Colin Firth received a Best Actor nomination for his starring role in A Single Man, the Tom For adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel that was just released on DVD. Frith talks to Terry Gross about playing professor George Falconer, a gay professor navigating Southern California in 1962.
For years, Tom Ford has been associated with fashion; he was, after all, credited with reviving the fortunes of the near-bankrupt Gucci, where he became the creative director. Last year he put his creative sensibilities to work in the service of a Christopher Isherwood tale: A Single Man, which was Fords big-screen directorial debut.
Ewan McGregor has played a heroin addict in Trainspotting, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars films, and a poet in Moulin Rouge. In his latest film, Roman Polanski's Ghost Writer, McGregor plays an unnamed writer uncovering a political scandal. He recounts his favorite acting roles — and how he prepared for them.
Yesterday Colin Firth received a Best Actor nomination for his starring role in A Single Man, the Tom Ford adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel. Today Firth talks to Terry Gross about playing professor George Falconer, a gay professor navigating Southern California in 1962.
When Sacha Baron Cohen grants an interview, it's usually in character -- as Borat, the clueless faux-Kazakh journalist; or as Bruno, the outrageously shallow, ostentatiously gay Austrian fashionista at the center of Cohen's most recent film. Today, though, Cohen joins Fresh Air as himself, for a conversation with Terry Gross and Bruno director Larry Charles.
Film critic John Powers reviews three new foreign films: the French film "Nenette et Bonni," the Palestinian film "Chronicle of a Disappearance," and the film from China, "Happy Together" by director Wong Kar Wai.