MSNBC just put up lengthy excerpts to a roundtable interview with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Leonardo DiCaprio, Penelope Cruz and Forest Whittaker. I read it because I'm a huge fan of three of the above actors. The read was pretty awesome.
The humor (mostly affectionate potshots to and from Brad Pitt), the intensity, the discussion was all very interesting and fun to read. I didn't walk away with a different impression of any of the actors because I'm fairly familiar through movies and interviews with all of them, but it was lovely seeing them interact. There are video excerpts as well.
Check the link out above. It was quite, quite delightful.
I liked this much, much better than the last couple of weeks, partially because it was noticeably different from AI's format.
Before I go into my thoughts, I do want to say that these opinions are based on what we've seen so far and we really haven't been given the opportunity to see what they truly can do. I'm not going to cut the slack here that I do for my AI faves (Constantine, I love you dearly, but you were not the best singer by far that year), because I admit freely that I hold Broadway singers to a higher standard than I do pop singers and my opinion on talent will far, far outweigh my thoughts on their personality. Right now there really isn't one "Danny" or "Sandy" that I can see. I hope the coming weeks will do so.