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Blake Lively & Salma Hayek Discuss Savages Roles
Blake Lively & Salma Hayek Discuss Savages Roles

The drama Savages, from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, follows entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a lucrative business raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. 

But, the legendary weed of these Laguna Beach heroes soon catches the interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by the merciless Elena La Reina (Salma Hayek). 

At the film’s press day, co-stars Blake Lively and Salma Hayek talked about what they brought to their characters and preparing for such gritty roles.

Blake said: ‘I feel like all I’ve done lately is play really sexually-charged drug addicts.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I’ve gotta go to Disneyland more and get more excitement.  I love that it’s so different from everything that I’ve ever known or seen.  I love that challenge.  I love exploring worlds that are so unknown to me.  And having somebody like Oliver made it such a great experience because he gave us so many opportunities.’

When asked if being a Mum helped her with the role, Salma said: ‘That’s what you would think, but being a mother can make you find the toughest part and the inhumanity of the character.  As a mother, for your children, you are willing and capable of doing anything.  You can justify it.  I don’t know about some other mothers, but Mexican mothers will do anything for their children. That is where this character turns.  Everything I justified, I was okay with doing it.  It didn’t matter because I did it for my children.  If I didn’t take over, they would have given it to my other child, and he was weak.  They would have killed him.  I had already lost the twins and my husband.  So, yes, it helps you find the vulnerability, but it also helps you find the fearlessness.’

Martin Freeman discusses voice over work for The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists
Martin Freeman discusses voice over work for The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists

The Hobbit actor Martin Freeman has revealed how doing voice over work for his latest movie The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists is nothing like what he is used to. Martin claims that he spent more time in a room on his own than he would have liked.

Freeman explained, “It’s nothing like making a film or being in a play, it’s actually, on the face of it, it’s everything I don’t want acting to be. I don’t want to be alone, the thing I love about acting is the other people you’re doing it with. The process of it is definitely not what I got into acting for to be fair.
He added, “I got into it for good stories, which is great, but also hopefully the process is a bit more community based. For the most part you’re alone recording this. There were times when I was with other actors, but not many times. It’s a very prolonged process as well.”
Martin continued, “As an actor you don’t ever really get to do this, you don’t normally get to do 25 different readings of Captain! without punching the director. But with this you were really happy to be there, you’re in the zone.”
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists also stars Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven and is set to be released in the UK on March 28 and in the US on April 27.
Salma Hayek the independent woman
Salma Hayek the independent woman

45 year old Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has revealed how, despite being married to French Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, she prides herself on being financially independent. Salma did however admit that it is always nice having someone who she can fall back on.

Hayek explained, “I work hard, I make my own living and I love it. I like having financial independence. I don’t ever want to have to depend on anyone completely.” She then added, “When I have troubles sometimes, it’s nice to have someone there to help.”
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault have been married for over two years and have a four year old daughter together called Valentina. Salma Hayek can be heard voicing the character Kitty Softpaws in the movie Puss in Boots, which is released in the US on October 28 and the UK on December 9.