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Behind the Scenes of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet: Acting and Directing

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When R. Kelly yells action, you better believe there will be action. Which is exactly why Kellz is so effective behind the camera on the set of his hip hopera Trapped in the Closet. And when the saga continues on Friday, November 23rd at 9/8c, you will want to tune in to see what action R. Kelly has in store for fans of the interwoven, sprawling and downright awesome story. So how does Kelly elicit such incredible acting out of characters like Twan, Gwendolyn, Big Man and Rufus? By leading by example, of course. As fans know, Kelly plays a bunch of characters in the show, including, of course, Pimp Lucius and Randolph, and he is fully committed to playing the heck out of each and everyone of them.

In this new clip direct from the set of Trapped in the Closet, Kellz tells us all about his motivation, inspiration and drive to succeed as both an actor and director. Watch the clip and be sure to tune in when Trapped in the Closet returns, only on IFC:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC on Friday, November 23rd at 9/8c

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

R. Kelly is back as Pimp Lucius in Trapped in the Closet

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We know you are already excited for the return of R. Kelly’s hip hopera Trapped in the Closet on Friday, November 23 at 9/8c, but do you want to get even more excited? Pimp Lucius is coming back. Yep, everyone’s favorite pimp will be talking about “Who, when and where got what? The p-p-p-package!” throughout the next installment of Trapped in the Closet, which airs exclusively on IFC. “Let’s go get this mmm… mmm… money!”

But what did you expect? Of course, Lucius is back because, as you all know, pimping is for life, and nothing can stop the pimping, not even when you go to church and the choir starts singing at you and the Reverend James Moseley tries to convince you to stop pimping. Not even that come to Jesus moment will stop the pimping. When we last saw Lucius, in Chapter 22, he was bragging about a ho over the phone to his companion Bishop Craig. But his conversation was interrupted by a phone call from some “bitch”, who tells him that Pastor Rufus has The Package. That’s right, Rufus has The Package and Lucius knows it. So what will he do? You have to tune in to Trapped in the Closet as the saga continues.

For now, watch this behind-the-scenes footage straight from the set of Trapped in the Closet:

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Trapped in the Closet returns to IFC on Friday, November 23 at 9/8c.

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Watch Glenn Danzig Bro Out on the Beach

Danzig comes to Portlandia this Thursday, Feb. 11th at 10P on IFC.

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Those of us who donned a duster or a Doc Marten or two are likely familiar with the menacing gloom of Misfits founder Glenn Danzig. Big, beefy, and goth, the metal frontman casts a foreboding shadow over his slam-dancing minions. That was the case, however, until Danzig dropped by this week’s brand new Portlandia with a skip in his step and a smile in his heart. Why? Well, refer to his Billabong t-shirt and beach jam shorts and see if that answers your question.

Check out a bro’d-out Glenn Danzig and his love of frat boy beach gear in the video below, and be sure to catch an all-new Portlandia this Thursday at 10P on IFC.

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