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Actor Billy Crudup Feels at Home with Subversive Characters By Sandra Carr

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Portraying a wide range of characters appeals to actor Billy Crudup. His films include Without LimitsAlmost Famous, Big Fish, Watchmen and Jackie. He shared amusing and interesting anecdotes during his question-and-answer session after the Jesus’ Son screening during the Florida Film Festival at the Enzian Theater.

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Crudup finds pleasure and growth as an actor portraying conflicted, complicated and unlikeable characters and said “his intention is to show one moment where you get a glimpse of their humanity.”

He played a messed up guy named FH, which is short for F**khead in Jesus’ Son, a drug-induced ride that crashes and finds stability during the 1970s.  The film was adapted from a collection of short stories by cult author Denis Johnson and features supporting cast members Jack Black, Denis Leary, Holly Hunter and Dennis Hopper.

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Black’s scenes are filled with many laugh-out-loud moments, including when he was a hospital orderly helping a patient who had a hunting knife in his eye and accidentally running over a rabbit and trying to save its bunnies. Crudup said he had to close his eyes during the takes he shared with Black because he was so vividly entertained by what Black was doing as an observer that he couldn’t get through the scene. It was difficult for Crudup to look or engage with him because “what he was doing was brilliant, inventive, entertaining and charismatic.”

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Crudup has had a wealth of acting opportunities, and I asked him if there was one character that has stayed with him.

His response was “F**khead because of his clumsy hopefulness.” He also said there was something touching in the scene where the heart tattoo comes to life and it’s sort of back lit with golden rays and finding that in any small experiences you have in your relationships despite all of the awfulness in life. To Crudup, that’s something to aspire to along with finding enough peace in your inner life where you can appreciate the constant stream of beauty and surprise around you and your experience with humanity.

Crudup also discussed portraying runner Steve Prefontaine in Without Limits. He was an athlete who was at the forefront of endorsing Nike footwear and competed in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

Tom Cruise was one of the film’s producers. Crudup said he would occasionally get a phone call from Cruise who would cheer him up and say, “Keep at it! It’s going to be great!”

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He also portrayed the golden god Russell Hammond in one my favorite rock ‘n’ roll movies Almost Famous, written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Crudrup was thrilled to be a part of the film, but was afraid of becoming typecast.

“I didn’t want to become trapped by playing heroes or romantic leads,” he said. “Not that I didn’t want to play romantic characters, but Russell is an anomaly. He’s a bona fide rock star who has mystery.”

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Other roles include portraying the nagging and frustrated son Will Bloom who is trying to determine fact from fiction during his dying father’s life in Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton.

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He also portrayed superhero Dr. Manhattan in the Watchmen.

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His upcoming movies include Alien: Covenant and Justice League.

One attendee asked if he has nightmares about Sigourney Weaver and Crudup assured him that the actress was in his dreams.

He couldn’t share too much about Alien: Covenant, but said he plays a member of the crew on a colonizing mission that doesn’t go as planned. The movie hits theaters on May 19.

In Justice League, he plays Barry Allen’s (The Flash) father Henry and couldn’t tell the audience any other details about the upcoming film. The film’s release date is Nov. 17.

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Learn more about Crudup’s career on imdb.com.

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Movies Make their Mark on the Big Screen at Florida Film Festival By Sandra Carr

Cinema takes center stage April 4-13, 2014 during the 23rd annual Florida Film Festival at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla. and the Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village Stadium 20 Movie Theater in Winter Park, Fla. The film fete features 170 movies, including animated shorts, documentaries, spotlights, narrative features and shorts and special screenings.

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Image courtesy: Florida Film Festival

This year’s opening-night film was The Trip to Italy, a movie featuring comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon portraying hilarious variations of themselves during a Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy.

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The Trip to Italy
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The party continued after the movie with savory flavors by Cask & Larder, Coppola Fine Wines, The Courtesy, Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Enzian & Eden Bar, Hyatt Grand Regency, K Restaurant, The Matador, Olea Grill, Sushi Pop, The Smiling Bison, Tito’s Vodka, Troy & Sons and Whole Foods.

Photo by Michael Liesch

Photo by Michael Liesch

This year the FFF had the Locally Fresh! Farmers Market on Eden Bar’s lawn on Saturday, April 5. Folks had an opportunity to purchase produce from area farmers and vendors.

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Image courtesy: Florida Film Festival

Celebrity appearances include actor Giancarlo Esposito during the 25-year anniversary showing of Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing on Sunday, April 6. The actor has also played the notorious meth-lab operator Gustavo “Gus” Fring in Breaking Bad and FBI agent Jack Baer in the Usual Suspects.

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Do the Right Thing
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Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will be attending the FFF  at the Enzian Theater on Friday, April 11. Watch her Oscar-winning performance in Dead Man Walking followed by a Q&A with the legendary actress herself. This event is currently on standby. Arrive one hour before the movie for a possible chance of attending this event.

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Dead Man Walking
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Actor Paul Sorvino portrays a gangster that served time in prison and returns home in the Last I Heard. He will be discussing his career following the screening of Goodfellas on Saturday, April 12.

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Last I Heard
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Other films include Jude Law’s gritty, cocky and spectacular performance in Dom Hemingway, a film about a thief and safe cracker that serves 12 years in prison and tries to have a new life and re-establish his relationship with his daughter Evelyn.

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Dom Hemingway
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The documentary For No Good Reason looks at cartoonist and illustrator Ralph Steadman’s career and work with GONZO writer Hunter S. Thompson. Actor Johnny Depp interviews Steadman throughout the documentary at his home and studio in England.

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For No Good Reason
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The Double , based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novella, starring Jesse Eisenberg as the shy Simon James and his doppelgänger, the reckless and assertive James Simon.

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The Double
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Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage plays the lead role in Joe, a story based on author Larry Brown’s novel about a hard-living and angry ex-con who is trying to lead a life under the radar until he meets a boy that needs a father figure in his life.

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Joe
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Animator Bill Plympton returns to the festival with Cheatin’,  a story about a guy and gal  in love that are torn apart by jealousy and lies.

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Cheatin’
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A couple goes on a car-ride journey to get married in Forev.

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Forev
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People are searching for God and the right religion in American Jesus. From snake handlers to mega-church preachers, there’s a religion type for everyone.

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American Jesus
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Rock stars dream about making it in the music business but what if it never happens? The Front Man documents New Jersey band the Loaded Poets’ lead vocalist Jim Wood still wanting a record deal after more than 25 years of being a local rock ‘n’ roll star and trying to have a normal life with his wife.

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The Front Man
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Experience comedies, dramas, panel discussions, parties and more during this year’s Florida Film Festival. The more you watch, the more you see! Individual film tickets are $9 and $11 and passes and packages are $99-$800 per person. For more information, including the Florida Film Festival schedule and purchasing tickets, visit http://www.floridafilmfestival.com.

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