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February 2016

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Trevor Noah Covers Esquire

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Trevor Noah covered Esquire, and the new host of ‘The Daily Show’ gave an honest take on the challenges of his role, his heritage, and taking the reigns from Jon Stewart. Read some quotes below, and visit Esquire for more.

Growing up in Apartheid South Africa:

He was an outsider, an interstitial kid: too white to be black, too black to be white. And he was funny. “I was a little shit. My dad’s friends used to complain that I had a radio in my chest…Let’s say a group of white kids were about to fight with a group of black kids. You could break the tension with a perfectly placed comment and crack everybody up. And now, once they’ve laughed, they can’t fight. Because now they’ve broken that facade of impenetrability. That was always my favorite thing…to pierce a moment with a well-timed joke.”

Flying as an African during the Ebola scare:

The man taking temperatures walked right past him, because Noah didn’t look African enough. “I’ve never felt so conflicted in my life…Don’t get me wrong, I never want anyone to think I have Ebola, but I also don’t want anyone to assume that I can’t have Ebola.”

On Jon Stewart:

Jon Stewart warned him about the anger. Staying in this business and mainlining the politics of either side can make you an angry person. Certainly Stewart was consumed by it at the end; the job aged him like a president. “But that was the reason he said I should do it, because I’m not angry. So for me, it’s weird when people are like, Why aren’t you angry? Because maybe the conversation doesn’t need more anger. Maybe that’s what’s not going to help.”

How he grabs audience’s interest:

Maybe it’s a two-minute explainer. Maybe it’s a quick news update for digital. ‘If you just have those, people go, That’s how I get my news every morning. I click on that, dedicate two minutes, then maybe watch another two minutes. I’m saying we should do it like drugs – make the news like drugs. Give them a little taste and get them coming back, and then we charge them.”

Thursday

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February 2015

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Will Smith Covers Esquire: Talks ‘After Earth’ Failure

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Will Smith covered Esquire Magazine for his new interview, and he gave an honest account of his career failures, his family, and his views on hot-button political topics. Read some choice quotes below, and click HERE to read the full interview.

On Guns and Racism
“The change that has to happen is about to be so brutal and so painful. It’s not unlike the sixties. I think there’s actually a deeper issue at play that America is going to have to face. What we’re really talking about in this issue is people walking around the street with guns that can make a decision whether or not they’re going to kill someone, right? And that’s even more difficult, because there’s really no way back from that. This is a gun culture. And it’s painful for me, because I cannot figure out how to be helpful. I’ve always been telling my sons, We have to separate fault from responsibility—whose fault it is that black men are in this situation, whose fault it is doesn’t matter. It’s our responsibility to make it go right. It’s our responsibility. It’s a lot of people’s fault, systemic racism, and it’s a lot of people’s fault that the black community is in the situation that we’re in, but it’s our responsibility to clean up the mess.”

On The Pinnacle of his Career
“I had dinner with Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. I would say that was probably the high point of my career.That was the pinnacle. Nelson Mandela was on my left, and Muhammad Ali was on my right. And so I got fully aware that I meant absolutely nothing in this world.”

On The Most Painful Failure of His Career –After Earth
“That was a valuable lesson for me a few years ago with After Earth. That was the most painful failure in my career.
Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it“

“I was a guy who, when I was fifteen my girlfriend cheated on me, and I decided that if I was number one, no woman would ever cheat on me. All I have to do is make sure that no one’s ever better than me and I’ll have the love that my heart yearns for.

After Earth comes out, I get the box-office numbers on Monday and I was devastated for about twenty-four minutes, and then my phone rang and I found out my father had cancer. That put it in perspective—viciously. And I went right downstairs and got on the treadmill. And I was on the treadmill for about ninety minutes. And that Mondaystarted the new phase of my life, a new concept: Only love is going to fill that hole. You can’t win enough, you can’t have enough money, you can’t succeed enough. There is not enough. The only thing that will ever satiate that existential thirst is love. And I just remember that day I made the shift from wanting to be a winner to wanting to have the most powerful, deep, and beautiful relationships I could possibly have.

On Jaden Smith

“You never lose the mentality. It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my sixteen-year-old, he has one pair of shoes.
He has three pair of pants and he has five shirts”

“He has refused to be a slave to money. I so respect that.”

Sunday

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August 2014

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Chris Pratt Covers Esquire

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chris_pratt_esquireChris Pratt covered the September issue of Esquire, and he revealed some secrets on meeting his wife, his Guardians of the Galaxy audition, and more. Read some choice quotes below, and visit ESQUIRE for more.

On his wife, Anna Faris, and how they met: When he goes to dinner with his wife, the actress Anna Faris, she always decides what they order. Pratt met Faris in 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, during the last sputters of her first marriage. She was hot and funny, but she wasn’t single, so there were no stakes. Why even bother trying to be the kind of guy she would date? When Faris came over to his apartment, he left porn magazines out. She didn’t mind. He detailed sexual encounters he had recently had as a single man in Los Angeles. She was into it. Into it into it? Into it into it. So when she called him to tell him that she had left her husband, Pratt decided he was going to marry her. He also decided he would be more like her, that he would study her and learn her sweet patience the way he’s learned to be a gentleman from his military friend.

His gun arsenal: Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris a gun in the event that crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her “blowing their fucking brains out.” He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’ and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap. It’s not all so primal— Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He explains population control and hunting licenses and tags and the virtues of eating what you kill. It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill shit.

His GOTG and GI Joe audition: “When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, “I don’t think so.” I just didn’t picture myself getting the role. I didn’t want to go and embarrass myself like I did when I auditioned for G.I. Joe a couple of years previously. I went in there, and halfway through I saw the director’s eyes just glaze over. It made sense—I was a little heavy and out of shape. I was not gonna play someone from G.I. Joe. I did not look like a G.I. Joe action figure come to life.

Thursday

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April 2014

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Lake Bell Covers Esquire — Debuts Beautiful Boobies

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The very beautiful Lake Bell covered the April 22 issue of Esquire Magazine, and it’s certainly worth the look. Read some choice quotes below, and take a little time to enjoy the view.

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On wanting to be an actress as a child:

“I was tirelessly motivated, because I felt very clear about what I wanted to do. I didn’t fully understand what it meant to be an actor, but I knew it was someone who gets to play different characters, gets to pretend to be in different worlds, and gets to make people laugh or feel. I’m sure there was some sort of validation, where the attention is on me and I can make people laugh; that’s normal kid stuff. But then it started to gestate into something more complicated and exciting and very fulfilling.”

On directing:

“If I write something and I’m going to put in all that love and energy, I want to direct it. As an actor, you have access to the trenches—to a myriad of different sets. You can sponge and learn, or you can go back to your trailer and look at YouTube videos of cute kids falling asleep. There’s a time for those videos, but I had a hunger to learn.”

On marriage:

“Marriage is traditionally old-school in many respects. It is highly antiquated, and, that being said, beautiful.”

On her new movie Million Dollar Arm:

“It’s sweet. And it’s a true story. You’re going to cry.”

Friday

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March 2014

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Jimmy Kimmel Covers Esquire — Talks Jimmy Fallon, Poop, & Pranks

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Jimmy Kimmel covered this month’s Esquire Magazine, and the late night funnyman gave us an inside look at some behind-the-scenes action, along with some very gross details about his father. Check out some choice quotes below.

On Jimmy Fallon:

My only complaint about Jimmy Fallon is the first name: Jimmy. People get us mixed up all the time. No one remembers which Jimmy is which. Or they think I’m him, which can only make you feel like you should be him. Actually, he says the same thing happens to him. Jimmy. He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer. I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster.”

About his pranks:

“I always found that it’s not entirely bad, because the victims always tend to come through. They show their humanity. They go beyond their limits—try to help, drive to places that don’t exist, and come back to ask what they should do next, if only to make it all stop. I’m the asshole, yes, but they generally reaffirm their humanity. I always end up recognizing the fact that people are basically good.”

On Rob Ford:

“The truth is, right now, Rob Ford is keeping me in business. There’s new video every day. The mayor of Toronto throwing candy canes at small children. The mayor wandering into a dance club. I don’t even have to write it. I sit back and watch him. He’s pranking the world.”

 

About his job:

This is the job. The only job for a person like me. I mean, I like to draw. I’m really good at it. I’m a good artist, and I think that’s what I would have done had radio not worked out for me. But here I am. You won’t see me doing anything else in the next twenty-five years.”

About texts from his father:

My dad is fond of texting me pictures of his poop.” He sighs, looks at the phone. “They can be fairly impressive, but it’s always a little stunning.” Simply put: Why? “He’s just proud,” Kimmel says. “But he wants me to beg him to stop.”

 

 

Tuesday

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April 2011

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Glee’s Heather Morris Shows Off Hot Dance Moves for Esquire Magazine

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If you watch Glee, then you know about Heather Morris. She was hired by Ryan Murphy to teach the cast the choreography for Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, and Murphy was so impressed by her, he hired her as a series regular for the show. If you watch closely during Glee’s dance routines, you’ll notice how Heather Morris outshines the rest of the cast, which was certainly most clear during the Britney tribute week. In the video below, Heather Morris rocks out to some different songs, and her body is hypnotizing. I realize the hypocrisy of this post, given that I often insult the Glee kids for inappropriately sexualizing their images. I’ve made an exception for Heather Morris though. When you’re that good, general rules don’t apply.

Scarlett Johansson Gets Called Out by Esquire Magazine – "You Ditched Us"

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Esquire Editor-in-Chief David Granger revealed that Scarlett Johansson was set to appear on the cover of their ‘Women We Love’ issue as the selected best looking woman in America, but she dropped out at the last minute. They chose ‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks instead. First of all, I’m all for calling out celebrities for their asshole moves, but by revealing this incriminating information about Scarlett you managed to drag Christina Hendricks name through the mud as well. Do you think she’s happy you let the public know that she was the second choice for the cover? As an aside, Hendricks was the better choice anyways. Using Scarlett would have been a completely unoriginal idea.