I t's lunchtime in Richmond, Virginia when a perky Jamie Bell calls. He's there filming Turn, a new American TV drama in which he plays a farmer heading up a team of secret agents during the revolutionary war, and it's "absolutely freezing", he says. But playing war games in the cold is a piece of cake compared to the week he spent with Lars von Trier. Von Trier was always on his list. Bell loves his work, calling him "one of the most experimental film-makers who's ever lived," and initially met him a decade ago when he starred in Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy , which Von Trier had written. It was about as typical a Von Trier meeting as he could have hoped for. He dropped the towel, he shook my hand — he was stark bollock-naked — and he said, 'Do you want to come for a swim?
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The year-old actress discusses her role in the controversial Lars von Trier project and having the right profile for Hollywood. It's true; just take a glance at some of her credits — from 21 Grams to I'm Not There to her trio of Lars von Trier movies, Antichrist, Melancholia and last year's sex-odyssey double-header Nymphomaniac. She's not exactly Melissa McCarthy when it comes to mirth-making. Take her latest film, Samba. It's the new movie from co-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the pair behind the smash-hit The Intouchables , which starred Senegalese-born Omar Sy as an ex-con hired to look after a paralysed wealthy widower. What you might call a "social realist comedy", Samba also stars Sy, as an illegal immigrant living in Paris, working lowly jobs and living with his uncle. Gainsbourg plays Alice, a woman he meets during his struggle to avoid deportation. While Alice isn't exactly the goofiest comic character you'll ever see, humour and romance gradually spill out, as she and Sy's character Samba get closer. I love comedies, but I haven't done many.
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Oh geez. How did that happen? Although most people at the festival correctly speculated that it would be the film shown, Johnson never got the memo. He said he climbed over a few seats, so at least there would be a barricade between him and them. Popular on Variety. The dramedy was purchased by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on Tuesday, and it features dramatic turns from Wiig and Hader.