John Goodman on 'The Artist,' death hoaxes

John Goodman.jpgJohn Goodman was a part of the critically acclaimed silent film, "The Artist" this past year. It's a front runner to take Best Picture at the Oscars this year and Goodman has a lot to say about the subject.

Goodman talks to the Huffington Post about how he got involved in a film that doesn't have a script. "My agent told me this guy wanted to do something and he showed me -- since they dont have a script, the guy had a scenario, basically scene-by-scene, explaining what was happening."

He continues, "But he tarted it up with all these old Hollywood pictures, pictures of old stars, of old advertisements, of old scenes from Hollywood," he says. "And I thought, This guy is really going through a lot of trouble, he must really dig what he's doing. And then he came to explain to me how he wanted to do it, and I flipped, I thought it was a great idea. It's just a great idea to tell a story."

He also says that he and actor Jean DuJardin (our newest crush) spoke in their own languages while filming (though we don't hear any of it). "There was common ground in that we knew what we were talking about, but there was some heavy focusing going on. Which kind of carried through to this whole ensemble feel of the piece -- everybody was really focused, because it was such a different way of telling a story. It created a great camaraderie among the cast."

He also speaks about death hoaxes on the internet, something he's been a victim of. "Back to doing "Roseanne," when the television show was popular, she was tabloid bait. So I'd read shit about her that was all fiction, and there was a lot of stuff about me that was not true, and what are you going to do? You can't believe any of this s**t, so it was kind of hard to get too worked up about it." When asked if it gets to him, he says, "I don't care. It's so far out of my control, what am I going to do? Bust a blood vessel and really die?" John, you rock.
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