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Maniac and Smallfoot Review – Cinemaholics Episode #84

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We had a packed show this week. First we reviewed Maniac, the new Netflix limited series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. We also reviewed the new animated film Smallfoot, and right before that you’ll hear my interview with Karey Kirkpatrick, the director of the film. For mini reviews, we also covered The Hate U GiveHell Fest, Night School, and more.

Next week: We’re planning on doing a double feature of Venom and A Star is Born. Help us decide which review comes first by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote in our poll.

Go on…Maniac and Smallfoot Review – Cinemaholics Episode #84

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No More Questions: Melissa McCarthy from ‘The Boss’

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Welcome to No More Questions, where I ask the stars you know and love everything you want to know and love.

When I say I’ve been waiting all my life to sit down with Melissa McCarthy from this weekend’s wide release, The Boss, I really mean to say that I’ve been waiting since I reread the film slate to make sure there wasn’t anyone else on the list.

Two screened phone calls from Jake Gyllenhaal later, I managed to get some face time with the face of McCarthyism, which her publicist keeps emailing me not to say for some reason. Thanks to my spam folder, however, we have a No More Questions made for the fans.

Go on…No More Questions: Melissa McCarthy from ‘The Boss’

Snarcasm: The Director of Batman v Superman is Way Smarter Than Us

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Snark + Sarcasm = what you’re about to read.

Ever since the complete and utter disaster that is Sucker Punch, I’ve kept a watchful eye on Zack Snyder as a filmmaker. I found Watchmen to be a fantastic adaption of the comic, despite some minor flaws. 300 blew me away with how Snyder was able to stylize action scenes without resorting to cheap editing tricks. And who doesn’t love Dawn of the Dead?

But something strange happens when you hand a guy the keys to one of the most important film franchises of all time after he doesn’t do a stellar job the first time with Man of Steel. And we’re starting to see some of that piping bowl of crazy that occurs when people expect a human being to be…well, Superman.

Now, I’m not here to review Batman v Superman, as I haven’t seen it yet and don’t have an opinion. But analyzing some of the conversation and buzz surrounding this film, you’d think that the Marvel Civil War was already happening, but between fans and critics, with Jon Negroni swooping in Snarcasm style whispering,

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First, let’s take a look at Snyder’s first…decision. Sadie Gennis reported this story on TV Guide:

Zack Snyder Explains Why Grant Gustin Isn’t The Flash in Batman v Superman

That’s…an interesting topic to bring up during the marketing of your prequel to what you hope to be an Avengers-level success. But fine, let’s discuss this because it’s been bothering huge Grant Gustin fans like me since episode one.

Snyder: I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where [Gustin’s The Flash would work]… that [tone is] not our world.

Really? The main character of an extremely successful TV show doesn’t “fit” in a universe where you’re repeatedly striking out with feature films? Gee, maybe Gustin isn’t a good fit for Snyder?

To be fair, the main consensus from critics and fans alike (so far) is that Ben Affleck makes a great Batman, so that casting decision is at least solid. Same goes for Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. But what strikes me as insane is how one of the comic relief characters of this DC team has to fit a darker, more serious tone.

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“Look! He smirked! NOT SERIOUS ENOUGH.”

I think most people who’ve actually watched The Flash would agree that Gustin has plenty of talent, CW resume notwithstanding. He’s certainly capable enough to contend with the writing of David Goyer, who managed to warp Ma and Pa Kent into nihilistic psychopaths.

Snyder: Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse [idea], so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.

It’s this kind of tone-deaf logic that continuously turns me off to Snyder has a director. He has no sense of momentum or build up, because if he did, he’d understand that the payoff of connecting a well-established and successful TV series with a movie that extends the scope of these characters would more than surpass the milestones set by The Avengers.

It’s not possible? Neither is making a Justice League movie feel earned when we know absolutely nothing about these individual characters going in. And if Batman v Superman is as mediocre as the critics claim, then maybe Gustin is better off.

Sadly, that’s not all, folks. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Snyder commented on the bizarre collateral damage of Man of Steel:

Snyder was mystified when someone told him that they couldn’t think of a movie in recent memory that’s had as much collateral damage as “Man of Steel.” “I went, really? And I said, well, what about [‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’]?” the director says. “In ‘Star Wars’ they destroy five planets with billions of people on them. That’s gotta be one of the highest death toll movies in history, the new ‘Star Wars’ movie, if you just do the math.”

There’s more to this than I think a lot of people are grasping. Because at first glance, it may seem that Snyder is completely off his rocker, considering the damage done in Force Awakens was inflicted by the villain, so the analogy makes no sense.

People aren’t put off by collateral damage because there’s a lot of it. They were annoyed that it was mostly caused by Superman, and he spent more time punching Zod through presumably filled skyscrapers without stopping to consider his actions or show any restraint. He doesn’t even attempt to move the fight away from the populated area.

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“Eh, I’m sure no one was in there.”

But something else is even more irritating, and that’s the context of his answer. Snyder is simply playing a math game, assuming the person making the comment was merely saying that the damage done in Man of Steel is comical because of its size, and Snyder’s first reaction is to correct him, not try to understand the criticism.

This gets to the heart of Snyder’s bizarre personality as a filmmaker who seems to have zero self-awareness. He makes the same mistakes in every movie because his apparent arrogance keeps convincing him that everyone else is wrong, and he’s right. It’s this kind of confidence that probably keeps him employed, but how long can this hold up?

In this same interview, Snyder admits that he crafted this superhero universe as an intended continuation of themes he explored in Watchmen. And here’s what he thinks about the obvious criticism that comes with this weird mixing of two polar-opposite franchises:

“I was surprised with the fervency of the defense of the concept of Superman,” Snyder says of his detractors. “I feel like they were taking it personally that I was trying to grow up their character.”

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“33 years old to be exact. Not like Jesus, though.”

Look, Superman has changed plenty of times over the years, and very few people are against taking some creative liberties with the character. But when you warp the identity and motivations of the most popular superhero of all time in order to balance it nicely with the purposefully grim superhero movie you made seven years ago, then don’t get offended when the obvious backlash comes.

In other words, take your own advice.

People aren’t taking it personally that you’re “growing up their character.” They’re taking it personally that you don’t even seem to care about what they think.

That said, I still hope I enjoy Batman v Superman. I may not like Snyder at all right now, but I’d much rather have a great time watching two of my favorite characters on the big screen than shake my head in disappointment. Unfortunately, nothing about any of his decisions so far have lead me to get my hopes up.


Hey! If you’ve come across a silly article that deserves the Snarcasm treatment, send it my way via Twitter or the comments below!

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No More Questions: Ben Affleck from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

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Welcome to No More Questions, where I ask the stars you know and love everything you want to know and love.

Tracking down Ben Affleck was the easy part. Getting him to sit still for at least 30 seconds was a challenge, for reasons that pertain to some subject matter I purposefully avoided mentioning. OK, his divorce.

Being unfaithful to Jennifer Garner aside, Affleck was gracious enough to believe that I really am a professional reporter for Jetset Online Network (or JON for short), and we had a remarkable conversation about life, family, fortune, and other topics that overtly sidestep his involvement in Daredevil.

Note: No More Questions is satire. It does not reflect the actual views of Ben Affleck, Jon Negroni, or anyone else mentioned in this interview. Some of the content in this interview comes from actual quotes by Ben Affleck in other interviews. Seriously. 

JN: What would you say is your biggest missed opportunity? Aside from not being the official sponsor of Aflac. 

BA: (shoots me a puzzled look) You know, it’s crazy what kind of stuff I’ve turned down. Some of it good, some of it bad.

JN: The Internet thinks most of it is bad. And that you’re bad as a person. Can you speak to that?

BA: Haters gonna hate, I guess. Maybe those Internets you mentioned should go to Blockbuster and rent Argo (laughs unironically).

JN: Ben…

BA: Yeah?

JN: You…you know what the Internet is, right? And that Blockbuster has been out of business for years because of…the Internet…

BA: What? Oh, yeah. Sure. The Internet is such an important thing, you know (looks around the room, dazed).

JN: So then, you’ve never seen this (hands Ben a picture of him and Matt Damon as Batman and Robin).

BA: Where did you get this.

JN: The Internet, Ben. It’s been making fun of you for years. Here’s a GIF of you two running (shows Ben the GIF).

BA: What’s a gaffe? What?

JN: You have a history of dating your costars, Benjamin. After shooting Batman v Superman, would you say you’re closer to a relationship with Henry Cavill or Jesse Eisenberg?

BA: Amy Adams, for sure. Actually, forget I said that. This isn’t on record, right?

JN: Is this because you and Henry look so alike? 

BA: (thinks intensely) Actually, that’s not so bad. It’s like looking into an even more attractive mirror.

JN: So you have no problem with the main characters of this big budget superhero movie being two white guys with dark hair? 

BA: You never asked that.

JN: Don’t avoid the question like it’s a call from Aflac.

BA: (leans in) Don’t tell me what to do. My lawyers got me a story credit on Good Will Hunting, pal.

JN: Most people hate the idea of you playing Batman. Do you think this is personal, or because they just hate you?

BA: With Batman, you have to be identifiable. For me, hooking into this character had more to do with…he’s a human being. He’s an easier entree.

JN: So people will eat him up? 

BA: Yeah, not like Green Inferno eating up, but like maybe Hostel?

JN: I didn’t want to bring this up, but now I’m hungry. Do you blame yourself for Daredevil

BA: Daredevil didn’t work at all, man. It was made before people figured out that you could make these movies and make them well.

JN: How would you make Daredevil now?

BA: Easy. I’d cast Charlie Cox and deliver the whole thing on like maybe a service that sends you DVDs in the mail. Have it tie in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All that jazz.

JN: That’s already a thing on Netflix, Ben. 

BA: Net what?

JN: Who are you rooting for in this fight? Batman or Superman?

BA: Uh, that’s a stupid question for a lot of reasons.

JN: I know. Just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention. Alright (clears throat), how positive are you that this new Batman is even close to transcending the performance of George Clooney?

BA: I’m not sure who that is, but let me just say that there is something about Batman as both a superhero and a normal man with vulnerabilities and weaknesses like we all have that makes his appeal kind of enduring, because he is not just super, he is also like us.

JN: We’re all rich orphans?

BA: Exactly, exactly.

JN: Ben, we have a surprise guest waiting just outside the door thanks to my clever idea to leave a sandwich right by the doorknob. He should be finished by now, so come on in, Henry Cavill!

HC: (walks in with his mouth stuffed) heyff effreyonff.

BA: I thought this was just you and me?

JN: Easy, Ben. Leave the duking it out for the major motion picture (laughs slightly). Henry, tell me something personal about Ben he made you promise not to tell anyone.

HC: (nods casually) No problem. His favorite episode of Hart of Dixie is actually—

(Ben and I gasp)

JN: You have an accent? 

BA: Since when?

HC: Since when? Ben, we shot the film together for months. You held my baby girl in your arms.

BA: Uh, you don’t have any kids, Henry. You’re not even engaged anymore.

HC: She’ll come around.

JN: Guys, we can talk about our personal lives once The View finally buys me out. For now, let’s talk about the movie. What was that episode of Hart of Dixie?

BA: (points to Henry) NO! Don’t do it, pal.

HC: (chuckles) Why, would it tear you apart? Like your nanny?

(Ben and I in unison): Whoaaaa, hey whoaaaa /JN: Not cool, man.

HC: We’re like brothers! Everyone on set called us Hen Affleck and Benry Cavill.

BA: That never happened once.

JN: Did…did your “fiancé” call you that, Henry?

HC: What? Oh, well…

BA: Is she in the room right now, H-Bomb?

(Henry starts sobbing in Ben’s arms)

JN: Well, that’s all the time we have today for No More Questions. Guys, thanks for getting to the real talk and letting people know why they should watch Batman v Superman.

BA: Anytime. I’m being serious, actually.

HC: (choking through the tears) I really like the name of your magazine.


Batman v Superman opens worldwide on March 25, 2016.

I’m Jon and thanks for reading this. You can subscribe to my posts by clicking “Follow” in the right sidebar. Or just say hey on Twitter! @JonNegroni

No More Questions: Shailene Woodley from ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’

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Welcome to No More Questions, where I ask the stars you know and love everything you want to know and love.

I think we can all agree that an interview with Miles Teller would’ve been unpleasant and boring, so I disguised myself as Molly Ringwald’s agent and stood next to a Starbucks community board in Beverly Hills until Shailene Woodley just had to talk to me.

We sat down and discussed her new movie The Divergent Series: Allegiant based on the novel “Hunger Games” by Sapphire, as well as some other things you actually care about.

Note: No More Questions is satire. It does not reflect the actual views of Shailene Woodley, Jon Negroni, or anyone else mentioned in this interview. Some of the content in this interview comes from actual quotes by Shailene Woodley in other interviews. Seriously. 

JN: I have to admit something Shia LaWoodley. 

SW: …?

JN: I’ve never done a No More Questions interview with someone younger than me. I hope I don’t break the law here…

SW: We’re both adults, so there’s nothing to worry about.

JN: Hey, whoa, Shia. Are you hitting on me? Because—

SW: No.

JN: A lot of people don’t like you, but they have a hard time articulating why they don’t like you. Do you know why?

SW: Do I know why people can’t explain why they don’t like me? That’s what you’re asking?

JN: Apparently, both of us are.

SW: I suppose it’s my…

JN: …voice

SW: …acting prowess…

JN: (laughs) 

SW: …are we going to talk about the movie at some point?

JN: So Shaileancuisine, how has being the star of a young adult book franchise that most people hate changed your life? 

SW: I don’t feel like my life has changed at all.

JN: Not at all? Because your haircut begs to differ.

SW: I’ve changed a lot because I’ve grown in the last four years. But my values, my morals, what I stand for, hasn’t changed because of this movie. I feel blessed because I have more opportunities artistically.

JN: Are you saying Divergent is…art?

SW: (laughs) No, of course not. I just have the name recognition to do better work now.

JN: Now you can make those dollas! 

(we high five, but Shailene is clearly more into it than I am)

JN: It’s clear that no one takes Divergent seriously at this point. So why do you think celebrated actors like Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kate Winslet, and even Jeff Daniels keep showing up in these things?

SW: I have a few theories on this because it baffles me, too. Like first day on set, I said to Kate Winslet, “Why are you even here? It’s not like you started out as an extra on Degrassi.”

But then I looked over and saw Jai Courtney by craft services, and Miles Teller and I sort of looked at each other and in unison went, “Ohhhhhhhh.”

JN: But Jailene Woodley—er—Jai Courtney isn’t in this next movie…

SW: You’re welcome.

JN: Let’s just be honest Shirelene, you’re quite attractive. But not obviously attractive. Would you say that this has hurt or helped your career, disregarding The Spectacular Now?

SW: I’m glad you brought that up, because ever since The Secret Life of the American Teenager, I’ve had trouble looking at myself in the mirror. But for whatever reason, my boyfriends from other movies keep showing up in the same movie with me.

JN: You don’t seem weirded out by it. You…seem to like it.

SW: Wouldn’t you?

JN: (I look down at my shoes for some reason) What would you say is your worst movie? 

SW: I get this question a lot, but the answer always changes. Recently, I said Fault in Our Stars because I was having a conversation with Willem Dafoe and needed him to stop crashing on my couch. Before that, I told everyone The Descendents so Willem Dafoe would get jealous.

JN: Yes, I’ve read on Reddit that it’s a great couch. What was your first thought of me? 

SW: Like, as a person?

JN: Little bit of this, little bit of that.

SW: Well, the eyeliner wasn’t necessary. I’ve never seen Molly’s agent wear it.

JN: I wanted you to think I was unpredictable.

SW: I don’t.

JN: What gives you the right to judge me? 

SW: I make more money than you, for one thing.

JN: True, but I’ve been on fewer garbage TV shows.

MT: BURN!

JN: What? Is that Miles Teller I see?

(Miles Teller walks in)

MT: Hey guys, what’s relevant?

JN: Shaimean-to-Jon was just talking about how her career has been mostly terrible.

MT: True, true.

SW: Miles…

MT: I know, I know. I’ll be off your couch soon. J.K. and I—

SW: He’s not going to let you use his shower again. It’s been two years.

MT: I GOT HIM AN OSCAR.

JN: I’m sensing a lot of tension here, guys. Sparks between your characters in Allegiant? Might as well go full Hunger Games at this point. 

SW: No love triangles, or I walk. That’s in the contract.

(Miles shakes his head at this obvious bluff).

JN: Speaking of better franchises, a lot of people — mostly me — like to compare movies to famous soda brands. Between Divergent and Hunger Games, which of you is Coke and which is Diet Coke?

MT: (barely holding in laughter) Is Pepsi OK?

(Miles and I start laughing uncontrollably)

SW: Well, Hunger Games should be Diet Coke right? Because they’re already hungry?

(Miles and I stop laughing and just stare at her)

JN: Have you…seen Hunger Games?

SW: OK, um. You guys should know. I’ve never watched a movie before. Not even a TV show.

(Miles and I look at each other)

In Unison: Ohhhhhhhhhh. /MT: that explains it.


The Divergent Series: Allegiant opens worldwide on March 18, 2016.

I’m Jon and thanks for reading this. You can subscribe to my posts by clicking “Follow” in the right sidebar. Or just say hey on Twitter! @JonNegroni

 

No More Questions: Ginnifer Goodwin from ‘Zootopia’

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Welcome to No More Questions, where I ask the stars you know and love everything you want to know and love.

This week, Ginnifer Goodwin was kind enough to forget to fire her publicist for letting me get her personal phone number in order to mass text her enough times to land this interview.

Lending her vocal talents to the upcoming Disney animated movie, Zootopia, Ginnifer spills the beans on bunnies, rabbits, hares, and the differences between them that shape our existential moralities.

Just kidding! We talk about Josh Dallas a lot.

*Note: No More Questions is satire. It does not reflect the actual views of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jon Negroni, or anyone else mentioned in this interview. Some of the content in this interview comes from actual quotes by Ginnifer in other interviews. Seriously. 

JN: Hi Ginevra. How do you react when people confuse you with Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ginny Weasly in the Harry Potter films? 

GG: Well, I don’t go by Ginny, so that’s an odd question. And her name is Ginevra, but mine’s Ginnifer (laughs, sort of). What’s going on right now?

JN: I can’t speak for readers at home, but we’re all sort of wondering why you changed your name from “Jennifer.” 

GG: (squints) It’s not a secret. I changed it to match the dialect of “Ginnifer.” Anyway, I’d love to talk about my character in Zootopia

JN: (SINGS) this is utooooopia, let’s make a brand new start.

GG: Is…is that the theme song from that reality show, Utopia?

JN: You play a bunny police officer with hundreds of brothers and sisters. Yet you’re the center of your parents’ attention to the point where they leave them unattended during the entirety of your school play. Do you feel guilty for this level of narcissism?

GG: Who, me? Or the character?

JN: Let’s say both. 

GG: Judy’s parents love all their children equally, first of all. And it’s funny you bring up Judy being the main character, because not many people realize that originally, Nick the fox was the protagonist while I played more of a sidekick.

JN: Until you pushed him aside so you could wax your ego.

GG: No! Disney realized that this version of the movie was too bleak, so they repurposed the story.

JN: OK, but what did you do to Jason Bateman that nearly got him fired from the gig?

GG: I really shouldn’t say.

JN: You can just whisper it to me, and I won’t put it in.

GG: (thinks for a second) No…no, let’s not do that.

JN: How do you respond to the people who think Zootopia is the worst movie of all time?

GG: Well, I haven’t heard anyone say that. What’s great about the movie is how it has so many themes. And some of these themes contradict each other in amazing ways.

JN: Sort of how you’ve been contradicting yourself during this entire interview. 

GG: Just like that! (Laughs and tries to get me to laugh as well, but I don’t) And I can’t wait for a sequel.

JN: Sure, lots of people are engaging in sequel talk, only for a different Ginnifer Goodwin movie. 

GG: What?

JN: Sure, yeah. The He’s Just Not That Into You follow up where you’re the one the dude just isn’t that into. Well, I guess that means it’s about the same as the last one. 

GG: (glances at publicist) You didn’t tell him to avoid a bringing that up?!

(Indiscernible dialogue)

GG: You’re fired again.

JN: Do you think people like you more now that you have blonde hair? 

GG: (Eyes bulge and roll around) I think Judy is like a half-glass-full kind of bunny. Sort of like me.

JN: But the dye you used wasn’t half-full, for sure. 

GG: It’s all about teamwork. Judy learns this lesson throughout Zootopia.

JN: You’re ignoring me more than your daughter in Once Upon a Time

GG: Look, it’s not my fault that the evil queen forced Emma away from me and—

JN: Ginny…

GG: What.

JN: You’re ginsplaining again.

GG: What.

JN: It’s how we refer to your personality on social media platforms. When you start going off on fictional tangents, we say you’re ginsplaining. It used to be called jensplaining, but…

GG: Anyway, Zootopia is great because it’s as much of an adventure film as it is a comedy, and at the same time I cried when I read the script.

JN: So Zootopia has no focus? Why would you say something negative about the movie you’re promoting?

GG: I’m not—

JN: Ginsplaining?

GG: (silence)

JN: Why don’t we see any reptiles or birds in Zootopia, a movie about diversity?

GG: Well, maybe in a future film—

JN: You’ll kick the can down the road Oscars-style, huh? 

GG: There’s a lot of opportunity in how—

JN: And what about bugs?

GG: I don’t—

JN: What will these animals eat if they can’t eat each other? Or bugs?

GG: I think A Bug’s Life paints a good picture of how—

JN: What’s it like dating a co-star on set?

GG: Oh, thank goodness, a real question. Josh and I fell in love in 2011.

JN: Before you changed your name…

GG: No, I was Ginnifer at this point.

JN: Does Josh know…

GG: Well, it’s not that important.

JN: How would you feel if you found out he was Josh Peck this entire time?

GG: I’d be horrified.

JN: Look, as an extra on Full House, I know something about dating your co-star. 

GG: You dated one of the Olsen twins?

JN: Well, not one of them. Who’s conducting this interview?

GG: This isn’t an interview.

JN: That’s the most honest thing you’ve said all day. Well, that’s all the time we have with Jennifer Goodwin. Thank you so much for being on the show, and don’t forget to watch Zootopia at some point! 

GG: Who are you talking to?


 

Zootopia opens worldwide on March 4, 2016.

I’m Jon and thanks for reading this. You can subscribe to my posts by clicking “Follow” in the right sidebar. Or just say hey on Twitter! @JonNegroni

No More Questions: Gerard Butler from ‘Gods of Egypt’

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Welcome to No More Questions, where I ask the actors you know and love everything you want to know and love…

This week, let’s give a big round of Internet applause to sometimes-celebrated actor, Gerard Butler!

*Note: No More Questions is satire. It does not reflect the actual views of Gerard Butler, Jon Negroni, or anyone else mentioned in this interview. Some of the content in this interview comes from actual quotes by Gerard Butler in 2016. Seriously. 

JN: Can I call you Gerry? 

GB: No.

JN: Gerry, your new film, Gods of Egypt, premieres this Friday — or Thursday depending on how optimistic you are about people seeing it. Are you happy you made this movie? 

GB: Yeah.

JN: Really? There’s been some controversy…

GB: Well, I just want to point out—

JN: —surrounding your surfing incident in 2012.

GB: Oh, that. Well, I’m clean now, so…

JN: And we’re all happy about that. Do you think it affected the quality of Chasing Mavericks overall?

GB: You…you saw Chasing Mavericks?

JN: Next question. People are saying that it’s odd for you to be playing an Egyptian God thing considering your non-Egyptian likeness. 

GB: Well, Gods of Egypt is mythology. Not historical fiction.

JN: Please, Gerry, we all know what this is about. How long has this feud between you and Joel Edgerton been going on?

GB: I just don’t understand why he gets a pass for playing Ramses. He’s Australian, which is way farther from Egypt than Scotland.

JN: Well, he did also make The Gift, so I think we like him again. What would you say was your biggest accomplishment of 2015? Besides the DVD sales of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

GB: I spent most of 2015 filming a few new movies that are coming out this year.

JN: That’s right. London is Falling Down comes out next month. 

GB: No, it’s London Has Fallen.

JN: How did you react when Brenda Song from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody was cast as your love interest? 

GB: Confused, but they changed it so…

JN: Do you blame yourself for Gamer

GB: No, I blame Ludacris. Can I talk about Gods of Egypt now?

JN: Is that what you really want. 

GB: You just phrased that question like a statement.

JN: This. Is. A question. 

GB: Gods of Egypt is about characters, you know? And this amazing journey they go on together. One’s a mortal and one’s an immortal—

JN: That’s great and no one cares, but just let me know right now, Gerry. Sequel plans for Phantom of the Opera

GB: …they learn what life is about and what they can learn from each other. And since you brought it up, it’s akin to the relationship between the Phantom and Christine.

JN: You’re Christine in this case? 

GB: No, that would be Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

JN: Eh? 

GB: Sorry, the Game of Thrones guy. Anyway, it’s fun to be the villain in Gods of Egypt. I get to be such a  badass again.

JN: He reminds me of your character from The Ugly Truth. Wow, how many movies have you done, Gerry? 

GB: Just call me Mr. Butler. And I stopped keeping count in 2006.

JN: Would you say that your character in Gods of Egypt is a personified weapon?

GB: Yes! Exactly, that’s exactly right!

JN: Ha, well then I just won a bet. Hey Adonis, get over here. 

AG: What’s up.

JN: I was right the other day when I said Gerard Butler thinks of his character in Gods of Egypt as a weapon personified.

AG: Is that him over there?

JN: Yeah.

AG: Why does he look so angry?

JN: We were just talking about…

AG: …The Ugly Truth?

(laugh in agreement)

GB: Can I talk about my character, Set, again?

JN: Wait, his name is “Set?”

GB: Yeah, he’s the god of darkness.

JN: And film studio sets? 

AG: No, Jon. He’s clearly the god of volleyball.

JN: Then he would be the god of matches, DONIS. 

GB: He’s the god of darkness!

JN: Seth is? 

GB: No, it’s Set.

JN: But Seth. 

GB: Fine, his name is Seth. Now, his best aspect is how—

JN: This is a real character? Seth, I mean. 

GB: Yes, based on real Egyptian mythology.

AG: That’s offensive to Egyptians.

GB: What, the fact that this movie set in Africa stars two white guys?

AG: No, calling him Seth.

GB: Fine, whatever. Set or “Seth” is the god of storms, the desert, and overall disorder.

JN: Earlier, you said darkness. 

GB: It’s an array of things.

JN: (whispers to Adonis) more like the god of confusion. 

GB: Anyway, Set is just a bad dude and longtime rival of Horus, god of the sky.

JN: He’s the bad guy in the movie? 

GB: No, I am.

JN: Aw, but you’re so sweet. 

GB: (coughs) Well, uh, thank you. Horus is represented by a falcon, and they nail that aesthetic with…with uh…

JN: Game of Thrones guy? 

GB: Yes, thank you.

JN: Is there any…(laughs)…room for romance between your characters? 

GB: What? No! Set—

JN: —Seth

GB: Seth is a dangerous and powerful ruler! He doesn’t love anyone!

JN: (leans over to Adonis) Formulaic. 

AG: I know right.

GB: What makes him unique is the sadness I bring to the character, because he’s very tragic.

JN: So Law Abiding Citizen meets 300

GB: Well…um…I guess.

AG: I’d see that.

JN: Mr. Butler, thank you so much for coming on No More Questions. Can’t wait to have you back for London is Falling Around.

GB: I can.


Gods of Egypt is set to release worldwide on February 26, 2016.

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