Cliff Curtis, James Cameron , James Napier Robertson - Premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'The Dark Horse' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Arrivals at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th March 2016
Genesis "Gen" Potini hasn't had an easy life, he's a Maori living in a relatively remote part of New Zealand who's spent the majority of his adult life going in and out of mental institutions. Living with Bipolar is a huge challenge to Gen but he's just learnt about a new programme that he thinks he can greatly contribute to.
Living with his brother (a gang member) and his family, Gen is the odd one out in his family, he's speed chess professional and not many people can beat him. When Gen finds that some of the locals have started a chess club, he sees an opportunity to try and straighten out his life and help some of the kids looking to get involved with the club.
As more and more kids become involved, Gen's own nephew is soon drawn in to the club - much to his father's dismay as he knows his son will inevitably become part of the gang to which he belongs too. As the kids gain experience with the game, Gen decides to enrol them in the National Championships. Gen must battle his mental problems and become a figure that his new followers can look up to.
Longtime Movie Villain Cliff Curtis Was So Surprised When He Was Offered The Role Of Jesus In New Film Risen, He Thought The Casting Call Was A Joke.
The dark-skinned New Zealand-born star of films like Training Day and Live Free or Die Hard has become one of Hollywood's regular big screen terrorists, gang leaders or bad guys, and so when he heard producer Patrick Aiello was interested in casting him in a new religious film, he started thinking about all the Biblical villains.
"When this came through, it was like a weird email," Cliff told WENN. "For some reason I took a call from Patrick and he gave me the whole breakdown and this concept. I thought, 'What role do they want me for; terrorist or what?' And when he said, 'Jesus'. I thought it was a prank.
"I also know that Jesus was crucified by age 33 and I'm in my later 40s. And when you look at my work, what makes you think that I'm right for this role? It was a really pleasant surprise. It was a miracle!"
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Live Free Or Die Hard Star Cliff Curtis Became A Virtual Monk As He Prepared To Play Jesus On The Big Screen, Revealing He Lived Alone And Spoke To No One For A Month Before The Shoot.
The actor portrays Yeshua in new movie Risen and admits he had to make drastic changes to his lifestyle to get into character.
That meant locking himself away on the island of Malta and having no contact with his wife for a month.
"I had to figure out how to make it work," he told WENN, "and the first thing I had to understand was I had to set my ego aside and be of service to a significant divine being on this planet for many people. So the concept was he would only speak certain words. There was a cleansing process because I talk a lot and often a lot of nonsense unnecessarily, and certainly not divine!
After Jesus of Nazareth is crucified and laid to rest in a sealed tomb by the Romans following wild claims of his being King of the Jews by his followers, it is up to a sceptical Centurion named Clavius to quell subsequent rumours of his rising from death. With talk of his resurrection as the Messiah, Pontius Pilate is facing a possible uprising by angry civilians of Jerusalem, and when it's discovered that his body has gone missing from his grave, Clavius and his assistant Lucius have only a short time to discover what's happened to him, not wishing for the Emperor to return to chaos. They suspect his disciples have stolen the corpse and so order the retrieval of all recently deceased men, but when they get no further to finding him, will they be forced to accept an extraordinary, impossible truth?
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A relentlessly downbeat tone makes this Kiwi drama sometimes hard to watch, but the true story is genuinely involving, with an inspirational kick that never feels pushy. It also offers terrific actor Cliff Curtis the chance to revisit the rough side of New Zealand society that he so memorably depicted 20 years ago in the award-winning Once Were Warriors.
The story takes place in Gisborne, a city on the east coast of the North Island. After being held on a mental ward, Genesis (Curtis) is released into the care of his brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi), a single-dad who is also a veteran member of the Vagrants biker gang. His son Mana (James Rolleston) is about to turn 15, and Ariki insists that he enters the gang's initiation process, overseen by the brutal Mutt (Barry Te Hira), but Mana sees in Genesis a possible escape, following him to a youth chess club run by his old pal Noble (Kirk Torrance) and his wife Sandy (Miriama McDowell). It turns out that as a young man, Genesis was a surprise chess champion, and now he finds a sense of purpose encouraging these young people to play the game. But Ariki is furious about this, and throws Genesis out into the streets.
Curtis brings layers of intelligence and tenacity to Genesis, revealing him as a troubled man determined to maintain his mental health by finding something positive to focus on. He may now be sleeping rough in the park, but he refuses to give up. And his growing connection with Mana provides a further glimmer of hope for both of them. Opposite him, Rolleston is superb as a young man straining against the bleak future his father has mapped out for him. So while everything in their lives feels sometimes oppressively grim, their relationship gives the film an underlying sense of promise.
Continue reading: The Dark Horse Review
Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who rose from bloody battle during the Great Wars with an unwavering loyalty for his ageing but resolutely brave master Bartok (Morgan Freeman), despite the latter having been dishonoured and shamed by the corrupt ruler for publicly standing up for the rights of his enslaved people. After his brutal execution, all those firmly loyal to Bartok - led by Raiden - seek to avenge him in the only way they know how, with Bartok's warning of their ruler's merciless intentions strongly in mind. Raiden will lead them into the ultimate battle, in spite of their small numbers, having made far too many sacrifices in their lifetime. As his rebellion unfolds, he begins to understand that, despite what the rule claims, no honourable man can ever be 'dishonoured'; it is something inborn, and something worth fighting for.
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Cliff Curtis - A variety of stars were photographed on the red carpet as they attended the Producers Guild of America's 26th Awards ceremony which was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th January 2015
Cliff Curtis will lead the 'Walking Dead' spin-off series at AMC.
Producers of the Walking Dead spin-off have cast TV actor Cliff Curtis in the lead role. The actor's previous credits include Gang Related, Missing and Body of Proof and he joins Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey in the companion series.
Cliff Curtis, the new star of the Walking Dead spin-off, carrying a couple o'pizzas
Character details are being kept under wraps though Curtis is likely to play Sean Cabrera - described only as a "good man." We already know that AMC's show will feature completely new characters from The Walking Dead, as well as different settings.
Continue reading: Cliff Curtis Takes The Lead In AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Spin-Off
Jack McCall is a literary agent who has a way with words. He knows just what to say to use any situation to his advantage. For example: after joining a long queue at his favourite coffee shop, Jack became impatient and faked an emergency phone call in order to get himself to the front.
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In Colombia, feisty 9-year-old Cataleya (Stenberg) witnesses her parents' massacre of by Marco (Molla), henchman the drug kingpin Luis (Benites). Years layer (now Saldana) she's in Chicago, where she's been raised by her uncle (Curtis) to be a stealthy assassin. Now she's trying to draw Marco and Luis out of protective CIA custody by leaving clues at each murder scene. And it seems to be working. With an FBI agent (James) on her trail and a boyfriend (Vartan) who knows nothing, she's playing a dangerous game.
Continue reading: Colombiana Review
Ford is good as the everyman, brushing against the various plots. Despite the insipid Mark Isham score, there are some seriously powerful emotional scenes along the way, although a couple of strands get lost in the shuffle, disappearing for long stretches and only coming back to fit into the final tidy mosaic. Ultimately, Kramer strains to make it gel together, but we still hear his cry for understanding and compassion in a world filled with bigotry and ignorance.
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