Check out a new video featuring select moments from Golden Age! Lee Pace (as Vincenzo Bellini) is, naturally, shown a lot throughout; there’s an especially great scene between him and Bebe Neuwirth shown in this highlights reel. Remember: Golden Age opens off-Broadway tonight, so hopefully we’ll be hearing some positive remarks on the production – and Lee – by the end of the evening.
Apparently, Lee Pace is, in fact, in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — but not for long. Despite the original two movies being elongated into a trilogy – with the presumption that Thranduil’s first appearance would be delayed until the second installment of the franchise – a tweeter who attended the New Zealand premiere informed fans and moviegoers alike that Lee would be (briefly) seen as the Elvenking in An Unexpected Journey. Here’s an excerpt from a ComicBook.com article, detailing what to expect (or not):
4. Don’t Expect A Lot Of Thranduil – According to a tweet from a blogger who attended the premiere, Thranduil was only on screen for about three seconds. The good news is that those three seconds were apparently pretty epic, as the blogger also described him as “perfection.”
Six new production photos from Golden Age have been added to the gallery, courtesy of BWW. Lee Pace is prominently featured in many of them, adorning period costume as he portrays Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in the off-Broadway production. Bebe Neuwirth (Maria Malibran), Will Rogers (Francesco Florimo), Lorenzo Pisoni (Antonio Tamburini), and Coco Monroe (Page) also feature. Golden Age is currently in previews; it opens at the MTC at New York City Center – Stage I on December 4th.
Remember when Lee Pace was rumored to be up for a Marvel movie part? Although nothing ever came to fruition, there is this news: he is currently testing for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming movie adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy. This franchise will enter into Marvel’s “Phase 2,” along with The Avengers 2 and others (there is belief that the two teams will eventually collide on screen). Lee is up for the role as the leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, which you can read about below (courtesy of First Showing):
As a child Peter Quill’s father died trying to kill him and his mother was killed by an alien. It’s no wonder he grew up to be an astronaut. But while on a space station, Quill is visited by Master of the Sun and gets transformed into Star-Lord, who is tasked with policing the galaxy. His suit allows him to travel through space, increase his strength and he has a powerful weapon called an element gun which fires earth, water, fire and air. In the concept art release at Comic-Con, he’s carrying Kree sub-machine guns (from the alien race that created his suit), which shoot various types of ammunition, including explosives. He also has a psychic link to a sentient spaceship aptly called Ship.
However, it doesn’t look like it’ll be an easy part to get, as many actors are also in contention. Others reported as testing for the part include Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, and Eddie Redmayne. Deadline is reporting that there is interest from Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton as well.
In an interview with The Dominion Post, Oscar-winning makeup and hair designer Peter King talked about The Hobbit transformations. The article goes in-depth on the physical changes the actors faced in order to achieve their Middle-earth characters, including what it was like to adjust to shooting on HD 3-D at 48 frames per second. He even talks about Lee Pace after mentioning Cate Blanchett, complimenting him on his amiable personality and strong elven aesthetic.
To achieve the elves’ flawless skin, [Peter] King applied the foundation with makeup brushes. Making up [Cate] Blanchett is easy, he says, because she has very good skin. “She doesn’t have pores, which is very handy. Beautiful velvet skin makes life a lot easier.”
Blanchett, he says, is also the most fantastic person to work with.
“For her high profile and everything else she does, she is one of the most down-to-earth actors I have met. She is divine,” he says. “And Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil the Elven king. He’s a male version of Cate Blanchett: beautiful, enthusiastic and fantastic. He gets what everyone is trying to do. He’s an elf with attitude. He has this fantastic icy stare but, as soon as the cameras stop, he’s such a nice guy. It’s the elves you see in the end; they are perfect beings.”
There’s an amazing special feature on The New York Times about Lee Pace and his trip to Sicily last month. He went to visit the Italian city to research the man he’s currently portraying on stage: the opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini. NY Times asked Lee to document his experience, providing photographs that he took (he’s quite skilled!) along with what he learned on his trip. You can read the article here, then check out the slideshow featuring Lee’s work. Both the text and photos have been added to the press archive and gallery, respectively.
Golden Age is currently having its first preview – right now! – but for those who can’t make it to New York, here’s a nice little video. A behind the scenes look shows Lee Pace, Bebe Neuwirth, and Will Rogers during a photo shoot for the new Terrence McNally play. There’s also clips from interviews with the actors and playwright throughout, giving a better insight into the production about Vincenzo Bellini. The video has been added to the gallery, but you can also watch it here.
Here’s a cute new interview with Breaking Dawn (Part II) actresses, Maggie Grace and Mia Maestro. When talking to The San Diego Union-Tribune about the upcoming film, they were asked the long-standing Twilight question: “what team are you on?” The actresses opted to give Lee Pace a shout out as their response:
Q: What team are you on: Edward or Jacob?
Grace: Well, we are actually cousins of the Cullen family, so we are sort of de facto Team Edward. But I’m also voting to start a new team — Team Garrett.
Maestro: We love Lee [Pace]! He is one of the new vampires, playing Garrett. He’s just a lot of fun to be around.
Q: So Garrett is taking over in Breaking Dawn (Part II)?
Grace: He’s like the vampiric rock star; the revolutionary war hero.
Maestro: I would be Team Joe Anderson, too, because Joe is pretty cute as well. Team Beard! All the scruffy, rock ‘n’ roll vampires.
A gorgeous but very, very short commercial for Golden Age has been released. There’s a second of Lee Pace – clean-shaven and looking quite dapper – taking a red rose and passing it on. There’s not much of him to screen cap, but I can still put some up in the gallery if anyone is interested. Reminder: Golden Age previews now begin on November 15th due to Hurricane Sandy.