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The Oscar-winning actor loves diving into characters that help him learn about life

By DannyMiller Mar 16, 2012 2:15PM

Since becoming the youngest person ever to win a Best Actor Oscar (in 2003 for “The Pianist”), Adrien Brody has continued making unusual career choices. He starred in a few big-budget studio films (“The Village,” “King Kong”) but has spent a lot more time displaying his considerable talents in quirky indies such as “The Darjeeling Limited,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Cadillac Records.” Last year he was perfectly cast as Salvador Dali  (have you noticed the resemblance?) in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” In his latest film, “Detachment,” Brody plays substitute teacher Henry Barthes, a troubled man who has a very hard time relating to people and yet who manages to reach seemingly hopeless kids in a grim inner-city high school.

 

The riveting, hard-hitting film by director Tony Kaye (“American History X”) features an extraordinary ensemble cast including Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, and William Peterson. It’s a tour-de-force for Brody and a terrifying glimpse at some of the severe challenges facing public school educators today.

 

I spoke to Adrien Brody by phone and asked him if he thought the serious subject matter of “Detachment” might keep some people away.

 

Adrien Brody: I understand that concern and I know some people like to go to the movies to unwind and not have to think too much, but I also think there is something incredibly beautiful about the film. I think ultimately the movie has a very hopeful message that we can all do better and overcome our own suffering and get past our feelings of being isolated. It can be helpful to see that many people feel like we do.  I find these topics so interesting so I wouldn’t scare people off by saying that the film is a “downer.” But I do understand that there are some people out there who just like to go to movies to see things blow up!

 

MSN Movies: It almost seems that Henry Barthes is such an effective teacher because, not in spite of being so disaffected. Since he feels he has nothing to lose, he’s able to ignore all the crap that these kids try to throw at him and really see them as none of the other adults in the school can.


That’s a really good observation, I never thought about it that way. I do think Henry is a remarkable teacher. I think it’s less of a conscious decision on his part, he can’t help but be compelled to impart knowledge, he’s so angry and frustrated with so many things that he just has to share his insight, he sees how helpless those students are. I think he tries to not care, he tries to stay detached from it all, but in the end he can’t help it.

 

The film presents a pretty bleak view of the urban school system. Do you think it’s an accurate look at some of the problems many high schools are facing today?

 

Oh yeah, there are definitely schools like the one in the film that are scary and desolate places, and that is so sad. Of course not all schools are in that condition. But you know, I don’t think the movie is condemning the educational system, I think it’s just criticizing the flaws that are present in many different systems—the apathy that so many people feel, the kind of monotony that exists for so many people, just the lack of inspiration, that’s the story we’re telling. And people who are living that kind of life should be scared! I think sometimes by seeing that quality in others, it can awaken something in yourself where you realize you have the power to change.

 

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

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.


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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 Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your top 3 favorite horror movies!
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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.

 

 

 

Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

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

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

Enter to win:

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter
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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 
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