Jason Mewes Interview: Madness in the Method | ScreenRant

Jason Mewes made his acting debut in 1994 when he first played the character of Jay in Kevin Smith’s Clerks. While he’s amassed several credits in the decades since, Jay remains his iconic role, and he’s reprised it multiple times over the years – most recently in this fall’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Mewes is having a prolific year, as he’s also making his directorial debut Madness in the Method, which hits theaters and VOD in August. Screen Rant had the opportunity to talk with Mewes about everything at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

Hey guys! Welcome to Comic Con 2019. I’m here with Jason Mewes. Thank you so much for joining us here at Screen Rant.

Jason Mewes: Thank you.

Congratulations on your directorial debut, Madness in the Method. I’ve got to know: how did this come about? 

Jason Mewes: My buddy Dominic Burns, he’s the producer on the movie, I did an independent movie for him many years ago called Devil’s Tower in London. I went out and did, like, 4 days. I was like a smaller part, but I stuck around because whenever I’m in London, I like hanging out and taking a little vacation. But anyway, my point is, I spend some time with him. He was like, “Dude, I really just want to ask you. You’ve been doing Jay and you did Devil’s Tower, which was not the same character, but similar. What do you really want to do besides that?” I said, “You know, I really, really want to try to challenge myself and play like a Hannibal Lecter type character, American Psycho or something. But I also really want to direct now, I really want to try to direct something.” And he’s like, “Look, if you’re not if you’re okay with it, I’m gonna write a script for you.” I was like, “Sure, sure.”

You know, people say, “I’m going to do this” or “I’m gonna do this.” I was like, “Yeah, yeah.” And I didn’t hear from him for about three, four months. And then all sudden, he’s like, “Hey, man.” He emailed me and said, “Hey, I hope you’re okay with this, but I wrote a script. I told you I was going to do it. I hope you like it.”

And I did like it. But I was like, “Hey, you know, instead of it being this, why don’t we make it this, this and this?” Then he did a rewrite. And then he’s like, “What do you think of this?” And I was like, “That’s great, but how about now this?” Changes, changes. And then we talked on the phone a bunch. He wrote the script, but he and I… He came up with the streamline, but then I came up with the idea of me playing Jason Mewes. And it being an alternate version of Jason Mewes, and this and that. And he was, like, awesome. He sent me the script. We liked it a lot. It got to a good place. And then he’s like, “Look, I’m gonna try to get money for it.” I’m like, “Sure, sure.” And I didn’t hear from him again for like four months, five months.

He called me up one day. He’s like, “Bro, I’m serious. I think I have the money for this movie. And they’re gonna let you direct it.” I was like, “Get out of here.” He’s like, “No, seriously. It’s not 100%, I’m still working and talking to them. They’re a little hesitant on directing, because you never directed, but they’re also excited that you might direct.” So anyway, he came back and was like, “Bro, you know that we got the money and they’re gonna let you direct. And that’s how it sort of came about.

I’m super stoked for him. Dominic Burns, thank you. Because, again, I didn’t think someone would give us money and let me direct. He went above and beyond and reached out and made things happen. So I’m really grateful for that.

What’s been the biggest challenge about directing?

Jason Mewes: Well, for me? For this movie, honestly, one thing I would do different for sure is… Again, the idea of the movie was so much fun. But it was really hard to try to – I get why Kevin way back in the day, the reason Kevin played Silent Bob is he wanted to play Dante. He wrote Dante for himself, and then he realized, “How am I going to memorize all this dialogue, get hair and makeup and wardrobe, and then focus on directing and focus on the character?” So he was like, “But I really want to be on screen and be in the movie. So I’m going to be Silent Bob, where I have no dialogue to remember.” And then he wore what he normally wore back then, that’s what he literally wore. Naturally, it was that overcoat with the hat and all that stuff. But that’s why he did that.

And I see now, being that I directed, and I was in a lot of the scenes. Because the movie’s about me; it’s technically alternate me. I couldn’t focus as much on directing and only directing. I had to sort of try to do both. And luckily, again, Dominic Burns has directed, like, I don’t know how many movies. But he’s directed a Van Damme movie and a few other movies. So, he has directed before. And so, when I was in front of the camera, he would stand behind and I would be like, “Hey, can we watch playback?” And sometimes if I did a bunch of stuff, and I just wanted to do it again. I’d be like, “Alright, I’m gonna do it again. And let me know you think I got what I what I’m saying I want to get.” So he was very helpful in that. But yes, it would have been nice to direct my first feature with me being a small part in it. But again, I’m not complaining about it. I’m just saying it was tougher than expected. But again, the good thing out of that is, now that I’ve done that, where I’m the main character and directing – next time hopefully I get to do it again, [I’ll] direct with me not playing the lead. If I start here, then hopefully next time, I’ll be like, “Wow, this is a lot easier.” And I can really focus and, again, I think it turned out hopefully well.

Did Kevin give you any advice about directing at all?

Jason Mewes: No. I mean, I think he did without really giving it to me. Because over the years, I honestly watched him. And it’s funny. Because when we were doing the scenes, I was on camera and Dominic was giving his directing point of view for certain things, I really realized I would go back to my style, which was sort of based off Kevin’s style. It’s interesting, because Kevin edits his own movies, he’s edited all his movies except for Mallrats. When he does something while he’s shooting a scene, if there’s a storyboard for, say: the character walks up the stairs, then comes to the door and walks out. He might be like, “You know what, we don’t have to shoot that scene. That’ll save us a scene of him walking up the stairs, because I won’t edit. When I’m editing, I won’t cut from him coming out the door and going up the stairs into the door. I’m just going to cut from him walking out the door.” You know what I’m saying? So he could cut stuff in his head while he’s doing it.

I don’t edit, but I would think that way while we were shooting, because I would be like, “Okay, when it’s edited, it’s going to go from this to this.” But I had to realize that there’s someone else editing it, and they needed to have stuff to cut to, so I guess he didn’t give me advice. He wasn’t on set saying, “Hey, do this, do that.” But I definitely feel I learned a bunch. And I definitely stole a piece of my style from him. Like, not even on purpose. It just is the way.

We’re here at Comic Con 2019, and Jay and Silent Bob are coming back. It’s a reboot. I want to talk to you about that a little bit. What brought this on? The trailer just came out, it seems like you’re having every character in it. There’s also a tweet that three Batmen are in this. Is that true? Has Ben Affleck responded to this?

Jason Mewes: I mean, I don’t want to say anything. I’ve been really trying to be cautious. And again, I know the trailer’s out now. So things have been seen, but I’ve been so terrified of giving things away before they wanted to. And that’s because, way back before we even started shooting, when we were doing the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast Kevin and I do – we tour with it all over – Kevin would talk. We would read one of the scenes from the script to the live audience and talk about, “Hey, things are looking good. It looks like we might shoot at the beginning of the year next year. And we’re going to hopefully shoot here, here and here.” And so when we found out when we were shooting, and where we’re shooting, I didn’t know it was a secret. When I was coming out of the Carolinas doing my Jay Mewes & His A-Mewes-ing Stories solo show, TMZ was out there going, “Hey, man. What do you think of…?” You know, they always ask you weird stuff. It’s not weird, but it’s about the footballers having to kneel like, “What’s your opinion on that?” They always ask obscure questions, I feel, but then they wrapped it around to, “I heard about this movie. A Jay and Silent Bob reboot’s gonna happen? What do you have to say?” And I was like, “Yeah, man, I’m super stoked. Things are looking good. We’re going to start shooting in the end of January, beginning of February, in New Orleans.” And I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to say that, because they the company, the investors and Kevin wanted to make an official announcement.

I was like, “No one’s going to see this anyway.” But TMZ put it up, and then Kevin sees it, and he got a little bummed. Not too bummed, but a little bummed. So my point is that sort of made me shell-shocked about giving any info. I’m like, “Oh my gosh, what if I say Batman’s in it and frickin… He’s like, ‘You’re not supposed to say that. It’s a secret.’” So, again, even if things are said in the trailer that I could probably talk about now, I still will play it safe till the movie comes out.

Let’s switch gears for a second. Now that you’ve directed your first film, Kevin has a great history of directing CW DC superhero shows. Do you have any interest in doing that? I know you were in The Flash last season, I believe.

Jason Mewes: Yeah, Kevin I got to be in it. Well, I got to be in at twice. One time. I was a customer at the Big Belly Burger. And I came out, I was on a date. It was the zombie Girder. Zombie Girder… Greg? What was his name? It was the steel dude. But anyway, it was that episode by myself. And then, yes, the season after Kevin and I got to come out as the security guards. So yes, that was amazing. Do I have interest in directing a CW show? Is that what you were gonna ask it, I think? Right now, I feel like I would need a little more… experience to feel comfortable going on a show as awesome and popular as those shows. But I’d love to be in [one]. We got to be in The Flash twice. I’d love to be in Supergirl, and I’d love to a cameo even in Supergirl or Arrow before it ends or the new Batwoman. I mean, who knows? I mean, I think I should come out as a security guard. Kevin I should be the security guards in all the different shows.

You talked to me about your love for the Vigilante, and he’s been in the Arrowverse, if we shall say. And here at Comic-Con, I saw you at the Hasbro breakfast earlier. What are some of the things that you’re hunting down?

Jason Mewes: There’s a Vigilante statue that is an exclusive. Hasbro always has the best, most awesomest exclusives every year. I feel like it’s the one thing I always – even if I don’t get to walk the floor a bunch or buy a bunch of things, I always go to Hasbro and pick up. There’s always something. I always love the double packs that they have. Like, this year I saw they’re going to have… I forget what it’s called exactly, but they had the year before that, the Marvel’s Vault or whatever. And then the year before that, they had the like the 8-pack of the Thunderbolts. All the packs like that. This year, I think it’s called like the Season of Marvel or something like that. And then I saw they have the Hawk 80th anniversary. There’s so many cool things I get, I don’t even know them all. I usually look at the websites, try to find San Diego exclusive Hasbro stuff. But until you get there, you’re like, “I didn’t see that. I didn’t know they had this.”

They usually always have like some kind of Transformers mix. It looks like they have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Ghostbusters crossover. Optimus Prime or something, yeah. I mean it’s pretty fantastic. So yes, I’ll be picking up some of them. I usually stop over, as well. I usually peek, there’s a couple more places, like Mattel and a couple of other places have at least one or two exclusives that I fancy. So I definitely am going to go the floor. Lego, a huge fan of Lego. I love Lego. Last year, they had the Ninjago Lego City Docks. The year before that, they had Ninjago City. And it’s awesome, because Lego. I’m a big fan, so.

Last question. I know you’re a big comic book fan, and I know you’re a big DC fan. So Warner Bros. isn’t here this year. Just a curious question for you: for Warner Bros. to get their DC movies back on track, what do you think it’s going to take?

Jason Mewes: I don’t know. That’s a pretty [deep question]. I don’t know if I can handle that. I honestly don’t know. If they could just start over and really try to take something from the Marvel Universe, and try to copy their recipe format. But I don’t know. I don’t know, really. But wait a second, you’re saying Warner Brothers isn’t here? The big Warner Brothers [panel]? Oh my goodness gracious. What do you – Why? No, I’m just kidding. That’s pretty crazy. Yeah, I didn’t even know that. I’m so like, we have so much stuff. We just came from the IMDb boat, and all this press. I guess I’m more focused this year on my movie, and then the Jay and Silent Bob movie. I think Kevin would give a great answer to that, so hopefully you’ll get to talk to him, and he’ll answer for me.

More: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer

2019-07-19 01:07:16

Joe Deckelmeier

Ghostbusters 2020: Jason Reitman Shares BTS Cast Photo

Director Jason Reitman shares a behind-the-scenes photo for Ghostbusters 2020. Based on the 1984 franchise-starter, the new film will pick up on the original storyline that continued with the 1989 sequel. Reitman’s photo includes cast members Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace, along with Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films. 

The original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. They portray three purely unique parapsychologists who investigate strange occurrences at Columbia University. Both Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis have supporting roles, thus boosting the ‘80s star power in addition to the comedic nature of the film. Produced for approximately $25 to $30 million, Ghostbusters earned over $295 million at the box office. The film also earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. Ghostbusters’ main cast returned for the 1989 sequel, which also became a huge box office hit by earning over $215 million. Both films were written by Aykroyd and the late Ramis. They also feature cinematography by the iconic László Kovács (Easy Rider) and Martin Scorsese collaborator Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). 

Related: The Ghost In The Ghostbusters Logo Has An Actual Name

On Twitter, Reitman posted a behind-the-scenes photo for Ghostbusters 2020, thus officially acknowledging the commencement of production. In the colorful image, Grace smiles while holding a production slate, with crew members visible in the background. Cast members Coon and Wolfhard appear center-frame, and also bear ear-to-ear smiles. Ivan Reitman appears on the far left, with his son, Jason, on the opposite side next to an ARRIHead camera. The photo is captioned with “The Family’s All Here #GB20.” Check out Reitman’s Tweet below. 

In 2016, Ivan Reitman co-produced a franchise reboot entitled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Featuring an all-female main cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the film is regarded as a flop given its massive budget at $144 million and $229 million box office take. Sony initially scheduled a sequel, only to scrap the plans. In January 2019, Jason Reitman announced his Ghostbusters movie would stay faithful to the original series with a third franchise installment. On July 12, Reitman teased Ghostbusters 2020 with an image of the Ecto-1 vehicle.

The main Ghostbusters 2020 cast doesn’t scream out comedy, but the addition of Paul Rudd will certainly help. However, Wolfhard’s Stranger Things fanbase will undoubtedly flock to theaters to see the new movie, and Coon brings an extraordinary amount of performative polish to the film. Meanwhile, Grace has already accumulated an impressive resume at only 13 year old, appearing in high-profile productions like Ready Player One, Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home, The Haunting of Hill House, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Ghostbusters 2020 is scheduled for a July 10, 2020 release.

More: Why Ghostbusters 3 Took 31 Years To Make

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2019-07-13 08:07:41

Q.V. Hough

Meet Archer’s Real-Life Face Model Jason Fitzgerald | ScreenRant

Meet the real-life inspiration behind Archer’s handsome mug, model Jason Fitzpatrick. Archer is an irreverent spy comedy that arrived on FX in 2009 and follows the titular character. Archer is a selfish, womanizing, alcoholic secret agent who works for an agency led by his overbearing mother Mallory. While the show might be inspired by the antics of 1960s spy movies like the Sean Connery James Bond era, the early seasons of Archer are almost a sitcom centered on his tangled relationship with his misfit co-workers and his mother.

Archer himself is voiced by H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers), and the cast includes Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, and Chris Parnell. In the interest of keeping things fresh, later seasons would mix up the formula, beginning with season 5’s Archer Vice, which took inspiration from shows like Miami Vice. After reverting back to the traditional spy setup, season 7 ended with Archer in a coma, with every season since featuring the character in a new scenario. Archer Dreamland found him as 1940’s private eye in a coma-induced dream, while season 10 Archer: 1999 is a cheesy sci-fi adventure.

Related: Archer: 1999 Review: A Space-Faring Adventure Takes The Series To Absurdity & Beyond

The voice cast behind Archer has come to define their characters so much it’s always surprising to see H. Jon Benjamin or Judy Greer look little like their animated counterparts in real-life. That’s because the makers of the series hired models to serve as a reference for the animators, instead of the actors themselves. Archer’s impossibly chiseled features really belong to a male model named Jason Fitzgerald.

Mallory Archer’s model was Kathleen Cohen, Lana Kane was based on bodybuilder Kynyetta Lester, while confusingly Lucky Yates – who voices Dr. Krieger – served as a model for Ray Gillette, who is played by Archer’s creator Adam Reed. Comparing photos of Archer and Jason Fitzgerald makes it pretty easy to see the resemblance. Fitzgerald no longer models and has since become a professional photographer.

While Jason Fitzgerald has served as the basis for Archer’s appearance in every season, a bonus feature on the season 2 DVD called “L’Espion Mal Faît” animated H. Jon Benjamin as the character instead. The premise behind this quick short is that Archer is horribly mangled and ends up looking like H. Jon Benjamin instead of Jason Fitzgerald. This film ends with Archer realizing it was only a horrible dream, and describing himself as looking like something from The Hobbit; thankfully, it seems Benjamin has a really good sense of humor about himself.

Next: How Archer: Dreamland Boldly (& Controversially) Reinvented The Show

2019-07-11 02:07:05

Padraig Cotter

Jason Momoa Shaves Off Trademark Beard to Raise Environmental Awareness

Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has taken a shocking plunge, shaving off his famous beard in a bid to raise awareness around environmental issues. The 39-year-old actor, famous for his rugged good looks, has completely removed the beard that has become synonymous with roles such as Khal Drogo and Aquaman and has shocked fans with his new look.

Fans of Momoa and his work are used to seeing him sporting long rugged locks, heavy brows (complete with scar that he received courtesy of a bar brawl and 140 stitches) and of course his trademark beard, but it seems that Momoa is now altering his image and all for a good cause. The Hawaiian born actor has spoken previously of his passion for water conservation and what better advocate for such an issue than Aquaman, himself.

Related: What HBO Will Do After Game of Thrones Ends

On his Instagram, Momoa shared a video of himself to his 11 million followers, removing his beard and talking of the reasons why. In his post titled, Infinitely Recyclable, the Game of Thrones actor can be seen outdoors, traipsing through plastic waste and taking an electric razor to his beard. He has received mixed reactions online, with many fans supporting his actions while others reportedly heartbroken with his new image. In his video he speaks to the camera, while he shears away, talking of plastic pollution as something that he doesn’t merely want to complain about, but something that he can help influence, citing aluminum as one way to tackle the issue.

The video has had over 2.5 million views and has garnered support from his Game of Thrones co-stars, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey. It’s also been posted as promo for a new line of recyclable canned water, though it’s yet to be confirmed what the actor’s role is with the new product from The Ball Corporation. But with 19 billion pounds of plastic waste a year entering the oceans around the world and with Momoa’s distaste for plastic water bottles, as stated in the video, it is unsurprising that the actor has joined in efforts to help alleviate this.

This comes at a time when many celebrities join in with the call to be kinder and more responsible to the environment, and when shows such as Netflix’s Our Planet, voiced by veteran broadcaster and conservationist David Attenborough, bring both the wonder of and responsibility to the planet, to audiences around the world, with breathtaking cinematography and natural history storytelling at its best.

And so, while this may be seen as timely given the environmental issues surrounding plastic use, and the epic finale season of Game of Thrones, the show that shot him – and his beard – into the limelight, it’s yet to be seen if the role of environment warrior will now be bestowed upon Momoa. Whatever happens, with the actor now set to take up a new role in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of Dune in 2020, it is definitely the end of an era for Jason Momoa, with some epic roles behind him and with exciting new ones to come.

NEXT: Dune Movie Reboot Starts Filming & Gets An Official Synopsis

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2019-04-19 06:04:34

Melanie Smith

8 Likely Storylines From The Comics For Titans Season 2 (With Jason Todd As A Regular)

Titans is coming back for a second season on DC Universe streaming and there is some big news for the returning show. First, the bad guys have been announced — or at least who might end up being bad guys in the future. Triton is still around causing problems but Esai Morales has signed on to play Deathstroke while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have signed on to play his kids, Jericho and Rose Wilson.

RELATED: Titans Season 2: Jason Todd Actor Promoted To Series Regular

Add in the fact that Superboy/Conor Kent will make his debut on the show, as portrayed by Joshua Orpin, and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) will be taking on a larger role as well in the second season. With so many new characters, and so many legendary storylines to pull ideas from, here are eight Teen Titans stories that could be great for the second season of Titans.


Possibly the least interesting storyline that Titans can attack in season 2 is “The Judas Contract.” This is probably the best Teen Titans story of all-time but was just recently told in an animated movie, showcasing the betrayal by member Terra and the damage it did to the Titans as a team. However, with Deathstroke coming, this is the story that seems like a good bet for the live-action DC Universe television series. It is also a way to bring in something that was only hinted at in the animated movie if they choose to bring Jericho into the story as a key player since he was only a cameo in that previous effort.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Chella Man As Deathstroke’s Son Jericho


Jason Todd will have a key role in season 2 of Titans which brings up a couple of interesting ideas for the character and his place in the DC Universe television series. One of these ideas is the “Lonely Place of Dying” storyline. Of course, this isn’t just a Teen Titans storyline, but is also a shared Batman storyline — but it could still work.

The story was a crossover between Batman and New Titans. In the story, Dick Greyson is Nightwing and this series introduces the new Robin — Tim Drake. This happens after the death of Jason Todd, so one might wonder if the fact that Titans is so dark, to begin with — they might kill off Jason in order to bring in the superior Tim Drake version of Robin.


Teen Titans: Family Lost is another Deathstroke story and might be more interesting than rehashing the Judas Contract storyline. The story even includes the same villains from that previous story, with Brother Blood joining Deathstroke. Geoff Johns and Mike McKone created the storyline, which ran in volume 3 of the Teen Titans comic book series.

The story also includes Trigon (as well as Conor Kent as Superboy), so this could be a great way to lead from the huge cliffhanger ending of Titans season 1 and also introduce Deathstroke and his daughter Rose Wilson to the show as well.

RELATED: Titans Season 2 Casts Deathstroke’s Daughter Ravager


It seems like every great Teen Titans storyline includes a battle with Deathstroke. Teen Titans: A Kid’s Game is no different as the Titans battle Deathstroke, Ares and even Jericho in this storyline. It even involves an appearance by The Justice League, although there is no way that will happen on the DC Universe television series.

This storyline, in the comic books, takes place immediately following “Graduation Day” and the disbanding of Young Justice. That can’t play into their either, but Titans proved in season 1 that it didn’t care about playing things straight with the comic book lines anyway. The characters in this story are not the same ones on the TV show but this is about creating the organized team and that is where Titans needs to head very soon.


Season 1 of Titans really looked into the idea of the government — or at least secret organizations — capturing and experimenting on super-powered children. However, the final scene of the season showed a scene very familiar to fans of Young Justice. The scene showed Cadmus — somewhere in Metropolis — where Superboy walked out of the lab.

Behind him was what looked like dead Cadmus scientists and then we see Krypto with glowing red eyes. While the Titans have a lot to deal with as season 2 starts, there is no way that Cadmus allows Conor Kent to just walk out and Titans will have to deal with the fallout of Superboy escaping and that means a Cadmus related storyline is coming.

RELATED: DC’s Doom Patrol Includes Superboy and Krypto Titans Easter Egg


The second season of Titans has a chance to add some new blood to the already established team of Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy. Released in 2006, Titans: Around the World tells the story of the group recovering after a major event and welcoming someone new.

In the comics, it was Infinite Crisis, but on the Titans television show, it could be anything. This was also the series that introduced Miss Martian to the team as a full-fledged member and while Young Justice fans get plenty of the heroic Martian, how cool would it be to bring her into the fold in the live-action DC series as well? It also brings back Jericho — which could play into the introduction of Deathstroke as well.

RELATED: Flash Confirmed To Exist In The Titans DC Universe By Doom Patrol


Donna Troy in Titans was one of the most normal members of the first season’s cast of characters. She didn’t arrive until the eighth episode and was revealed to be Wonder Woman’s sidekick when she was younger. On the TV series, Donna is now a photojournalist who stepped away from the role of a costumed superhero.

With that said, the idea of Donna Troy getting a big storyline based around her is a very interesting proposition. New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy really dives deep into the origins of Wonder Girl where she learns that everything she thought was true was all a lie and now Donna Troy is needed to save the original Titans of Greek mythology.

RELATED: Young Justice Theory: Season 3 Is Setting Up a Major Titans Conflict


The biggest news coming into season 2 of Titans wasn’t the arrival of Deathstroke and Jericho but the fact that Jason Todd would end up playing a major role in the season. As the first season showed, Jason Todd was the kid who took on the role of Robin after Dick Greyson moved on and became Batman’s new sidekick.

Jason showed in the first season to be incredibly violent and unhinged. With Titans willing to take chances by switching up characters from their original history, could DC Universe take Jason out of the Robin role and move him into the Red Hood role? Remember, Starfire in the comics teamed with Jason in The Outlaws and that could really cause some drama with Dick Greyson.

NEXT: Red Hood Finally CONFIRMED in DC’s Young Justice

2019-04-10 03:04:54

Shawn S. Lealos

Jason Mitchell Interview: The Mustang

Jason Mitchell gained nationwide recognition and critical praise when he portrayed Eazy-E in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. He went on to star in the critically acclaimed Mudbound and the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island. His latest film is The Mustang, the story of a violent convict who rediscovers his own humanity by training wild horses. Mitchell plays Henry, an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider.

Screen Rant: First of all, Jason, congratulations on the film. I’ve got to know, what brought you to this project and how did you connect with your character?

Jason Mitchell: What brought me to this project actually was [Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre]. She was a really big fan of mine already. And I’m a fan of hers. But what really connected me to it was, like no matter what situation I’m in, in life, I always have a smile on my face. Like things could be going in the worst, and I’m always going to be smiling and everybody knows that. So, to have somebody sort of take that and add that to the script already was like, “Oh! This is for me.” You know? But I was completely terrified of horses. My entire life. So, I’m like, “This could be interesting.” This could be something that, that not only changes me as an artist, but changes me as a person.

Screen Rant: You were afraid of horses your entire life? So, you got to confront a lot of fears in this.

Jason Mitchell: Yes, definitely. Because I mean, this is a 900-pound beast, you know what I mean? And they’re prey animals, so they’re like, they always spook super easily. But I had a really bad experience when I was like 16, and one of my friends was run over by a Clydesdale horse, and it was just all bad. And I was like, “You know what, maybe horses ain’t for me.” You know what I mean? [LAUGHS].

Screen Rant: That’s a good reason.

Jason Mitchell: Yeah. So, to get to the point where not only I can ride a horse, but I can actually go through the process to put my hand on a wild Mustang, is groundbreaking for me.

Screen Rant: Well, they say never work with kids or animals and obviously there’s a lot of horses in this. Can you talk to me about the experience and the training that you had to go through to be this like teacher for these horses?

Jason Mitchell: Yeah. Well, before I even got to get on the horse, maybe for like a week solid, they just had me learning how to saddle the horse. Learning how to clean the stables, learning how to clean the horse, learning how to communicate with the horse. Learning which side to walk on, and how to stay out of danger, or different things like that. But it was something that I loved so much that I would always just, you know, kind of go the extra mile. I was the guy who was cleaning all the horse stables after every day, and coming in early to be able to ride, and trying a bunch of different things, and it was really good. I had this guy; he was an Australia guy actually. And he would always be like, “All right, now when you get comfortable, okay, I want you to just get him trotting along that wall. When I say Jason, just do about a 10-foot circle and get back right on that wall. I’m not going to say much, I’m just going to say Jason. Okay?” [LAUGHS] But it was a good time. It was just a really good time. And everybody who had something to do with it was really proud. You know what I mean? And actors can always take the easy route out. Like, “Call in the double.” But I didn’t want to be that guy. And as a result, I think we really, really hit the mark.

Screen Rant: You really did. And also, another thing that’s highlighted in this film, is all you guys have such stunning performances.

Jason Mitchell: Thank you.

Screen Rant: And you got to work with the legendary Bruce Dern. So, I have to ask, is there anything that you learned from him just by being on set with that man?

Jason Mitchell: Absolutely. I learned that—Well, because a lot of times as a young actor, you’re afraid of your own thoughts. You know what I mean? Like, “Would this be okay to do? Is this not okay to do?” And he has such a bag of tricks. When you’re in a scene with him, it’s never going to be like you think it is. And afterwards, he’s like, “You know? I like this kid. This kid can dance. Every time I give him something, he hasn’t moved for it. I like this kid.” And he was just so seasoned, and he had so much love for it. Cause we’re out there with dust and dirt and the horses. And he’s kind of just this frail old man, but he was just always ready. There were times you had to like, cover him up with blankets, but he didn’t want to leave. He was totally down to stay. I love that guy.

Screen Rant: Can you talk to me about the relationship between Henry and Roman and how that develops?

Jason Mitchell: Yeah, it was interesting. Because it was a lot like me with a horse. It was like, you try to just sort of like press this, this idea of loving somebody, or having this sort of bond with somebody. But it’s steps to that. So, his relationship that he has with Henry is directly reflected through his horse. So, we’re kind of like in this weird love triangle. And it was really, really good because [Matthias Schoenaerts] is so dedicated, he’s so dedicated. And he’s a guy who like, in the middle of the night in the hotel room, he just [KNOCKS], “You know? I was thinking about this. So, what do you think about this?” And he’s just really, really sticking it. And when I watched his performance, I’m like, man, I cried like three or four times. I’m like, “Matthias, I know exactly what’s going to happen. Why are you making me cry?” It’s so good.

Screen Rant: You guys did an amazing job. Thank you so much for your time.

Jason Mitchell: Thank you, man.

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2019-03-22 02:03:26

Joe Deckelmeier

Pet Sematary: Jason Clarke Describes the Scariest Scene He Filmed

With the second adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary making its way into theaters, star Jason Clarke opened up about which scene from the film was the scariest to film. With plenty to pick from in what some refer to as King’s scariest novel, Clarke’s idea of “scary” leans closer to an emotionally disturbing experience than a classic supernatural scare.

Based on King’s 1983 novel of the same name, Pet Sematary follows a family of four who relocate to a small town in Maine for work. However, what starts off as an idyllic fresh start quickly results in unspeakable horrors. After Louis Creed (Clarke) learns about a burial ground deep in the woods rumored to bring the dead back to life, he ultimately gives into its allure the moment he faces personal tragedy – even though he’s well aware of the cost. Originally adapted by director Mary Lambert in 1989, this version takes a few creative liberties with the story, judging by the trailer, but not at the expense of Pet Sematary’s most disturbing elements.

Related: Pet Sematary 2019: Everything You Need To Know About The New Movie

At the film’s SXSW premiere, Clarke spoke to Dread Central about his experience on the adaptation and was asked which scene was the scariest to film. Bringing up one of the biggest changes from the source material – the fact that Louis’ daughter dies in the film, as opposed to his younger son – Clarke explained that the scariest scene involved digging up his character’s daughter in the middle of the night “in a real cemetery.” He said:

“The scariest scene in the film was at 4 a.m., in a real cemetery, digging up my daughter who is nine feet under. More than six; it was quite deep, that hole. In the rain. It was horrible. Terrible.”

As for why Pet Sematary’s directors, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, decided to change the Creed child who dies in the film from Gage to Ellie, it was purely for practical reasons. They explained that they simply wanted to set their film apart, and that the effect of bringing a toddler back from the dead is only “effective when done right.” 

King enthusiasts have already taken some umbrage at the fact that this new adaptation is making a significant change to the novel, but that’s exactly the beauty of adaptations – no matter how different they may turn out, they can still coexist with the source material. Nothing changes. So, if this change runs the risk of being make-or-break with some fans, then so be it; but when all is said and done, King’s novel isn’t going anywhere. Fans will have three unique options to turn to in the realm of Pet Sematary, whether or not one might be more satisfying than another.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: Dread Central

2019-03-16 08:03:58

Danny Salemme

Jason Blum Comments on the Netflix/Spielberg Controversy

Jason Blum has commented on the Netflix/Steven Spielberg controversy. Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions has been responsible for a lengthy list of hit films since it first opened shop in 2000, has long been a proponent of independent film and the need for filmmakers to maintain artistic control over their projects.

With Steven Spielberg having recently kicked off a growing debate in Hollywood involving Netflix’s perceived advantages in promoting its films versus the methods of traditional studios, it seems like everyone from Oscar-winning Roma director Alfonso Cuarón to Ben Affleck has offered up their opinions. Spielberg maintains that Netflix films like Roma, which are permitted to have a short cinematic run before being streamed, and which have a much higher budget for promotional campaigns than a studio film does, are playing with an unfair advantage that should eliminate them from Oscar consideration altogether. The ensuing debate has become a popular talking point for questions surrounding streaming platforms and whether or not movie theaters can compete.

Related: Why The Oscars (and Steven Spielberg) Will Struggle To Push Netflix Out

Given Blum’s emphasis on supporting smaller projects that might not have seen the light of day had they been reliant on much larger studios, it was clear that it wouldn’t be long before someone asked him to weigh in on the Spielberg versus Netflix debate. Variety caught up with Blum at the recent SXSW world premiere of Jordan Peele’s Us and the entire interview can be viewed below. On the subject of Netflix, Blum conceded that, “The future of how we’re going to see movies is mostly streaming, so you can’t stop that.”

In the brief, but informative interview, Variety’s SXSW reporter points out that many people cannot afford to go to the movie theater to see a film, to which Blum agrees. This concept alone is something that Spielberg has apparently failed to take into consideration when criticizing a distribution model that allows films that could screen theatrically to instead stream in people’s homes. What’s more, the distinction – imposed by Spielberg – that a film counts as a “TV movie” simply because it screens in people’s homes also fails to consider another of Blum’s points – namely that advancements in cinema have always caused debate, whether due to the advent of sound, color, or home video. Filmmaking has survived all these things and has arguably become richer for it.

The idea that Netflix could spell the end of movie theaters is, at best, an inflated one. For those who can’t afford the prices charged by the multiplex or who have mobility issues which makes the journey bothersome or even for those who just don’t feel like going out, there will always be streaming video. But what Spielberg crucially ignores is that a segment of the population will always go to the cinema and can also appreciate services like Netflix. Blum believes that streaming is the future, and the reason why that future is a bright one is because it offers a variety of affordable films, distributed via a variety of methods, for a variety of audiences – something cinemas don’t currently seem willing to replicate.

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Source: Variety

2019-03-08 08:03:45

Mike Jones

Henry Cavill ‘Absolutely’ Isn’t Leaving Superman Role, Says Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa claims his DCEU co-star Henry Cavill is sticking around as Superman. Cavill has played Superman/Clark Kent in 3 movies so far; Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League. While fans have criticized certain elements of the how the character was portrayed – ranging from the destruction he caused during Man Of Steel’s finale to the fact he seems to hate being a superhero – Cavill himself has received generally good reviews for his work.

Many felt his turn in Justice League was his best work as Superman to date, but sadly his performance was famously marred by distracting CGI work on his face to remove a mustache he grew for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Justice League, in general, proved to be a big disappointment to fans and critics, and it was reported in September Cavill had exited the franchise. His agent would later state he still had the role, but Cavill’s future with the DCEU is still uncertain.

Related: WB Still Has No Plans For Affleck’s Batman Or Cavill’s Superman

Cavill is currently gearing up to star in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, so he’s not hurting for work right now. In a new interview with ET Live to promote Aquaman, Jason Momoa stated Cavill loves the part and he wasn’t going anywhere.

Nor Cavill or Warner Bros have made an official comment on the topic, and with DC busy focusing on other projects like Birds Of Prey and the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie, it seems Superman is taking an extended break. The critical reception to the DC universe movies has been decidedly mixed thus far, so it’s possible the studio wants to focus on developing other characters and franchises before deciding on the futures of Superman and Batman.

It’s hard to know how much stock to put in Momoa’s comments, but considering he and Cavill have a friendship, he’d at least have some kind of insight into what’s happening behind the scenes. Ben Affleck’s future with Batman and the DCEU has also been in question for some time, with reports suggesting Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman will be an origin story. Reeves’ is said to be looking for a younger actor for the movie, but it will still tie into Affleck’s take on the character. Reports suggest production on the movie will begin in summer 2019.

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Source: Madison Brodsky

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2018-12-13 01:12:55

Jason Momoa Really Wants to See Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut

Aquaman star Jason Momoa doesn’t hold back when asked about Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, making it clear he really wants to see it released. After the underwhelming theatrical performance of Justice League, the DCEU clearly needed a break, and that’s exactly what it got. By the time Aquaman releases in the U.S., it’ll have been more than a year since Justice League united six of DC’s most famous heroes on the big screen for the first time.

While it’s odd to consider a movie that grossed $657 million worldwide a failure, one must consider the fact that due to so much of Justice League being re-shot by replacement director Joss Whedon following Snyder’s departure from the project, the DCEU’s attempt at matching The Avengers ended up costing way more than the other entries into the franchise. Combine that with it holding the dubious distinction of being the lowest-grossing DCEU film, and Justice League’s status as a flop becomes undeniable, no matter how many individual viewers might have liked it. There’s no real excuse for a movie starring DC’s “holy trinity” of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman not to outperform Suicide Squad at the box office.

Related: Every DCEU Movie Has Set Up Aquaman: Here’s How

For months now, many DC fans have been waging a crusade with one goal: convincing Warner Bros. and DC Films to release Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League. While it’s unknown for sure if a complete cut of Snyder’s vision even exists, the filmmaker has done nothing but add fuel to the fire by regularly releasing material from his cut that didn’t make the theatrical version, and even recently acknowledged the Snyder Cut movement directly for the first time. Now, when asked about the Snyder Cut by MTV News during an interview promoting Aquaman, Momoa added his voice to the chorus. The actor first acknowledged how studio politics usually prohibited people in his position from speaking their mind about such things, then proceeded to do just that, enthusiastically expressing his desire to see the Snyder Cut, complete with dropping an F-bomb. Check out the endearingly candid moment below.

While those involved with Justice League – including even Snyder himself – have usually deftly avoided questions about the original cut of the film, it’s quite refreshing to see Momoa just come out and say what he thinks, likely realizing that he’s currently in a prominent enough position with DC to avoid any reprimand or reprisal for doing so. After all, the buzz around Aquaman going into release is quite positive, and it looks like the film won’t perform as poorly at the box office as initially projected. If Aquaman serves to get the DCEU back on the right track critically and commercially, WB and DC will be too busy celebrating its success to care that Momoa disobeyed their seeming corporate directive.

Another factor in Momoa being so forthright is likely his well-known respect and admiration for Snyder, who personally cast the actor as Aquaman, and helped develop the character’s DCEU identity. Momoa has addressed some of the differences between Aquaman’s story in Snyder’s cut and Whedon’s cut before, and while he’s never disrespected Whedon or insulted the theatrical cut, he’s never really attempted to hide the fact that he preferred Snyder’s vision for both the project as a whole and Arthur Curry in particular. Here’s hoping fan’s eventually get to see Aquaman’s Justice League journey for themselves.

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Source: MTV News

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2018-12-07 06:12:17