Tim Roth reveals what drew him to his latest movie, ‘Resurrection’

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Resurrection, a new psychological thriller starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, is in theaters now. Directed by Andrew Semans, it follows a mother who is forced to confront her past. Roth tells ABC Audio what drew him to the project.

"I was traveling with my son. We were actually in France at the time," he recalls. "And I read it and he was sitting across the way from me while I was doing my reading and my jaw sort of hit the floor. I was like what is this? And he read it and went, 'Oh, you're doing this.'"

The 61-year-old actor joined the cast after filming began, which completely changed his approach to the project, he thinks, for the better.

"Normally, you'd give yourself three weeks to sort of get your head around something...I didn't really have any of that time," he explains. "So maybe it was better for it in a way. It just, you know concentrate on having the conversations with Rebecca. Don't think outside the box, just think in the moment."

And Roth says it was made all the more easier by Hall, whom he believes has "some serious chops as an actor."

"You actually feel that you've gotta bring your game to step up to her," he continues. "One of the things that you don't see on camera, but it happens immediately when [Semans] said cut was the amount of laughter that was going on. She is really funny."

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‘American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts’ honors NYC’s champion of the arts

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As part of its American Masters series, PBS debuts Joe Papp in Five Acts -- which examines the groundbreaking career of producer/director Joe Papp, who founded Manhattan's famed Shakespeare in the Park festival and The Public Theater. He went on to produce signature Broadway Productions like Hair and A Chorus Line.

Martin Sheen, who starred in Papp's production of Hamlet in 1967 at New York's Public Theater, tells ABC Audio Papp's influence was a game-changer for theatre.

"He was a force that managed to reach such a wide audience in the culture, with culture. He started that with the New York Shakespeare Festival and insisted that there be no charge so that the common people could have access and it worked, says Sheen. He notes Papp overcame many obstacles, including then-parks commissioner Robert Moses, who saw a chance to profit off the productions.

The Grace and Frankie actor adds that for three decades Papp not only changed American theatre, but thousands of lives as well. "Night after night I would look out into the audience in Central Park when I was playing there and you'd see Black and brown, and old and young, and rich and poor, and male and female all in one place and they all got it," Sheen recalls.

Sheen says Papp’s early work came at a time of great turmoil in American history, and his productions needed to reflect that.

"Reverend [Martin Luther] King had just been assassinated, we had already lost Bobby Kennedy earlier. John Kennedy had been killed a few years before that. We were involved in a very, very intense war in Vietnam and there was great upheaval in the culture, and so he was trying to reflect that," says Sheen. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts premieres Friday on PBS.

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‘The Sopranos’ stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa come clean on the hit show in new book, ‘Woke Up This Morning’

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The new book, Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos, is an immersive dive into all things Sopranos, the hit television series created by David Chase that ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007.

The book is co-authored by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa who respectively played fan-favorites Christopher Moltisanti and Robert “Bobby Bacala” Baccalieri Jr. on the show. The series is enjoying a newfound popularity thanks to streaming, and the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark.

Imperioli tells ABC Audio that, for Chase, it was important to get things right from the start and that meant not dumbing anything down.

"[David] said...people actually talk the way they do in life, you know because people never say what they mean," he notes. "David wanted to make something where people relate to each other the way they do in life which was not done much on television up until then."

"There’s also magic you like, you can out together the best cast with a great script, and a great director and it just doesn’t pop...But sometimes, you just get the ingredients...and that’s what happened with The Sopranos.

Schirripa offers this little tidbit about casting one of the show's more popular characters.

"Jerry Stiller got the role of Hesh... I love Jerry Stiller, But I couldn’t imagine anyone doing 'Hesh' but Jerry Adler," he admits.

Additionally, Frank Vincent read for the role of “Uncle Junior" and Steven Van Zandt almost became “Tony Soprano."

Of course, the role of Tony went to James Gandolfini, who Schirripa says became a powerful presence on the set by "[setting] an example on set so no one got out of line."  

 

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