Screen Junkies » lucy punch http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:23:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Lucy Punch Talks ‘Bad Teacher’, Her Awesome Surname http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lucy-punch-talks-bad-teacher-her-awesome-surname/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lucy-punch-talks-bad-teacher-her-awesome-surname/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:30:57 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217597 She also has a friend named Lex Shrapnel.

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Lucy Punch is quickly becoming the new sexy funny girl. Seductively comic roles in Dinner for Schmucks and You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger got her on our radar. In Bad Teacher, she plays the stuffy foil to Cameron Diaz’s titular bad girl. Amy Squirrel (Punch) is the teacher who takes everything seriously and gets all uppity when the principal ignores her complaints.

Punch was just delightful and lovely when I got to interview her for the film. She’d just rushed her lunch before I got to her room, as it can be difficult to squeeze simple necessities like food into a busy press schedule. Well nourished and lively, Punch humored my schoolboy crush on the good teacher.

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

Q: You know that guys find the red haired pony tailed teacher totally hot, right?

Lucy Punch: I have not heard this. I think this might just be you.

Q: I think I represent a whole group of people.

LP: A small, tiny group of people.

Q: Why do you doubt that?

LP: Well, I don’t know. They may do, but I don’t think that my character was attractive or sexy in any way whatsoever. But I’m pleased that you appreciated the red hair.

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Q: Was it conscious to go from playing sexpots in You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and Dinner for Schmucks to the modest schoolteacher type?

LP: It was a welcome relief and it was funny playing both those very vampy characters. I’d never played anything like that before and I found myself playing this sort of slutty hooker. Then I got back to back these two roles. It was certainly an immense relief to not have to worry about fake tan on my legs and doing a situp. I could just let it all hang out. I was stuffing my face at craft services while Cameron’s maintaining her beautiful physique. I was chowing down on donuts and chips.

Q: Could you have any better movie star name than Lucy Punch?

LP: Thank you. I think it works quite well for these comedy movies I’ve been playing recently. It’s not a very serious name.

Q: If you did an action movie, no one would believe it.

LP: Yes. You know, I know an actor in London called Lex Shrapnel. Isn’t that incredible? He’s also very handsome. Lex Shrapnel.

Q: Where do you start when you’re building a character?

LP: Fortunately with this, the script was fantastic. So it was on the page who this woman was. They said when you see her, she had her hair in big pigtails. Which I didn’t do. I thought it was a step too far, and she was wearing Tevas, those Velcro sandals. The writers set up quite a vivid image of who this person was. For me personally, getting the wardrobe right, starting from the feet up, very sensible, quirky clogs. Also developing her sound. I was trying to do at least this sort of Midwestern accent, which to my ears is very sweet and cutesy and all American which fit her. Also adding a slightly nasal irritating twang because she is meant to be a fairly unlikable annoying character.

Q: Do you look at the long history of comedy stuffy foil characters?

LP: The only person that really sprang to mind, for some reason when I was reading it and also working on how she moved, I was thinking of what would Sarah Palin’s cousin be like? For some reason, I thought of Amy Squirrel. That’s not to say that she’s annoying or unhinged, but she’s very perky. She’s got a lot of energy and I thought that was a similarity between them both.

Q: When did comedy become an outlet for you?

LP: Gosh, I don’t know. My family’s quite funny and quirky and eccentric. I remember making people laugh when I was a kid but I wasn’t trying to be funny. Whatever I was doing, I’d be reacting, telling the story of something terrible that happened to me or sad, and it would make people laugh. Instead of going “Oh, poor you,” I’d have people go, “Oh, you’re hilarious. You’re so funny.” I’m like I wasn’t trying to be funny. Perhaps from then, I’ve actually played Cinderella’s ugly sister three times before on camera and I had an ugly stepsister themed birthday party when I was about 10. So I always went into that direction, character parts rather than princesses.

Q: I remember Ella Enchanted. What are the other two?

LP: The first one I did was with Kathleen Turner. That was a British TV movie. Then 10 years later I did another and that was the smallest one. It was a series of fairy tales being told again on the BBC. Extraordinary, three times. I had this birthday. There’s pictures of me aged 11 with a beauty spot and pink kiss curls for my ugly sister’s birthday party.

Bad Teacher hits theaters Friday.

 

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Lucy Punch http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/lucy-punch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/lucy-punch/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:58:26 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=217384 British actress Lucy Punch plays opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher.

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British actress Lucy Punch plays opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher. The two compete side by side for Justin Timberlake‘s affections, with the confrontation ultimately ending in a climactic lightsaber duel. Wait… No. Okay. In any case, she plays a teacher.

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Review: Bad Teacher http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-bad-teacher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-bad-teacher/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:02:37 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217075 Doesn’t quite go all the way into dark comedy but it’s unapologetically cynical and that makes for good laughs.

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Bad Teacher is a solid, consistently funny comedy. It doesn’t quite go all the way into dark comedy but it’s unapologetically cynical and that makes for good laughs.

Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) is a relentless antihero. She’s saving up for a boob job so she can better attract rich guys in bars. Her old fiancé caught onto her motivations so she has to resort to her teaching job until she picks up a new sugar daddy. Wristwatch heir Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) seems like a good prospect but he’s more interested in good girl teacher Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch).

Cameron Diaz Leaves No Child Behind In ‘Bad Teacher’ Red Band

With an R-rating, Elizabeth can talk about going down on a guy. She can smoke, speed on the road, and spit out the cookies her students kindly bake for her. She insensitively tells a kid why he’s not getting laid, and she’s right. Basically, her vulgar indifference towards the kids is cynical enough to be funny. It could go darker, but it’s funny.

Her bad teaching isn’t so shocking as it is blatant. She shows movies in class so she can just zone out. Scamming parents for tutoring money is pretty outrageous. She only steps up to teach when she’s motivated by a bonus for high test scores. Then she gets even worse. Her paper grading is really funny.

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There was a TV show in the ‘90s that kind of did this. “Drexell’s Class” had Dabney Coleman as an alcoholic schoolteacher. I remember it being pretty funny and there were complaints about exposing children to that bad behavior. Obviously it’s okay to do the same premise 20 years later in an R-rated movie, and Bad Teacher compares favorably.

Squirrel becomes the nemesis in an ‘80s movie goody goody way and Punch sells the hell out of it. Her bathroom talk with principal Snur (John Michael Higgins) is funny and there are good old fashioned poop jokes. Jason Segal is funny as the gym teacher Russell Gettis, pretending to take the other teachers’ insignificant concerns ultra urgently.

The film definitely handles the story right. There are no big shenanigans in the end. They just resolve the character relationships. Most importantly, nobody learns any lessons! Elizabeth almost realizes a lesson but then she shakes it off. So no morals, no contrived plot, just jokes.

 

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Lucy Punch Suits Up For ‘Powers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lucy-punch-suits-up-for-powers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lucy-punch-suits-up-for-powers/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:54:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216971 She'll play Deena Pilgrim. Katee Sackhoff, somehow, will not.

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Lucy Punch has been selected to play the female lead, Deena Pilgrim, in the FX drama pilot “Powers” despite the fact that Katee Sackhoff exists. Pilgrim is a tough-as-nails rookie on a police task force that investigates crimes committed by and/or against “Powers” aka “super-powered individuals.”

She joins the previously cast Charles S. Dutton, who will be portraying Captain Cross. The role of Deena Pilgrim’s partner, the gruff veteran Christian Walker has yet to be cast but an offer has gone out to Super 8‘s Kyle Chandler, who is still considered a long shot. If the show is anything like the graphic novel series on which it is based, we’re in for some awesome television. PLEASE let this be awesome. (Deadline)

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‘Dinner For Schmucks’ Actress Lucy Punch http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dinner-for-schmucks-actress-lucy-punch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dinner-for-schmucks-actress-lucy-punch/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Defy Media The vote is still out here at SJ on whether Lucy Punch is a butterface or not. What we do know is she is in very high in demand lately with Dinner for Schmucks this week and then taking over for Nicole Kidman in Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger this fall, where she'll be playing Anthony Hopkins's young plaything. A word from Lucy: "No man in all the kingdom will resist me with the hats I wear." As long as you wear them low over your face. Sorry, I don't keep my gloves up. More pics of Lucy after the jump...

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The vote is still out here at SJ on whether Lucy Punch is a butterface or not. What we do know is she is in very high in demand lately with Dinner for Schmucks this week and then taking over for Nicole Kidman in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger this fall, where she’ll be playing Anthony Hopkins’s young plaything.

A word from Lucy: “No man in all the kingdom will resist me with the hats I wear.”

As long as you wear them low over your face. Sorry, I don’t keep my gloves up.

More pics of Lucy after the jump…

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‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’ Trailer Screams Woody Allen http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-will-meet-a-tall-dark-stranger-trailer-screams-woody-allen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/you-will-meet-a-tall-dark-stranger-trailer-screams-woody-allen/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Stroke or physical abuse? Oh man, Woody Allen is really Woody Allening it up in the trailer for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The film stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, and Gemma Jones all unhappily shuffling through life, falling in and out of love, as an omniscient narrator delivers the subtext. It could be a sequel to Vicky Christina Barcelona with the unfortunate absence of Scarlett Johansson's pouty lips. Allen even managed to make Brolin a schlubby writer with self-esteem issues. Put down that hammer, Woody, you're breaking too much new ground! You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger plops down into theaters September 22, 2010. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Stroke or physical abuse?

Oh man, Woody Allen is really Woody Allening it up in the trailer for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The film stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, and Gemma Jones all unhappily shuffling through life, falling in and out of love, as an omniscient narrator delivers the subtext.

It could be a sequel to Vicky Christina Barcelona with the unfortunate absence of Scarlett Johansson‘s pouty lips. Allen even managed to make Brolin a schlubby writer with self-esteem issues. Put down that hammer, Woody, you’re breaking too much new ground!

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger plops down into theaters September 22, 2010.

Check out the trailer after the jump…

 

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YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-will-meet-a-tall-dark-stranger/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-will-meet-a-tall-dark-stranger/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Director: Woody Allen Cast: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, Gemma Jones Synopsis: Unhappy people fall in and out of love in a Woody Allen fashion. Release Date: September 22, 2010

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Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, Gemma Jones

Synopsis: Unhappy people fall in and out of love in a Woody Allen fashion.

Release Date: September 22, 2010

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Timberlake Going to Make Things Awwk-waaard on Diaz’s ‘Bad Teacher’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timberlake-going-to-make-things-awwk-waaard-on-diazs-bad-teacher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/timberlake-going-to-make-things-awwk-waaard-on-diazs-bad-teacher/#comments Tue, 02 Mar 2010 22:46:22 +0000 Reza F. For God's sake, someone help him! There's going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who's dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that's dating Timberlake's character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. The film's other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)

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For God’s sake, someone help him!

There’s going to be a lot of whispering on the set of Bad Teacher now that Justin Timberlake has joined the fold. Mr. Dick In A Box himself signed on to star opposite his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy. What makes matters even more cringe-worthy is Diaz plays a middle-school teacher who’s dumped and sets her sights on a colleague that’s dating Timberlake’s character. Ooooooh sh******t. Things are gonna get ROWDY. 

The film’s other stars, Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Lucy Punch, and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, will have to tread lightly around the couple with the rocky past. Director Jake Kasdan, the likely referee, may have signed on for more than he bargained for. He should take a meeting about coping with on-set deaths with Jon Landis, who knows a thing or two from The Twilight Zone movie. Timberlake blood could haunt him for years. (Variety)

 

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