“Nothing New Ever Gets Discovered From Being Safe:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Charles Rahi Chun

Charles Rahi Chun

Charles Rahi Chun with James Franco and Seth Rogan promoting The Interview.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor Charles Rahi Chun. Charles spoke with us about his role in and his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the movie “The Interview,” the differences in working on TV shows and movies and where he sees his career heading. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Charles Rahi Chun: 

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

Charles Rahi Chun: John Travolta had a monopoly of cool TV and film roles when I was coming of age. “Saturday Night Fever” was one of the first films I saw in the theaters and he followed that up as Danny Zucko in “Grease,” who was the epitome of cool to a kid. All this after being “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” and Vinnie Barbarino on TV. I also really dug Bill Bixby as “The Incredible Hulk” – the man had a deep well of emotion and a beautiful heart.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CRC: “Saturday Night Fever” was pretty cool, but my very first movie experience was “Bugsy Malone,” which was amazing to watch as a kid because the entire cast was children dressed up as adults. Later, as a teen-ager, I was really struck by the movie “Fame,” which also happened to be directed by Alan Parker.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CRC: I grew up watching a lot of television, so my heroes were TV characters. “The Six Million Dollar Man,” Starsky, Hutch, and Pa Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie.” As I got older, I was fascinated with psychology and what drives us to do what we do as human beings, and the more I learned about acting, the more enthralled I became with the craft. When I got to Connecticut College and explored performing and choreography and using my body as a vessel for collaborative story-telling, all of these influences merged leading me to pursue acting professionally.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

CRC: It wasn’t really advice that anyone gave me, but I’m told that athletes never think about winning or losing while in a game. They only focus on the next shot or hit, staying very present in the moment, and I like to live my life that way. Because ultimately, that’s all there is.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

CRC: “Be safe.” Nothing new ever gets discovered from being safe. Continue reading

Movie Version Of “Wings” Flying Into Theaters This Fall

Wings

Wings: The Movie!

Hollywood—Fans of the Franco brothers as well as 1990s television will both have something to be happy about this fall. Universal confirmed yesterday that they are beginning production next month of a film version of “Wings” starring James and the other Franco brother as Joe and Brian Hackett, the proprietors of Sandpiper Air immortalized on NBC from 1990 through 1997.

Also announced to round out the cast of the “Cheers” spinoff set at the fictional Tom Nevers Field in Nantucket, Katherine Heigl as the former obese cellist-turned snack counter owner Helen Chappel, Helen Mirren as counter clerk Fay Cochran, Horatio Sanz as competitor airline owner Roy Biggins, Jason Siegel as airplane mechanic Lowell Mather and Denzel Washington as down-on-his-luck immigrant cabbie Antonio Scarpacci.

Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplay for 2012’s “Lincoln,” wrote the script. No director has been attached yet, but Franco said he wasn’t too concerned. “No, not really. We could probably go out and do the blocking and direction ourselves, really, this cast is so strong. It literally is a dream come true to work with everybody in this film. I can’t wait to get started. Seriously.”
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James Franco Signs Exclusive ‘First Right Of Refusal’ Agreement With Every Studio, TV Production Company And Publisher In Los Angeles

James Franco

James Franco seen walking, chewing bubble gum, talking on the phone, recording an audio book, reading a script, listening to music, playing in a one man band, returning library books, finding a home for a lost kitten, exercising, and delivering coffee.

Los Angeles—James Franco just can’t get enough. After co-hosing the Academy Awards last month, he has now signed a contract with every movie studio, television production company and book and magazine publisher in Los Angeles that gives him the exclusive first right of refusal for every planned movie, TV show, book and magazine article. And he drew up the contract himself, to boot.

“Law school was somewhat tough,” Franco said. “But passing the bar exam was even harder. But that pales in comparison to getting my pilot’s license, which I should have by this Saturday.”

Besides getting a law degree, a pilot’s license, teaching a course at NYU about himself and being nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Aron Ralston in “127 Hours,” Franco received his undergraduate degree in June 2008 from UCLA and his MFA from Columbia in 2010. He is a Ph.D. student in English at Yale University, has a paper route when he is home in Los Angeles, just started his own lawncare service, does his own PR and make-up and is looking at opening a Dairy Queen this summer, “assuming the current ‘issues’ subside.”
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TDQ Investigates: National Football League In Bed With Hollywood

The NFL/Hollywood history.Hollywood via Canton—Despite not having a franchise in Los Angeles, the NFL’s presence in Hollywood is as strong as it’s ever been. And The Daily Quarterly has uncovered just how strong the ties are between Tinsel Town and Canton, OH.

A source close to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has told TDQ that the NFL has helped finance several motion pictures over the last few decades. And just last week, after 15 years of not having a say in the Academy Awards Show, the NFL flexed its muscle again and chose the hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

“There are two schools of thought about last week’s show,” the source said, under the condition of anonymity. “One school is that they actually were trying for a younger demographic like most people had though going in. The other thought is that they wanted a trainwreck of a show to distract from the possible NFL lockout on the horizon.”

The source said it’s no coincidence that both the Raiders and the Rams left LA shortly after David Letterman’s turn at hosting the Oscars in 1995, which, before this year, was widely regarded as one of the worst Oscar hosting jobs in the show’s history. Letterman was handpicked by Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner at the time. The source said it’s widely known throughout the industry that Tagliabue himself wrote the ill-fated “Uma/Oprah” bit.

“After that, they (the NFL) knew they had to lower their visibility in LA,” the source said.

But that hasn’t stopped the NFL from being responsible for some of the most horrendous films in American cinema.

The NFL had its hands in producing or otherwise-financing “Ishtar,” “Waterworld,” “Gigli,” “River of Death,” and “Robot Jocks.” The source said the NFL has attempted to put out some good football movies, but each time it tried, they all fell short of expectations.
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