Ralph Lauren dress and clutched a lacy black shawl as she arrived. She said she fell in love with the script the minute she read it. "I was so happy when I found out that I had got the part because I loved the character so much." Cruz is one of Hollywood's hottest properties at the moment, having recently starred alongside Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky. There had been reports of a relationship between the pair which brought about the end of Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman. The actress dismissed any such suggestions. "I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working when I was 17, " she said. "I used to get very angry but I am not the only one who is going through that." »

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Penelope Cruz: I'm Not Giving Up Spain For Tinsletown

5 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sultry actress Penélope Cruz insists she has not abandoned her native Spain for the glitzy high-life of Hollywood. The Captain Corelli's Mandolin star, considered her home country's equivalent of Julia Roberts, will fly back to Spain when she finishes working on Cameron Crowe's new film Vanilla Sky this week. But she says, "I haven't left Spain for America and I never will. I never saw making American movies as the end of my career in Spain and the beginning of a new one. I see it as a continuation. I will work wherever the best offers come from." »

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Christian Bale Learns To Kill

2 April 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Christian Bale is an actor not to mess with having been trained in the tactics of killing on the set of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Bale, who plays Greek fisherman Mandras in director John Madden's adaptation of Louis de Bernieres's best-selling novel, says, to get into character, he spent much of his time on the Greek island of Cephallonia where they filmed, training with the British army. He says, "I would learn how to ambush a convoy of military vehicles. I learned how best to slit somebody's throat and steal their boots quickly and disappear." And far from balking at the nature of the training, Bale admits he actually found the experience enjoyable. He says, "It's nice on movies when you have to train like that." »

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Penelope Cruz Has A "Wonderful Life"

15 March 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rising Spanish star Penelope Cruz is ecstatically happy with her "wonderful life". The actress has been fortunate enough to appear opposite a host of Hollywood hunks, including Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Johnny Depp - and the Vanilla Sky leading lady says that she's as happy as can be at the moment. She says, "I think I do my best to enjoy what I have. We all want to be happy. I honestly think I have a wonderful life. However, Cruz, soon to be seen in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, has got one cloud on the horizon - over work due to her demanding nature. She adds, "I think I'm too hard on myself. I demand too much of myself in my work." »

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John Hurt: Cruz Is Just Cuddly

12 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

John Hurt has leapt to the defence of Spanish stunner Penelope Cruz as she battles claims she broke up Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman Cruise and Cruz were spotted hugging on the set of their new movie Vanilla Sky, fuelling talk that the pair are romantically involved. But Hurt, Cruz's co-star in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, says Penelope is just an affectionate woman. He says, "Penelope is a very affectionate woman and just because she puts her arm around Tom Cruise doesn't mean she is having an affair with him. She is one of those lovely people who is very friendly and natural. Don't believe everything you read." »

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John Madden Storms Off Captain Corelli Set

5 February 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director John Madden has stormed off the set of Captain Corelli's Mandolin after producers decided his ending wasn't good enough. On-set sources claim the director refused to finish the reshoot because he didn't agree with the alternate ending that studio bosses wanted. A source says, "They pulled Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz back to Los Angeles so they could reshoot the ending, because people weren't pleased with what they had already shot. But then John Madden decided he didn't want it changed so he didn't do it. It ended up being a complete waste of time for everyone. The studio has decided that they are going to have to keep the first ending they shot." »

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