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Back on topic, much like the Q&A session with James Franco last year, I was able to attend another Q&A session with Josh Brolin today at the School of Visual Arts, located here in New York City. But, unlike that session, this was a much different beast. Perhaps it was the time of day (12 in the afternoon on a Tuesday as opposed to late on any other day), or the fact that most teenage girls don't scream at the sight of Josh Brolin, whatever the reason may be, this session was not jam packed like the previous session, which meant I was able to get a nice, close seat, and even sneak in a cellphone camera shot despite being told no photography:
No Country for Old Men, Milk, and American Gangster, Mr. Brolin came out, was introduced, and after a remark regarding The Goonies (Brolin's first acting role) he quickly replied with, "That's not what we're going to be talking about today," which I found pretty amusing.
However, the the Q&A session mainly discussed Brolin's role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award winning film, No Country for Old Men (which is one of my personal favorites when it comes to Coen films), his portrayal as former President, George W. Bush, in Oliver Stones' W., the already filmed, but not released Woody Allen film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, and the currently filming Oliver Stone picture (his first sequel, mind you), Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, which is a follow-up to the 1987 Academy Award winning film, Wall Street. There was mentions of his others acting work, and some direct he's been trying to do, but his upcoming role in Jonah Hex wasn't talked about as much as I would have liked.
But what was really interesting to hear out of all of this was how he went from The Goonies to be a part of all of these great films with directors that have some really extensive and prestigious reputations. It was cool to get an insight on how a lot of these big name directors and actors work whether it be on the rehearsal, filming, or post-production level. So until the likes of Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, and Joel and Ethan Coen are actually in the same room with me (and I doubt that will happen any time soon) this was about the closest I'll get and it was neat to hear from an actor I more or less respect. Definitely a much better experience than the James Franco session.
Note: Sorry this isn't as extensive as it could be, the session took place from 12 to 1:30 today, and then I had a busy day all after that. So, I don't really remember all of the specific questions that took place and what not. But I think what I've written above sums up the experience pretty well.