If you aren’t following NatGeoChannel on Instagram, maybe you should reconsider. Today, March 18th, they shared a short trailer of a scene between Stephen Moyer and Rufus Sewell. If your whistle wasn’t whet before, I’m sure it will be after watching this short video.
Less than two weeks to go before we can bask in some Steve.
Steve was interviewed for Yahoo! TV while on the Killing Jesus set in Morocco.
“You get to see Pilate a little bit behind-the-scenes. It’s not just played out in front of a crowd,” Moyer says of the Roman governor of Jerusalem who decided Jesus’s fate. “I think sometimes when I’ve seen it portrayed, he comes across as weak. We don’t see what other things Caiaphas [high priest of Jerusalem and conspirator in Jesus’s death, played by Rufus Sewell] has got on, what other things Antipas [the tetrarch of Galilee and Perea, played by Eoin Macken] is dealing with, what Pilate is dealing with running a city on a daily basis. And it could quite simply have been that at one moment he’s doing roads and taxes, at another point somebody’s stolen from somebody, and the next one comes in and this one thinks he’s King of the Jews, and it’s just, ‘OK, scourge him. Tax him.’”
As Killing Jesus unfolds, “Caiaphas just keeps pushing and pushing and pushing until finally, Pilate just eventually nods,” Moyer says. “That’s all it takes to create this domino effect of the next 2,000 years. The idea that something like that could be the wellspring for what Christianity became is a fascinating idea, because one would think it would have to be something far bigger. And so I think that, if anything, there is within this script a lot of those kind of subtleties that make it interesting.”
Killing Jesus premieres March 29 at 8 p.m. on National Geographic Channel.
Stephen Moyer’s upcoming television series, The Bastard Executioner, has received it’s new font and logo! Today, March 12th, Kurt Sutter shared the new design on Twitter. Though the premiere of TBX is months away, it’s the little disclosures like this we hope will make the time ahead speed by.
Obviously, we don’t know everything Steve does with his down time from working on TBX, but we do know a couple of things. Firstly, Steve bought himself a Martin electro-acoustic guitar from Cranes Music store in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. And secondly, Steve filled a long term desire by spending many an hour or more likely, just a few clicks of his laptop keys and changed his Twitter handle from @_smoyer to the more user friendly @smoyer.
Rock on, Steve!
Killing Jesus debuts on National Geographic Channel on Sunday, March 29th at 8:00 p.m. But you don’t have to wait until then to gain more insight into the production, as there is a Killing Jesus website! Check out the features that take you on the journey from the birth of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion. You are also given the option of following specific perspectives of the story: The Crown of Thorns (Jesus and his followers), Priests’ Headdress (The Sanhedrin, religious leaders of Judea), or Crown of Laurels (Roman Political Powers).
By clicking on Crown of Laurels, you will have the opportunity to hear a bit of Steve as Pontius Pilate. A mini biography is also provided.
Don’t forget, in a little over three weeks, our television screens will be graced with Steve’s presence once again!
HBO and CASM Films are in negotiations for Madame X, a period miniseries based on Kate Manning’s book, My Notorious Life. Not only would Anna Paquin be starring in this film, but she and Steve will be executive producing alongside Jack Black’s production company, Electric Dynamite.
Written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) and to be directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), Madame X, which will go through development, is set in Victorian New York City. Described as “a love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a charismatic and passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others”, it centers on Axie Muldoon (Paquin), one of the wealthiest and controversial women of her day. Inspired by the story of an infamous female physician, Axie helped her husband build a thriving midwife business and defied the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights.
Whether it be four legs or four wheels, Stephen Moyer loves his modes of transportation. Recently, Steve tweeted a photo from the set of The Bastard Executioner of himself and Bram, his four legged mode of conveyance. And then, on Thursday, March 5th, Darcey Bussell tweeted a photo of herself with Steve from an Audi Launch.
Our man Steve is busy, busy, busy. Do you ever wonder how often Steve just puts his feet up and relaxes?
On February 27th, Stephen Moyer joined Jennifer Mussleman, Brian Gersh and others on a panel to discuss the current state of addiction in Hollywood. @CRbyCLARE shared some photos from the panel.
You can read about Steve’s part in the discussion here.
“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” – Alex Elle
On Friday, February 27th, Stephen Moyer took part in a discussion panel about the current state of addiction in Hollywood. The panel took place at Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, where Steve has been a board member for the past five years. Steve’s involvement with CLARE also included his serving as group leader for drug court, a group-therapy meeting for individuals convicted of drug and/or alcohol related offenses. “It’s pretty much the only place on the Westside that deals with people who don’t have huge funds to get their lives back together,” he told The Hollywood Reporter after the panel. “I was very attracted to that aspect of it.”
The panel, moderated by THR staff writer Chris Gardner, included Brian Gersh, former co-head of William Morris Agency’s motion picture department, Harold Owens, senior director of MusiCares Foundation (the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), Dae Medman, executive director of the Actor’s Fund’s employee assistance program, sober companion Kevin McLaughlin and Jennifer Musselman, a former communications director at Nickelodeon who now serves as CLARE’s senior director of strategy and innovation.
Steve shared how chasing the rush he obtained from his live performances contributed to his addiction, and boozing it up was a rite of passage. “My heroes were [Peter] O’Toole, [Richard] Burton, [Richard] Harris and Oliver Reed,” he said, citing a quartet of famously hard-drinking English actors. “There’s this rush that happens from doing our job, this whirring buzz, and you want to continue that buzz. “Realizing he had developed a dependency, he checked himself into a facility in England 14 years ago. “Like CLARE,” he said, “they worked out a program I could afford.” He went on to state that his sobriety has been an open secret when he goes out on the town. “As my wife said this morning, there isn’t a restaurant in Venice or Santa Monica where I would be offered the wine menu,” [he] said to a crowd of about 100 gathered in the bright atrium of Conscious Recovery, CLARE’s one-year-old out-patient facility on Lincoln Boulevard. “The Diet Coke, which is the Patron Saint of drinks for alcoholics, gets put before me before anyone even asks what we’re drinking.”
Brian Gersh hopes the media will not exclusively focus on stories that end in tragedy. “I’m thrilled that Stephen is here today,” he said. “People like him have the ability to get the word out faster than anybody else: That recovery is OK, that life can get better. There’s a lot of high-profile disaster cases where people have turned it around and become successful.”
Moyer agrees, telling THR that addiction — for all the strides made since the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 — remains very much a “shame-based” illness.
“Self-loathing motivates the desire to get loaded in the first place, and post-sobriety, there is the shame of admitting all of your [faults],” Moyers said. “It’s about education. And it’s about getting rid of that shame.”
Steve also shared about his involvement with CLARE during his interview with Simply Moyer, which you can check out here.
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Huge casting news in the land of Stevedom! It was revealed today that Steve has landed a major role in The Bastard Executioner, Kurt Sutter’s highly anticipated follow-up after wrapping Sons of Anarchy. Australian theatre actor Lee Jones will lead, with a cast including Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, and The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys, who will have a recurring role. The pilot, written by Kurt Sutter and directed by Paris Barclay will begin filming in Wales on March 19th.
The Bastard Executioner, which is fully expected to go to series, tells the story of a warrior knight (Jones) in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
Newcomer Lee Jones (pictures) plays the lead, the tall, dark and imposing Wilkin Brattle. The emotionally deep, spiritually tortured former knight in the charge of King Edward I now lives a simple agrarian life. Jones is repped by Emery Entertainment and Sophie Jermyn in Australia. The race for L.A. agents to sign him starts now.
Stephen Moyer plays the street smart and noble savvy Milus Corbett. He was one of Ventris’ marshals in the army. Now, serves as his Chamberlain, Chancellor and Justiciar. Friend and drinking mate. Moyer is repped by WME.
Katey Sagal plays Annora of the Alders: Prescient, mystical and beautiful. She offers predictions, cures and potions. Sagal is repped by WME.
Flora Spencer-Longhurst is Baroness Lowry ‘Love’ Aberffraw Ventris: As cunning as she is kind and beautiful. From a wealthy Welsh family, she married Ventris at 17 to protect her family’s land. Her noble duties always in conflict with her Welsh pride. Spencer-Longhurst is repped by United Agents.
Kurt Sutter is The Dark Mute: Mate and guardian of Annora. Speaks rarely, no one’s ever seen his face. Sutter is repped by WME.
Sam Spruell plays Toran Prichard: Fierce, tenacious. An archer under Madog Llywelyn in the last major Welsh rebellion. He put down the bow and picked up the hoe. Wilkin’s best mate. Spruell is repped by ICM and Silver Lining Entertainment.
Darren Evans (Galavant) plays Ash y Goedwig: Wiry, smart. A trapper. An orphan “of the woods”. Friend of Wilkin. Evans is repped by Troika.
Danny Sapani (Penny Dreadful) plays Berber the Moor: A large, educated man. Converted Muslim. A farmer. Friend of Wilkin. Sapani is repped by Gordon and French.
Timothy V. Murphy is Father Ruskin: A Brawny. Gentle, with bottled fury. Former soldier. Left the military for the seminary. Priest, rector and teacher of the court. Murphy is repped by SDB Partners.
Sarah White is Isabel Kiffin: Tall, slight. Awkward and innocent. Lady Love’s handmaiden and trusted confidant. White is represented by Gendler & Kelly, and APC.
Sarah Sweeny is Jessamy Maddox: Pretty, hardened by abuse. The executioner’s wife. Repped by Lou Coulson Associates.
In a guest-starring role, Matthew Rhys plays Gruffudd y Blaidd: Smart, fearless, of noble blood. The Wolf. Leader of the Welsh rebels, Byth Encil. Rhys is repped by WME and Management 360.
Sutter executive produces with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Barclay.
With just a little over a month until the March 29th premiere of Killing Jesus on National Geographic Channel, Hitfix has unveiled these first pics of the cast in character. We’re a little biased, but who’da thought that Pontius Pilate was so smokin’ hot? Check out the source for other cast photos.
Nat Geo has released the first full trailer for Killing Jesus. Though we’re only given a glimpse of Stephen Moyer, it’s enough to get your mouth watering for more. We suggest you clear your schedule for Sunday, March 29th, or at the very least, set your DVR or other recording device to save Stephen Moyer, I mean … Killing Jesus for future viewings.
Click on Pontius Pilate (Steve) to view the trailer.
Expect the film to examine the final days of Jesus and his crucifixion, as well as the political machinations surrounding his death. The Morocco-based production previously received some protest for tapping a Muslim-raised actor (Sleiman) for the starring role, a decision the actor movingly defended during a press event for the show last month.
Stephen Moyer has joined the supporting cast of Detour, a new film by writer/director, Chris Smith. And thanks to Screen Daily we have quite a bit of information on the movie and Steve’s role. Steve will be playing the part of Vincent, a man suspected of accidentally killing his wife in a car crash.
The new thriller stars Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines, The Gambler), Tye Sheridan (Mud, Joe), Bel Powley (The Diary of A Teenage Girl) and newcomer Jared Abrahamson (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days). Detour has already started filming in South Africa.
According to Chris Smith, “Detour is going to be an entertaining, stylish film noir, with a sophisticated structure. Alongside my wonderful cast I am supported by a great production and creative team”.
Sheridan will star as law student and all round good guy Harper who suspects his stepdad Vincent (Moyer) of causing the car crash that landed his mother in a coma.
Drowning his sorrows in a seedy LA whisky bar, Harper ends up drinking with Johnny Ray (Cohen), a tough redneck who offers to “take care” of Vincent for a cool $20,000. Powley will play Ray’s beautiful but distant girlfriend.
Where’s Steve at now? Well, he’s not in Santa Monica. As a matter of fact, he isn’t anywhere in America. It seems your favourite actor is back in his homeland once again.
What’s your best guess? Business or pleasure?