Jennifer Jason Leigh struggles to cope with her shyness off screen.
The 54-year-old actress is known for her varied movie career, having had parts in films such as Road to Perdition, The MAChinist and the most recent The Hateful Eight.
However, when it comes to meeting up with directors for potential roles, Jennifer thinks her off-screen persona sometimes affects whether or not she gets the part.
"I’m shy. I’m great at acting; I’m not great at chatting," she told Backstage magazine. "When you get to a point in your career, you don’t read anymore. But I’m sure I’ve lost jobs having coffee with a director. Not that I’m horrifically boring or anything, but I’m really good at acting. That’s what I do.”
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Jennifer Jason Leigh - Celebrities attend 88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. at Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016
Jennifer Jason Leigh insists her The Hateful Eight co-star Kurt Russell "felt terrible" after realising he had smashed a rare antique guitar during filming.
The veteran actor made headlines when it was revealed that a Martin guitar from the 1860s was destroyed during the filming of a scene in the Quentin Tarantino movie.
The item, which was on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, was supposed to have been switched with a copy for a scene between Russell and Leigh, but Tarantino wanted to film it without a cut, so the instruments were not exchanged.
"I thought we were going to trade out the guitars," Leigh tells Billboard.com. "You're never going to cut a scene until Quentin says cut. And Kurt thought it must be a dummy guitar. I don't think Quentin knew that it was the (vintage instrument), either.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh , Matthew Heineman - 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Press Room at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016
Jennifer Jason Leigh Had Given Up On Her Hollywood Career Before She Landed A Role In Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
The Single White Female star stepped away from film work to concentrate on raising her son following her divorce from director Noah Baumbach, which was finalised in 2013, and the actress was convinced her time in the spotlight was over.
However, she has been thrust back into the limelight after Tarantino hired her for his latest movie, and she has scooped a number of awards for her role as fugitive Daisy Domergue.
"Things are very different to a few years ago. I didn't think I'd be in this position again and I really appreciate it now," she tells the London Evening Standard. "I had a child and I stopped working for a while because I wanted to not work, to be a mother. It can be harder when you get out of the film world. But I had made my peace - I was fine with it, I thought, 'This is where my life is right now'...
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Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker who simply can't be ignored, especially when he lobs a three-hour wide-screen epic whodunit Western into the cinema. This strikingly entertaining film is packed with his trademark plot twists and dialogue that snaps and crackles in every direction imaginable. So even though it's mainly set in a single room, it's never boring. But with no discernible point, it also leaves the audience rather cold.
In the snowy Rockies of southern Wyoming, cavalry officer turned bounty hunter Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) hitches a ride on a stagecoach with shifty gunslinger John (Kurt Russell), who is escorting feisty outlaw Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to collect the reward on her head and see her hanged. They also pick up lost new sheriff Chris (Walton Goggins) before an intense blizzard forces them to take shelter at a mountain lodge run by the suspicious Bob (Demian Bichir). Inside, hangman Oswaldo (Tim Roth), war veteran Sandy (Bruce Dern) and their mysterious friend Joe (Michael Madsen) are also waiting out the storm. And as these eight people circle around each other, it's clear that each of them wants the others dead.
No, there's not a single trustworthy person in this story, and Tarantino has a great time revealing the inner murkiness within each one. This gives the actors plenty of texture to work with, as they deliver their lines with knowing innuendo, razor-sharp wit and glowering loathing. The set-up feels somewhat belaboured, but the film's second half is a cracking Agatha Christie-style mystery as we wait for the first shot to be fired. With its single setting, it feels like a particularly nasty stage play, livened up by Tarantino's wordy writing, which drops in big issues like racism and sexism without ever quite grappling with them. And there's of course also a steady stream of vicious violence, including an extended flashback featuring Channing Tatum.
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Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh Has Been Turned Off Eating Stew For Life After Having To Repeatedly Gobble Down The Hot Food For The Hateful Eight.
The Road to Perdition star reveals she and her castmates, including Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson, had to endure a lot as they filmed in freezing temperatures in Colorado, but feasting on bowl after bowl of the filling food really made them sick.
"You know, it was freezing and there was a lot of blood and there was (sic) a lot of like, punches, and things like that, but the hardest thing actually was eating... the stew, because we ate so much," she confesses on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly & Michael. "We literally had to eat a gallon of stew... We were all vomiting stew, it was rough. It was days and days and days of (eating stew). Never again!"
The food problem wasn't Samuel's only issue on the set of the Quentin Tarantino epic - he was genuinely left doubled over in pain after pretending to take a shot to his genitals for one bloody scene.
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Quentin Tarantino Wants To Revamp His The Hateful Eight Movie For The Stage So Other Actors Can Tackle Roles Played By Kurt Russell, Tim Roth And Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The moviemaker's latest movie had a limited release in America on Christmas Day (25Dec15) and placed at number three at the North American box office over the weekend (03Jan16), and now Tarantino is hoping to take the project to theatres.
"The next thing I'd like to do is do a theatrical adaptation of The Hateful Eight, because I actually like the idea of other actors having a chance to play my characters and see what happens from that," the director told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's eighth movie and he previously stated he will stop making films after his 10th release, and concentrate on writing novels and plays.
Quentin Tarantino's New Movie The Hateful Eight Was The Toast Of The Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival Over The Weekend (02-03jan16) After Scooping Four Prizes.
The Western was named Best Movie, the festival's biggest honour, while Samuel L. Jackson was awarded Best Actor, Jennifer Jason Leigh was honoured with Best Supporting Actress, and composer Ennio Morricone received the prize for Best Musical Score at the closing ceremony in Italy.
Of the award, Leigh said, 'The experience of being in one of Quentin's films and a part of this phenomenal cast was rewarding in and of itself, but to be honored by such an incredible institution as the Capri-Hollywood Film Festival makes it all the more meaningful... I am flattered beyond words to be recognised by them this year."
Brie Larson won the Best Actress prize for her role in captivity drama Room, Idris Elba was awarded Best Supporting Actor for Beasts of No Nation, and the drama's filmmaker Cary Fukunaga won prizes for Best Director and Best Cinematography.
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In ‘The Hateful Eight’ Kurt Russell spends a lot of time chained to Jennifer Jason Leigh, which caused a unique set of problems for the actors during filming.
In The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell plays bounty hunter John Ruth, who captures fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s wanted dead or alive for murder. But in order to make sure his captive doesn't escape John chains himself to Daisy, meaning on set the two actors couldn't get away from each other either.
Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight.
To Russell, being chained to another person seemed easy when he read the script, until filming began. “That was rough,” Russell said of the experience. “That was different when I read it, I didn’t think anything of it. I though OK we’re chained together.”
The question is, has Tarantino crafted another masterpiece?
This week saw both the UK and US premieres of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Western 'The Hateful Eight', and it's safe to say it's all becoming too real for us now. The film will be in actual theaters on Christmas Day, almost three years since he announced it.
The cast of 'The Hateful Eight' unite at the premiere
It's a movie about bounty hunters, bad weather and betrayal and it sure has an all-star cast. In fact, the only female member of the main cast, Jennifer Jason Leigh, has just been announced as a nominee for Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Golden Globes, with Tarantino as the only other member of the crew to get a nod for the film as he becomes a contender for writing the Best Screenplay.
John Ruth earnt his nickname The Hangman for a good reason, he's one of the best bounty hunters of his generation and he's just caught himself a BIG prize, Daisy Domergue has a bounty of ten thousand dollars on her head and Ruth isn't going to share his reward with any other man he might meet on the road.
On their trip, the weather in Wyoming begins to turn and the bounty hunter and his trophy must leave the road and take shelter. They find themselves hauled up at Minnie's Haberdashery, a small stagecoah stopover. This trip just became all the more risky for Ruth as they're not the only dubious residents staying at the layover.
Knowning that the chatter will soon spread, each member of the boarding house are introduced to one another. There's the new sheriff Chris Mannix; Bob The Mexican who's looking after Minnie's Haberdashery whilst Minnie is busy; Oswaldo Mobray AKA The Little man; General Sanford Smithers, an aging confederate General; Joe Gage also known as The Cow-puncher and finally the mysterious Major Marquis Warren, an ex-soldier (for the Union) turned notable bounty hunter.
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