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“Working with Adrien Brody was like going to Julliard…”

By DannyMiller Mar 16, 2012 4:57PM

The last time I saw actress Sami Gayle was as Baby June in the stellar Broadway revival of “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone. Gayle was mesmerizing as the young vaudeville star forced by her mother to endlessly warble “Let Me Entertain You!” to seedy audiences. In “Detachment,” the new film by Tony Kaye (“American History X”), Gayle plays Erica, a damaged 14-year-old who is offering men a different kind of entertainment. Out on the streets one night, Erica meets up with substitute teacher Henry Barthe, played by Adrien Brody, and the two injured souls strike up an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives.

 

Sami, who is currently featured on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” feels immensely grateful for the opportunity to play such a complex role in “Detachment,” her very first film. Gayle’s performance is powerful and poignant, and as director Tony Kaye has stated, she is the lynchpin that holds the film together. As Erica, Gayle displays a heartbreaking vulnerability that reminds me of the young Liza Minnelli in “The Sterile Cuckoo,” one of her first film roles.

 

I spoke with the now 16-year-old actress by phone and asked her if she had any reservations about taking on such a gritty character at her young age.

 

Sami Gayle: Tony actually had me in for a commercial he was directing. During the shoot, he threw me a script and said, “Don’t worry, Sami, you’re not the prostitute!” I was like, “What?” And he said again, “Don’t worry, you’re not Erica, you’re Meredith!” I read the script and then all of a sudden he brought the producers for the film onto the set. I said, “You know, Tony, Meredith’s body type doesn’t fit me at all.” And he said, “Oh no, Sami, you’re playing Erica!” “Huh?” Then he shoved a camera in front of me and said, “Say something!” So I read some lines and he said “Perfect—you’re hired!” So I was supposed to be all gung-ho about playing a prostitute! But later we discussed how we’d do it and how there’d be no nudity. I like to say I played a “classy” prostitute!

 

MSN Movies: Did you have to sell your parents on the idea of playing a teenage prostitute?

 

As odd as it sounds after the story I just told you, if there’s one person in the world you can trust, it’s Tony. He’s just the nicest man. He talked to my mom and dad and assured them it would be a very safe environment for me to play this role. Sure, we had some reservations about it but at the same time I got this amazing, challenging role for my very first film—now I think it was the best thing I could have possibly done. I just knew after I read the script that even though I was only 14, I had to tell this girl’s story. I didn’t see her as a prostitute, I saw her as a troubled girl who needed to be led to a better way of life. I think she was innocent girl underneath all the drama.

 

I can imagine how wonderful it was to work opposite an actor like Adrien Brody for your first film.

 

It was a dream come true! Working with Adrien Brody was like going to Julliard, but instead of four years, I went for four weeks. He was like the Albert Einstein of professors, it was just the best experience of my life. Adrien was the most influential mentor in my acting career thus far, and even after the movie he continues to mentor me.

 

What kinds of things did he teach you?

 

Mostly the importance of really being present in a scene, of just forgetting about the cameras and just being there with the actors in the scene. I remember when we were going into this one intense scene, he said, “It has to be you and me against the world” and I thought, “Wow, that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard,” I used that to drive my performance in the rest of the film because it’s about these two people who are so different and yet so alike, they connect on so many different levels.

 

 

William Friedkin's cult thriller is now newly remastered

By MSN Movies Wed 8:18 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," the cult suspence thriller is now fully restored and out on Blu-ray with a 40 page Blu-ray book filled with images.


Based on the book "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir," this thriller tells the story of four men unable to return to their own countries and homes end up in a South American town. The men have nothing to lose so they agree to work for an American oil company seeking drivers to haul nitroglycerin through treacherous terrain.

 

To celebrate this monumental release, one lucky fan will be selected to win an autographed copy of the Blu-ray.

 

Enter now:

 

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Good luck fans and we hope you check out the long-awaited remastered debut of "Sorcerer" on Blu-ray!

 

  

Enter to win a Kindle Fire and Fire TV!

By MSN Movies Tue 7:59 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

In this compelling and stirring drama, Kate Winslet plays Adele, an emotionally shaky single mom to Henry (Gattlin Griffith). On Labor Day weekend, they are approached by Frank (Josh Brolin), an escaped convict. Frank manipulates Adele into letting him hide out at their house, the three develop a deep bond.

 

As Adele and Frank try to overcome the tragedies of their past, they move toward a future uncertain.

 

"Labor Day" is now out on Digital HD and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 29.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win a Kindle Fire and Fire TV!  Here's how to enter:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

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Enter to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System

By MSN Movies Mon 7:15 AM








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media


Set against the backdrop of a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brock mansions left from much better times now house the most dangerous criminals in this thrilling action drama starring Paul Walker.


As Walker plays a cop determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. With stylized action, "Brick Mansions" will keep you on the edge of your seat.


To celebrate the release of "Brick Mansions" one lucky winner will be selected to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System along with movie goodies!


Here's how to enter:


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Be sure to check out "Brick Mansions" as it opens in theaters April 25.

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Apr 17, 2014 8:08AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


Here's how to enter!

 

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2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #TheNutJob giveaway

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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Apr 16, 2014 8:05AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

Here's how to enter:

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie @TweetYourScream #THEMARKEDONES

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your top 3 favorite horror movies!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

For more movies exclusives, photos and video, like MSN Movies Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.

 

 

 
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