Daniel Radcliffe finds interest in actors 'weird'
LONDON (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe says he finds the concept of celebrity and the level of interest in the trivia of actors' lives "weird".
While promoting his first romantic comedy -- What If, directed by Michael Dowse --the 25-year-old British star was keen to keep the conversation away from his own love life. Radcliffe is rumoured to be dating his Kill your Darlings co-star Erin Darke.
"People ask me about my relationship and I try to give as little away as possible," Radcliffe explained. "People are dying in the world, give time to that."
And yet despite his best efforts to keep quiet about his personal life, the former Harry Potter star still finds himself tabloid fodder.
"That gets turned into a story in itself," he said. "'Oh, you've been really open about this.' 'No, I haven't. I was just, like, trying to keep my mouth shut."'
Radcliffe was happy, however, to talk about his career choices post-Harry Potter. Since leaving the boy wizard behind him, he has sought out challenging roles and embraced on-screen nudity.
Whether portraying beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill your Darlings, or skinny-dipping in What If, Radcliffe joked that he wasn't "intentionally" seeking out roles in which he can appear naked.
Yet it all comes naturally now after a stint in Equus back in 2007 where he stood in the nude on stage night after night.
"Doing it on stage when I was 17 kind of makes you go 'Meh' about anything else after that," he explained.
What If stars Radcliffe pining for his character's best friend, played by actress Zoe Kazan. It opens Wednesday in the UK.
SNL alum Chris Kattan gets probation for DUI
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Kattan has been sentenced to three years' probation for driving under the influence and crashing his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicle on a southern California freeway earlier this year.
The Los Angeles Times reports the former Saturday Night Live star was also ordered Thursday to pay a $500-fine and attend an alcohol education programme.
A restitution hearing will be held next month to determine how much Kattan owes the state for damage to the DOT vehicle.
The 43-year-old was arrested in February after he struck the vehicle that belonged to a crew conducting maintenance on a guardrail.
Kattan, who was on SNL from 1996 to 2003, was best known for the character Mango.
He also starred with Will Ferrell in A Night at the Roxbury.
Jackie Chan: It's time to slow down
LONDON (AP) — Action movie veteran Jackie Chan admits doing stunt work is "not like it used to be" as he no longer bounces back from big scenes.
"The next morning, you realise wow, it hurts!" says the actor, who turned 60 earlier this year.
"Now my body tells me to slow down 30 per cent and probably in another two years, 20 more, then 50 per cent. So slowly, slowly, then I will tell the whole world, stop doing action."
Chan may recognise it's time to slow things down, but he didn't let that stop him going all-out for what he describes as his last "big" action movie — Chinese Zodiac. The action star gives an acrobatic display in which he becomes a human torpedo on wheels, fights in the air while skydiving and engages in his trademark hand-to-hand combat and physical comedy.
"That's not special effects, that's not Iron Man, not Spider-Man, that's the real Jackie Chan," he says.
For his next movie, Dragon Blade, with John Cusack and Adrien Brody, Chan has swapped the somersaults and leaping around for some good old-fashioned swordplay.
And when it comes to future projects he says he will start to take the foot off the gas.
"Slowly, slowly I will let more people do it for me. Myself, I'll only do the tight shot, close shot, otherwise the big wide shot, I'll let someone else do it."