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2013 EXCLUSIVE JIM STURGESS INTERVIEW

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Jim Sturgess Online is again privileged and excited to bring our fans another opportunity to get to know Jim Sturgess in this brand new exclusive interview with the talented actor, poet, and musician. This is the fourth time JSO has interviewed Jim, the first three being in 2009, 2011, and 2012, respectively.

As in the past, we’ve collected questions from fans via our forum, and in return we have received this amazing, insightful, and intimate look at Jim’s career and life.  In this latest interview Jim speaks about what he learned from Cloud Atlas, how he developed the character of Eddie Dodson for The Electric Slide, as well as plans for the upcoming The Lion’s Share, being filmed in Africa, and how he is spending his downtime until shooting begins for Eliza Graves in Bulgaria this coming June.

So sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy this wonderful interview with our favorite Englishman!

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INTERVIEWS WITH ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’ & ‘MOVIEFONE’

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

We hit the double jackpot today with two new in-depth interviews with Jim Sturgess talking about Upside Down, Cloud Atlas, The Big Shoe, The Lion’s Share, Across the Universe, and other projects.

In the first interview with The Hollywood Reporter Jim is asked some really fresh questions and is, as usual, candid, charming, and funny:

THR: I spoke to Juan a few minutes ago and he said once he met you, if you didn’t say yes, he’d kill himself.

Sturgess: No pressure, right? He told me the same thing. “If you don’t do this, I’m going to kill myself.” I felt obliged just to keep him alive.

THR: Had you ever had a director tell you that?

Sturgess: No, never, no. But it’s nice to hear.

THR: It’s a good negotiating strategy.

Sturgess: For sure. I might try it with a director. If you don’t give me the part, I’ll kill myself.

Read the full interview here.

In the second interview with MovieFone, Jim is asked about his music among other things:

Are you still in a band yourself?
Not so much a band, but I collaborate with various people. I write songs and just mess around with music a lot with friends back in London.

Do you record any of it?
I’m always recording. I don’t just write it for myself, but you have to make something that’s solid to make a record. I’ve written three or four albums in my life that no one’s ever going to hear.

What about another singing role?
In a musical? Yeah, I don’t know. It’s hard when you’re doing a Beatles musical, it’s hard to find music to top that.

So you weren’t broken up about not being in, say, “Les Miserables”?
No, because I don’t really like that kind of music. I find that hard to watch!

Read the full interview here.

‘ART ON AIR’ AUDIO INTERVIEW

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Thanks to ARTonAIR.org, we have a wonderful in-depth audio interview with Jim Sturgess.  In it, radio host, Stephen Schaefer talks to Jim about Upside Down, Cloud Atlas, One DayElectric Slide, and Ashes among others, as well as independent films, getting his start, and his love of film and music.

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‘ACROSS THE UNIVERSE’ CAST REUNION

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Thanks to a random tweet by @EvanRachelWood our fansite was alerted to an impromptu live concert and Across the Universe cast reunion taking place last night at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.  Co-webmistress, Liz, was lucky enough to attend and videotape Evan Rachel Wood (Lucy) and Martin Luther (JoJo), former cast mates from the 2006 Julie Taymor film, singing a medley of Beatles songs and other songs together on stage. Below is Part I of a four-part video series of their amazing performance and a link to a playlist with all four videos here.

After the concert the two actors enjoyed some time reminiscing and catching up with another cast member, Jim Sturgess (Jude) and his girlfriend Mickey O’Brien.  Below are a few candid images from the memorable evening, as well as a narrative describing some of Liz’s experiences on our forum here.

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‘ONE DAY’ GERMAN MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Thanks to one of our forum members we’ve added an insightful interview from the October issue of KulturSpiegel, an influential and popular German magazine which features articles on politics, economics, and culture.  Below is an image from the article, as well as an excerpt (courtesy of Google Translator).  You can read the entire article in German here, or read the rest of the English translation in our forum here.

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On the one hand, Jim Sturgess is born to be a star. He’s got that vague something that they are looking in Hollywood, that fills a canvas and seduced an audience. He looks good, but not too slick: dark, tousled hair and unassuming smile, innocent, melancholy when needed beady eyes. Relaxed, natural style and talent, lots of it. In his new role in the film adaptation of the bestseller “Two people - One Day” he is a 20-year-old student as well as how the 40-year-old father, whom he plays at the end. He convinced a Polish soldier on the run from Siberia as well as casino cheaters in Las Vegas. He twitters poems. He can sing too.

On the other hand, Sturgess was once almost a star. Three years ago, he crashed with three consecutive short films from nowhere into the public consciousness. In Julie Taymor’s Beatles-songs-musical “Across the Universe”, in the period drama “The Other Boleyn Girl” alongside Natalie Portman, especially in one of the surprise hits of 2008, the gambling drama “21″. Girls around the world loved the film and hence the young British actor. His face was emblazoned on buses and at home-wall-sized posters. He was suddenly the new hot number. It rained most popular. He only had one of those typical, simple to play romantic comedies or throw himself into a superhero costume must. The world was his.

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS INTERVIEW

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Following the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) luncheon last week, Jim Sturgess sat down to talk with interviewers about the diversity of his acting career and the many places he has been lucky enough to visit for work.  Jim talks about filming in New York City for Across the Universe, Vegas for 21, and finally Bulgaria and the Sahara desert for The Way Back.

JIM STURGESS VISITS ‘SPIDER-MAN’ MUSICAL

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Thanks to forum member dvs, we have these wonderful new photos of Jim Sturgess visiting backstage with the cast of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark yesterday.  This amazing new Broadway show was created by Across the Universe director, Julie Taymor, with music by Bono and The Edge.

Jim has a special relationship with both of the show’s creators and was at one point — along with Across the Universe co-star Evan Rachel Wood — considered to be their top pick for the lead roles in this controversial musical.  In these photographs Jim is pictured with the show’s lead actor, Reeve Carney. and another Across the Universe co-star, TV Carpio, who played Prudence in the Beatles-themed musical.

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You can see all the images from Jim’s backstage visit in our gallery here.

INTERVIEW WITH ‘THE GUARDIAN’

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Guardian.co.uk has just published a revealing interview titled, Jim Sturgess: a thoroughly polished survivor, where Jim discusses many aspects of his film career including his rise to fame after Across the Universe and 21, his upcoming films, The Way Back, One Day and Upside Down, and why he turned down the part of Spider-Man in the current Julie Taymor Broadway production.  Below is a brief excerpt, however you can read the entire article here.

The funny thing about Sturgess, now 29, is that he has already had a crack at the big time – a couple of years ago. It  just wasn’t to his liking. Rewind to 2007 when director Julie Taymor gave him an almighty break, as a mop-haired Liverpool shipyard worker in her sweetly uncynical Beatles-inspired musical, Across the Universe. Teenage girls in America were hopelessly devoted to the movie and for about five minutes Sturgess was the hot young Brit actor du jour – dish of the day. He thought he’d come home after shooting and life as an out-of-work actor would get back to normal. “But I had an American agent, and suddenly you’re getting invited into this Hollywood world.” He made a further two films almost immediately: The Other Boleyn Girl and 21, with Kevin Spacey.  At this point the cheesy high school scripts were piling in, then came the golden ticket: he was offered the lead in the Spider-Man musical, directed by Taymor and with music written by Bono and the Edge from U2, which opens in February on Broadway.

Sturgess turned it all down.  Why?  Because none of it felt right.  Which could sound a mite pretentious, but he tells the story matter-of-factly. “It was when 21 came out. I was in Los Angeles and my face was everywhere: on buses, on posters, on the side of buildings.”  Something didn’t connect he says.  “I didn’t feel that blown away by it. I was still hungry to prove myself.  I realised that quite quickly, that I had to find something that challenged me from an acting point of view.”

‘THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD’ VIDEO INTERVIEW

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Anne Thompson, entertainment and film critic from Thompson on Hollywood, interviewed Jim Sturgess recently in this four part video interview which traces the roots of Jim’s acting and singing career beginning in PART I with his role of Jude in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, his American accent in the crowd pleasing 21, and finally the just released indie thriller, Heartless, directed by Philip Ridley.

PART II - Jim talks about what got him interested in acting and how during the filming of Fifty Dead Men Walking he truly felt like an actor.

PART III - Jim talks about getting the role of Janusz in Peter Weir’s The Way Back, including writing Weir a four page letter along with sending him an audition tape.  Jim also describes his preparation for the role, including losing weight and visiting Auschwitz in Poland.

PART IV - Jim recalls a particularly moving scene in The Way Back where he found it difficult to follow Weir’s direction to “hold everything down and not turn on the emotional tap.” He also discusses his upcoming projects, Michael Winterbottom’s The Promised Land,  Juan Solanas’ Upside Down, and Lone Sherfig’s One Day.

Additionally, we’ve just come across the ‘quad’ UK movie poster for The Way Back, which opens in Britain on Dec 26th.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM JSONLINE

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Jim Sturgess Online would like to wish all of Jim’s fans a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

In celebration of the holiday we bring you a classic scene from Across the Universe featuring Jim Sturgess (Jude), Joe Anderson (Max) and Evan Rachel Wood (Lucy) celebrating Thanksgiving with the Carrigan family.

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