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THE LAB MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

In a unique turn about, Lab Magazine asked Jim Sturgess and girlfriend Mickey O’Brien to interview actress Clemence Poesy, in an article just published on their website. According to the magazine’s description they are, “An international publication and website that get you closer to the fashion, film, music, photography, art, and culture that you love. The Lab Magazine features intimate and uncensored artist-to-artist conversations, conceptual photo shoots, and vibrant fashion features.”

The pairing seems to work well, especially since Jim and Clemence got to know each other while working together on the psychological thriller Heartless.  The film was written and directed by Philip Ridley and released in 2009.

In the interview Jim reveals a little about himself with the questions he asks.  Below are a few excerpts:

JS—When I was younger, acting for me was a way of releasing a lot of energy and gave me an outlet and a focus that I lacked in a normal classroom situation.

and this tidbit….

MO & JS—We love going to see films at the cinema. The only film we remember walking out on was Transformers. What would you consider to be the worst film you have ever seen?

You can read the complete interview online here.

JIM STURGESS MEETS ENNIO MORRICONE

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Jim Sturgess and the lovely Mickey O’Brien are currently traveling throughout Italy, while Jim is on break from filming director Giuseppe Tornatore’s latest endeavor, The Best Offer.  It seems that many adventures have befallen them recently, including meeting Ennio Morricone (The Godfather, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso).  The legendary composer will also be scoring  The Best Offer.   Here he is pictured below with Jim — as well as Mickey – who was asked by the maestro himself, to play piano.  Below are the images, along with the tweets, from these two very talented artists who continue to “live the dream.”  We couldn’t be happier for them!

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Jim’s Twitter / Mickey’s Twitter

NEW SHELBY DUNCAN IMAGES

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Thanks once again to our forum member dvs for sending us these fabulous new images by photographer Shelby Duncan of Jim Sturgess and his longtime girlfriend, and Tragic Toys collaborator, Mickey O’Brien.   Love ‘em!

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CANDID IMAGES FROM CALIFORNIA

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

We are pleased to share some candid images of Jim Sturgess and girlfriend, Mickey O’Brien, as they enjoy downtime in the beautiful California sunshine.  We also have images from Jim and Mickey’s recent roadtrip north on the famous Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur and ending in San Francisco.  Special thanks to Mickey for granting us permission to share these images.

Below is a sample, but you can view all the Los Angeles, CA images here(Click images to enlarge).

And below are a few of the images from the roadtrip up the coast, but you can view all the images here.

VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY 2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Actor Jim Sturgess and his girlfriend, Mickey O’Brien attended the prestigious Vanity Fair Oscar party last night, joining the celebration with hundreds of other industry leaders and celebrities.  The annual party is a Hollywood staple and considered the most important post-Oscar bash one can attend.  Below are some candid photos of the two, posted on Mickey’s twitter account last night from the event.  We now have several new red carpet images below, however you can view all the images from the party in our gallery here.

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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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‘TRAGIC TOYS’ LYRICS & FANART

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Jim Sturgess, via his Twitter @mrjimsturgess, has just completed tweeting another lyric from a song titled, The Ballad of the Tragic Toys.  This song, along with other lyrics found on our Poetry & Lyrics page, is from a musical collaboration between Jim and his long-term girlfriend Mickey O’Brien to form the alternative sound of Tragic Toys.  Below is a sample from the song’s first verse and chorus:

So here’s a little song that I wrote,
It’s made of melodies and memories of words that I’ve spoke
And in the ever changing world that we don’t understand,
We all try to laugh it up so that we don’t break down
We carry on and try to pick up on our mental health,
Coz we only seem to play the cards that we’ve never been dealt.
And in the ever changing way that we all ask for help,
A tragic ending to a game? Or just a playful joke?

(Chorus)
And it goes…
Your money or your life?
Well that’s up to you,
But I hope you know the Joke’s on you!
And I’ll cut you with a knife if you don’t make some noise,
It’s ‘The Ballad of the Tragic Toys!’

This most recent lyric has inspired our co-webmistress Liz, to design a fan-created Tragic Toys CD cover for the band’s yet-to-be-released first album.  In addition she has designed several other pieces of Tragic Toys fanart which you can broswe in our Fan Art gallery here.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY O’BRIEN

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

We at Jim Sturgess Online would like to send warm birthday wishes to Mickey O’Brien, the special lady who is not only girlfriend and best friend, but also Tragic Toys collaborator with our favorite Englishman, Jim Sturgess.  To celebrate Mickey’s birthday, our very own graphic artist and co-webmistress Liz, has designed a beautiful tribute in her honor.

Mickey, all the best on your special day!!!  Cheers!!! xxx

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JIM STURGESS MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Thanks to our forum member dvs we have scans from two articles featuring Jim Sturgess — the first from a UK women’s fashion and style publication called ASOS.  The article includes two images photographed by Shelby Duncan, whose pictures of Jim and girlfriend, Mickey O’Brien, were also published in W magazine.

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The second scan is from an article previously published on our website titled, Lucky Jim, from Paper Mag.  In an excerpt below, Jim talks about what really inspired him to continue with his acting career.  You can read the entire article by clicking on the scanned image below.

So, Sturgess’s mother suggested he take a college course at the University of Salford in Manchester. Upon arrival, he had plans to start up another band, but got sidetracked when he began hanging out with the drama crowd. “I started meeting a lot of really cool, interesting people who were really into theater and filmmaking and they played me all these amazing films. We started making our own plays and short films and I got really excited creatively again.”

One such film he watched was Naked, British auteur Mike Leigh’s gritty look at a group of lost souls in London. “It made me realize that filmmaking is as powerful as music and a great film can be as great as your favorite album,” explains Sturgess. And with Naked having been made by a Brit, in Britain, the idea of becoming an actor felt much closer to home. “I know this sounds crazy,” Sturgess admits, “but Naked was really the first time that I’d seen a film with people from England. It was about characters that I recognized from my real life, scenery that I understood. Before that all the films I watched were films everybody watched whether you grew up in London or L.A., like Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones.”

‘ONE DAY’ INTERVIEWS

Friday, August 26th, 2011

We continue to find wonderful articles profiling Jim Sturgess where he talks about his new film One Day, his music and career, and upcoming projects.  Below are excerpts, however we encourage fans to read the entire interview from each publication:

Shortlist.com interviewed Jim earlier this week and had some unique questions:

People are passionate about this book. Have you Googled yourself to check the ever-fickle public are convinced you’re the man for the job?

[Laughs] I haven’t specifically looked but I have seen some comments. One of them said, “Why do they always cast American actors in these British films? Jim Sturgess’s British accent is terrible.” That was my favourite.

Did you model One Day’s Dexter on anyone in particular? You go a bit Big Breakfast-era Johnny Vaughan in your Nineties-TV-presenter phase…

No one’s said that yet. They always say Terry Christian. I watched The Big Breakfast during those years. It was part of my morning routine. And The Word. So, yeah, there’s probably a bit of Terry and Johnny in there.

Was there anything garish from the Nineties lurking in your cupboard that you could have worn on set?

I used to have a reversible tracksuit. One side was a black shell suit and if you flipped it was a sort of grey sweat suit. I lived in it for a period of time to have the best of both worlds.

Were you as successful with the ladies as Dex?

No, not at all. I’m smarter than Dexter so I ended up having a relationship with my best friend pretty early on. So I’ve been in a happy relationship for a long time.

Could you empathise with his descent into alcohol and drugs?

I’ve certainly drunk a lot over the years, as we all do in England. It’s amazing when you go to another country, what a big part of British culture drinking is.

The Irish Examiner reporter Declan Cashin learned this from Jim about his family and friends:

Jim Sturgess has been in a perpetual state of jetlag for the past month, flying to and around the US on promotional duties, but also taking in time to attend his brother’s wedding – as well as the numerous parties associated with it – in London.  To the bleary-eyed 30-year-old’s eternal relief, his role in the nuptials was purely as spectator and reveller. “Luckily I don’t think he trusted me with being his best man,” he laughs, settling into the sofa in a hotel suite in London’s Knightsbridge. “I was best man for my best mate before. It’s a lot of responsibility. All of this is easy. Being best man is far more terrifying.”

It continues….

Sturgess still tinkers around with music today, aided and encouraged in no small part by his long-term musician girlfriend, Mickey O’Brien. The couple have even made a demo album together in their home studio.

With a name like that, it’s no surprise to learn that O’Brien’s extended family all hail from Ireland. “We go over with the family to the middle of nowhere in Carrick-on-Shannon,” Sturgess says. “I love the pubs and the people. Mickey’s family are all farmers with no connection to the world of fame at all. They’re always like [adopting an impressive Irish accent], ‘How’s it goin’ with the fillums’?”

Lastly, though he says he’s not good at romance in reality, when pressed for a date that is significant to him – like July 15th in the movie – Sturgess replies: “My anniversary with Mickey, May 20th.  “We chose that as our anniversary because we knew each other a little bit before, but we’d never been on a date. Then on May 20th, we hung out at this party, and didn’t leave each other’s side.

And lastly, Indie London has a lengthy, very in-depth interview with Jim.  Below Jim talks about “love at first sight” and oddly, a bit on Dexter’s hair:

Q. Do you believe in love at first sight? And have you ever experienced it?
I do, for sure. And yeah, my current girlfriend… when we first met there was an instant connection and an instant sort of familiarity. It just wasn’t an effort. Of course, love just comes in so many different shapes and sizes and some people fall in love instantly, some people fall in love and then fall out of love and get divorced. But that’s what’s so great about this film – it’s their journey into love and out again. You could pick another two people and you’d have a whole other story and that’s why films about love get made and made and made – because there’s a million ways to tell it and no two stories are the same.

Q. How long did you spend doing your hair?
A lot [laughs]. It was a big part of the character, it really was. It became an infatuation for everyone, not just me! People have asked what I did to research the character and it’s weird, when you make a film like The Way Back you can research the political climate of that time and the historical backdrop that you’re putting yourself in. Yanush was a Polish officer, so you can look into the Polish history, and what it’s like to be a military man. You can learn survival skills in order to tool you up ready for the film.

But with Dexter, I was like: “What is he good at? What does he do?” He’s not really good at anything and it was a time period that I sort of knew anyway. So, I was at a bit of a loss really. So, the research really came from the wardrobe fittings and the make-up tests and the wigs and the hair because he really does work and put himself out there on that sort of surface, shallow kind of level. So, as long as he looked good he was all there.

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