If getting reamed by the notoriously grumpy
The actor and Maine East alum was testy with multiple media outlets on the red carpet at Chicago Cut Steakhouse during his appearance on behalf of Michigan Avenue magazine and the environmental group, Conservation International. Afterward, reporters traded their stories of Ford.
Me? I asked Ford why he said in the March issue of Michigan Avenue that his role as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager
"Yeah, but I never played a fat man with a high hairline and a cigar," responded Ford, annoyed. "It's a very different character than any I've played before."
Not satisfied with his explanation, I asked if the personality of the character made it unique among his many other roles. Ford looked me in the eyes as if I'd just asked, "Who is Jackie Robinson?" before finally breaking the silence: "Pardon me?"
I repeated my question, only this time there was no awkward silence afterward.
"I think the reason I was able to understand the character and have an affinity for him is because his personality is not beyond my understanding," Ford said. "But I'd rather have the film describe his personality than me sit here and tell you what he's like."
I should note that there's a part of me that respects celebrities who refuse to kiss up to the media and play "the game." I somewhat admire the ones who don't change who they are just to get people to like them and rave about them. But it's hard for me to respect the stars who go out of their way to make your job difficult and let you know how much smarter they are than you, as Ford is known to do.
Of course, Ford’s legendary career has allowed him to be less dependent on the media to promote his films than other actors, given that he was a part of two of the most successful film franchises of all time: “
And you'd be wrong.
It's very possible "42" will have better luck with critics and audiences, judging only by the trailer and the historic nature of Robinson's story. It also helps that Americans seem to have a soft spot for baseball films, including 1984's "The Natural," 1989's "Field of Dreams" and, more recently, 2011's "Moneyball." Why does Ford think Americans are drawn to base...?
"I don't like baseball movies," Ford said before I could finish my question. "I like movies about moral courage and people who are indomitable and courageous and right."
"42" hits theaters April 12.
Welcome back: Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson wants everyone to know that he and his bandmates are doing just fine, even though they haven't released an album since 2010's "Wonders of the Younger." That's part of the reason the Chicago-area band will release an EP, "Should've Gone to Bed," on April 23 before releasing an LP in the summer.
"We are actually in the studio right now finishing up a full-length album, which will be out late summer," Higgenson wrote in an email. "We wanted to give the fans a little sneak peak as to what the hell we've been up to the past couple years. We are not dead, everybody."
Unlike the previous album, which was recorded in the basement studio in Higgenson's Elmhurst home, the guys have been recording the upcoming album in the Los Angeles area so that there would be fewer distractions from friends and family. And what will the EP sound like?
"(It has) the classic 'heart on your sleeve' sound the T's are known for, mixed with a whiskey shot and a vodka Red Bull," Higgenson said. "Tim (
Fans of the “Hey There Delilah” band can expect to hear the first single, “Should’ve Gone to Bed,” on April 2 on Sirius XM Radio. The group will also make a cameo on
Casting news: According to the
Heads up: Due to filming of NBC's "Chicago Fire," there will be no parking on North Damen Avenue between West Pierce Avenue and West Schiller Street from 6 p.m. Tuesday through 11 a.m. Wednesday. at 11 am. "Chicago Fire" filmed at nearby Lottie's Pub in Bucktown in December and again March 12.