Neil Brown Jr. starred in “Straight Outta Compton” and was featured on “The Walking Dead.” He’s currently appearing in two critically-acclaimed series: “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” on BBC America, and “Insecure” on HBO. We discussed his role as a holistic detective and how it’s really a show about relationships and how we’re all interconnected, and how he’s greeted differently in public depending on from what role he’s been recognized.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was a pleasure to have the great Cary Elwes back on the show. Last time we talked about his drama series for Crackle, “The Art of More” (which returns for season 2 on November 16th). This time it was all about “The Princess Bride” and his book “As You Wish,” which is now out in paperback. I shared my love for the movie and Cary gave the love right back to the fans. A first-class actor and a true class act.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Corey Feldman and I were born two days apart in the same year, so I’ve always felt a bit of a connection to him, especially growing up and watching him in 80s classics like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins.” We talked about our star sign similarities and then discussed his music career (and how Weird Al Yankovic was a huge influence in how to write concise lyrics) and his new double album, “Angelic 2 The Core.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Tim Blake Nelson is the writer, director, producer and co-star of the new film “Anesthesia,” which following a successful run on the film festival circuit opens in theaters and on demand this Friday. We discussed the general theme of the film, what it’s like to be involved in every aspect of a film’s production, and the message Tim hopes we’ll take away from the movie. Tim also talked about the strong cast, especially Kristen Stewart, whom he calls a “fantastic actor” who has a “Jodie Foster-like career ahead of her.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Lou Diamond Phillips plays one of the trapped Chilean miners in “The 33,” which opens nationwide on Friday. We discussed the amazing cast and all-star lineup behind the scenes, how the immersive on-set environment helped him feel some of what the miners might have felt, and how premiere audiences have been receiving the film, especially at a showing in Chile.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Alicia Witt’s latest project is a new holiday movie for Hallmark Channel, “I’m Not Ready for Christmas,” which premieres Saturday, November 14th at 8/7c. We discussed the premise of the film, how she came to write and record the title song, and what starring in a Christmas movie really means to her.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dick Van Dyke is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday this year, and he’s written a new book “Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging.” We discussed why there’s no such thing as “acting your age,” why seniors should be featured on TV other than in commercials for prescription drugs, and whether or not there should be a Dick Van Dyke statue in his hometown of Danville, Illinois.
Michael Ealy is one of the stars and executive producer of the #1 movie in America, “The Perfect Guy.” We talked about how the movie took its shape, the breakthrough he made as an actor to get inside the mind of a sociopath, and what he learned from two of his co-stars — the legendary Tess Harper and Charles S. Dutton.Follow @bigwakeupcall