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« on: November 08, 2003, 11:53:28 PM »
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http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml?display=day&todayDate=11/06/2003

He's starring in the new film Die Mommie Die! directed by Mark Rucker and written by Charles Busch, who also stars in the film. The film blends melodrama, mystery and comedy. Hall has also appeared in director Paul Thomas Anderson's films Hard Eight, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He also played a Joe Friday-type cop in an episode of Seinfeld, on the trail of overdue library books.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2003, 11:58:29 PM »
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I thought it was a pretty good (but short) interview. Same with the Sean Penn one a few days ago. The clip of Jimmy Gator is a little awkward without actually seeing how he's struggling and sweating, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2003, 01:58:59 AM »
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It was interesting to hear about his childhood and how the Depression affected his family.  I've always seen him as an older man in films, so I can't imagine him as a kid.

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2003, 02:06:12 AM »
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It made me think that, even though PTA has every right not to do a director's commentary, it would have been really fascinating to hear the actors talk about Magnolia, a la his first two films. Hall's stuff on Hard Eight is just wonderful, and the stories he relayed on Fresh Air made me yearn for more.

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2003, 11:22:15 AM »
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Quote from: Ghostboy
the stories he relayed on Fresh Air made me yearn for more.


Especially the part about reading Cigarettes & Coffee for the first time.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2003, 02:54:16 PM »
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I finally got to listen to this! I've been having trouble with the NPR website audio system for some reason. Anyways, it's a really wonderful interview. I'm glad he touched on the rain of frogs thing. My only complaint is that Secret Honor wasn't really talked about. But it's fine anyways. What a great actor!
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2003, 03:01:28 PM »
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Quote from: Sydney
What a great actor!

he is, sydney.

or

sydney he is.

 

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