Five Favorite Films with Malin Akerman, Kate Mara and Josh Radnor
The stars and director of happythankyoumoreplease talk favorites and their new film.
It's a three-in-one Five Favorite Film fest today, as we sat down with the stars and writer-director of the indie comedy-drama happythankyoumoreplease, which opens in select theaters this week. The debut feature for How I Met Your Mother star-turned-filmmaker Josh Radnor, the movie follows the unpredictable lives and relationships of four New York twentysomethings, and stars Radnor, Kate Mara and Malin Akerman.
First up, we spoke with Malin Akerman. Familiar to mainstream audiences as superhero Silk Spectre in Watchmen, the versatile actress has alternated between studio comedies and indie drama, appearing radically different in happythankyoumoreplease as Radnor's best friend who has the condition alopecia.
"It's what you live for in that it's so much fun to transform yourself," Akerman says of her role, which required her to shave her eyebrows and appear hairless. "It's a lot of fun to be able to extract yourself from the physical and just become a character. A lot of times studios are a little bit more reluctant to bring you in for auditions for roles that are outside of the genre that they're used to seeing you in, so I feel like the independent film world is a place where I can test that out. I like all genres of film and I want to be able to do everything."
True to that ethic, Akerman will soon play the title role in Inferno: The Linda Lovelace Story, a biopic of the infamous adult star of Deep Throat. "I'm really excited about that," she says. "It's pretty heavy content. It's really the relationship between her and her husband, and the way that he treated her. It's more about Linda Lovelace as this battered woman rather than just -- obviously it's not a remake of Deep Throat.[laughs] I'm not getting into that genre."
Read on for more Five Favorite Films, with co-star Kate Mara and director Josh Radnor. Up now, here's Malin Akerman's list.
We'll start with the cheese. [laughs] I've seen Dirty Dancing about a million times in my life. Always a good one. Just because, you know, I watched it as a teenager and your hormones are going crazy at that point and you're like, oh my god, "Nobody puts baby in the corner!" I dreamed about being a dancer. And Patrick Swayze was so sexy in that film; a guy who can dance is always so attractive. It was just like a dream being swept off your feet -- one of those fantasy films.
Love Annie Hall. Everything is so random in his films but it's also so grounded, and it's so nice to watch. I like when you watch a film and you feel like you're a part of somebody's life for an hour and a half. It feels all improvisational, but it's interesting, it moves along and it has a good story. And it's just nice to see those people, because there are, you know, mistakes, which becomes the magic of the film.
Love No Country for Old Men. I feel like there's no formula to it. I love the Coen brothers. They're so brilliant and they always surprise you in one way or another. A Serious Man was awesome. I like stuff like that, that kind of throws you for a loop. It takes you on a journey that is unexpected.
I loved Pan's Labyrinth. It transported me into another world. I like fantasy worlds; I love Lord of the Rings as well, for that reason, because you really get to get out of reality and go somewhere else. Pan's Labyrinth was kind of this dark, sick, beautiful... it was like watching a moving painting, like a Salvador Dali painting or something like that. It was just really magical and it sort of provoked so many different feelings at one time. It's kind of sick, you know, the guy with no eyes is coming at her and it felt like when you have a crazy dream -- you're watching someone's crazy dream. It just affected me.
You know which one is one of my favorites? Betty Blue. Oh, if you've not seen it -- you have to see it. It's amazing. What a great film. It's not without its faults, which sort of parallels life, you know -- you feel like you're living with these people for two-and-a-half hours. It's really great. Loved it.