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Watch: Oliver Stone Interrogates Hayek, Del Toro, Lively in 'Meet the Savages'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2012 at 1:24PM

In the first of five cross-examination videos leading up to the July 6 release of Oliver Stone's "The Savages," an offscreen Stone "interrogates" his characters. Cartel queen Elena (Salma Hayek), enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro), ex-mercenary Chon (Taylor Kitsch), pot producer Ben (Aaron Johnson) and their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) all share.
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"The Savages"
"The Savages"

In the first of five cross-examination videos leading up to the July 6 release of Oliver Stone's "The Savages," an offscreen Stone "interrogates" the five lead characters of the film. Cartel queen Elena (Salma Hayek), masked and lizard-envious enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro), ex-mercenary Chon (Taylor Kitsch), pot producer Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Ben and Chon's mutual girlfriend O (Blake Lively) all have some over-the-top tidbits to share with us. Actor-y tics abound! Watch below.

This article is related to: Oliver Stone, Benicio del Toro, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Universal Pictures, Aaron Johnson, Savages


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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.