Emma Stone admits she got a bit queasy shooting 'Zombieland,' but loved that gu
If you've worked in Hollywood for an extended period of time, either in the movie or TV business, you can count on one hand the number of actors or actresses who are just as honest and down to earth as the first time you met them -- usually before they hit it big. Oh sure, most say they'll never become "that" way, but as the years pass and the stakes get higher, they slowly begin to live off the publicist, studio or network provided talking points to make it through their day. And that wonderful quality that made them so accessible, so endearing begins to fade. Anyone catch Felicity Huffman on Letterman this week? I barely recognized her from her pre-"Desperate Housewives" days. Thankfully, that's not happening with the still wonderfully charming Emma Stone.
Speaking to the "Zombieland" star last week on a very warm Santa Monica, Calif. pier, Stone was just as blunt and honest as she was the first time I spoke to her for her breakout role in "Superbad." Considering that some of her co-stars from that classic have even succumbed to the safety of overprotection with the press, it's refreshing that Stone just can't be anyone but herself. Shoot, she may not be able to put on a false facade if she tried.
In "Zombieland," however, she does get to play the tough girl for once. As the morally loose Witchita, she'll do anything to protect her "sister" Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) in a world overrun with the living dead. So much so that she initially distrusts another pair of uninfected humans on the run, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), to an unrealistic extreme.
Stone talked about the joys of welding a shotgun on screen and how tough all those hours shooting in roller coasters really were. You can watch it in the embed below or see a larger version here.
Also for your viewing pleasure are five clips from "Zombieland" which is now playing nationwide. To get tickets and showtimes, click here.
1990 | Action | RSummary: Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox
1937 | Drama | GSummary: Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her grumpy old paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society...through her angelic ways and sheer love. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion ...Director: Allan Dwan
Cast: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley
1945 | Drama | PG-13Summary: A woman meets a stranger in a train station, and despite their respective marriages the two continue to meet in secret as they fall in love.Director: David Lean
Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
2014 | Drama | PG-13Summary: A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Music, comedy, adventure and romance come to life as the knight Galavant seeks revenge against the evil King who stole away his true love Madalena.Director: Dan Fogelman (creator)
Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
2004 | Family | NRSummary: Where do childrens’ imaginary friends go when forgotten, cast-off, or told to disappear? To Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, an amazing house for unwanted Imaginary Friends.Director: Craig McCracken, Lauren Faust, Mike Moon (creators)
Cast: Keith Ferguson, Grey Griffin, Sean Marquette
1989 | War | RSummary: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman
2002 | Documentary | NRSummary: The astounding rise, fall and rise Hollywood producer Robert Evans is packed with insider stories about Hollywood personalities and films like The Godfather and Rosemary’s Baby.Director: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Cast: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart
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