The year’s winners:
Top-grossing films: 1. Toy Story (191.8 million) 2. Batman Forever ($184 million)
3. Apollo 13 ($172.1 million) 4. Pocahontas ($141.6 million) 5. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ( $108.4 million)
Oscars: Best Picture, Braveheart; Best Director, Mel Gibson (Braveheart); Best Actor, Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas); Best Actress, Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking); Best Supporting Actor, Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects); Best Supporting Actress, Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite).
PREMIERE’S Power List: Steven Spielberg (#1); top actor, Tom Hanks (#6); top actress, Demi Moore (#28).
Source: Premiere magazine
On MGM Home Entertainment’s Special Edition of ‘The Usual Suspects’ DVD you find a few interesting hidden features.
Insert the Special Features side of the DVD and on the main menu press the ‘Up’ arrow key until the ‘Usual Suspects’ logo is highlighted. Now press ‘Enter’ and you will be taken to a hidden menu screen where you will have to make selections in a certain sequence. The correct order of the sequence is ‘Bulletin Board,’ ‘Guatemala,’ ‘Lady’ and ‘Broken Kobayashi Cup.’ Once you entered them in the correct order you can select whether you want to see an interview with John Ottman or other interview outtakes.
Although The Usual Suspects won’t hit the screens until August, it’s already being tagged as one of the must-see films of the year. Shot last year over the course of 35 days on a modest (by current blowout standards) budget of $3 million, Suspects has taken on a life of it’s own. Some are even calling the independent the Pulp Fiction of 1995 for it’s box-office potential.
Bryan Singer, the film’s 27-year-old director (his last film, Public Access, was an award-winner at Sundance in 1992), calls it” A movie with a heist in it. It evolves into a classic-style mystery but with a unique take on it. ” Starring Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollack, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlewhaite, Chazz Palimenteri and Stephen Baldwin, the film ponders, “What if five criminals met in a police lineup and ended up working together?”
Although Singer and his 27-year-old producer Ken Kokin (who also served as second-unit director) attracted a very talented cast, it wasn’t all easy sailing. Singer recalls, “The studio was like, ‘You can’t sell a movie on Gabriel Byrne. Baldwin? No one has heard of him in Europe. Pete Postlewhaite? Who is that? Oh, he was nominated for an Oscar?’ ”
The short shoot flowed nicely regardless, and according to the producing/directing team, everything went swimmingly well despite some unplanned hitches. In the film’s climax, Gabriel Byme’s character is running around a 265-foot boat in San Pedro, looking for guns and drugs. The vessel, which is called the Tanager and was once owned by the Kennedy family, apparently was under the scrutiny of the local Coast Guard. As the crew was shooting one night. the Coast Guardsmen boarded the ship looking for real guns and/or drugs. “It was weird. ” muses Singer. “They were carrying guns, and we were packing lights. ”
NEXT ISSUE: The full story behind the Suspects, including why Baldwin now calls co-star Byrne ” prison bitch, ” and just why Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get the part.
(I don’t know what magazine this came from and don’t have the next issue. Anyone else have it?)
Actor-director Kevin Spacey
Closing in on the leading ‘suspect’
His hair forming and exclamation point on his forehead, his body twisted into a palsied knot, Kevin Spacey hobbles painfully through the neo-noir thriller The Usual Suspects. As gimpy Roger “Verbal” Kint, Spacey is at turns pitiable, funny, wily, and utterly inscrutable.
“He’s a character actor and a chameleon,” says Suspects’ director Bryan Singer. “In his roles he always changes his look, his hair, his voice. Beneath the surface is a very complex human being.”
In person, Spacey, 36, can swing from serious to frivolous. (His hilarious impersonation of Jack Lemmon, his mentor and costar in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, is dead on.) California bred and Juilliard educated, he broke out in 1988 with his terrifying portrayal of a brutal gangster in TV’s Wiseguy, followed by a Tony-winning performance in 1991 as Uncle Louie in Lost In Yonkers. Spacey, now based in New York, says his theater roles “are closer to me as a person than most of my film roles,” which is good news, as his most memorable screen characters – the sadistic real estate manager in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the abusive studio executive in 1995’s Swimming With Sharks – are not exactly folks you’d invite home for dinner. “the dangers of ambition are what interests me,” he declares. “I was driven to do Suspects because Verbal was more internal. It was a discipline for me to trust that stillness.”
Spacey’s latest challenge was his directorial debut for the forthcoming heist drama Albino Alligator, starring Matt Dillon and Faye Dunaway. (“I’ve been madly in love with her my whole life,” he exclaims. “Acting pales next to this experience.”) But he’ll be back before the camera next month, as a DA in Joel Schumacher’s A Time To Kill. What he’ll do with his hair and his voice this time is anyone’s guess.
– Anne Thompson
September 8, 1995 (Entertainment Weekly?)