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J.K. Simmons to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Under the Influence: How J.K. Simmons prepares by not preparing.

The character actor, known for his roles in films like Jason Reitman’s Juno and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series, and on the television series Oz, has received critical acclaim for his recent portrayal of a disturbing, aggressive jazz instructor in the movie Whiplash, earning him awards galore including a nod from the Academy. It was really cool that first day on set when one of the guys said after an early take, “Man, you must have done a lot of research for this.” I was like, “Yeah, starting when I was 19.” I knew classical conducting. In this case, I was sitting in my trailer, reading the days sides—Joel and Ethan always have storyboards along with the sides—and I was literally laughing out loud just reading the sides and looking at the storyboards for what we were going to get to do that day.

There was an editor at the New York Post that arranged for me to come spend a few days a fly on the wall, just to get the general vibe of a big city newspaper.

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