as Madelyn, a former love interest of Norman (Alan Arkin) who rekindles their relationship. Kominsky Method creator Chuck Lorre initially thought Seymour still looked too young for his senior citizen comedy.“I said, ‘Trust me, I can show you a picture of me with a gray wig,’” Seymour said. “Since I haven’t done any facial surgeries or anything like that, I am a 68-year-old, almost 69-year-old woman. I’m not that far off. I think I can age up. So that’s when he decided to let me play Alan’s love interest.”Arkin invited Seymour to brunch before they filmed love scenes together. He wanted to clear it with his wife first.“He took me to some old Hollywood place somewhere in Burbank which I’ve never been to which is obviously his favorite place where he knows exactly what he orders,” Seymour said. “He just wanted to make sure that his wife was okay with this. It was so cute. She and I became great pals.”Meanwhile, Lisa (Nancy Travis) wants to scale back her relationship with Sandy. She suggests they take sex off the table, and Sandy isn’t comfortable just being friends with a woman.“Well, they had not been platonic friends,” Douglas said. “Once you’re intimate and then say, ‘Let’s just be platonic,’ that sounds like that relationship is definitely going in a different direction. I guess, for a man, it’s his ego. He’s offended, and somehow he’d like to imagine that she can’t be without me.”Seymour agrees that because Sandy and Lisa have been intimate before, they can’t go back.“I think it’s very difficult when you’ve had a sexual relationship with someone to suddenly call it platonic,” Seymour said. “If you have those kind of feelings, you’re trying to stop them. I don’t think it works very well. There’s more drama in Sandy’s acting class too. Darshani (Jenna Lyng Adams) finally lets her wall down and reveals the trauma she’s been burying.“Those actors were very patient, my students, for the first season, not having a whole lot to do,” Douglas said. “I’ve always wondered, as I was watching them both as the acting teacher that I’m playing but also just as an actor, wondering how good they really were. [Adams] was really impressive to watch her in a powerful role.”Sandy ends up performing a scene from Doubt with Darshani. Sandy reads the role of Father Brendan Flynn, a priest accused of molesting a boy, while Darshani plays Sister Aloysius.“I thought about it as an audition in which the actress was auditioning,” Douglas said. “I was supporting her and trying to create both how it was staged and otherwise, to accentuate her and give her the best ability. I love the whole circle of her having to actually work with me and being intimidated and overcoming that, and actually just kicking ass.”Health issues continue to face Sandy in the second season, too. While Douglas relates, he hopes a possible third season can find Sandy with a clean bill of health.“Health issues become an integral part of your life and you deal with them accordingly,” Douglas said. “I’m hoping if we go to a third season that I will have passed through the mustard. I’m off to a new cycle of 10 years of good health. We’ll see.”After season 2 of The Kominsky Method, young Netflix binge watchers will hear Douglas’s voice in Green Eggs and Ham. Douglas plays the voice of Guy Am I, whom Sam I Am (Adam Devine) keeps trying to convince to try to the titular food.“You just have to be much larger than life than you imagine yourself,” Douglas said. “You really have to be almost cartoonish-like in your voiceover for it to match with the characters. Although I like Guy because he’s such a nasty guy; he’s so pessimistic about everything, so that part is sort of fun.”Douglas had not heard of Marvel’s plans for the animated What If…? series, in which a few MCU stars will provide the voices of their live-action characters in one-off stories speculating on alternate histories of their adventures. Douglas wants in.“I don’t even know the What If series,” Douglas said. “Let me call my agent when we get out of here.”The Kominsky Method season 2 premieres Friday, October 25 on Netflix.
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(Photo by Universal Pictures)What s better than a love story set against the backdrop of the holiday season? How about 10 interconnected love stories set against the backdrop of the holiday season, populated by an A-list ensemble cast and directed by the man who brought us charmers like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones s Diary? Thanks to Richard Curtis and stars like Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, and many more, 2003 s Love Actually has bred a generation of adoring fans who count the film among their regularly scheduled holiday programming. That said, the movie s collection of romances has inspired no small amount of criticism over the years, and not just from joyless Grinch types, either. Some of the characterizations and relationships portrayed are, let s say, questionable in nature, and for some, no amount of cheeky Christmas-themed cheer is going to cut through that.Of course, this means it s up to us and you to settle another Christmas movie debate here on RT. Is Love Actually a modern Christmas classic, or is it just a problematic mess of a film? We present an argument representing each side of the debate from a passionate RT staffer, but it s up to you to make the call. Read on and vote below!Yes, Love Actually Is All Around!(Photo by Universal Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)Let’s first get this out of the way: Love Actually is at times terrible, actually. And it is, almost all the time, problematic. We will not go point-for-point refuting the online thinkpieces that break down all the ways it is so, because we agree. Does it fat-shame Martine McCutcheon’s Natalie and Aurelia’s sister (a.k.a. “Miss Dunkin’ Donut 2003” and woman no one could ever possibly marry)? Abso-bloody-lutely. Is Andrew Lincoln’s Mark really just a terribly dressed stalker? Yes: Call Scotland Yard! Does just about every thread contain some iffy, arguably misogynistic undertones? Kinda, actually.But here’s the thing: as the Internet has taught us, all your faves are problematic – but that doesn’t mean we have to cancel them in their entirety. Rather, as Molly Ringwald showed in her recent essay for the New Yorker on The Breakfast Club, enlightenment allows us to grapple with past pop culture, to criticize and dissect it and call out its failings, even as we remain attached to elements of it. These things are complex. Because for all the glaring issues with Love, Actually, the movie has huge globs of earnest heart (we’ve all been as lovesick as Sam), soaring moments of joy (spontaneous wedding performance!), and Emma Freaking Thompson giving us all the feels. Plus Bill Nighy. Plus the nude couple. Plus “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Plus Mr. Bean. And on and on. And most of all, it makes a sh ton of people happy as hell every December – people of all backgrounds and shapes. Should we consign it to the trash, like so much torn-up wrapping paper? To do so would be to deny people their annual Love, Actually pleasure, and to shut down the exact kinds of healthy conversations about art that have led the world to reassess its merits.No, It s a Festering Turd(Photo by Universal Pictures)Before anyone starts pointing fingers, it’s not feminism that made Love Actually unsexy. It’s the film’s own misunderstandings of romance and attraction that make it problematic and, in many ways, revolting. Despite what Love Actually tries to tell you, it’s not cute to stalk your best friend’s beau, or your secretary (or your boss), or your housekeeper. Nor is it romantic to objectify your crush, or funny to fat-shame anyone. Also, it’s absolutely uncool to shame men for having emotions. (The next person to call anyone a “sissy” is getting coal in their stocking.)“Who do you have to screw around here to get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit?” is an actual line spoken by the Prime Minister in Love Actually. But never fear, his assistant is right around the corner to answer his demands for snacks! Later, he goes to her house to profess his love for her — but “he” is Hugh Grant, so it’s… supposedly less creepy? (Hint: It’s still inappropriate; he’s her boss.)And don’t even get me started on the British boy seeking a “good shag” in the United States. Maybe Love Actually was trying to make a point about hyper-sexualization in American media (British pot, meet American kettle), but in order to pose such a critique, it would have had to actually be critical. Instead, it lets predatory men gawk at cardboard women — stand-ins for women with professional lives and actual personalities — over and over again. It’s meant to be funny, but again, it’s just cringeworthy.Love Actually so desperately tries to create endearing plots for each of its celebrated cast members that it reduces each of them to outdated, now-embarassing tropes. Love Actually is no classic; it’s a relic of problematic rom-coms past.