I'll have my review of the new action-comedy "The Losers" later this week, but for now, let's take some time to talk to the cast and the director, Sylvain White.
Walking into a room to sit down opposite Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan would make even the most self-confident person in the world question their own personal appearance. It's amazing how charismatic they are as a trio, and to make things worse, they also appear to be incredibly nice and engaging people. Just before I walked in the room, they took a break for a few minutes, and listening to the banter between them and everyone outside, there was none of the movie-star attitude that I frequently see at these events. Just a lot of good-natured kidding and a sense that they were enjoying their day together doing press as much as they obviously enjoyed making the film.
Idris Alba was on crutches, recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, and seemed delighted to discuss "Thor" off-the-record before the cameras rolled. Trying to resist the urge to call him "Stringer Bell" was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. Saldana seemed preoccupied with thoughts of snack pastries. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, or "Javier Bardowney Jr" as a friend called him recently, let the expletives fly in a barrage of good-natured enthusiasm whenever anyone approached him to talk about their reaction to the picture. Wrangling the three of them back into their seats seemed to take a lot of effort, but only because these three are all so energetic and outgoing.