Empire Podcast: I Care A Lot Spoiler Special Ft. J Blakeson

by Chris Hewitt | We care a lot about I Care A Lot , J Blakeson 's super-sharp blackly comedic thriller in which Rosamund Pike 's unscrupulous care provider exploits the heck out of the American healthcare system, only to come up against someone even more unscrupulous than her (Peter Dinklage ). So much so that we've given it the spoiler special treatment. Pride of place goes to a near one-hour long interview with Blakeson, who tells Chris Hewitt all about the film's numerous twists, turns, and his storytelling motivations.

"Bridget Jones's Diary." To prepare for the role, Renée Zellweger gained 25 pounds, and then actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role. She adopted an alias as well as her posh accent and was apparently not recognized. On her desk in this office she kept a framed picture of then boyfriend Jim Carrey. Workers who did not recognize her found this to be odd, but never mentioned it to her for fear of embarrassing her.

Then, Chris is joined in the virtual podbooth by Helen O'Hara and Terri White for a fun-filled chat about the movie. Oh, and in the time-honoured tradition, we also manage to turn this into an impromptu spoiler special for the likes of Double Indemnity and Ace In The Hole , so be warned!


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"The Dark Knight." In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks. During this extended stay of seclusion, Ledger delved deep into the psychology of the character. He devoted himself to developing The Joker's every tic, namely the voice and that sadistic-sounding laugh.