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Chastain, Cooper, Jackman & Kushner talk 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Les Mis,' 'Silver Linings' & 'Lincoln' in EW's Holiday Preview

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 1:26PM

In EW's Holiday Movie Preview, actors from several hot titles speak out on their roles, including Jessica Chastain on the mysterious "Zero Dark Thirty," Bradley Cooper in the feel-good festival favorite "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day-Lewis' method acting during "Lincoln" and Hugh Jackman on why the epic "Les Miserables" is still relevant.
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Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

In EW's Holiday Movie Preview, actors from several hot titles speak out on their roles, including Jessica Chastain on the mysterious "Zero Dark Thirty," Bradley Cooper in the feel-good festival favorite "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day-Lewis' method acting during "Lincoln" and Hugh Jackman on why the epic "Les Miserables" is still relevant.

Of "Les Miserables," in theaters December 14, star Hugh Jackman says, “We’re not making some Masterpiece Theater show. This is not just some period movie. This is something that’s relevant. Classic literature, classic stories like Les Miserables stick around for a reason."

On his "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) role breaking him out of a bad "Hangover," Bradley Cooper says, “I’ve become aware that there was a little bit of ‘He’s not really an actor—he’s just the guy from 'The Hangover.' I guess people were surprised that that’s the same guy."

We now know that last year's breakout darling Jessica Chastain has a (if not the) central role in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" (December 19). She says, “You really see the drive and the journey that this woman takes, and you see her unravel."

"Lincoln" (November 8) screenwriter Tony Kushner recalls the film's star, Daniel Day-Lewis, telling him, "‘I hope it’s not going to upset you when we stop speaking when this starts.’ I asked why. And he said, ‘I’m really only going to be able to have a conversation at that point with Steven,’ because he gets so deep into the part.”

Here are trailers for "Les Miserables," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln."

This article is related to: Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Headliners, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.