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Robert Downey Jr. Doing Nothing to Play Down Public’s Perception of Mickey Rourke As a Crazy Person

“He would have someone holding pictures of recently deceased pets off camera to make him feel sad or whatever for a scene. It was all serious stuff. I’ve never seen anything like it.” —Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 2 co-star Mickey Rourke’s acting methods [Daily Express UK]

“Yeah, that’s my dude. Yo, Lou! I knew his name. I was just calling him Lou.” —Death at a Funeral star Tracy Morgan on co-star Luke Wilson’s claim he didn’t know his name [NYP]

“Look at who you have: You have UNICO [the Italian-American service organization]. No one even knew who UNICO was until we came around. Alyssa Milano? What’s the last thing she’s done, Who’s the Boss? It’s like, who’s the boss, now, Alyssa? Any publicity is good publicity. They gave us an opportunity; they put us on the news. It made people want to watch us. We got five million viewers.” —Jersey Shore’s Ronnie on Alyssa Milano calling for the show’s cancellation [Interview]

“I have to say that I was stunned, and when they sent me the roster of people in the academy I just burst into tears. I couldn’t believe that I’d be even allowed in the kitchen. … [At the induction ceremony] I just hope to have lots of cocktails and talk about high-fallutin’ [sic] things.” —Meryl Streep on being inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters [HuffPo]

“There are no tights in this film. They weren’t invented until quite a few hundred years after when the story takes place. We start our story in 1199. Tights don’t come into play until the 1600s. I do apologize to those who will be disappointed that there are no tights.” —Russell Crowe on Robin Hood [Reuters]

“I saw the script on the floor of Rob [Pattinson]’s apartment when I was staying on his sofa. I thought to myself, ‘I could do this better than he could!’, so I called up my agent the next morning. They were kind enough to let me audition and apparently they saw something in me.” —Waiting for Forever star Tom Sturridge [NYDN]

“There’s a style of acting that can come with period films where everybody just freezes up. But they were drinking and fucking and doing maths or whatever else they were doing. They were just people. I actually told [director] Alejandro [Amenabar] they should shoot a scene where she was looking at the stars and masturbating. I suggested a PG version, where her hand just went out of frame, and you’re watching her come, looking at the stars. He wouldn’t go for it. I begged him. I wanted to know about that stuff. What’s up? What’s her sexuality? Where’s her deviancy?” —Rachel Weisz on playing Hypatia in the upcoming Agora [Times UK]

Robert Downey Jr. Doing Nothing to Play Down Public’s Perception of Mickey Rourke As a Crazy Person