Quote: "Ben's riding my coattails. His career needed a boost and I said, 'Alright, come along'." Oscar winner J.K. Simmons jokes about working on three projects with his The Accountant co-star Ben Affleck. The actors are also teaming up for the upcoming superhero blockbusters Justice League and The Batman, with Simmons portraying Commissioner Gordon and Affleck reprising his role as the Caped Crusader from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Quote: "The coolest thing now is people come to me with a nice script and they want me to be the first guy to attach and they go, 'We're shooting in Atlanta, or Texas, or Romania' and I go, 'Man, I'd love to do it but I'd rather be home with my wife and kids, so I'm gonna hold out for something else that shoots in L.A.', and then they go, 'Alright, we'll shoot in L.A.!'" Actor J.K. Simmons is enjoying the special treatment he's been receiving from producers since winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Whiplash earlier this year (15).
Fact: Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has penned the foreword for pal David Cry's new memoir A Short Walk Home: With Love All Things Are Possible. The book chronicles the author's experience with neurological disorder adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which claimed the life of his young stepson. Simmons describes the autobiography, which was released this week (begs29Jun15), as a "heartbreaking but uplifting" story of love and loss.
Fact: Actors Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have exited the upcoming KING KONG reboot due to scheduling conflicts. Production on Kong: Skull Island is expected to begin later this year (15) and producers are now looking to replace the actors, who were both up for acting Oscars this year, without delaying production, according to Deadline.com. Tom Hiddleston will star in the movie, which is set to hit theatres in 2017.
Fact: J.K. Simmons reprised his nasty WHIPLASH jazz orchestra coach for the MTV Movie Awards telecast on Sunday night (12Apr15) by mentoring host Amy Schumer as she prepared to take the stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The actor hurled abuse, a plate and a salad platter at the comedienne as she 'auditioned' for him, and raged, "You call yourself a host? You are nothing, you vile, revolting, rancid tramp stamp." The original role won Simmons an Oscar. Schumer's pre-ceremony preparations also included a guest spot from Elizabeth Banks - as her The Hunger Games character Effie Trinket.
Fact: Rockers Blues Traveler once played in the PHS Studio Band that featured in Oscar-nominated film WHIPLASH, and J.K. Simmons' tough leader in the film was inspired by their coach Anthony Biancosino.
Quote: "I saw that movie Whiplash. That movie was so good I walked out (of the theatre) and my wife was like, 'How'd you like it?' and I was like, 'Ah, it was great'. And she's like, 'Why do you say it like that?'. (I said), 'That guy just took my Oscar...' I knew it, the guy was brilliant in that movie!" BOYHOOD star Ethan Hawke was prepared to lose Best Supporting Actor to J.K. Simmons at the Academy Awards.