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Jim Sturgess & David Schwimmer on ‘The Chew’

June 14th, 2016

Jim and David Schwimmer appeared on ABC television’s The Chew, accompanying the hosts in preparing skirt steak with chipotle mexican corn. I believe it was filmed on June 7th, and aired in the United States on June 13th. Of course they promoted Feed The Beast, but also gave some background on their previous service industry jobs. The segment with Jim and David lasts about nine minutes, but the entire episode is currently available on youtube. Jim and David appear around the twenty minute mark.

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‘Feed The Beast’ Articles and Photos

June 12th, 2016

Now that we are past the second episode of Feed The Beast - I still have more articles you might want to review:

  • Yahoo TV News

    TV newbie Sturgess (One Day, Across the Universe) couldn’t resist sneaking off with young co-star Jacob to crash the set of Sesame Street, which shoots in the same studio. “We met Elmo, we met Cookie Monster, the Count. We got a photograph of us in Big Bird’s nest. And then finally, ADs from our show tracked us down,” he says, laughing. “They were not happy.”


  • CBS News

    “He is a hustler. He has hustled his way through life and has kind of survived, I think a big part of the hustle is his ability to cook,” says Sturgess of his character. “He gets out of a bad situation by dazzling people with food. But you know he is a man who has been through a lot of trauma.”

  • AMC

    Q: Tommy’s son, TJ (Elijah Jacob), doesn’t speak because of his mother’s death, but he seems to have an unspoken bond with Dion in Episode 2. What’s that dynamic like?

    A: He [Elijah] became my buddy. He’s a really sweet, really grounded, really beautiful young man. It was amazing to watch him grow and get better and better at what he’s doing. Dion gets to be the irresponsible fun uncle; he doesn’t have to deal with the real sh*t. He can sort of mess around with him — and Dion loves him. We very much had that relationship on- and off-screen. We hung out a lot. I took him to see The Lion King, which was his first Broadway show. I knew he was having a life-changing experience – you’re 10 years old, you’re living in New York, you’re doing this show for four months and four months for a 10-year-old is a long time. I wanted to make sure that it was fun for him because we’re all working hard.

  • TV Insider

    “It was so f—ing painful,” Sturgess declares, eyes widening. The accident occurred at Manhattan’s Miette Culinary Studio, where he learned to fry, julienne and season like a pro before shooting the pilot this year. (He also studied at the Brooklyn Kitchen.) The actor is still a bit shell-shocked. “They were teaching me how to chop like a chef,” he explains. “You’re supposed to curl your fingers under. I didn’t do it right and sliced the end of one, taking the nail too. Afterward, I felt almost disabled from what looked like a tiny injury. I couldn’t put my hand in my pocket. But I’m glad I learned early on how easy it is to cut yourself. Otherwise, I might’ve done it on camera and taken my whole hand off.”

  • ‘Feed The Beast’ Article and Interview Excerpts

    June 5th, 2016

    There have been a few nice interviews and articles to promote Feed The Beast. I’ve compiled some of them for you, and included an excerpt from each. Be sure to give them all them all a click. Enjoy!

  • Food and Wine (a really fun interview here)

    You’ve filmed all over the world. What’s the most bizarre food experience you’ve had?

    I ate alligator in New Orleans, which I never thought I’d put in my mouth. That was interesting. If you didn’t know what it was you’d be fine with it. It’s quite tough but it’s quite chicken-y. Everything always tastes like chicken, doesn’t it?

  • Yahoo News

    Dion is no less adept in his own specialty than Tommy, which makes Sturgess laugh when asked about his real-life experience slinging hash.

    “I had never really cooked at all until shortly before the series came along,” he confides. He has since gotten schooled.

    “But I don’t need to know recipes. THAT doesn’t read on camera,” he notes. “I have to know how does a chef move, how does he look comfortable with his pans, how does he hold his knife realistically.” Meanwhile, Sturgess has incorporated Dion’s manic drugginess into his drive as a chef.

    “He’s got a lot of pain he’s trying to escape, and the kitchen is a perfect place,” explains Sturgess. “A chef I spoke to says that, in the kitchen, everything else just disappears. You’re in that moment, and life outside, it just doesn’t exist. So it’s perfect for a man who has a troubled past and a difficult future ahead of him.”



  • Your TV

    ‘I love Dion. I think he’s a great character,” Sturgess says. “He’s really fun to play and I like who he is and I love the world of cooking and I’m enjoying learning to cook and spending time in kitchens with chefs. I’m learning a bunch of things and that’s really exciting.

    “Growing up in the U.K., we fantasized about New York mobs and gangs and we all watched ‘Goodfellas,’ ” he continues. “New York is a really special place for me and I was always completely kind of seduced by the romance of all the music that came out of New York and all the hip-hop music and all the movies I would watch and books that I would read. So for me … it sort of blended so many of the things that I love in one show and so there was no way I could say no, really.

  • Rolling Stone

    Jim Sturgess is crazy-charismatic… or perhaps just “crazy”

    The British actor is hardly a household name here in the U.S., although fans of his movies Across the Universe and Cloud Atlas have been keeping an eye on him for a while. His performance as Dion Patras is likely to be divisive, given that the character is an archetypical destructive genius….Sturgess plays this driven idiot with a wiry energy, coming across a little like the American character actor Jeremy Davies, only cranked up to 11. Nearly every time he’s on the screen, Dion is spending money he doesn’t have, making promises he can’t keep, and snorting the drugs he’s supposed to be stashing for the mafia. It’s hard to take your eyes off of him — and even harder to like him.

  • Channel Guide Magazine

    Sturgess is quick to point out that while the series is filled with meals that’ll make you swoon, Feed the Beast is about far more than food. “The story, really, is about a dysfunctional family that exists within this restaurant,” says Sturgess of the troupe of ex-cons, immigrants, gangsters and other outsiders who call their restaurant, Thirio — Greek for “beast”— home. It’s a satisfying meal with plenty of dramatic bite, whether you’re a foodie, or a fast-foodie.”

  • DirecTV

    What was the last memorable meal you had?

    That’s easy. That was on my birthday, which was only a few days ago. The guys from the cast took me to a restaurant called Emporio, and I had a beautiful pasta dish. I rarely eat pasta, so it’s a special treat. It was one of the best I’ve had. It was truly an amazing meal.

  • Zagat

    Are there any foods you dislike or won’t eat?

    Capers and anchovies. Also, this is going to sound bad for someone playing a Greek chef, but I used to really hate olives. I just started liking them more.

  • ‘Feed The Beast’ AMC Releases Behind The Scenes Videos

    June 3rd, 2016

    With the Feed The Beast premiere coming in days, AMC is releasing lots of goodies to get us pumped up. Check out the videos below for all sorts of clips from the show and interviews with Jim. There are also several text interviews out there and I’ll compile a post of those later. Be sure to follow JSO on twitter, as I share everything as I find it, but may not blog about it for several days.



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    ‘Feed The Beast’ Premiere Video - Bon Appétit Magazine Feature

    May 29th, 2016

    Thanks to Behind The Velvet Rope we have footage from the premiere held on Monday, May 23, 2016. The first video is just Jim, but the second features interviews with most of the main cast, and additional footage from the red carpet.



    Bon Appétit Magazine has an excellent feature on how Feed The Beast has built up the fake restaurant Thirio.

    Then there’s the actual cooking, and the actors are eager to learn. Sturgess, a cookbook abider who preps with large glasses of red wine and Richard Hawley records when he’s not on set, has been taking classes at the Brooklyn Kitchen to get in the zone for the show. He’s learned everything from the pro pan-flip and speedy plating to homemade pasta and proper knife skills—though he did slice the entire nail off of his forefinger at one of the first classes. “If I hadn’t done it earlier on, I would’ve chopped off my entire hand,” said Sturgess. “Especially when the cameras are on, I wanted to look like a master chef.”


    The Late Late Show With James Corden

    May 27th, 2016

    Jim appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on May 24, 2016, with his One Day co-star Anne Hathaway. It was fun to see Jim and Anne together again!



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    Jim recalled his chemistry test with Anne, along with a funny story regarding his level of celebrity. A new clip from Feed The Beast was featured, and Jim was able to discuss his cooking skills briefly. Also included was his reasoning for joining social media, and that awesome birthday cake! Check out the videos below, but do so quickly! They probably won’t be available for long.



    ‘Feed The Beast’ Premiere and After-party

    May 24th, 2016

    A special screening of the premiere episode of Feed The Beast was presented at Angelika Film Center on May 23, 2016 in New York City. There was also an after-party at Thalassa restaurant. Below are photos from the red carpet and after-party. As usual, click the images to enlarge.



    The main cast: John Doman, Lorenza Izzo, Jim Sturgess, Elijah Jacob, David Schwimmer and Michael Gladis

    The cast with showrunner Clyde Phillips

    Across The Universe director Julie Taymor attended to show support for Jim!


    Jim and his fellow castmates were all smiles…


    Jim with Elijah Jacob and Christine Adams

    Lorenza Izzo, Jim Sturgess, and Demosthenes Chrysan - and with David Schwimmer


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    ‘Feed The Beast’ - Extended Trailer Plus ‘Meet & Eat’ Press Event

    May 13th, 2016

    On May 9, 2016, AMC held an exclusive event at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. Members of the press were invited to visit the various sets where the show is filmed, then have a meal with the cast and producers. Thanks to Just Jared, we have some quality images from the event. Inverse has an interesting article on the activities.



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    AMC has also debuted an extended trailer for the original series, now premiering on Sunday, June 5th.


    ‘Feed The Beast’ Premiere Moves To June 5th - Augustman Magazine Cover

    May 8th, 2016

    AMC Shifts “Feed the Beast” Premiere to the Night of Sunday, June 5th, Following “Preacher”

    The following is the AMC press release from May 6th, via The Futon Critic

    ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

    NEW PREMIERE DATE FOR “FEED THE BEAST”

    AMC SHIFTS “FEED THE BEAST” PREMIERE TO THE NIGHT OF SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, FOLLOWING “PREACHER”

    AMC has announced a new premiere date for “Feed The Beast” - Sunday night, June 5th at 10 p.m. ET, following episode two of another new series, “Preacher.”

    The move will bring an unforgettable night of original programming to AMC, take advantage of the escalating anticipation and lead-in potential of “Preacher” and will also offer viewers two full hours of “Feed The Beast” two days later when it arrives at its regular Tuesday night time slot on June 7th. On that night, viewers will be offered an encore of the show’s premiere episode at 9 p.m. ET and its all-new second episode at 10 p.m. ET.

    “Feed The Beast” had previously been scheduled to premiere on May 31st.

    Below is the new rollout schedule for the show helmed by executive producer and showrunner Clyde Phillips (”Dexter,” “Nurse Jackie”) and starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess:

    Sunday, June 5:

    9 p.m. ET., “Preacher” second episode

    10 p.m. ET, “Feed The Beast” series premiere

    Tuesday, June 7:

    9 p.m.ET, “Feed The Beast” first episode (encore)

    10 p.m.ET, “Feed The Beast” second episode, (new/first run) - show’s regular time slot

    “Feed the Beast” tells the story of Tommy Moran (David Schwimmer) and Dion Patras (Jim Sturgess) who are like brothers. With all the love - and all the complications - that comes with it. For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around. For Tommy, a successful haute Hellenic restaurant is his means to give his son a life he never had. For Dion, this venture is a perfect opportunity to secretly repay his debt to the Mob. Together, they take on the insanity of the New York restaurant world, and navigate its underbelly of petty criminals, corrupt officials and violent mobsters.


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    Thanks to Just Jared, we have an exclusive preview of Augustman Magazine from Singapore. The May 2016 issue features photos by Lynda Churilla. Just Jared also shared the following text:

    Here’s what the 37-year-old actor had to share with the mag.

    On the legacy of Across the Universe: “It has a life of its own, this movie. People are still discovering it… All the actors that worked on this film, we’ve maintained a pretty solid friendship. We’re kind of bound for life through that experience. Not every movie is like that, but that was one of the very special ones.”

    On his personal style: “I’ve always given a nod to the British music scene in the kind of clothes that I wear. And also a nod to the American skateboarding scene. I’ve always had a fascination with hip-hop music and skateboarding.”

    On losing his English accent while staying in the U.S.: “Everyone here believes I’m American! Since I’m shooting this TV show, the accent stays with me. In Feed the Beast, we play two guys from The Bronx, in New York… Hopefully the accent becomes second nature.”

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    ‘Feed The Beast’ Promo Video - Rogue Magazine Cover

    May 4th, 2016

    Thanks to Vanity Fair, we have a Feed The Beast promo video introducing the main characters. Click the screencap to go to the video.

    The clip, in which the characters really are lighting a pile of cash on fire (in front of a mobster called “The Tooth Fairy,” no less), was made solely as promotion, and thus doesn’t come from the show itself. But Phillips (Showrunner Clyde Phillips) explained that it introduces us to all of our major players and what we can expect from them: Tommy will presumably be struggling as a sommelier who is also an alcoholic, especially seeing as he’s also a single father to a son who witnessed his own mother’s death. Then there’s Dion, who is dealing with all the drama that being in deep with the mob entails. (He and Tommy used to work for a restaurant owned by the mob, until he burned it down—an act for which he’s just finished serving time in prison when the show starts.)



    “Compliments of the house”

    Rogue Magazine Issue 3 has a covershoot by Joshua Liebman, with feature written by Brooke Nasser. Excerpts below:

    “I was very aware that I didn’t want to get typecast or kind of thrown into one position. And I haven’t. I feel really blessed that I’ve been able to move around and play lots of different types of characters in film.”

    His prospects as a youngster in England weren’t particularly academic or auspicious. His parents, however, were uniquely supportive of him. “When I was really into skateboarding, my dad helped me build a ramp in the backyard so I had a little mini half-pipe. When I was playing music and I was in a band, my dad would help me make posters for the shows,” he recalls.

    When his interests shifted toward acting, their support didn’t waver. “I think for me they were just kind of relieved that I was into something, you know what I mean” It was more like, ‘Oh good, he likes something. He’s passionate about something rather than just being a complete dropout.’”

    You can preorder either print or digital copies through Rogue

    Lastly, Feed The Beast also has a cool Instagram account now!

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