October 26, 2016
        "The Circle" and "The Lost City of Z": Which potential 2016 contenders got bumped to 2017?                Natalie Portman, Janelle Monáe, Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramirez, Stacy Keach at Hollywood Film Awards                Viola Davis will be campaigned in Best Supporting Actress for "Fences"                Mel Gibson to be Honored with the Hollywood Director Award at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Michael Moore drops a surprise new film with "Michael Moore in TrumpLand"                Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for October                Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris, Lily Collins get Honors at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars        

Ed Asner still going strong following hip surgery

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Ed Asner has two weeks of shooting to go on Paul Ben-Victor’s big-screen “Should’ve Been Romeo,” then he’ll take four days off, then get back into character as Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the one-man show he’s been taking around the country. It’s now slated to open at the Pasadena Playhouse Oct. 12 for previews and run 4-5 weeks. He’ll keep doing the show into March. He also has several other films in the can.

Not bad for an 80-year-old actor who had hip surgery in late July.

“Ever since ‘Up’ came out I’ve had a revivification that I never expected,” says Ed, referring to the instant classic 2009 Pixar film for which he provided the voice of the main character, widower Carl Fredricksen. “It was a breath of fresh air, and I’m very proud of it. So I want to seize that energy and run with it for as long as I can.”

He tells us, “I feel better now than I have in years. I need to drop some more weight though.”

We caught up with the seven-time Emmy Award-winning actor just after he left his doctor’s office and “got a clean bill of health…I have very high hopes of being pain free when walking, which I certainly haven’t been for a few years now,” he admits.

For FDR, of course, he performs while seated in a wheelchair or “ambulating using two canes.” It’s strenuous, he says, “but worth it.” The one-man show was written by Dore Schary, who also penned the landmark play, “Sunrise at Campobello.” Asner, a devotee of the 32nd President, performed it on a Theater at Sea cruise and subsequently decided to tour with it. Response “has been excellent,” he says.

In particular, notes Asner, FDR’s battling of the Great Depression resonates today, “his instituting of many reforms and programs. He bulldozed his way through. I think nobody else could have saved us as he did. We would have bumbled along like we are now.” He adds, “Granted, he was a chameleon. He had his bad spots, but overall I think the achievements – well, he belongs on Mt. Rushmore more than anybody.” Asner is hoping that with FDR, “maybe the word and the influence will eventually get out.”

To read more go to BeckSmithHollywood.com.

Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.

Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

Image by PR Photos

About Beck / Smith

Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

Follow us

Breaking Hollywood News   


Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.