Las Vegas Betting Odds for the 2014 Oscars -

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Hello again everyone!! It is awards show season! For those of you who have been following along through the years I thank you for coming back. Huge thanks to the many of you who reached out by DM asking if I was going to do this again this year. It really feels good be able to contribute to this sub because despite our political, social, and economical differences we are all just here to help each other. sportsbook has been adding new members like crazy so if you are new here, Hi, I’m Kyle. I love Award Show props. Here are a few of my previous Golden Globes posts :
2018 5-1
2017 6-1
2016 3-5
2014 4-1
You may notice that I sometimes will take 2 nominees in the same category. These are prop bets so sometimes I will take the favorite and then a dark horse because there is ALWAYS a dark horse winner. ALWAYS. (Looking at you Black Panther). Other times the value for two nominees will be in our favor like +300 and +400. Taking a unit on both is a great way to have two fifths of the nominees in a category with a chance of positive units if either one wins. Also of course, a great way to lose an extra unit if we get hit with a bogey.
I do a ton of research, read a ton of blog posts, ‘who will win’ posts, etc. I compile the data into a spreadsheet giving point values to authors and commentators who I find have the best history of picks themselves. It’s not the prettiest spreadsheet and I know these posts are getting more popular year by year so next year I will be sure to include a link to a cleaned up version of my research.
I have taken my bets today at 7am PST so the odds above reflect that time. Odds are from BOVADA this year as they had the most props out of the books I use. I bet in $10 units with the exception of Lady Gaga this year. I have $250 on her (part of my Christmas bonus) so she’s going to personally make or break my night but my confidence level on her is 95%. Please follow or fade responsibly. I usually do fairly well but I do this for fun. I am going to be watching the show anyway, why not make it a little interesting right?
As always I will be back to live or die by my picks so feel free to head back here Sunday at 5pm PST to see how we do this year. Hopefully we can get a discord session going. Good luck everyone!
Best Motion Picture Drama
A Star Is Born -450
If Beale Street Could Talk +550
BlacKkKlansman +1100
Black Panther +1100
Bohemian Rhapsody +1600
The top category of the night seems like a no brainer but...I think am avoiding dropping the coin on ASIB simply because I really feel like Black PantheKlansman/Rhapsody are going to get a ton of votes and ASIB should already take multiple awards by this time. Beale Street was the Regina King show, period. I think she should win her category but the movie will not win this award.
I almost hate to even bet because I know in my heart that ASIB will probably take this but Black Panther winning this award seems like destiny. It WILL NOT get an Oscar nomination and the HFPA knows it. Giving them the statue would take and industry shot at the Academy and cement them as the hip award, the award you want to win because its prestigious AND fun. With that said, the producers of ASIB decided to skip the slam dunk awards they would have gotten if they went for comedy/musical. They feel this movie is so strong it can take the most prestigious award the HFPA has, and they’ve got a damn good shot at it. I’m going small on Black Panther but I wouldn’t recommend tailing unless you’re just looking to have a little fun.
My Bet – Black Panther .5u
Best Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy
Green Book +115
The Favorite +160
Vice +300
Mary Poppins Returns +1400
Crazy Rich Asians +2500
Great category with a lot of value all around. Every movie is a +115 or better for this category. You’ve got 4 “comedies” and one real musical here. This category had the most controversy on my spreadsheet and my gut says Vice. Ali is a real front-runner for supporting actor but IMO the movie itself fell flat. Vice is a star studded movie directed by Adam Mckay (The Big Short, which also won…) You know Adam Mckay from StepBrothers, Anchorman, Talledega Nights Etc. A second win for him would help anchor him as a leading director. The editing for Vice helps get them my vote here. Here’s hoping Green Book and Favorite split the votes.
NOTE : If Bovada allows live betting and Ali & Viggo win their awards I will be hammering Green Book to hedge and then some.
My bet – Vice 1u
Best Actor In A Motion Picture Drama
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) -300
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) +250
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate) +1400
John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) +1800
Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) +1800
My research actually has this muuuuch closer.
The value for Malek is really good here. My sheet has this almost dead split with Rami in a small lead (Cooper 42%, Malek 46%, everyone else a whopping 12%.) I tend to agree however. Cooper is really singing, he really learned to play the guitar, and honestly ASIB is a better showcase roll. John D Washington was remarkable in Klansman, he could absolutely steal this if Rami and Cooper split these votes. +250 is too good of a value to ignore for someone getting this much buzz so I am going to take Malek but this may be one to just leave alone.
My Bet – Rami Malek .5u
Best Actor In A Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy
Christian Bale (Vice) -170
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) +185
Robert Redford (The Old Man & The Gun) +800
John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie) +1600
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) +1600
Christian Bale seems too easy on this one. You guys know the rules, if you drastically change your body you get a huge boost in votes for an award. Viggo is amazing in Green Book but the movie really lacked in a lot of ways and I think that will bring his value down here. Ali will most likely take the supporting actor award and I would agree with that, Ali held that movie down. If I am wrong and Vice doesn’t take best comedy, I think this is the award they are handed. As mentioned before, at this time of night Ali will have already won or lost. If he has won and Viggo somehow takes this I would hammer down on Green Book if your book allows live betting.
My Bet – Christian Bale 2u
Best Actress In A Motion Picture Drama
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)-250
Glenn Close (The Wife)+275
Nicole Kidman (Destroyer)+1100
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)+1200
Rosamund Pike (A Private War)+1400
I think this is the GaGa show. You guys remember when she won for American Horror Story and she had great speech that was overshadowed by Leo’s weird glance at her? The HFPA remembers. ..
Kidman's best roll this year was for A Boy Erased, I have no idea why they chose this other movie for her, throw her back in the ocean (Aquaman joke, nailed it). Mcarthy was actually really really good in her roll and in any other year she would get a small bet from me with those odds but on the real, Gaga is going to win. I really think -250 is a blessing because of the names she’s up against.
My Bet - Lady Gaga 25u
Best Actress In A Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy
Olivia Colman (The Favorite)-140
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)+150
Charlize Theron (Tully)+1200
Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)+1200
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)+1400
Constance Wu is my dark horse fav for the night. The HFPA would love to brag about giving an award to Wu. Theron is just nominated because they want her to be in the house, she will not get an Oscar nom. If you saw The Favorite then you probably know how great Colman was in her role. It’s hard to overlook her, she is the frontrunner for a reason. However, Emily Blunt is a really great Mary Poppins and theaters are selling out seats for her movie. Both Coleman and Blunt have Globes already, both for mini-series acting. I may avoid this category altogether however I will edit this post if I decide to bet. Leaning Blunt with a small bet on Wu.
Best Animated Motion Picture
Incredibles 2 +125
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse +150
Isle Of Dogs +300
Mirai +1800
Ralph Breaks The Internet +1800
This is surprisingly one of the hardest categories this year. Into The Spider-Verse is my #4 movie of the year. The art was beyond amazing, the humor was non-stop, and the action was paced perfectly. Let’s be real, there’s a Pixar juggernaut in the mix here so the smart move is probably to steer clear of this one. Isle of Dogs is getting a steady stream of buzz but nothing to suggest it would win. You know I am always a fan of betting on 2 nominees if they’re both in the +++ but +125 and +150 aren’t really a wide enough difference or big enough number. If Isle Of Dogs was not in the picture here I would probably go 2 units on Incredibles and Verse but theres too good of an outside chance that Dogs will swipe the rug out from under us. The safe bet is always with Pixar. I will update this with my final choice nearer to Sunday. If I have a whiskey driven evening I will probably hit Spider-Verse. Did you see Spider-Verse? See Spider-Verse.
Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) -250
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) +275
Adam McKay (Vice) +1000
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) +1400
Peter Farrelly (Green Book) +1600
Alright I am actually writing this one last because it puzzles me. I can absolutely see the HFPA award Cooper for his first directing gig being such a hit. Sure it’s a story that’s proven to pull in crowds but he still nailed it. Not everyone loved the movie but no one hated it.
With that said, Cuaron is technically nominated for his foreign film. That’s pretty rare but with Netflix being the medium it was easy for them to get into the foreign category and get a free win. Like seriously Roma is a fantastic movie and the directing is great. The picture he paints with a limited canvas is absolutely captivating.
Adam Mckay should be more like +600. I am a little surprised to see him down so low however I think his movie will have already won best screenplay at this point and so losing this will be alright...he still gets to add those little icons to his DVD case.
My Bet - Cauron 1.25u
Best Foreign Language Motion Picture
Roma (Mexico) -600
Never Look Away (Germany)+650
Shoplifters (Japan)+800
Capernaum (Lebanon)+1800
Girl (Belgium)+1800
Cauron is the front-runner for best director for a reason. They chose to submit it for foreign language because it will totally win in the category. It’ll get an Oscar nomination and lose and then just hang out on your “yeah I’ll watch that eventually” list on your Netflix queue. Not worth betting imo so I am staying clear.
Best Supporting Actor In Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (Green Book) -130
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) +180
Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) +400
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) +2000
Sam Rockwell (Vice) +2500
Ali, all day. This is one of those categories that seems too easy. He really shines in Green Book. He was nominated before for his roll in Moonlight. He lost that night however the movie took home the biggest prize. I think he has a big career ahead and this could be a giant stepping stone. Side note, he is The Prowler in Spider-Verse and that was a damn fun character to watch.
My Bet – Ali 3u
Best Supporting Actress In Any Motion Picture
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) -250
Amy Adams (Vice) +235
Emma Stone (The Favorite) +1200
Claire Foy (First Man) +1400
Rachel Weisz (The Favorite) +2000
Regina King is nominated twice on Sunday. She may win both. Emma and Rachel are going to split a handful of votes and Claire Foy isn’t winning anything that isn’t related to The Crown. As the odds show this is going to come down to HFPA darling Amy Adams and ‘powerhouse finally hitting her stride’ Regina King. If you check her wikipedia youll see she has 13 nominations for this award from various academies, shes already won 9 of them, with 2 left to go. My only hesitation is that she may also win her TV award. You know how much back-patting the HFPA would like to give itself for giving an african-american actress a TV and Film award on the same night? I mean, think of the press they’d get.
Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story -150
Sharp Objects +200
A Very English Scandal +400
Escape At Dannemora +2000
The Alienist +2000
You can thank Sharp Objects for being nominated because AOGV is going to win big this year. Not going to go over it too much because it’s a dull category but basically Sharp Objects is this years Big Little Lies but without all the hype or momentum.
My Bet – AOGV 4u
Best Television Series Drama
Killing Eve -170
Homecoming +200
The Americans +500
Pose +2000
Bodyguard +2500
Killing Eve was a really interesting show and I think Sandra Oh deserves a lot of praise but I really don’t see it winning this award. The Emmys already said no thanks. This is the 5th and final attempt at a Globe for The Americans and I think it has a real shot at this one. Matthew Rhys should take home his award in the acting category. Homecoming was a flash-in-the-pan show for Amazon but it had a shit load of flash. This is a 2 bet line for me.
My Bet Homecoming 1u + The Americans 1u
Best Television Series Musical Or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel -175
The Kominsky Method+300
Barry +350
The Good Place +1800
Kidding +2000
I am completely torn on this category. I have a hard time believing Mrs Maisel should win again. It’s second season was arguably weaker than it’s first however it destroyed at the Globes and Emmys last year. I think Barry should be above The Kominsky Method, I feel the nomination here was to get the show’s stars in the seats. Full disclosure The Good Place is easily my favorite show of the bunch and the only major network for TV this year…and that’s nuts. My gut says stay away but there’s a chance I throw a half unit on Barry. It killed at the Emmys this year.
Thanks for reading everyone. Good luck on Sunday. Hopefully by then you’ve already had a great weekend of winning your NFL bets and are starting the new year off right!
SIB moved to -600, Gaga to -400.
AOGV to -220
Bale up to -200
Malek moved to +185
Spider-verse moved to -175! Should have jumped on it with the value
Roma is at -1200 now lol
I took sprider-verse for 1 unit at -175
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Versus (2000) [Action / Comedy / Sci-Fi / Zomie]

Versus (VERSUS -ヴァーサス- Vāsasu) is a 2000 Japanese independent zombie action film co-written, produced, and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.
This movie, over time, has developed quite a remarkable cult following and I can see why. In a way, for the same reason Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell have a huge cult following. This movie actually takes a lot of inspiration from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, as well as other movies or games like Highlander, Resident Evil, Anime and more. This is a weird move. Extremely weird. One thing is for sure it is not for everyone. I'll be honest, it wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean I can't see why many people love this movie so I won't slam the movie too much. There's is one huge critique I have but that will come in later about the acting, one actor in particular.
For starters, the movie is very low budget, independent and the people taking part in this are quite inexperienced. However it has a certain charm. Like those movies you used to make with your friends back in high-school / college where you tried to make badass fighting sequences and cheesy action and characters. This is exactly how this movie feels.
Over the top and dramatic action, cheesy one liners, off dialogue. The writing is, not the best however it is very inventive. The movie has fun interesting ideas and it does put a lot of them to good use.
Ok let's get the part that got under my skin right away. The acting... The acting, due to the inexperienced nature of the participants, is all over the place. Ranging from good, to bad, to tryhard to try harder. There's not a lot of inconsistency in tone or performance. Some actors go from normal to over the top. Some play over the top while everyone else is underacting but one actor above them all really got under my skin...
Kenji Matsuda killed me this movie. I don't have a problem with overacting. I don't have a problem with trying to act in a certain way to stand out as insane or something like that BUT JESUS CHRIST. This guy falls in both "tryhard" and "try harder". From the moment this guy came on screen it started to get on my nerves, making all kinds of awkward, odd reactions to everything and weird faces like he was trying to make a toddler laugh, constantly sticking the tip of his tongue out of the corner of his mouth. This guy felt like he was trying to be a badass, to be the Joker, to be insane, to be cold, to be over the top, to be downplayed, to be weird and quirky all at the same time like he was aiming for an Oscar. His facial expressions were the worst.
OK, now that we got the worst part of the movie out of the way, let's focus on the best part of the movie. The effects. The movie relies heavily on practical effects for a lot of its gore. I can bet that 90% or more of the overall 10.000$ budget went on the effects and it did pay off. It is extremely entertaining to watch and does save the movie in a lot of scenes (except when Kenji Matsuda is in the frame).
The camerawork is also very bi-polar. On one side, during the fighting sequences, it is competent, still, has interesting transitions and puts the practical effects into the spotlight. It utilizes all kinds of tricks from zoom ins, fade outs, quick cuts, odd angles, rotations etc but when the movie returns to its.... dialogue... the movie seems to lose most of it's camerawork skill. The camera goes almost constantly into hand-held even tho a lot of the action uses a still camera and it also utilizes a bit too many cuts, even more than in the action scenes at times.
There's also strange transitions. It feels like they used different quality cameras and when they're swapping between them for different takes it is extremely weird because one of them has a lower quality as well as a bluish tint so it's a bit awkward for once shot to be in "semi-hd", normal brightness and gamma and clean then for the next shot it's more blue and even has a different ratio.
The movie also utilizes a lot of tints from negative, to blue and sepia however it doesn't seem to have a pattern to them, they seem to be used at random intervals and go away just as randomly.
The soundtrack is cheesy and uses a lot of stock "action movie" rock/metal tracks that are enjoyable and get the blood pumping during the battles. The sound work on the other hand I found to be rather questionable. You see, most of the normal audio in the movie isn't perfectly clean, it's not raw either but it's not perfect. However, the enhanced sounds are a bit too loud and clean, as if they're recorded stock sounds (which probably are) and it's not entirely adapted to the movies natural sound, more like a last minute addition.
The plot is... all over the place and fun. It has zombies, samurai, yakuza, portals and more. In short, unknown to the world, there are 666 portals on Earth that connect this world to the other side which are concealed from human beings. However, there are some who are aware of their existence and are willing to locate and open the gates of the portals to obtain the power of darkness for their own use. Somewhere in Japan, there exists the 444th portal known as The Forest of Resurrection.
Our main character, KSC2-303, is an escaped prisoner and he meets up with a gang of Yakuzas in said forest for some plan involving a kidnapped girl. When Prisoner KSC2-303 sees the girl that the gang kidnapped, he immediately becomes suspicious of what they plan to do with her. After a heated argument, Prisoner KSC2-303 kills one of the Yakuza members who immediately comes back to life as a zombie. The zombies are killed and Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes back into the forest with The Girl. The Yakuza decide to disobey their orders to wait for their leader and pursue Prisoner KSC2-303 and The Girl.
After that, all hell breaks loose in the forest and the plot thickens with every minute and it gets even more wild. Originally, the film was supposed to be a sequel to Kitamura's Down to Hell but was later developed as a stand-alone film.
The climax of the movie is pretty nuts with some great action sequences and amazing effects while the ending itself is... odd...Intriguing but odd. Slightly interpretable and open ended, leaving room for a sequel that was supposed to be released in 2014 but never was, along with an american remake. In a way I'm thankful both have been stopped. Mainly because this kind of movie doesn't always work and honestly I don't think they can pull the same trick again. It's already on the edge between a good and a bad flick so I think they should leave it as it is right now.
In the end there's two interpretations I've seen so far. Either the Prisoner is now turned evil and the girl realizes that The Man was actually the good guy which is a weaker more straight forward interpretation.
Or the Prisoner is now the reincarnation of The Man and The Man is the reincarnation of the Prisoner which is a more "forced" interpretation because it leaves a lot of holes, but it's not like the movie cared too much about the story above all else. It's up to you to figure out which one you prefer I guess. A sequel would've probably settled that however but I like the open ended aspect
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Overall, Versus isn't a movie for everyone. It's actually quite a niche movie. If you're in the mood for some anime-like cheesy action flick that takes a lot of influence from western movies like Army of Darkness, Evil Dead and Highlander, paired up with some amazing special effects and action then you're in for a ride. However be aware that the overall tone, acting, story and even camerawork at times is pretty all over the place and questionable at best.
Personally, I didn't enjoy this movie that much but I can respect it for the cult following it has and honestly, for a movie made by a bunch of dudes with money they borrowed from their friends and parents, it is quite amazing to say the least. You could say this is a bit similar to The Room in the cult following but with a TON more redeeming qualities, especially the action and the effects.
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Oscars 2014 current odds at Ladbrokes and Paddy Power (UK). Thoughts? Predictions?

Here are the links if you want to see them nicely formatted, or text version below:
Paddy Power
For me the dead certs seem to be: Best Picture - 12 Years A Slave, Best Director - Steve McQueen, Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor but the odds are so short that it's hardly worth betting on anything other than Chiwetel Ejiofor at Paddy Power (3/1). I think Michael Fassbender's pretty much a certainty as well.
I was surprised at the strong showing for the not-yet-finished American Hustle.
Given that the Academy like to contrive at least one surprise in the top 6 categories I would guess Lupita Nyong'o at 3/1 to give 12 Years a Slave an almost clean sweep.
Interesting: right at the bottom - Paddy Power is offering a Robert Downey Jr. Special - 9/1 that he wins a Best Actor Oscar before 2017. I'm not a particular fan of RDJ, but I kind of think that's a pretty good bet.
Well anyway, here are the current odds in text form if you don't want to follow the links. (Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to format it as a table).
Best Picture
American Hustle 2/1
12 Years a Slave 2/1
The Wolf of Wall Street 5/1
Inside Llewyn Davis 7/1
August : Orange County 8/1
The Monument Man 10/1
Saving Mr Banks 10/1
The Butler 10/1
Fruitvale Station 33/1
Nebraska 33/1
Gravity 33/1
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom 33/1
Captain Phillips 40/1
Foxcatcher 66/1
Before Midnight 100/1
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 100/1
Rush 100/1
The Book Thief 100/1
The Third Person 100/1
Mud 100/1
Best Actor
Robert Redford (All is Lost) 7/4
Chiwatel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) 2/1
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) 5/1
Leonardo Di Caprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) 7/1
Matthew McConaughey (Dalas Buyers Club) 7/1
Bruce Dern (Nebraska) 14/1
Michael B Jordan (Fruitvale Station) 14/1
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) 14/1
Forest Whitaker (The Butler) 16/1
Christian Bale (American Hustle) 50/1
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) 50/1
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) 50/1
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate) 100/1
Joaquin Phoenix (Her) 100/1
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) 3/10
Amy Adams (American Hustle) 8/1
Judi Dench (Philomena) 8/1
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) 10/1
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) 10/1
Julia Roberts (August: Orange County) 14/1
Naomi Watts (Diana) 25/1
Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is The Warmest Color) 33/1
Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco) 66/1
Kate Winslett (Labor Day) 66/1
Berenice Bejo (The Past) 66/1
Brie Larson (Short Term 12) 100/1
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) 100/1
Best Director
David O Russell (American Hustle) 10/11
Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) 2/1
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) 7/2
Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) 5/1
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) 12/1
George Clooney (The Monuments Men) 20/1
John Wells (August: Orange County) 25/1
Alexander Payne (Nebraska) 33/1
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) 33/1
John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) 66/1
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) 66/1
Jason Reitman (Labor Day) 66/1
Ridley Scott (The Counselor) 100/1
J C Chandor (All is Lost) 100/1
Lee Daniels (The Butler) 100/1
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmin) 100/1
Best Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) 5/4
Tom Hanks (Saving Mr Banks) 6/4
John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis) 5/1
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) 12/1
Josh Brolin (Labor Day) 14/1
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) 16/1
Harrison Ford (42) 25/1
Jeremy Renner (American Hustle) 33/1
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) 40/1
David Oyelomo (The Butler) 40/1
Matthew McConaughey (The Wolf of Wall Street) 66/1
Chris Cooper (August: Orange County) 100/1
Robert De Niro (American Hustle) 100/1
Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) 100/1
Alan Rickman (The Butler) 100/1
James Franco (Spring Breakers) 100/1
Best Supporting Actress
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) 6/5
Meryl Streep (August:Orange County) 2/1
Lupita Nyongo (12 Years A Slave) 3/1
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) 10/1
June Squibb (Nebraska) 14/1
Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) 16/1
Margo Martindale (August: Orange County) 25/1
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) 50/1
Cameron Diaz (The Counselor) 50/1
Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis) 50/1
Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave) 66/1
Amy Adams (Her) 66/1
Lea Seydoux (Blue is The Warmest Color) 100/1
Melanie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) 100/1
Vanessa Redgrave (Unfinished Song) 100/1
Paddy Power
Best Picture
Twelve Years A Slave 13/8
American Hustle 7/2
The Wolf Of Wall Street 6/1
August: Osage County 6/1
The Monuments Men 15/2
Blue Jasmine 16/1
Out Of The Furnace 16/1
Fruitvale Station 18/1
Inside Llewyn Davis 18/1
Saving Mr Banks 20/1
Gravity 20/1
The Counselor 20/1
Labor Day 22/1
Captain Phillips 25/1
Foxcatcher 25/1
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom 33/1
The Butler 33/1
Grace Of Monaco 33/1
All Is Lost 33/1
Diana 33/1
Philomena 33/1
The Fifth Estate 33/1
The Great Gatsby 40/1
The Dallas Buyer's Club 40/1
Mud 50/1
Rush 66/1
Before Midnight 66/1
42 66/1
The Bling Ring 66/1
The Place Beyond The Pines 100/1
Nebraska 20/1
Best Actor
Robert Redford (All Is Lost) 2/1
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years A Slave) 3/1
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) 4/1
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) 11/2
Bruce Dern (Nebraska) 8/1
Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers' Club) 10/1
Michael B Jordan (Fruitvale) 10/1
Christian Bale (American Hustle) 12/1
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) 14/1
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) 16/1
Tom Hanks (Saving Mr Banks) 16/1
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) 16/1
Forest Whitaker (The Butler) 16/1
Michael Fassbender (The Counselor) 20/1
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate) 25/1
George Clooney (Gravity) 25/1
Joaquin Phoenix (The Immigrant) 33/1
Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) 33/1
Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) 50/1
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) 50/1
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) 10/11
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) 5/2
Judi Dench (Philomena) 13/2
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) 8/1
Naomi Watts (Diana) 10/1
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) 14/1
Nicole Kidman (Grace Of Monaco) 14/1
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) 20/1
Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy) 20/1
Kate Winslet (Labor Day) 20/1
Rooney Mara (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) 20/1
Berenice Bejo (The Past) 25/1
Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) 33/1
Jennifer Lawrence (Serena) 33/1
Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant) 40/1
Adele Exarchopuolos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) 40/1
Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) 50/1
Best Director
David O. Russell (American Hustle) 7/4
Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) 7/4
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[Table] IAmA: Hi, I'm Karyn Parsons actress & author. You might know me as Hilary from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air…AMA!

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Date: 2014-04-03
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Why did they kill off Trevor?also do you think Hilary and Jazz wound up together? Trevor's death was a horrible tragedy. I still have not recovered from that. LOVED Trevor. Loved Brian Stokes Mitchell. But I admit…the bungee drop was kind of funny. It's such a 90's way to go.
I think they probably had something going all along? No I'm kidding, but I don't know. That's hard. Maybe? Maybe she was trying to keep that thing alive from Ice Tray. (Do you guys remember that episode with Don Cheadle as Ice Tray, and he and Hilary hooked up and she was going to go back with him back to Philly, and then he wanted to trade in his first class ticket back for two tickets in coach and I was like "no thank you!")
One of the best Hilary moments was when Will and Carlton blackmail her. How hard was it to film the slaps/barks/and other antics? The hardest part was not laughing through it. The mechanics of it were fine, because if it was hard for me, it was okay, because it would be hard for Hilary. But the laughing part was the difficult part. We all had a difficult time getting through it and blew quite a few takes cracking up .
Would you recognize Allen the cameraman if you saw him at the Oscars? AOW! Yes! Absolutely! Allen and I are Facebook friends.
One of my favorite roles you've been in has been Emily from Major Payne. What was your favorite part about filming that movie? Awww. I loved Emily! Damon was my favorite part. He was SOOO funny and I probably blew so many takes of his good stuff because I laughed. We both cracked each other up. At one point, he made them put a scrim between us during takes because he couldn't say his lines straight because my face was contorting trying not to laugh. He was SO funny.
If you had an opportunity to work with any actor or director from past or present, who would it be and why? My mother always. But growing up I had a sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Sipperly, who became Mrs. Bone (just in case any of my sixth grade friends see this), who influenced me tremendously in terms of creativity.
Who would win in an arm wrestling competition? Hilary or Carlton? Oh that's easy. We all know it would be Hilary.
Hey Karyn, now I've been told in AMA's ANYTHING can be asked. Me and my bros watch Fresh Prince growing up and still do. And we always wanted to know, did you and Will ever have a thing? No. There was probably curiosity in the very beginning just naturally but nothing ever happened between us. And we quickly became like real cousins.
What was the best advice you've heard James Avery give? As far as acting, I heard him say: when you're crying, you don't want to cry. Most people are trying NOT to cry. And as a person, we could have a drink and I could talk about it, but he gave me so much advice over the years, I would have to sit and think about it, but it's so enmeshed in me,… god I'm going to start crying. I can't think about it because I will get too emotional.
Hi Karen, I loved Fresh Prince as a kid and of course that meant I had a crush on you at some point. My question is, how did they explain the Aunt Vivian character change to the cast? Does the second Aunt Viv look as strange to you as she does to me when you watch reruns? Well it was like Darrin in Bewitched (I might be going back too far for some people but they switched the Darrins). We went three seasons with one Aunt Viv, three with the other, obviously it was not a deal breaker for audiences ultimately. Fortunately we sustained it.
Besides the show ending, was there a truly sad moment for you during the filming of FPoB? The show's ending was pretty damn sad. I didn't want to walk off of that stage. And I kept thinking I shouldn't! They can't get mad at me if I keep messing up and refuse to walk off. But ultimately I was a good girl and walked off like I was supposed to.
I don't know about sad, but when the OJ verdict came down, that was very difficult day for me. Because we watched the big screen, they had split the screen to show black people watching the verdict together and white people watching the verdict together, and it was a very divisive thing the news media was doing, and it was hard to be part of a family that was so mixed - our writers and producers were black and white but predominantly white, and a predominantly black cast, and a mixed crew - but to feel the differences of opinion and the feeling of divisiveness that was being pushed through the TV was upsetting. And the thing is, it wasn't about us, it wasn't about our reaction, 't was more that I experienced it with these people, experiencing it with my family. I remember when the verdict came down, I ran to my dressing room and I was quickly comforted by Ta, Will and Alf, who quickly came to my room in that order, because everyone realized it was a difficult situation. It was a sad thing that I experienced with them, it was not about them, it was just that I experienced it with them.
I was wondering if the cast of Fresh Prince ever discussed a reunion before Mr.Avery passed away? (may he RIP) Any chance of doing one now, maybe a tribute to him as well? Hope all is well with you and I wish you luck on Sweet Blackberry and everything else you pursue! We never had a formal reunion but we got together several times. James' passing is still so fresh that we had his memorial, which was incredibly moving, and a tribute to him, so as far as any other kind of tribute, maybe we will down the line. I would love that. I miss him terribly.
And thank you for your kind words.
Can you do the Carlton dance? No! If I worked hard enough on it, I probably could but I've tried to drop into it and it doesn't come easily to me. I guess I can kind of do it? I'm trying right now? If I worked on it, I could probably get it.
Hello Karyn! How did your career develop after Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Did all employers linked you to Hilary and tried to offer parts similar to that one or were you able to detach from that character and play other roles? There was a lot of typecasting. There were some rooms I couldn't get in because people said they already "knew what I did" based on Hilary. However, probably more doors opened for me because of Hilary than were closed to me.
Is it strange that I was relieved when Hilary's fiance died? "So you're saying there's chance!" Hahaha! You're bad.
When founding a nonprofit, what in particular made you choose the path you did? WOW. WOW. Wow, that was great. Oh wow.
What made you passionate about this cause? LOVED the shorts. Loved the backup dance moves. Very West Side of Philly story. It was quite accidental. My mother is a retired librarian. When she was working in the library, she headed the largest black resource center in California, and would call me and tell me about incredible stories she came across, and she told the me the story of Henry Box Brown, a slave who literally mailed himself in a box to his freedom across state lines, and I was so fascinated by the story and then couldn't believe I had never heard that story, I would tell my friends and couldn't believe NO ONE had heard this story, I thought well this HAS to be a kids book.
Were there other things that you were/are passionate about that you also considered advocating? Then I thought that I wanted to do a series of Kids books about more people whose stories I had heard who were amazing. In school we hear about a handful of stories, great stories, but there are so many out there that eventually, when I started the company, I actually started it as a for-profit, I had not thought of the business model, I just wanted to get the stories to kids. Living with it a little bit I recognized that a nonprofit was what I wanted to do, and changed it, but it was completely accidental in that way. I wasn't looking for a cause, I just found out about these people and wanted to get these stories to young kids, the same way that we know Little Red Riding hood like the back of our hands, i thought that it would be great if kids knew about Henry Box Brown or Garrett Morgan the inventor. I wanted to plant seeds in kids early about people who inspire and who can empower them.
What was it like having will on set? There are plenty of YouTube videos where he's messing around with everyone and it just seems like a great time. Any funny stories we might enjoy? Will is just like he seems. Full of energy, very funny, likes to play. He mooned James Avery offstage, James was on camera and Will mooned him offstage once. He's a joker and very playful. He wasn't like a George Clooney going around doing pranks all the time, but one thing he did that was hilarious: We had a line one week that kept changing, the writers were having fun with this line, and they would say "Dara can tie a cherry stem with her tongue" and then it would change to "Dara can do this," or that. And one day it became "Dara can fit a whole orange in her mouth." Will thought he'd try it himself. He shoved a whole orange in his mouth, a WHOLE ORANGE, peel and all, the look of satisfaction when he pushed the last of the orange in lasted for a millisecond and was replaced by terror when he realized he didn't know how to take it out. It was SO FUNNY. He went from so proud to panicked. I don't remember how he removed it, it was so funny and I was laughing so hard.
What's your life motto? Words to live by? Be the change you want to see in the World. That's my original quote, no it's Gandhi.
Loved you on Fresh Prince and always remember you curly hair. =) Was wondering if you ever got sick of the curls and wanted to straighten it? Thanks for taking the time for an AMA. I've straightened it and I straightened it on the show quite a bit during some seasons, and quite honestly, I don't think I look right with it straightened. And when we would straighten it on the show, my hair would start to break like crazy, and I would have to wear wigs, and you'd be all like "I can't go out there like this! You can't shoot me like this!" and there was nothing else to do but go out looking like that.
Thanks for doing this AMA. Did you pull any pranks while on the set of the Fresh Prince? I'll have to think on that. BUT I can tell you that there was a situation where Alfonso and I used to carpool every day because we lived down the street from each other, and one day, in between shooting, Will got Alfonso to slap me across the face! MIND YOU, I had slapped him first, but STILL. Will messed with Alfonso's mind, "How you gonna let her do that to you?!" egged him on, and Alfonso finally gave in and slapped me across me the face! Will thought it was hilarious, everyone thought it was hilarious, but I got him back.
I left that day without telling him, and I was the carpool ride. He went out to the parking lot and no ride home!
How did you cope with the death of Trevor? (my favorite episode!) Karyn or Hilary? For Karyn: when we came back after the summer and read the first script and saw that Trevor died my first reaction was "OMG! They can't get rid of Brian!" and then I laughed. But I was really saddened that the actor and the character weren't going to be on the show. I'm glad they allowed Hilary to mourn him on the show. But I loved working with Brian, my scenes with him, and watching Hilary and Trevor's relationship develop. That was a hard one to get over.
What was your favorite episode to shoot? I think it was the blackmailing episode. Because the dinner scene, barking like a dog, was fun, but one of the biggest surprises I got was when I come to Carlton for help and say that Will wants me to wash his "dirty draws" and Carlton turns and says "Will ya do mine?" The audience didn't just laugh, they didn't just clap, they started stomping their feet in the stands. If you watch the episode, you'll see I am trying so hard not to laugh in the stands, because I couldn't believe they hated me so much! We had to wait so long while they were clapping and stomping.
How did you get the role of Hillary? I auditioned and auditioned and auditioned, for the casting assistant, and casting director, and writers, and Quincy Jones (Which was incredible) and additional producers, and then the network. It was a long process.
Was the success of the show a shock to you? Yes. We were just having fun, I was not thinking of it in terms of going out into the world. It's a hard thing to realize when you're just in the moment having a good time and rolling around being silly, it's hard to fathom that it's reaching so many people. And they're being affected watching you. So when we started having success, it felt strange. And particularly we had such huge success AFTeR the show went off the air, and that was really odd and surprising.
Looking at your colleagues from Fresh Prince, who was the actor most like their character? How about the one most different? Will was the most like his character. Alf and I were the least. Alfonso and I were the least like our characters.
Connected, but a little different: do you think it is possible to play a character without bringing anything of your true self into it? Thank you for saying that, and that is a very insightful comment. Because as much as I like to think I'm not like Hilary, it's true. My dad always teases me that I was able to do that character because she lives in me somewhere. But I still deny that.
What was a typical work week like on set? Did everyone just show up Monday morning, get the new episode script, and memorize it over the next few days until shooting scenes on Thursday or Friday? You almost have the schedule down pat. We would show up on Mondays, do a table reading where everybody sits around and read the script. Then we would have a couple hours to kill while the writers made adjustments based on what they heard in the reading. Sometimes they would send us home if the script needed too many rewrites, otherwise we would go through the stages and run whatever scripts were in good enough shape. Tuesday and Wednesday we rehearsed onstage. And at the end of those days, we did run-throughs in front of the writers and producers. And then Thursday, sometimes we would pre-shoot (we would do them if we needed them with the cameras, or just more rehearsal and run throughs. Friday we shot the show all day without an audience, and then loaded an audience in the evening, and shot live. And 95% of what was aired was the live, they only went to the other if they ABSOLUTELY needed it. It didn't match apparently, my friend who was the AD on the show, she would be there in the editing room would say that the energy would be entirely different.
finally what is one thing about being a TV star that most people don't know about (could be related to the first two questions)? And what people don't know? That it's a lot of work, and in TV, we're not improvising, although Will would change lines sometimes. He'd consult with the writers first but we weren't improvising. We're doing the lines that the writers gave us, and I'd say that the laughter is NOT canned it's real. And sometimes it really boosts you and feels really exciting. And then it will burst and go silent, which can be really eerie.
How fresh was the fresh prince? I mean did he smell? I bet he did after that long cab ride. HAHAHA! Yeah, one big stinky boy.
I guess aerosol paint wasn't such a good substitute for antiperspirant after all. Haha! I just had to have that explained to me.
Good Morning Mrs. Parsons and welcome to Reddit. I speak for everyone when I thank you for coming to our site to do this. My question for you is this, Having worked on different shows and movies, how do you adjust from working with a wide variety of actors/actresses? For instance, working with the cast of Fresh Prince and more recently with Denis Leary and the folks on The Job. That has to be a huge adjustment. So how does a skilled actress do it? First off, thank you for your kind words. The Fresh Prince was a truly unique experience. We played house for six years. We were crazy about each other. It was hard to leave. But I'm lucky to say I've had really good experiences with the actors that I've worked with from the Fresh Prince onwards. When you've got good professional people working with you, the experience is going to be a good one. It's been smooth for me.
What was the best moment working with Will Smith? God, the best moment? Throughout, throughout, it was always great working with him. I think one of the funniest moments that I had on camera with him a lot of people have seen in bloopers, when he was telling me to move on from Trevor, and he kept coming up with different lines about how I was going to end up marrying some guy named Grady who eats soup or something like that and be wearing rhinestone gauchos, he just kept coming up with different lines, and I could not contain myself! I think he was surprising himself too with the lines he was coming up with, they were his, they were all Will that time. Another line he did which I was off camera watching which was one of the biggest laughs I ever had was when he got grounded, and he yelled at Uncle Phil "why don't you just do me like Kunta Kinte and cut off my foot!??!!" THAT was funny. And then there was "Hey Kool-Aid."
Hi Karyn, I'm excited about the film and helped in the kick-starter campaign. From the clips I've seen your kids did a great job. Do either of them want to be in the tv/film business? Caught the acting bug? Thank you so much for donating! My son seems completely disinterested, he could care less, and he's six. My daughter, however, just did a short film. We're not encouraging her to act right now, we just want her to be a kid, but her attitude has been great. And she is interested in a lot of things, so hopefully she will explore a lot of things. But she loved acting in the movie with her brother and her father, and loved seeing the whole thing come together.
How was it working with Janet Hubert? I remember seeing or reading the past that she wasn't the easiest. Thank you for your AMA. Though there were difficulties in the third season that many know about, Janet was an awesome actress and incredible to play off of. Always.
Excellent. Thank you for your response. Good grief did I ever have a crush on you while I was in school. I don't know what to say to that, that's sweet. Thanks!
Hi Karyn! Do you and the rest of the fresh prince cast still get together and hang out from time to time? Also would you ever consider doing another sitcom? Yes and yes. I see the cast whenever I can. I live in New York now, so I don't get to as often, but Tatyana was here a few weeks ago and we had a great time. We really are a family, so when we see each other we pick up where we left off. We see each other whenever there's a big occasion, and we try to see each other as often as we can. And sure, I'd do another show, if it was right!
Can you give me a rough estimate of how many times someone has approached you and started singing the Fresh Prince theme song? It's the holy grail of TV theme songs, in my opinion. I probably don't get it half as much as Will does.
Hi Karyn! Can you tell us which role you enjoyed the most? Hilary. Without a doubt. Loved all the stuff you're not supposed to do and saying all the things you're not supposed to say!
That's awesome! Would you say your Fresh Prince experience was really positive overall? Without a doubt. It was great.
Awesome, thanks Karyn! Were the writers open to suggestions from the cast about changing lines? Like: this bit or joke isn't working, why don't I say it like this? or, I know my character really well now and this isn't what she would really say? Or, this joke is just dumb, let's not do it? Or was the tone on set more like, actors just do your job and say the lines given to you? No, the writers were completely 100% open. Our tuesdays after we did our run through, we would go through our script with them and tell them problems, and they listened. They would respect our opinions and our thoughts as the actors.
Finally joined Reddit just so I could post here. I was a huge fan of Fresh Prince growing up -- thank you for your work! I bet others will cover the show, so my questions are about "Little Feet". What do you hope you accomplish with the film, and who is Alexandre Rockwell? Also: If we donate, can we go bungee jumping with you and Trevor? :) Ohhh! Bungee jumping as a reward would have been a great idea! but seeing as I've been traumatized by bungees that won't happen. HOWEVER, I will do outgoing voicemail messages! I'll even do it as Hilary Banks. And that Alex Rockwell guy is my husband. We want to get the film out to audiences. It's a beautiful film, and it's been incredibly well received at festivals and we want to get it out to audiences.
Hello Karyn. I'm glad you are doing well with exciting and fulfilling new projects. I must admit you were a huge childhood crush of mine. I just wanted to say hi and thank you for entertaining us for so many years! On that note, do you ever watch reruns of Fresh Prince? Almost never, however my daughter got into watching for the first time last year. And so I saw some pieces of episodes and that was weird.
Did you ever end up with a fool named Grady? Hahaha! No but I have my rhinestone gauchos on, and a shirt that says JAM!
Yo, I like turtles. Do you like turtles? Also, how's your day going so far? I have a russian tortoise at home. It's not a turtle, it's a tortoise, but I love turtles too. My day is going great, this is really fun!
Is there a dream role that you would absolutely love to play? Or is there any actor or actress in particular that you really want to work with? PS, I love you and thank you for doing this AMA! Shoot, I'm never good with these answers. I don't know! I have to think about it, this is a hard one for me. I can think of a lot of actors that I really admire and like to watch. But it's not that exciting for me to think about being in a scene with them, I'd rather watch them. And as far as a part that I'd like to play, I've been asked that a lot and I couldn't have told you that a part like Hilary would be such a fun, great part to play. Even when I first auditioned for her, I didn't put that much into it at first, and then later she would go on to be the most fun for me to play, bar none, and I had written her off as this silly little nothing part initially. So I think we're so surprised by those things.
What do you like to do on your down time? Down time? Wow, what a concept. Dreaming about it now, and having a drink with my husband sounds really nice. Hanging out with friends sounds great. I like to read. Is that boring? And I don't get a lot of time to do all the reading I would like to do.
Little Feet looks really cool! what's your role in the production and how did you come to be involved? I gave birth to the babies that star in it. I married the guy that directed it. It's dedicated to me.
Do you still keep in touch with the rest of the cast? Reunion episode??? I never thought that there would be a reunion show, but now that we don't have James, I can pretty much assure you there won't be one.
Oh wow, it's Hilary! I used to watch Fresh Prince all the time, I still think it's one of the best examples of a perfectly paced and executed sitcoms. How did you feel about the finale? If the series went on past the finale, where would the plot have probably gone? Oooh, good question. And yes, I think that our show runners and director and writers did a tremendous job as well. We were definitely spoiled on a lot of levels. I wasn't crazy about the finale myself, but I don't think I ever watched it all the way through, so maybe I am not being fair. I wasn't really emotionally present when we were doing it, because I was going through the trauma of saying goodbye to the show, so maybe that's why I don't like the finale.
But where would it have gone? Good question, because soon enough we would have had to see Will and Carlton get into the professional world of their choosing or destiny or however they got there, and that in itself would have been interesting. As far as Hilary, I think she would have started to become a tragic figure, but that's just me.
Hi Karyn! Thanks so much for doing the AMA! I'm a huge Fresh Prince fan and have seen every episode. I have a LOT of questions but I guess, being from Philly, I wanted to know how it was to work with Will? I always imagined all of you having so much fun on the set! Thanks again! We did. I looked forward to going to work every day. Honestly. And it was very hard to leave behind. It was just a laugh fest. We had deep conversations, we had times we were laughing so hard we couldn't stand it, we were banned from Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles at lunch because we'd come back and we were lethargic, we couldn't move, we would get in giggle fits especially if we had seated scenes. If we had a dinner scene where everyone was seated, immediately everyone would be like "OHHH why'd you write this?" because we couldn't get through them. It was like being in church, we would all start giggling. It might have started because of that first season episode when I got blackmailed and I had to bark like a dog seated at table, that might have set the tone for future seated scenes, because those are like FORGET IT, we couldn't get through them. The directors would get mad at us.
When did you first start to be interested in becoming an actress? When I was six. I used to watch Jodie Foster a lot. And I wanted to do what she did. And then I checked out some play books from the library and got hooked on doing little plays.
Hi Karyn, I've been a big fan ever since Fresh Prince! How was it working on Major Payne? Major Payne was a gas. The kids were adorable and Damon was hilarious. And very fun. I think it was very buggy and wet, and I got a bite on my forehead that looked like an egg was coming out of it that freaked everybody out (You'll notice in the movie my bangs change!) But I survived and mostly had fun.
I have heard people say that the writers of "Fresh Prince," were committed to making white people look stupid. It seemed as though every time a white person was on the show, they were arrogant, rich, white snobs. I don't agree but I can see how someone could make that argument. Do you recall any incidents or accusations about this issue? I don't remember any accusations, but I would say that there may have been a little truth of that for one or two episodes. But since it only lasted one or two episodes, I would have to say it was just about those characters, and I would say that you would also want to look at the fact the writers who wrote those episodes were white themselves.
Hi Karyn, thanks for doing this AMA. After being on The Fresh Prince for 6 seasons, do you think you will ever be part of another TV project that will last for several years again? Obviously, I couldn't say, but I would insanely lucky to a show run that long. And if I could have a familial relationship develop out of it, that would be even more incredible.
I still love watching the Fresh Prince re-runs. Hilary was definitely a key part of the comedy. Could you fill us in on what happened with Aunt Liv number 1? Why did she disappear? :-o. Ohhh. There were contract disputes? And that's pretty much it? There were contract disputes.
How often do you do the "Carlton" dance? Still trying to get it right. We'll have it down by tomorrow this time, now that I've been asked about it twice.
How was working with Denis Leary on The Job? Great! A really good actor, a whole different brand of comedy and I thought the Job was such a good show! So did the critics, but ABC was in the habit of yanking things early at that time so we didn't get a long enough run I believe. It's a shame.
So is your pronunciation Porsche or Porscha? There's Portia De Rossi, and then there's the car. The car is Porsche.
How many takes were required for the dance scene in Major Payne? Oh my god! A LOT. Maybe not that many but it is something that I will remember. We had a lot of fun doing that, it was really silly and really fun. I remember that as though we did it a lot, but we probably didn't.
What do you think the key to achieving happiness is? I'm not an unhappy person, but if you're talking about contentment, I think that is something I am working on all the time. I think Love is so much of it, and I mean that in love of self, truth, I think that's a huge huge part of it, I think when we can all get to our truth and be honest and true to ourselves and the world and to everyone around us we are almost there. We are pretty much there. That's all there is in truth and honesty and I think if you can truly have that, and truly be that, then you can be happier. If you are honest with yourself and others.
It seems you would have easily been type-cast as a bubble-head dummy. Was it hard to break away from that? I had quite a few opportunities to play similar parts. But it wasn't that interesting for me.
Hi Kayrn! Starting out in Hollywood can be challenging and many aspiring artists don't have alot of money. Even so, do you think young actors/actresses should sign up for health insurance? Thanks! That's a good question. Are you talking about union actors? If you are talking about union, I want to say yes, but I don't know enough about the coverage to answer that properly really.
How come he don't want me man :( That's so sad!!! That episode makes me cry to this day.
I remember when he had to do that scene, he spoke to me about it ahead of time, and he particularly spoke with James Avery (aka Uncle Phil) who gave him advice on how to approach the scene. And whatever he said, and acting with James, as you can see from the performance was invaluable.
That was the best performance I have seen Will do. I get shivers every time i see or even think about that scene. He nailed that performance. I just got chills when it was brought up ! Me too.
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