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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2011, 05:43:09 PM »

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=74982

(link to this may have been posted before ....sorry for redundancy)

Hey Brit, this is the one I was saying is my favorite of the interviews with Ray so far.  Keep track of it so when you get your cable service straightened out you can watch it. :)

Thanks, wing.  I was able to cable internet yesterday, and watched the interview, which was a great one.  But what was with the stubble?  It made me wonder when it was taped.

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I hope you were not aiming the question about stubble to me.. my only answer would be "lack of shaving"
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2011, 05:50:42 PM »

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/newton/articles/2011/03/20/ray_stevenson_discusses_his_acting_career_including_his_starring_role_in_kill_the_irishman/

Complex, compelling stories
The drive to act has led Ray Stevenson to the lead role in ‘Kill the Irishman’
NEW YORK — Ray Stevenson looks like a tough guy when he strolls into an Irish pub in Times Square wearing a leather jacket and motorcycle boots while reeking of cigarettes.


Then he plops down at a table, smiles brightly and flashes an iPhone with a photograph of a small, towheaded child.

“That’s my boy,’’ he says, beaming down at the phone. “I just got to say goodnight to him. It’s very important.’’

It turns out Stevenson is quite sentimental and philosophical, nothing like the real-life criminal Danny Greene, whom he plays in “Kill the Irishman,’’ which opened Friday.

The film, set in Cleveland in the late 1970s, is based on the turf war between Greene, an Irish mobster, and the Mafia. After Greene breaks with the mob, it makes several attempts to kill him, including bombing his house and car.

Two of the film’s producers, Bart Rosenblatt and Jonathan Dana, are Newton natives. Rich Freeman, who works for the production company, Code Entertainment, is also from Newton.

Rosenblatt says the three did not know each other before they began working together, but says a staggering number of people in the film industry, including movie executive Peter Guber, come from Newton.

“It’s amazing — every time I go to a meeting I run into someone who tells me he’s from Newton,’’ Rosenblatt says, laughing. “My partner, who is not from Newton, always asks ‘How many people from Newton can you possibly run into?’ ’’

The producers were drawn to the Danny Greene story because, as they researched the film, they discovered the character was complex and compelling.

“When we were making the movie we were very concerned about making him look like too much of a hero, because he wasn’t a hero — he was a bad guy,’’ Rosenblatt says. “We talked to a lot of people who were around back then who told us people in the city loved him, even though he did terrible things.’’

For Stevenson, the challenge was to convey Greene’s humanity while not glossing over his evil, murderous nature.

“Couched in this American mobster’s tale is this human story,’’ Stevenson explains. “We don’t apologize for him or try to glorify him. He was a career criminal — he was a violent man who did violent things. He made Cleveland the bomb capital of the US, with 36 bombs going off in the summer of 1976. These are horrific, violent acts; and yet, at the core of it, this man goes through an incredible journey. The human story is a man who finds himself, within his world, which is the underbelly of society.’’

Given the amount of time the Irish-born actor spends thinking about his own journey, it’s not surprising he took the time to focus on Greene’s. Stevenson, 46, moved to England at 8 and decided he wanted to act. But, because money was scarce, he thought his goals were too lofty.

“I wanted to be an actor — I just didn’t tell anybody,’’ Stevenson says. “It didn’t seem to be a viable choice or an option. Growing up on the streets of Newcastle, we were too busy getting from week to week to have such grand aspirations or dreams.’’

Yet, by the time he turned 25, he realized he could no longer suppress his passion and enrolled in acting school. “After two weeks in school I realized my goose is cooked — I have to pursue this.

“It was kind of like staring into the abyss and thinking I had this big decision to make,’’ he adds. “But when I look back I realize I’d already made the decision — I just had to accept it.’’

Since graduating, he’s worked steadily, but feels as if the work comes in waves, giving his professional life a “feast or famine’’ quality. In addition to “Kill the Irishman,’’ Stevenson appears in “Thor,’’ starring Natalie Portman, and “The Three Musketeers,’’ with Orlando Bloom, both of which will be released later this year. Last year he appeared in “The Other Guys,’’ with Will Ferrell, and “The Book of Eli,’’ starring Denzel Washington. From 2005 to 2007 he starred in the HBO series “Rome.’’

“I have always felt like I had a good body of work behind and a good body of work ahead, and that’s been enough,’’ he says. “But now it’s about raising my profile. So the next job has to do that. The right job will present itself and, if I’m quiet enough to listen, it will be obvious.’’

Judy Abel can be reached at judy abel22@gmail.com.

© Copyright 2011 Globe Newspaper Company.
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2011, 09:36:45 AM »


“I have always felt like I had a good body of work behind and a good body of work ahead, and that’s been enough,’’ he says. “But now it’s about raising my profile. So the next job has to do that. The right job will present itself and, if I’m quiet enough to listen, it will be obvious.’’



We are :pray:, Ray, that your next job will raise your profile even more!


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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2011, 03:11:25 AM »

 :wave:

I only have access to a PC at work at the mo so *looks around furtively* I have to be quick.

I've been watching / reading Ray's interviews as and when. I want to fill pages and pages and spout forth as much admiration for the guy and his work and his wonderfully deserved success as I can but alas, I can only say how engaging and passionate and down-to-earth and interesting and.. well I'm just beaming with happiness that we have Raynews. And endorsements from Rick Porrello that he's a wonderful guy and actor. Glad you've joined the ranks of admirers, Rick  :snog:

:think: Feast or famine for an actor eh? Try being a bloomin' RayVer! *snork*
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2011, 09:37:48 AM »

http://www.shortandsweetnyc.com/2011/03/director-jonathan-hensleigh-and-ray-stevenson-on-kill-the-irishman/


Director Jonathan Hensleigh and Ray Stevenson on Kill the Irishman
By: Tim Needles

I recently had a chance to talk with some of the cast and crew from the new film Kill the Irishman.  Here’s a short interview with director Jonathan Hensleigh who produced films such as: Gone in Sixty Seconds and Con Air and was the screenwriter for films such as: Jumanji, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Armageddon along with actor Ray Stevenson who you might know from his roles as: Titus Pullo in the HBO series Rome, Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone, or as Roger Wesley, the private security guard who strips Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg of their weapons and shoes in The Other Guys. Both of these figures have had a good deal of success despite getting into the industry late, so I spoke to them about the experience, their future, and the film which opened this weekend in New York.

I read that you started out as a lawyer and segued into a writer, how difficult was that process?  Had you always wanted to be a screenwriter and director?

Jonathan Hensleigh (JH): It’s been so long since I made the transition, I wanted to write professionally but when I was 18, 19, 20 I lacked the courage and I didn’t, I knew it was hard to break in and I didn’t want to spend those years of my life trying to do that, I didn’t follow my calling out of fear so I took the easier route.  I practiced law for a couple of years and then I reached a stage of maturity and a financial state that I could make the transition and I did.

It’s really amazing, very encouraging.

JH: Oh, well cheers!?  I did it a little later in life.

Do you think that makes a difference in your work? That you were ready for it?

JH: Yeah, absolutely.  I think that I was, I broke in when I was 31 and I didn’t go to film school, I didn’t do anything, I just sat down and started writing scripts and screen plays.  I had written a novel, I had written a three act stage play but I had not written screenplays.  I just immersed myself and went after it.

How much did you think about the genre of gangster films while working on this because this film sort of fits in the genre in an interesting way?  When I was thinking about the movie Goodfellas, your film certainly came to mind but Kill The Irishman has its own place in a blue collar, “soda bread gangster” way that I haven’t seen before.  Did you think a lot about the genre?

JH: Yeah, you can’t not think about it, it’s impossible to make a picture like this and not have it in the back of your mind and it has been dominated by Martin Scorsese for good reason, you know the pictures are extraordinary.  The pictures that Marin Scorsese has made about organized crime in this county are considered some of the finest films ever made in America so it’s daunting, it’s challenging you know but you gotta make a move so if I did anything to create a movie that stands on its own, I’m proud.  I do think that Kill The Irishman does have, has a unique tone, I do and I think that it has a very, very nice set of performances by the wonderful ensemble cast that you don’t see every day.

In this film was there a concern at all that you might have glorified Danny Greene too much?

JH: Yes, yes and that was part of the internal debate and because there were a number of people in Cleveland, remember this didn’t happen that long ago so there are people that Dan Greene’s violent actions harmed who are alive and well in Cleveland, and Danny Greene was a violent man, he was a murderer but there is a duality to the human character at times.  He is also a man who did subsidize the education of orphan children in Collinwood, he did pass out 50 turkeys on Christmas and 50 turkeys on Thanksgiving. It sounds quaint but these were acts of kindness that were very appreciated in those impoverished neighborhoods, so it really happened, you know, these are historically confirmed facts and we just tried to strike a balance I guess.

You started acting a little later than most people. How hard was it to break in for you and how much does that change your mentality when approaching a role?

Ray Stevenson (RS): Well, it was the right time for me, I think early on when I would go to some audition meetings, I’d recognize everybody. I lost jobs to people who are more recognized and indeed it still happens now where the money people will say “yeah but we want Nick Cage for this job because he’s going to bring us the box office.”  That’s the nature of the business you know. You just gotta maintain your faith and know if it’s right.  Acting is not a competition, it’s just got different rules and any business is the same- businesses make decisions for one reason or another, not [always] because this is the right product, like beta max. Beta max was a far better system than VHS, but VHS won the war, you know it won the marketing campaign and now where’s VHS?  But the people made their money from it so if you were a DVD back in VHS days, you’d [say] “why can’t they see how brilliant I am?”  One day!  Just suck it up and get on with it and enjoy your career that you’re having, cause that’s the one you’re having, not the one you think you should be having.

But you gotta be happy now. I mean this movie really showcases your talent.

RS: Oh yeah, I’m very happy, it’s great, I’ve been able to keep myself busy for the next couple of years and I have a good body of work behind me.  I’ve worked with some great people, which it’s all about and I’ve got the biggest production happening in 3 weeks time, my second boy, yeah so talk about productions, that’s a big production, boom!

What other new projects do you have coming?

RS: Three Musketeers in 3D is  coming out at the end of the year, Paul Anderson directed it and it’s going to be a lot of fun, all sorts of flashing swords and everything and I get to bring my poor-thoughted- sexiness with a tendency toward violence.  I know it sounds cliché, we’re fielding a few things at the minute, I’m at that position now where, it’s who I work with next and what we get involved with, it’s nice, it’s a great position to be in.  I’ve got enough work now where people can see that I can change between- it’s not like in the next movie he wears a blue suit- Ken Branagh said (while filming Thor) “I know you’re a big strapping lad but I’m going to put you in a big fat suit, you’ll be great!”  My agent’s going “you know people won’t recognize you, what if they don’t recognize you?” I said, “I don’t give a damn!”  I said who else is going to give me a chance to put on a big fat suit and ham it up!  Right?  It’s what we’ve been aiming for. Now the industry out there in LA, they know me, moviemakers know me, it’s seeing what’s going to come next, who knows?  I could play a midget, I’m classically trained, if they make everyone really big around me, it could be done.  Will Ferrell played Elf, you never know, it could be a lady, a very tall, deep voiced lady, who knows, but it’s been great, it does veer from feast to famine. That’s the nature of the beast.  It’s good, I support my family and do what I love to do and that’s sort of the biggest complement you can ever get from life, that you get to do it.



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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2011, 10:21:48 AM »

"    RS: Oh yeah, I’m very happy, it’s great, I’ve been able to keep myself busy for the next couple of years and I have a good body of work behind me.  I’ve worked with some great people, which it’s all about and I’ve got the biggest production happening in 3 weeks time, my second boy, yeah so talk about productions, that’s a big production, boom!    "

*Gorges at feast of Raynews*

Yaaaaay! Congratulations to the SteVenson family! That's magic news. But why didn't Ray and Betta wait for a surprise at the birth?! I can never understand wanting to know the sex of a baby in advance, personally. The surprise made mine and hubby's magic moment infinitely more magic but hey, that's me   :)

Ahahahaha! A big production... boom? Shouldn't that be a "bang", Ray *snork*

As ever, Ray's interviews are engaging and insightful *could read them forever* and can only make one admire his refreshingly honest philosophy and attitude and approach to life   :ray:

Edited to say I'm still sniggering at the mental image of Ray... as a midget...  :giggly:
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2011, 06:06:20 PM »

>>>Now the industry out there in LA, they know me, moviemakers know me, it’s seeing what’s going to come next, who knows?...Will Ferrell played Elf, you never know, it could be a lady, a very tall, deep voiced lady, who knows, but it’s been great, it does veer from feast to famine. That’s the nature of the beast....<<<

 :D I remember that one of the ladies who used to frequent this site said once that she was about 6/8" (? I think?  :think: ) I wish she were still around. *wonders what happened to her*

*sure that Ray would be very amusing as a very tall, deep-voiced lady*  ;D

Love indulging myself in a Ray feast. :drool: If only I had enough opportunity to indulge it all at once. Thanks for sharing, all!  :snog:

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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2011, 06:19:26 PM »

>>>Now the industry out there in LA, they know me, moviemakers know me, it’s seeing what’s going to come next, who knows?...Will Ferrell played Elf, you never know, it could be a lady, a very tall, deep voiced lady, who knows, but it’s been great, it does veer from feast to famine. That’s the nature of the beast....<<<

 :D I remember that one of the ladies who used to frequent this site said once that she was about 6/8" (? I think?  :think: ) I wish she were still around. *wonders what happened to her*

*sure that Ray would be very amusing as a very tall, deep-voiced lady*  ;D

Love indulging myself in a Ray feast. :drool: If only I had enough opportunity to indulge it all at once. Thanks for sharing, all!  :snog:

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Just wanted to make sure that people knew that the lady I mentioned (who used to frequent this site) said she was only teasing when she said she was 6'8". I would not want to reveal her identity or anything.

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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2011, 07:40:22 PM »

I guess that Italian restauranteur knew nothing at all or that girl was confused....maybe it was a cousin in the picture with Ray and family and not another kid of his.

I am chuffed for him...to use a British word..a girl next maybe? with Ray's gorgeous eyes mebbe.. :crush: :cheer:
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011, 10:25:19 AM »


"Ray Stevenson Talks About DIY Celibacy"


Since Kill The Irishman is coming out pretty soon, we thought we'd talk to painter decorator/Hollywood film star and all around cool guy Ray Stevenson about stuff. Ray plays Danny Greene, the nearly invincible, rather eccentric and very Irish lead charecter in the film.

You might also recognise Ray from a bunch of films stretching back to the 90s, or as the hard drinking, all-whoring party animal/Roman killing machine Titus Pullo from the series, Rome. Read on for a series of stupid questions that help put you into the mind of this excellent human being. Here it comes...

Who inspires you as an actor? Do you have a favourite?
One of my favourite actors is Gene Hackman. I will watch him in anything he does. He never disappoints and can make a mediocre movie a great one. Others include Gary Oldman and John Hurt - both of whom I've had the great pleasure of working with, Book of Eli and Jayne Mansfields Car respectively. Incredible human beings and consummate actors.

Whats the most fun role that you've yet played?
The most fun role is definitely Titus Pullo in Rome. He was an everyman and the best friend you could hope to have. Not to mention the most fun in battle or on the town! Every character I've played has had elements of him somewhere but he is and will remain the full-on real deal for me.

What's the role/character you want to play most?
It's really difficult to answer this as who knows what character will present themselves in the next script. However, if pushed, I would love to play Flashman from the books of the same name by George MacDonald Fraser. A complete bastard in the full cowardly sense, a compulsive bully, liar, cheat, fraud, philanderer, gambler and quite possibly the most endearing anti-hero I've ever come across.

What's the best part of being in film?
The best part of being in film has to be the chance you get to play with the big toys! On one job I could find myself hurtling across a field on horseback slicing my way through the enemy, on another I am driving a 70s Cadillac like I stole it, and on another I get to blow shit up! Way up!!

Any hobbies and pursuits? We hear you are quite a water colour painter?
Water colour was a medium I used for a charity TV show called Water Colour Challenge. I used to have a studio in London where I would lose myself and indulge my passion for oil painting. I still attack the odd canvas but my work has kept me very busy - no complaints.

If you could have a half hour chat with any figure, real or mythical, living or dead, who would it be and what would you discuss?
I guess it's a bit weird, but I'd like to meet my future 80 year old self and discuss any big regrets.

Whats in your DVD player at the moment?
My DVD player has the Pippi Longstocking collection - my son never tires of it. Especially the Pirate episodes.

Whats on your mp3 player/CD player?
My CD player has NYC by Behrouz. A great piece of music to listen or party to.

Someone gives you a magical button that completely gets rid of one thing you don't like in the world. What would go?
I would get rid of PLASTIC! It poisons our world and lingers like a stain we'll never clean.

And the worst tasting food ever is?
The worst tasting food has to be durian, a fruit from the far East. It literally tastes and smells like vomit. And yes I've tried it - as candy and as ice cream! I can still taste it 2 years later when I think about it.

You have been in many historical roles, if you you could visit any period of history and return when it suited you, when and where would you go?
I would love to visit Constantinople during the Byzantine period. Such an incredible mix of disparate cultures and thoughts and so rich visually. Another period and place would be early 1900s Paris, Montparnasse. The greatest group of thinkers, painters, sculptors etc in one place at one time. Everyone from Picasso to Leger, Fujimoto to Brack.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I would like the power of teleportation. No more airports and removing shoes and belts. More time with my family in the breaks from work, etc, etc.

What three things do you take with you to a remote desert island?
My partner, and my two boys. If however this is not possible, I would need a Still, a huge telescope and book on do-it-yourself celibacy.

And finally, will we be seeing Pullo again?
If you look carefully you will se Pullo rear his ugly head many times. Alas, I don't think HBO has any plans to bring back the series. You have to ask them.

Kill The Irishman is released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 26.
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011, 03:34:26 PM »

Yo dude, source?

http://www.fhm.com/upgrade/entertainment/interview---ray-stevenson--82207
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« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2011, 06:43:15 PM »


The Source was hyperlinked in the Title of the article.  :)
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« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2011, 07:51:06 PM »


Now you tell me  ::)
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« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2011, 10:37:32 PM »

Great interview, and Hi Titus, thanks for posting it.Good to see you, I haven't been on much and not sure if you have.

A man for my own heart who also loves the early 1900's in Paris. Wonder if he has seen Woody Allen's movie
idnight in Paris...oooh my fave movie of his now.

 :lol: :lol: Wonder if Ray's libido is as active as Titus' was...or our own TitusPullo's   :snog:

Great to hear some good news on him and how sweet that he would bring his partner and boys with him...awwwww
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« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2011, 02:21:22 PM »

:lol: :lol: Wonder if Ray's libido is as active as Titus' was...or our own TitusPullo's   :snog:

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