RANDOM STuDENT INTERVI EW
Random doesn't care about best costume
By Evan McGarvey / Associate Arts Editor
he Michigan Daily:
Hi, you've been
selected for the ran-
dom. First thing's
first. What's your
name and where are
Random: Emily, from Birming-
TMD: This week, it's an Oscar
themed issue of The Statement. So,
of all the movies nominated for best
picture, which ones have you seen?
R: I don't even know what movies
have been nominated.
R: Seen that.
TMD: "Good Night and Good
R: No, didn't see that.
TMD: "Brokeback Mountain"
R: Saw that.
TMD: Okay, so you've seen more
than most. I guess, of the ones you
saw, which one did you enjoy the
R: "Crash," definitely.
TMD: What did you like about
R: I liked that it had a lot to do
with real life, personal interactions.
How things kind of happen. How
situations change based on our own
TMD: Wow, I think that's prob-
ably the most articulate description
I've heard of a movie in a while.
Where there any performances that
stuck out for you?
R: I liked everyone's performance, I
guess. The guy who played the cop
... Matt Dillon, he was great.
TMD: Would you say it was sort
of a step up from "Wild Things" for
R: Ha, totally.
TMD: Well, that's a fine movie.
What did you think about "Broke-
R: Oh, I liked it. I thought it was a
little too long. There were definitely
some parts that they could've cut
out. I liked the scenery.
TMD: Back to "Crash," have you
ever found yourself in any interac-
tions where you were caught off
R: Um, I can't think of a specific
TMD: OK, so let's switch gears
completely. Best Costumes: Does
anyone really care?
TMD: OK, what is the difference
between an adapted screenplay and
R: Uh, one is new?
TMD: OK, I think the judges
are going to require a little more
description than that.
R: The other has been taken from
TMD: Yeah, there we go. The
judges are giving me the thumbs up.
We can accept that. Is there a phe-
nomenon where beautiful actress
are rewarded for playing ugly? Like
Charlize Theron in "Monster" and
Halle Berry in "Monster's Ball?"
Nicole Kidman in "The Hours?"
R: No, I think that's a theory that
people want to say about people who
are actually really good actresses.
But they won awards because they're
not just beautiful, they're good
TMD: Yeah, I think a lot of peo-
ple would agree with you. Would
you ever play ugly for a role of your
own? If someone wanted to cast you
but they had to cover you in a huge,
R: Sure, why not.
TMD: Have you don't any acting
in your life?
R: Yeah, I did forensics in middle
TMD: That's cool. Can you tell
me any of the songs nominated for
TMD: Would it surprise you that
Three 6 Mafia has a song nominat-
R: That's sad.
TMD: You don't know who Three
6 Mafia is?
R: No, I said that's sad. It's "Stay
TMD: Unfortunately not, but
your reference of "Stay Fly," one
of my personal favorite songs gets
you about 20 points in the interview.
You've certainly won me over with
TMD: What do you think the
difference between best supporting
actor and best actor is like?
R: Well, best supporting actor has
to do all of the stuff behind the scenes.
I think it's harder to win best support-
TMD: If you could cut 20 minutes
from the Oscars, where would you
R: Uh, editing, costumes all those
categories. They can just tell us who
won another time.
TMD: Like ESPN's stat tracker?
TMD: Would it also be fair to lump
all those categories into the "weird the-
ater Goth kid" selection of awards?
TMD: What's a weird movie that
you've seen, that no one else has
TMD: What's it about?
TMD: Any specific kind? Or just
the entire arena of drugs?
R: Meth, mostly.
TMD: Sweet! You know if you want
another good movie about meth I'd try
"Salton Sea." The fat kid from "Full
Metal Jacket," Vincent D'Onofrio,
cuts off his own nose.
R: Awesome, I'll check that out.
TMD: Give me your top five
films. Not necessarily of all time,
just right now.
R: Ha, I can give you my top five
of all time. "Fight Club," "Eternal
Sunshine of The Spotless Mind,"
"City of God," "Crash," and "Mou-
TMD: Wow, you sound like aver-
age American college student. If you
could soundtrack your life, who'd be
R: Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy and
the Black Eyed Peas.
TMD: Your life sounds remarkably
like an episode of "The O.C." As you
may know, most award shows are now
famous for their gift bags to present-
ers and performers. Usually the baskets
have ridiculously expensive gifts. What
would you like to take from a gift basket
and what is one thing that you'd add that
celebrities don't already have.
R: Hmm, I don't know, I'd probably
take a diamond bracelet. Oh, and I'd put
in some random independent film that
none of the big stars are ever seen in.
TMD: The Oscars are known for
the often-random pairings of stars to
present awards. If you could com-
bine two Hollywood stars, which
two would you pick?
R: Two really gorgeous people.
R: I don't know!
TMD: You don't know?
R: Scarlett Johansson and Jude
Law. Two hot blondes.
TMD: And isn't that what the
Oscars are all about? Anyway,
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