Category: Interviews

2019 Dec 09

‘A Million Little Pieces’ Media Circuit Round Screencaptures

‘A Million Little Pieces’ Media Circuit Round Screencaptures

Aaron and Sam have been promoting ‘A Million Little Pieces’ the last few weeks and I’ve went ahead and added all the appearances thus far to the gallery.

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– Home > Screencaptures > Interviews > 2019: Talks At Google (A Million Little Pieces) [December 4th]
– Home > Screencaptures > Talk-Shows > 2019: Good Morning Britain [August 30th]
– Home > Screencaptures > Talk-Shows > 2019: AOL Build London [December 2nd]
– Home > Screencaptures > Talk-Shows > 2019: Late Night with James Corden [December 5th]
– Home > Screencaptures > Talk-Shows > 2019: KTLA [December 6th]

2019 Dec 09

Aaron and Elizabeth Olsen ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Fandango SDCC Interview Screencaptures

Aaron and Elizabeth Olsen ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Fandango SDCC Interview Screencaptures

I’ve went ahead and added a Fandango Interview at San Diego Comic Con that Aaron and Elizabeth did for promotion of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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– Home > Screencaptures > Interviews > 2014: San Diego Comic Con – Fandango Interview (Avengers: Age of Ultron) [July 27th]

2019 Nov 13

Harper Bazaar Interviews Aaron & Sam Taylor-Johnson

Between lingering kisses and adoring sidelong glances, artist turned filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her dashing actor husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, open up to friend James Frey (whose book A Million Little Pieces they have adapted for the big screen) about the coup de foudre they experienced when they first met—and how they keep that spark burning bright more than a decade later.

She was a world-renowned artist, her work hanging in museums around the world, selling for outrageous sums in galleries and at auction, the mother of two young daughters living in London and spending weekends in France or the English countryside. She had also survived cancer twice. She was healthy, brilliant, beautiful, and successful beyond her wildest dreams. She was about to direct her first feature film. Her life was full. Or so she thought.

“I wasn’t expecting anything that day. Just to see a bunch of actors pretending to be John Lennon.” He was an actor, working since he was six. He’d been onstage, in films, on television, successful enough to get by, but the breakthrough hadn’t come. He’d been preparing for this audition for six weeks. If he got the role, it would change his life.

“I remember it very, very clearly. I know exactly what she was wearing. This white shirt that she still has, that I love. It definitely changed my life, though not in the way I expected.”

“We were very professional through the entire film.”

“No funny business at all.”

“But everyone on set knew. And as soon as we finished, he told me he was going to marry me. We had never been on a date, or even kissed.”

“And a year to the minute after we met, exactly one year to the minute, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.”

“In the 10 years we’ve been together, we’ve only been apart for maybe two or three days.” “And those were the worst days of those 10 years.”

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson both laugh, share a lingering kiss. They’re in the courtyard of their lush, art-filled home, a sprawling Spanish-style villa at the foot of a canyon in the Hollywood Hills, hidden behind a 12-foot wall at the end of a dead-end street. They have one of Hollywood’s great love stories, one that rivals those of Bogie and Bacall, Taylor and Burton, Steve McQueen and Ali.

MacGraw, but one that is somehow more beautiful because it hasn’t been played out in the public eye. They met in 2008 during the casting for Nowhere Boy, the critically acclaimed John Lennon biopic that Sam directed and Aaron starred in as the teenage Lennon. They now share four daughters and live between L.A. and wherever one of them might be shooting a film. “We live behind walls,” Aaron says. “Literally, figuratively, and deliberately. You’ll never see our children or any of our most personal moments on social media or in the press. We have our professional lives and our life together, and we keep them apart.” Except when those things intersect, as they did when they met, and in 2018, when they made my book A Million Little Pieces into a film. “We always wanted to replicate that experience, to do something that had that type of intensity, to make another film together,” Sam says, taking Aaron’s hand.

Aaron smiles at her. It’s a true smile—a big smile. One filled with love and respect and admiration. “We had a few opportunities. But nothing felt right. Or something bigger would come along. For Sam, Fifty Shades [of Grey], or Nocturnal Animals for me. But it was always there. What are we going to do together?”

Sam had read A Million Little Pieces in 2003, when it was first released. And she had tracked the various attempts to film it over the years. “I had just moved to CAA. And my agent, good old John Garvey, called me and asked if I had ever read it. And I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s what I want to do. Why, what do you know?’ And he said, ‘The rights have just been reverted back to the author, and I thought it might be up your alley.’ I laughed and said, ‘I have the author’s e-mail here. Just give me a second, I’m going to call you back.’ Twenty minutes later, we were on the phone, and you gave me the rights. And Aaron and I had our project.”

Though neither were writers, they decided to write the screenplay together. As they speak about their process, they don’t look at me but at each other, clearly enamored. “We had a studio opposite David Hockney’s place where I was making art, and it became our writing office,” says Sam, to which Aaron immediately responds, “We had cards everywhere, and we were structurally trying to lay out the story.” To which Sam, smiling widely, says, “Aaron would be sitting at his desk, and he could work for 10, 12, 14 hours straight.” Says Aaron, “Sam was like a caged tiger, pacing and throwing out idea after idea.”

Once they had a script, they found financiers, cast the film with Aaron playing the lead alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Charlie Hunnam, Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi, and Odessa Young, and started shooting at a college campus in Pomona, about an hour east of L.A. “Initially, the hardest thing was that it was the first time both Mommy and Daddy were working at the same time,” Sam says. And with a tight schedule of 20 days, they worked long hours with both cast and crew doing the film at cut rates. “The actors and crew were saying, ‘One for the soul, we’ll do the next one for the money, this one for the soul.’ That felt like the spirit of it.”

And with the film being released this past August in the U.K. and coming to theaters in the U.S. in December, I ask them if they want to do it again. Both of them laugh, glance at each other, still holding hands. Aaron smiles. “You want to do it again, right?” She says, “It was the best thing we’ve ever done.” Aaron nods. “Even better because we did it together.” She agrees. “The best.” I ask where they see themselves in 20 years. They each look to the other to respond, then Aaron turns back to me. “A remote island somewhere.” Sam nods. “Maybe the Hebrides?”

Aaron looks back at her. “Realistically, hopefully still doing this, but only like we did on this one, with each other.”

Sam looks at him for a long moment, taking him in. “I love you.”

He leans in, kisses her. “I love you too.”

They keep kissing. Doesn’t matter that I’m there, that anyone would be there. They keep kissing. Love.

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2019 Aug 22

Aaron and Sam Visit “AOL BUILD: London” Screencaptures + Video

Aaron and Sam Visit “AOL BUILD: London” Screencaptures + Video

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– Home > Screencaptures > Talk Shows > 2019: AOL Build London [August 20th]

2018 Nov 06

Aaron visits Late Late Show with James Corden

Aaron visits Late Late Show with James Corden

Aaron visited last night the Late Late Show with James Corden, alongside fellow british actor Richard Madden. Check screen captures in our gallery, and watch an excerpt below:

2015 May 16

Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Future With Marvel Might Not Be As Clear As It Seems

We recently ran part of our interview with Age of Ultron co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, where he revealed that, even though his character Quicksilver died in the film’s finale, Marvel created an alternate costume for him that he would have worn had the studio allowed him to survive. In a separate podcast, Whedon revealed that Quicksilver almost was part of the New Avengers team that Captain America (Chris Evans) put together in the closing moments of Age of Ultron.

And now, I can share with you the fact that Taylor-Johnson hopes he can stay in the MCU… somehow. I asked him if he took the role of Quicksilver because he knew that it would be a one-and-done part, that he wouldn’t be locked into a lengthy Marvel contract, like other actors. And according to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, that wasn’t the case, at all. The actor told me during our exclusive interview:

No, because… I still feel like, you know, they were the best. I mean, I thoroughly enjoyed working on [this movie], and would love to do, I would love to being doing more movies with the guys at Marvel. Maybe there will be some case where that might happen. Again, I’m not sure, but…”

At that point, I pointed out that no one really dies in the MCU. Nick Fury and Special Agent Phil Coulson both “died” on screen, but found ways to return. Elaborating on that, Aaron Taylor-Johnson admitted to me:

I’d love to find what that loophole is, because I think they’re the best guys I’ve worked with in a long time, and yeah, you know, it’s cool.”

CinemaBlend readers suggested plenty of loopholes under our story about Quicksilver’s death. Many referenced “Project T.A.H.I.T.I.,” which resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) after The Battle of New York. Other fans pointed out the work of Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim), who can generate human tissue – as she did for Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – in the chamber that gave birth to The Vision (Paul Bettany). And still others mentioned the untapped superpowers of Quicksilver’s sister, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). Could she somehow resurrect her brother for a future Marvel movie?

All of this is possible. The MCU has invented numerous ways to bring characters back from “the dead,” and with the emergence of the Infinity Stones, the MCU will have even MORE options for possible resurrection. The bigger question is should Quicksilver come back. His death, while tragic, carried resonance. These heroes should be in some danger. There needs to be consequences. Put another way, if Avengers never die, what tension can be milked from pending events like the Civil War, or even the Infinity War?

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2015 May 16

Aaron Taylor-Johnson says it was a good decision for director wife Sam to leave Fifty Shades Darker

Aaron Taylor-Johnson says it was a good decision for director wife Sam to leave Fifty Shades Darker

He was instrumental in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s decision to direct Fifty Shades Of Grey.

But now Aaron Taylor-Johnson has said it was ‘for the best’ for his wife to not return to directing the sequel Fifty Shades Darker.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron star told The Guardian: ‘Um … decisions just naturally happen. It isn’t about forcing anything. Sam certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. But, you know, it’s probably for the best.’

Sam told the paper earlier this year, ‘for Fifty Shades I went in all guns blazing. I hadn’t thought through what, if I got the job… what I’d do. And at eight the next morning, they said, “You’ve got it, and we’re announcing at midday.”

‘I said, “Can I think about it?” and they said no. So I sat down with Aaron and he said, “Just do it.” It was like stepping on to a bullet train I’d only just got off.’

The first Fifty Shades Darker film still was released on Friday, showing Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in a black mask looking into a mirror.

Fifty Shades Darker will hit cinemas on February 10, 2017, while the trilogy will complete on February 9, 2018 with Fifty Shades Freed.

There were reports of friction between Sam and Fifty Shades writer E. L. James throughout filming as they clashed over creative control.

The first instalment was Taylor-Johnson’s first film in four years since Nowhere Boy, the indie flick which brought her and Aaron together.

They now live in LA with their two daughters, aged four and three, and another two, aged 16 and eight, from her previous marriage to the art dealer Jay Jopling.

Aaron admits that because of their financial security he is able to be selective with which projects to embark on so he doesn’t lose time with his children.

‘I know when I’ve missed too many school runs,’ the actor says, ‘We’re lucky that we have the financial luxury not to have to be working all the time.’

For his role as Pietro Maximoff (AKA Quicksilver) in the Avengers sequel, Aaron says ‘he got paid very nicely’.

‘The money didn’t have a major effect on me,’ he explains, ‘it was really down to spending time speaking to Joss [Whedon, the writer-director] and talking it over. It’s much more important to me to consider what I could do in the film and who I’m working with.’
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