When it came to casting his action-comedy 2 Guns, director Baltasar Korm kur wanted to break the mold.
“Instead of throwing the comedian into it, I wanted a drama actor showing a new thing,” Korm kur told Celebuzz at the New York City premiere of his film. “That’s what I was going for, trying to get [a] different [feel].”
That’s what he found in Denzel Washington, the Academy Award-winning thespian famous for such films as Training Day, Malcolm X and American Gangster.
“I really love when serious actors crack into comedy. It’s so refreshing and so rewarding,” Korm kur said of watching Washington play DEA agent Bobby Trench in 2 Guns. “It’s so hard earned, ya know, when he smiles he lights up the whole cinema.”
And pairing Washington with Mark Wahlberg proved to be a winning combination because their chemistry “came kind of naturally,” the director added. “Of course, you kind of lay it out, you make the groundwork. It’s like matchmaking. You have to put the … nice lights, and then maybe the magic will happen. But it’s very much what they brought onto the table.”
With the 85th Academy Awards taking place today, everyone in Hollywood is making their predictions about who will come out on top this year.
Celebuzz and AJ Hammer of HLN’s Showbiz Tonight are counting down the top five Oscar buzzmakers.
No 5: Jennifer Lawrence – Despite being nominated for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, the actress reveals she is still not really confident about her stardom.
No 4: Hugh Jackman – The first time Best Actor nominee for Les Mis rables, calls the honor “beyond the realm of his imagination.”
No 3: Bradley Cooper – Another first time Best Actor nominee, the Silver Linings Playbook star claims he is excited about his nomination, but that he is a little starstruck by his fellow nominees.
No 2: Denzel Washington – If Washington, the veteran of this Oscar bunch, wins Best Actor for Flight, it will be his third. The actor states he chose the film because it may be the most complex role of his career.
No 1: Seth MacFarlane – The host of this year’s Oscars is setting the bar low for himself so that the only place he can go is up.
Tune in to Showbiz Tonight Mon. – Thurs. at 11pm ET/PT on HLN. And, be sure to check back every week for AJ Hammer’s countdown of the top 5 buzzmakers right here on Celebuzz.