Danish actress Connie Nielsen first gained attention for her work in such films as The Devil’s Advocate, Permanent Midnight, and Rushmore, but it was her role as Lucilla in the Academy Award-winning film Gladiator that made her an international star. Since then she has gone on to appear in a string of popular films including One Hour Photo, The Hunted, and Basic, as well as an arc on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the critically acclaimed series Boss.
In fact, she has recently returned to TV with a role on the popular Fox series The Following starring Kevin Bacon. Nielsen plays the sinister Lily Gray, a deranged woman with alternative motives for serial killer/cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and a vendetta against former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon). However, she can also currently be seen on the big screen opposite Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner in the box office hit 3 Days to Kill, which is currently playing in theaters now.
The film, which was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional), centers on a dying Secret Service Agent named Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). He is offered an experimental drug that could save his life by a mysterious operative (Amber Heard) in exchange for one last assignment. Nielson plays Renner’s ex-wife Kristin, who must learn to trust Ethan again.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Connie Nielsen about her work in 3 Days to Kill, as well as The Following. The talented actress discussed her new movie, collaborating with director McG, balancing action and drama in the same film, acting with the great Kevin Costner, The Following, not knowing her character’s motives, working with the actor who plays both of her twin sons, and what’s in store for her character the rest of the season.
3 Days to Kill outpaced its fellow new releases this weekend, debuting in second place on the domestic box office chart.
Opening in theaters on February 21st is the new spy thriller 3 Days to Kill, which was co-written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional) and directed by McG (Terminator Salvation). The film stars Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Amber Heard (Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (Romeo & Juliet), and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director McG to talk about his work on 3 Days to Kill. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new film, working with Luc Besson's screenplay, the characters, collaborating with Oscar-winning director Kevin Costner, what he learned from him, and stealing a shot from The Bodyguard.
Oscar-winner Kevin Costner needs no introduction … he is a modern day Hollywood legend and his resume speaks for itself.
He first gained recognition as an actor for his roles in such films as Silverado, The Untouchables, No Way Out, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams. But it was his move behind the camera as director and producer that earned him two Academy Awards for Dances with Wolves, as well as a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since then he has appeared in such seminal and successful movies as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Waterworld, Tin Cup, Thirteen Days, Open Range, The Upside of Anger, and most recently Man of Steel, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the TV mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. Now the veteran actor returns to the big screen with the new spy thriller 3 Days to Kill, which opens in theaters on February 21st.
The film, which was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional), centers on a dying Secret Service Agent named Ethan Renner (Costner) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). He is offered an experimental drug that could save his life by a mysterious operative (Amber Heard) in exchange for one last assignment. In addition to Costner, Steinfeld, and Heard, the movie also features Connie Nielson (Gladiator).
I recently had the pleasure of attending an intimate roundtable press conference, along with a few other members of the media, and spoke to Kevin Costner about his work on 3 Days to Kill, and his impressive career.
The first theatrical trailer for Relativity Media's Brick Mansions jumps over your head, spins around stylishly, and kicks you right in the solar plexus with beautifully-filmed action and blessedly practical stunts.
Basically, Brick Mansions looks like a breath of fresh air in a world of contemporary action movies that lean on digital effects to deliver the goods. In the trailer alone, we're treated to a rapid-fire succession of huge, high-impact stunts that showcase a bracing and bruising physicality.
Synopsis: In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town.
In 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner stars as a legendary but reluctant "cleaner" who faces a choice: Kill or die.
In response becomes a one man wrecking machine, showing super-slick action skills that we've never seen from the Academy Award-winning leading man.
Those skills are very much on display in a brief new trailer for Relativity Media's unique action-thriller. Plus, since it's an international trailer, you can bone up on your French while enjoying a cavalcade of blistering, explosive imagery.
In the middle of the holidays, many, many people are exasperated by their families. Luckily, though, those people don't have to contend with their clans in witness protection. Nor do they have to dodge rocket launchers.
In The Family, hitting Blu-ray today, a nuclear family has to deal with their own criminal leanings, being dislocated to a foreign land, and having rockets launched at them by vengeful mafia hitmen. It's a recipe for an anarchic dark comedy with plenty of action to spice up the holidays for you and your entire family.
The first theatrical trailer for next year's 3 Days to Kill finds two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner throwing down as we've never seen him throw down before.
This darkly comic action thriller stars Costner as an unstoppably capable and badass assassin, Ethan Runner.
A legendary international espionage agent, Runner is looking to hang up his spurs in order to spend more quality time with his family. When he's diagnosed with a terminal illness, though, Runner is lured back into the service in exchange for a dose of an experimental and highly unstable drug that could very well save his life. Once its in his system, the hallucinatory effects of the drug seriously impair his ability to complete his all-important final mission.
During the record-setting Thanksgiving frame, the latest feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen, made a boatload but still fell behind the commercial juggernaut that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This weekend, though, Frozen and Panem's finest managed to switch positions, jumping up to number one.