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Spend 3 Hours w/ Steve McQueen, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Lee Daniels & John Ridley (Video)

Spend 3 Hours w/ Steve McQueen, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Lee Daniels & John Ridley (Video)

You’ve seen the actresses roundtable, now spend roughly 3 hours total (an hour for each session) with the actors, directors and screenwriters or this year’s awards contenders, including Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Lee Daniels (The Butler), and John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), to name a few, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, in a series moderated by THR’s executive editor Matt Belloni and executive editor of features Stephen Galloway.

As an aside, I wonder why Chiwetel Ejiofor wasn’t a part of the actors roundtable. He’s certainly a “contender” for his work in 12 Years A Slave, especially since both the director and writer of that film were included in their respective sessions. Maybe he just wasn’t available on that day. Maybe there’s some other explanation.

First, here’s the actors roundtable:

Second, here’s the directors roundtable:

Third, here’s the writers roundtable:

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I'll take another slice, please. In fact, suppersize me to a minimum of 2 hours per session. I'll need a doggy bag because I gorged myself on the actors roundtable, never making it to the directors nor writers.

I am serious. rich intelligent actors at the top of their game who has paid their dues, and thus, have little to lose (and few left to impress), choppin' it up in an unpretentious environment… it does not get any better.

Hey, they couldn't lie, or be fakey-jakes , or blow smoke up anyone's azz. They're paid ugly money to be the best lairs in the world. And… we all know, game recognize…

Yep, lying to that group of intelligent wise men, thinking you're duping them, is akin to an attempt at hoodwinking your momma – tis not a smart move.

Anyway, I was so engrossed in the conversation I kept stopping the damn thang. An actor would drop a witticism, phrase or thought that moved me … **blink-push-pause**… I stopped the clip, grabbed my pen, made a note. So much… so much…. SOOOO MUCH to take in.

For instance, one said "Making independent films can be heartbreaking. You know, you make these little movies, most of the time it doesn't work".

Now just imagine the plight of an independent "black" filmmaker!? Nuff-said-bout-that.

Btw, that actor is doing alright now, but "doubt" lead to his 6 year break from the business.

Now check this out, one said they had to come to the realization and accept the fact that film-making is a directors medium. Hmmm… that fact/opinion is begging for a deeper discussion. I mean, what is he implying… and, what are the major ramifications of such?

But of special note, did y'all catch the reactions of the Knights at the round table when "race" hit the floor? I did, when I saw the blank looks and puzzled stares of "who me" I was reminded of the children's story The Little Red Hen.

No disrespect to the actors, I'm not mad at them, I just noticed they were not busting their asses to jump in that oven.

girls rock

Don't forget the actress roundtable!


The supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave (Lupita) was included in her category too.

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