In the entertainment business, all the big movies hold junkets so that they can do as much press as humanly possible without leaving one floor of a fancy-pants hotel. Members of the press who attend these events are referred to as “junketeers,” and the whole scene is not-so-cute. Unless you’re doing a one-on-one interview for some trashy TV show, you must often do the “roundtables.” This is when you sit at a round table with several members of the online/radio/print press and talk over one another and try to get your questions answered before the time runs out with the actor or writer or director or whatever. It’s like trying to order a sandwich at a deli without those little paper numbers. What’s even more disheartening is the appearance of some of our compatriots in the media, who sometimes shove the free food into their purses and are often dressed like a gaggle of homeless people. So we put a helmet and kneepads on Katy, and sent her in to talk with Sam Rockwell, Clark Gregg and Chuck Palahniuk.
Here is what she gathered. The movie comes out on 26 September. Enjoy.
How he got involved with the movie:
I didn’t know the book, but I had worked with Clark Gregg as an actor. We had both done a play together years ago…and then years later he became a writer and I heard that he had adapted this Chuck Palahniuk book. They had sort of sent it my way, and nobody was biting. I was probably like the seventh choice but I got it. He’s not your typical Cassanova so it’s a difficult part to cast. You don’t want to cast a really super handsome guy because it’s not right.
Whether he was a fan of Chuck Palahniuk before doing the movie:
I was a fan of the movie “Fight Club,” and that’s how I knew about Chuck. You know, I’m not the biggest reader. But I was a fan of the movie “Fight Club.”
On reading the novel “Choke”: