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Exclusive Interview With Actor Anthony Ingruber

The Critic’s Word Editor in Chief Clifford Kiyabu sits down with voice actor Anthony Ingruber for an exclusive interview!

I’ve had the utmost pleasure of interviewing talented actors, directors, writers and producers of different calibers over the years, but I have never come across someone as unique as Anthony Ingruber, a young actor who has a very impressive knack for dead on impersonations. I sat down with Anthony to discuss his impressions and voice work including upcoming projects he’s involved with.

Clifford: First off, I’d like to welcome you to our little part of the web.

Anthony: Thanks very much for the interview and taking an interest in my work it’s great to be here!

Clifford: Before we jump right into it, I figured we’d start off a little light if that’s okay with you?

Anthony: Always good.

Clifford: So tell us a little about yourself, Anthony?

Anthony: I’ve had a very international upbringing. My mother is Dutch and my father is Australian and I have been raised in some very contrasting areas of the world, the Philippines, Australia and Cyprus to name a few. Although this has been tough at times, I have found it has given me invaluable practice in learning new accents for my work.

Clifford: How long have you been doing voice impressions?

Anthony: Really since high school I think, I was 15. I had just moved to Australia after 5 years in Cyprus and was having difficulty adjusting to life there and making new friends. I discovered that by imitating beloved actors such as Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford that I could easily break the ice and introduce myself as someone to goof around with.

Clifford: Who [or what] inspired you to go into acting?

Anthony: I think it was around the time I started doing impressions that I began really taking an interest in the work that these actors had done. I remember renting The Shining and Blade Runner and being completely blown away by the performances and the cinematography. From that moment on I think I
realized that acting was what I really wanted to pursue in life. The performances of actors such as Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson are those that I hold in very high regard and use as a personal drive to perfect my own acting to try to live up to their level.

Clifford: Prior to conducting this interview, I did some research on you and I was quite impressed to see the large variety of character impressions on your YouTube channel, which character was your favorite?

Anthony: I think my favorite really depends on who I am performing for…I
always ask which of the actors the audience prefers and I will launch into that
character. It’s always such a delight when I’m able to do justice to their favorite actor! My personal favorite is probably Jack Nicholson as he is such an energetic and lively personality that is great to relieve stress after a long hard day!

Clifford: How do you prepare before taking on a role?

Anthony: it really depends on what role it is that I’m taking. The work I tend to apply for usually requires a different accent than my own; for example I’ve portrayed British WW2 soldiers on 3 separate occasions. So usually the week leading up to the shoot date I simply go about my daily business with a British accent until it becomes a natural change. Also, I like to go in prepared, so I read up on whatever subject matter the film covers so I have a greater understanding of the mindset that the character is in.

Clifford: What kind of training have you had?

Anthony: I took a brief 3 month script writing course in New Zealand, but the majority of my training is very much self-taught. I credit watching film obsessively at a very young age and applying what works for me into my own method of acting.

Clifford: I know we’ve already touched on the subject of inspiration that led you to become an actor, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into that subject with something a little more specific. Like; what inspired you to go into ‘voice’ acting?

Anthony: I think voice acting has become very prominent in the last few years due to the new standards of voice acting in videogames; which have become a formidable story telling medium in their own right. I’m also a huge videogame and cartoon fan and so voice acting has always appealed to me.

Clifford: Now you’ve done both physical and voice acting, which would you say was more challenging and why?

Anthony: Definitely physical, on screen acting is the more challenging. Voice acting can be done very comfortably and you have no need to worry about how you dress or look which is always a huge relief!

Clifford: Is there a particular genre that you enjoy working on?

Anthony: Comedy has always been my strong suit but I greatly enjoy dramatic pieces…being able to explore the darker sections of human nature is something I love to escape to and acting is a safe method that gives you that opportunity.

Clifford: Any chance you’ll be able to tell us what projects you’re currently working on?

Anthony: Currently I’m working on “In the Name of God”, a short film directed by Jakub Roman about a young soldier in Iraq. The film focuses on the religious aspects of conflict and the corruption that unfortunately can be involved in war. I’m also working on a TV pilot again, directed by Jakub Roman, called “The Agency”. It’s a light hearted comedy about the struggles of aspiring actors and the rather rubbish jobs they need to take before they land a decent gig. Unfortunately I can’t reveal too much at this stage but I may be able to as production goes underway.

Clifford: When can we roughly expect to see “In the Name of God” released?

Anthony: Unfortunately there hasn’t been an official press release yet, but I think it’s aiming for a late fall release.

Clifford: As an actor, you must have a “dream team” you’d love to work with some day?

Anthony: Any of the actors that I have impersonated would definitely be on my dream team list! The performances of actors such as; Jack Nicholson or Gary Oldman has made a huge impact on my desire to be an actor as well as my own style of acting. The impersonations are my way of paying homage to these legends of cinema and paying tribute to their work.

Clifford: Now this next question I ask has become a standard tradition for first time guest here at The Critic’s Word and may come off as awkward, but I assure you you’re not the first to be asked this.

Clifford: The term ‘For The Sake of Art’ has always been coined in the entertainment industry for how far an actor/actress would be willing to go for, well… the sake of art. So my question to you is; How far are you willing to go for the sake of art in this industry?

Anthony: I think this is a question every actor asks themselves early in their career; I feel I would be able to commit myself to a role and do whatever I feel is necessary to deliver a realistic performance. Of course it’s easy to assume that to be the case so I suppose the only way to know would be when a role comes along that demands that dedication, and seeing if I can go to that place of mind.

Clifford: I assume you’re on all the major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc… So where can our readers find you and more importantly learn more about you?

Anthony: I have an official Facebook fan page, Twitter and YouTube channel all under the title of Anthony Ingruber, so anyone interested in my work can find it fairly easily!

Clifford: Thank you dropping by and taking the time to chat with us. We’d love to have you back sometime in the near future.

Anthony: Thank you very much for the interest and it’s my pleasure to chat with you! Would love to be back soon.

And this concludes my interview with actor Anthony Ingruber. There’s no doubt in my mind Anthony is going places, as he’s got a good chip on his shoulders and his skill in voice work alone speaks for itself. You can find Anthony on his Official website: anthonyingruber.com. see his full resume on IMDB: imdb.com. Like him on Facebook: facebook.com/AnthonyIngruberOfficial, and Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/AnthonyIngruber. Also subscribe to his YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/anthonyingruber

C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [4/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

Part 4

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JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 
(50/50)

RUNNER UPS:
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Anthony Hopkins (The Rite)
Ryan Gosling (Drive)
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)

ALAN RICKMAN 
(Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II)

RUNNER UPS:
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

DAVID FINCHER
(The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

RUNNER UPS:
Gavin O’Connor (Warrior)
J.J. Abrams (Super 8 )
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Tate Taylor (The Help)

ANNIE MUMOLO& KRISTEN WIIG 
(Bridesmaids)

RUNNER UPS:
Alexander Payne. Nat Faxon. & Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Will Reiser (50/50)
Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II

RUNNER UPS:
The Woman
Warrior
The Iron Lady
The Descendants
Drive
The Help

C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [3/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

Part 3

DRIVE


RUNNER UPS:
Water For Elephants
Warrior
50/50
The Iron Lady
Moneyball
The Descendants
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Help

GNOMEO & JULIET


RUNNER UPS:
Rango
Rio
Kung Fu Panda 2

I SAW THE DEVIL


RUNNER UPS:
13 Assassins
The Troll Hunter
Snowtown

HEATHER DORFF
(What They Say)


RUNNER UPS:
Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Brit Marling (Another Earth)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

ANGELA BETTIS
(The Woman)


RUNNER UPS:
Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Amara Miller (The Descendants)
Elle Fanning (Super 8 )
Viola Davis (The Help)

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C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [2/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

Part 2

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


RUNNER UPS:
Cowboys & Aliens
Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II

RUNNER UPS:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Troll Hunter

SUPER 8

RUNNER UPS:
Another Earth
Cowboys & Aliens
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Real Steel

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

RUNNER UPS:
The Adjustment Bureau

BRIDESMAIDS

RUNNER UPS:
HangoverII
Horrible Bosses
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

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C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [1/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting; we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes, we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

PART 1


THE WOMAN

RUNNER UPS:
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Red State
Chillerama
Red, White, & Blue
Insidious


WHAT THEY SAY

RUNNER UPS:
The Secret Friend
Doll Boy
Izak’s Choice


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

RUNNER UPS:
Straw Dogs
Martha Marcy May Marlene
We Need to Talk About Kevin



DRIVE

RUNNER UPS:
Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon
Fast Five
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows
Hobo With a Shotgun

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Rainn Wilson Talks about Potential ‘Office’ Spin-Off

The Office is one of NBC’s most celebrated comedies for the Network, but it’s not their oddball sense of humor that hooks viewers in every week. No, it’s the presence the cast infuses into their characters that reels viewership in every week. Since 2008 the rumor of an Office spin-off have circulated the interweb, there’s even been hints and teases by those involved with the show but never quite brought to fruition (We came close with Parks and Recreation, but alas, no cigar).

And with so many memorable characters on the show like Ed Helms and his corky attitude as Andy Bernard, or Rainn Wilson as the ever so oddball Dwight Schrute, or Creed Bratton as, well, Creed Bratton… every character has their own memorable moments and to that extent we love them all for their strange awkward antics. But the question comes to mind; are any of them deserving of having their own spin-off? And if so, who??

According to The Hollywood Reporter the spin-off is very much alive and will be much “Weirder” then its counterpart. During last Sunday’s SAG awards actor Rainn Wilson was cornered by reporters on addressing the news regarding an Office Spin-off and Wilson confirms that a concept is in fact in the works and it’ll much more awekward in oddball humor.

“It could be really cool because It would be on his farm, which would be a bed & breakfast, and it would have a crazy menagerie of characters,” he told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, adding: “It would be even more far out and weirder than The Office… it’s a good idea.”

According to the THR the concept might get a test of sorts on an upcoming episode of The Office later this season. Wilson, along with Office co-star Paul Lieberstein and executive producer Ben Silverman, are believed to be involved, though the actor suggested the spin-off is just an idea at this point, the possibility is still very much alive and well.

Extra Tidbit: If you could pick one character from The Office to get their very own spin-off, who would you like to see?

NBC’s “Awake” Gets Premiere Date!

While it’s a considerably slow day for entertainment news, I am happy to report that after months of unconfirmed hearsay and rumors, one of NBC’s most promising new shows is finally getting a release date! The NBC show “Awake” is now set for a March 1st premiere which has successfully bumped another new NBC show “The Firm” from its Thursday night timeslot. I am personally happy to hear this news because not only am I a fan of Jason Isaacs, but a solid fan of sci-fi as well. March 1st cannot get here soon enough.

Awake is a Sci-fi/Drama starring “Harry Potter” alum Jason Isaacs as a detective who survives a horrific car crash that causes his life to split into two separate “realities” in which his wife was killed in one and his son in the other. Which of the two is real is beyond him, and will he be able to make the ultimate choice to choose which is real? The premise alone is very intriguing for me, and I’m sure if done right, the show could be a success. Only time will tell whether or not NBC can pull off another sci-fi hit in these trying times.

Official Website: http://www.nbc.com/awake/

Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awake_(TV_series)

Christopher Meloni Joins Cast of True Blood!

It’s been an awful long while since we’ve heard any news regarding HBO’s True Blood am I right? Well fear not Fangbangers and Trubies because I’ve got some True Blood news coming at ya! A few weeks back rumors hit the web that Law & Order star Christopher Meloni was set to join the cast of True Blood for its 5th season.

Well according to TV Line, an a deal has been made. And a few details were given away about Meloni’s character, which was described as being a “powerful vampire.”

According to the HBO series creator Alan Ball, Meloni will play an “ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands.” Though there’s still not a lot of details regarding his character on the show or what exact plot he’ll play in the 5th season, one can assume he’ll play the part of a possible new big bad baddy in the series aside from the return of American Horror Story star Denis O’Hare in the role of Russell Edgington.

No official word as of yet when exactly the next season will begin but also joining the cast next season will be Scott Foley, Lucy Griffiths, Dale Dickey, Louis Herthum and Kelly Overton.

Side Tidbit: So how many seasons do you suspect the show will continue to go on for?

Tragic Loss of Two Extraordinary Actors Over 9/11 Anniversary Weekend!

If things weren’t already feeling depressing with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the day of the anniversary suffered yet another great tragedy to mark this particular date in the entertainment world. British actor and “Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield past away at the age of 39, on Sunday September 11th 2011. Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May 2010 and was undergoing treatment in New Zealand. During the 2010 Comic-Con he told Zap2It in a interview that he was feeling “better than ever” and hoped to return for the second season of Starz‘s hit show. But unfortunately the cancer had gotten the better of him, as he was forced to take an indefinite leave of absence in September of that year. Many had still hoped for a speedy recovery for him, but it was with great sadness that he had lost the battle. Whitfield’s wife Vashti said in a statement issued to The Associated Press. “He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.” On the official Gabriel (2007) Facebook page an official statement was released by the production “The entire Gabriel family and community are deeply saddened at our loss of Andy Whitfield. We thank you for all your support over these past few years and know he was grateful for it also. There will never be another like him…”

…and if that news wasn’t depressing enough, Hollywood suffered the lost of another legend earlier in the week. Veteran actor and Academy Award-winner Cliff Robertson passed away of natural causes on Saturday September 10th. at Stony Brook University Medical Center on New York’s Long Island, a day after his 88th birthday. Robertson is famously known for such roles as portraying President John F. Kennedy in the 1963 WWII film “PT 109” and for his portrayal of a mentally disabled man in “Charly” in which he won an Oscar for. Robertson never quite achieved reaching the top dog level in Hollywood like some of the other notable stars of his generation, but never once faded from the public eye even the 21st century. According to Evelyn Christel, his personal secretary of over 50 years, said that he died of natural causes. For modern moviegoers Robertson will be remembered as the kind hearted Uncle Ben in the Sony Pictures’ box-office hit Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi. Spider-Man 3 is noted down as his last official film appearance.