Ben Foster has joined the cast of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine. The pic also Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger with Craig Gillespie directing.
The film is based on a true story revolving around a rescue attempt by the Coast Guard in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’s 2010 book. Production is currently under way in Massachusetts.
The UTA-repped Foster was last seen in Universal’s “Lone Survivor” and can be seen next in the untitled Lance Armstrong pic where he portrays the cyclist, followed by Legendary’s adaptation of “Warcraft.”
Fathom Events, National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience are pleased to announce the broadcast of Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in the Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Pre-recorded earlier the same day, the event will be broadcast from London’s Young Vic Theatre to select U.S. cinemas.
The profound and lyrical plays of Tennessee Williams had an immeasurable impact on American theatre, and “A Streetcar Named Desire” is one of the most influential of all. Benedict Andrews directs the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history.
Tickets for “NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 530 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.
For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire” presents the talents of Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files,” “The Fall”) as Blanche DuBois; Ben Foster (“Lone Survivor,” “Kill Your Darlings”) as Stanley Kowalski; and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s “Great Expectations,” “Three Sisters” at the Young Vic) as Stella.
As Blanche DuBois’ fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
“AN ABSOLUTE KNOCK-OUT. RAW, EMOTIONAL AND DEEPLY UNSETTLING. Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career.” – Daily Telegraph
“ELECTRIFYING. Gillian Anderson is unmissable.” – Evening Standard
“Gillian Anderson gives a SHATTERINGLY POWERFUL PERFORMANCE.” – Independent
“Ben Foster is chillingly thuggish.” – Daily Mail
“A BOLD NEW LONDON REVIVAL.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A first-rate performance from Vanessa Kirby as Stella.” – Guardian
“Cinemas provide live theatre-lovers an amazing opportunity to experience world-class performances, right in their own communities,” said BY Experience’s co-President Julie Borchard-Young. “We are thrilled more than 500 theaters across the country will screen the critically acclaimed production of the Young Vic’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, expanding the reach of NT Live to more communities nationally than ever before.”
“’A Streetcar Named Desire’ will enable fans in theaters to experience this timeless classic direct from the stages of London,” Fathom Events executive vice president Shelly Maxwell said. “Fathom is delighted to present this all-time favorite to communities all across the nation.”
Gillian Anderson walks into a rehearsal room in south London having just hit her head with her own car door at the end of the school run. The large swelling on her right temple does little to dent her beauty – those sculpted cheeks and large, compelling eyes – nor her sharp intelligence, but it is a cause for concern.
“Headbutting children again,” teases Ben Foster, her co-star in a new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, as we fuss around, finding an ice pack, while Anderson settles down, elegant in a yellow chiffon dress, laughing at her own incompetence.
Seeing them side by side, you can’t imagine more suitable casting for Tennessee Williams’s dark, daring play about sexuality, need and madness. Her refined delicacy and his grounded intensity make it easy to see them stepping into the roles of the damaged Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and her volatile brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, parts made famous on Broadway in 1947 by Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, and on screen four years later by Brando with Vivien Leigh.
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WGTC: In 2013, you appeared in three great films – Kill Your Darlings, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Lone Survivor – in three very different roles. How do you decide on the roles you take?
Ben Foster: Well, first of all, I’m happy you liked those films. That’s nice to hear. I like to learn about things I don’t know a lot about. Also, it’s whatever crosses my desk at the time. Does it feel right in my hands and in my body? With those scripts in particular, I got to work different muscles. But it wasn’t planned all at once. You speak with the director, you read the script, and you see if there’s a way to collaborate and communicate, if there’s a shorthand. As I get older – and I don’t even want to sound like such an old dog, I’ve only done this for 22 years, something like that – if you’re going to go to bed with somebody, you want it to be exciting. I don’t know how you pick it, it’s just got to feel right.
WGTC: One of your performances that resonated with me was in the 2009 film The Messenger, which is very under-appreciated. How did your role as a war veteran in that film bring new shading or perspective to playing a Navy SEAL in Lone Survivor?
BF: I suppose like all experiences, there’s an accumulation. I saw the results of the war at Walter Reed Hospital with amputees doing research for The Messenger. I saw that side of it. For this picture [Lone Survivor], it was spending time with those who served actively. Getting to spend time with the family of the man that I was to represent was a great privilege. To speak with the Axelson family and sharing their love of their husband and son and brother, and just hear stories of this man… it goes beyond a film experience. It was a deeply human experience that I’ll always treasure.
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We recently chatted with actor Ben Foster about making the fact-based drama-thriller Lone Survivor wherein he played Sonar Technician (Surface) Second Class Petty Officer Matthew “Axe” Axelson. The Peter Berg-directed movie stars Foster, Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch as four U.S. Navy SEALs trapped and outnumbered against Taliban gunmen in the mountains of Afghanistan.
IGN Movies: What for you was the thing you’ll probably take away the most from your experience making this movie and from what you learned about Axe the man?
Ben Foster: Getting time to spend surrounded by the team guys, it shaped my perspective I think far beyond my understanding. The warrior/philosopher mentality is unlike any group of men I’ve ever met before. Gaining a friend in Marcus [Luttrell] and having the opportunity to spend time with the Axelson family, it just spoke more like a bowed head or a prayer — two are soldiers, two are warriors — than making a movie.
IGN: Has this been a subject you’ve wanted to explore in film? If I remember correctly, weren’t you up for Black Hawk Down way back in the day?
Foster: You’ve got a good memory. Yeah, I did bootcamp for Black Hawk, and I got injured on the last day of bootcamp. They told me to go home. It really broke my heart. I just kept running after my leg started hurting. I kept running with their guys. That was a dumb-ass move, as my leg turned black. [Laughs] Not really in shooting shape. I guess just being drawn to men in service, those that choose a life to serve, I suppose it’s just an excuse to spend time with decent folk — learn about a craft, an occupation, something people dedicate their lives to, selflessly. That’s the best part of my job, meeting these special people, be that in military fields or teaching fields. It’s when work becomes so rare, how privileged I am just to spend time with them. Right now, you’re asking me questions. My great joy is asking them questions.
IGN: I would imagine you’ve got your fair share of alpha males involved in just making the movie, let alone the type of men that you’re portraying. Was it a kind of friendly but competitive environment for actors? I would imagine you guys had some good-natured trying to one-up each other physically kinda thing?
Foster: Sure. Yeah, early on in prep for this, down in San Diego, we would spend time in Coronado and — I won’t say the bar’s name, but it’s a SEAL bar — there was a group of guys about to be deployed, and I asked, “All right. You’re a team guy. There’s no real leader of the team. Who is the silverback of the team?” He said, “We’re all silverbacks.” It’s such a high-level warrior philosophy. It’s having absolute trust in your fellow man, in his training. They say buds is a gut check. Buds, as I was told — and I’m no one to talk — but as I was told, it’s just a gut check. You’re either a quitter or you’re not. The game here is, don’t quit no matter what. If you don’t quit, then the training begins. But buds is about, when you’re on the field, beyond all the training that you learned, you know that something inherent is taking place, and it’s a brutal ritual. It’s unbelievable ritual training, a kind of psychological and physical suffering. It’s not haphazard. But it allows you, when you’re on the field, to look at your man or feel your man and know who’s behind and who’s in front and who’s on your flanks, and trust that they’re going to keep their shit together and operate, and not quit. That’s better than an extra round in your gun.
Lone Survivor is now available on Blu-ray.
Ben Foster will make his London stage debut in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streeetcar Named Desire, beginning performances July 23 prior to an official opening July 28 at the Young Vic Theatre for a run that is booking through Sept. 6.
Foster will play Stanley Kowalski, joining the previously announced Gillian Anderson, who will play Blanche du Bois, in a production that will be directed by Benedict Andrews.
Also in the cast is Vanessa Kirby as Stella, Blanche’s sister who is married to Stanley. The cast also includes Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Nicholas Gecks, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson and Claire Prempah.
Foster made his Broadway debut last year in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans, opposite Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge.