Alan Rickman was stunned to learn his Cbgb co-star Keene Mcrae was from Alabama at the end of the movie, because the newcomer mimicked rock star Sting so well the veteran was convinced he was British. Rickman, who plays CBGB club boss Hilly Kristal in the new movie, is friends with the former The Police frontman and he complimented McRae on perfecting the singer's soft-spoken Geordie accent.
But director Randall Miller admits the young star with a bright future wasn't all he appeared to be.
He tells WENN, "Keene McRae, who plays Sting, was a casting call guy who was amazing and came from Alabama. Alan is actually friends with Sting in real life and Keene came in and did an amazing accent.
"He said he was from Birmingham, Alabama and we said, 'No you're from Birmingham, England, and you're never gonna say you're not,' so he kept that accent until he finished shooting.
"On his last day we said, 'Now you can tell Alan now where you're really from!' He was astonished."
The new film captures the sights and sounds of the New York punk mecca during its late 1970s heyday and features Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Malin Akerman as Blondie star Debbie Harry, Justin Bartha as Dead Boys frontman Stiv Bators and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone.
Actress-turned-designer Ashley Olsen has found love in the fashion world - she's dating the boss of top eyewear brand Oliver Peoples. The former Full House star has kept her personal life out of the spotlight in recent years, but she is now being romantically linked to Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte.
A source tells Us Weekly, "Ashley is dating David. It's pretty new."
The 27 year old was with The Hangover star Justin Bartha from 2008 to 2011, while her twin sister Mary-Kate has been seeing 43-year-old multimillionaire Olivier Sarkozy since last year (12).
The Hangover star Justin Bartha has stepped in to replace actor David Krumholtz after he quit an upcoming revival of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys in Los Angeles. Krumholtz has left the cast of the Ahmanson Theatre play citing personal reasons, leaving Bartha just weeks to perfect the role of agent Ben before the production opens for previews on 24 September (13).
The switch isn't the play's first cast shuffle - Richard Griffiths was set to reteam with Danny DeVito in Los Angeles after playing opposite him on the West End stage in London, but the British thespian died in March (13). He was replaced by DeVito's former Taxi co-star Judd Hirsch.
If you take The Hangover, swap its cast of youngins for a clan of oldies, and pour a few pills down their throats in lieu of shots… voilá! You have the comedy Last Vegas.
In place of The Hangover's Justin Bartha is Michael Dogulas, whose character Billy gathers his gang of geriatrics (Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline) to celebrate his destined-to-be-wild bachelor party in Las Vegas. The trailer for the Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) film, jumps right to Morgan Freeman joking that his hemorrhoids are the same age as Billy's young fiancée before we follow these pill-poppers off to Sin City.
Knee-slappers pour in as the A-List stars are dumbfounded by who the hell 50 Cent is, and drop their jaws glaring at the slew of hot females Las Vegas has to offer. To top off the absurdity, there's some really random cameos in the trailer from LMFAO's Redfoo to Entourage's Turtle.
So get ready to party it up on the Vegas strip with these elders when Last Vegas comes into cinemas on November 1.
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The Hangover cast turned heads in Brazil this week (beg27May13) when they stripped off to their swimming costumes for a group outing to the beach. The actors, including Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms, have travelled to Rio de Janeiro to promote the third installment in the comedy franchise, and they thrilled holidaymakers on the famous Ipanema Beach by turning out together.
Helms and Galifianakis were pictured in their swimming trunks, splashing about in the waves with Justin Bartha, while Heather Graham and Ken Jeong also frolicked in the surf together.
Bradley Cooper stayed on the shore, sitting with the film's director Todd Phillips.
"I'm a huge Mad Men fan. Huge. I dork out to Mad Men. I light candles around the house and crack open a bottle of scotch, because it's so fun to watch people drink Scotch while you drink Scotch." The Hangover star Justin Bartha is obsessed with the hit TV series.
The Hangover star Justin Bartha is engaged, according to U.S. reports. The actor, 34, proposed to fitness trainer Lia Smith while on vacation in Big Sur, California in early May (13), and she said yes.
A source tells UsMagazine.com, "They're the cutest couple. She was completely surprised by the whole thing."
A representative had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
Bartha began dating Smith after splitting from Ashley Olsen in 2011.
"It was too complicated for him to figure out how to play and he's a very smart guy." Justin Bartha reveals his The Hangover co-star Ed Helms is the only castmember who has attempted to master the film's new themed slot machines in Las Vegas.
The Hangover star Justin Bartha underwent extensive waxing to play punk icon Stiv Bators in new movie Cbgb. The actor realised he would have to get rid of his body hair as he researched his role as The Dead Boys frontman, and went all out to look smooth.
Bartha explains, "They took the Jew right out of me... I got it all waxed, baby! Stiv used to do some drugs and drive down the highway and they (bandmates) used to moon people while they were driving... He also gets oral sex onstage (in the movie).
"Normally, I have some hair on my body and I knew I would have to lose some weight (to play Bators), and on the way to the gym there was a sign that I would pass everyday that was for a waxing place... I had to do it."
But he admits his first, and possibly last, full waxing was a humiliating experience: "You go into this room with a woman that clearly does this everyday... I did my arms and my chest and then I was like, 'Can I please have the between-the-cheeks,' and she was like, 'Sure, flip over!' as if I asked for a piece of gum... It was humiliating."
The new CBGB film also features new mum Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop and Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal.
Ryan Murphy's The New Normal and musical drama Smash are the latest victims of TV cuts in the U.S. Network bosses are currently choosing which series to continue and which to axe, and the Glee creator's gay family comedy is one of the unlucky ones.
The NBC show starred Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a same-sex couple who have a baby via surrogate, but it won't be taken to season two.
Smash, which featured Katherine McPhee as a performer fighting to make her way on Broadway, has also been cancelled by bosses at NBC, leaving Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Megan Hilty out of a job. It has run for two seasons and featured cameos from Jennifer Hudson and Bernadette Peters.