Ma$e Leaves Bad Boy, Explains Why G-Unit Deal Was Blocked By Diddy

Ma$e is finally off Bad Boy and says "you gon' cut your arm off to get free" from Diddy's label.

Many may believe that Diddy and Ma$e ended their ties long ago but, as Ma$e explained, he was just recently allowed to walk away from Bad Boy after 16 years. Ma$e also made it known that he will likely not sign with another label soon, likening this ordeal to a break up in a relationship.

“I’ve been in that contract for 16 years," he explained. "Yeah, the other day he let me out of it, so big shout-outs to Diddy. I guess he woke up feeling good and he wanted to do something good.”  

Ma$e also expressed his hesitation to rejoin a major label.

“At this point, I don’t really want to be under nobody from the aspect of being tied in a long, long contract,” he added. “It’s kinda like breaking up; you don’t want to jump into a new relationship.”

Ma$e went on to acknowledge positive things about Diddy, even saying he'd "want to go to war with Puff." However, he also said Diddy blocked his move to G-Unit years ago because he wanted too much money. 

"You know how Puff is," Ma$e explained. "I love him but you gon' cut your arm off to get free."

More from the interview can be seen below.

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RELATED: Mase Asks Diddy To Release Him From Bad Boy

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69 Comments

  • Lincoln Projects Harlem

    Yo, diddy is good people's and a great BUSINESS man. I guess if it were a white man with diddy's work ethics it would be okay for you to except and give your money to, fuckin idiot. Diddy do yo thing, one Harlem Knight to another, Lincoln Projects all day all night. Don't get it twisted, I am one of the old heads from Lincoln, back then you crab ass niggers couldn't walk any where near the projects and didn't get whipped or robbed and if you didn't live there you couldn't bring yo ass to the hood or you would get yo ass whipped, robbed and whipped again. So don't think all that bitch shit Mase is chatting about speaks for us true Harlem knights. Go join Mase and bird watch.

  • Lincoln Projects Harlem

    Mase spoke about he don't have beef with camron or jones, please wit the bullshit. Yo, don't try to act like you could walk back in the hood and not get your cranium push back. Don't forget LINCOLN PROJECTS; jermaine, aka baby j! Don't forget he still have love on the streets and his sisters and brothers are still out watching for chumps such as you, Mase, remember the summer of 2001, not 9/11 but 6/23 6:47pm. Yo still got beef with he hood and you better stop talking like you got solid fist or knuckles that could bend up or better yet, go crank crank, fuck Mase. This is from one of the Original Harlem Knights and Baby J compadre!

  • Notorious H.A.T.E.R.

    Ma$e owed Puff Daddy money. When Ma$e came back from retirement he received an advance, however, he retired again before dropping an album and kept the advance. This is why there was so much friction and he couldn't sign to G-Unit.

  • Anonymous

    People like Ma$e are the reason I turned my back on Organized religion years ago, too many hypocrites in them circles.

  • Anonymous

    diddy is a fuckin slave driving piece of shit... fuckin bottom feeder. Living off BiG still to this day.... fuckin parasite someone do him dirty like he did shyne.... pls!??

    • indeed

      That nigga is living off biggie to this day, he need to stop and let Mr Cee put out some of the song he have for biggie that no one heard yet

  • Anonymous

    bad bad bad bad boy you make me feel so good

  • Anonymous

    "and i suppose OJ is innocent too" As a matter of fact he is. If the glove don't fit you must acquit.

  • yoyo

    what shoes is sway wearing in this vid? nobody knows?

  • TheDUke

    puff is just a good businessman, nobody forced the lox, ma$e, or anybody to sign their contracts, they did it freely and gratefully, then later on they get pissed off. Fuck'em

  • Anonymous

    You don't want to because you can't.

  • yo

    what shoes in sway wearing in this vid man? can anyone help me out

  • Anonymous

    Who wrote that essay? Better yet, who saw citing Cruel Intentions 2?

  • Anonymous

    "That's why so many artists complain like Mase, the Lox, Making the band artists" But they had to have known what they were getting into when they signed their contracts. Mase had skill, but wasn't built for the long haul. The Lox have never been smart businessmen, and those Making the Band rejects were a joke to begin with.

    • SCHWARZ

      UR COMMENTS SHOW U A MEDIA INFLUENCED FCUKBOI DO U KNOW THE LANGUAGE TO UNDERSTAND A RECORDING CONTRACT? & WTF MAKES U THINK THERE WERE NO LAWYERS PRESENT? MASE WASN'T BUILT 4 DRAMA HE WAS PERFECT 4 THE BALLIN & SH!T TALKIN THAT IS THE INDUSTRY THE LOX CREATED A WELL KNOWN PUBLICIZED MOVEMENT CALLED "FREE _______" & RELEASED A LOX PROJECT UNDER RUFF RYDERS, NOT D-BLOCK AND ALL OF THEM, ALL HAVE HAD SOLO DEALS AFTERWARDS MAJOR & INDIE....SHEEK EVEN HAD A DEF JAM DEAL & I BET U REMEMBER THE CHEESECAKE EPISODE B4 U WOULD EVER NAME A SONG THE BAND DID BABS GOT RAP SKILLS SHE JUST WASN'T EYE CANDY U HO'S OVERLOOK ACTUAL TALENT JUST 2 B ENTERTAINED & MESMERIZED NESS GHOSTWROTE FOR BAD BOY CHOPPER SHOULD B GETTIN A CHECK FROM WORLDSTAR U DON'T KNOW SH!T ABOUT THIS HIP HOP CULTURE "QUOTEMAN"

  • Anonymous

    "it does matter when the person who runs your label FORCES you to use his cars and a much higher price" You act like Mase was working for free.

  • arlene

    just before I looked at the paycheck 4 $4180, I didn't believe ...that...my brother could truly earning money part time at their laptop.. there moms best frend started doing this 4 less than twelve months and a short time ago cleared the mortgage on their cottage and got a gorgeous Mercedes. we looked here..WWW.youtubeAmericanJobByGoogle.qr.net/jVB4/watch?v=SuWOS

  • Anonymous

    So what did diddy sign on that you tube video?

    • Anonymous

      EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING THAT WAS COLD IF PUFF SIGNED SOME BULLSH!T NAME & LET MASE WALK OUTTA THE RADIO STATION LIKE HE WAS FREE & HE WASN'T

  • big harv

    diddy kills carers he would rent his cars out to his own artist to use for videos he is a slime bucket

    • Anonymous

      it does matter when the person who runs your label FORCES you to use his cars and a much higher price.

    • Anonymous

      All artists rent out cars for their videos, does it matter who they rent from? Besides its not like I would do it for free either

  • Anonymous

    diddy is grimy son

    • Anonymous

      Diddy did alot for every one of his acts. He just knows that after they taste some success they tend to stop hustling. He has to be grimy.

  • Anonymous

    Mase had his fifteen minutes and made himself and Diddy some money. If he's broke now that's on him.

  • Anonymous

    Mase should take an independent route. MusicCoalition.org explains how music business like the hip hop ones keep artist literally starving. They hi-jack all their profits & the artist gets left in the dirt. It's a terrible system. If mase does anything from here on out it should be practicing not getting fucked by the big record label. #HopeHeComeBack & No Damn Religion shit neither it's a lie anyway, Religion won't save you literally, just a big bandaide to a even deeper wound.

  • portlando

    What kinda fool sign a deal for 16 years? And he said I dont wanna sign a long term deal anymore. I dont think he can live that much and somebody offer him a new deal!

    • Anonymous

      COSIGN DAC 5 ALBUM DEAL DON'T NECESSARILY MEAN 5 YEAR DEAL

    • Anonymous

      theres no point on letting your worker go if they didnt make back the money you spent on them

    • dac

      i dont think he signed it for 16years. but was held or locked into for that long. Diddy probably had him sign a contract for certain number albums and Ma$e never released that much or made that much music so Diddy held on to him and kept him on the shelf.

  • Dawg

    Damn man.. these days the music game be confusing the hell outta me man. shit is nasty out here

    • Hip Hop Fan

      Its not nasty, its just business. There is a reason the rich are rich. You have to be a shrewd business man to become rich and Puff is ruthless. That's why so many artists complain like Mase, the Lox, Making the band artists.

  • Suckacock

    Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a small independent movie about what back home means to southerners. Adams played Ashley Johnsten, a Georgia girl so naive and innocent, so impossibly kind and sweet, that literally one ankle or elbow in the wrong place from Adams would have brought the entire movie to a calamitous halt. One is astounded that a figure so unworldly can be delivered with such absolute, unironic conviction you leave the movie remembering almost nothing except her performance. I felt so free in that role. There were no consequences. I never knew if anyone would even see the movie. I wasnt even sure at that point that I was going to continue acting. There was no studio nosing about. It was the most free I have ever been as an actor ever. You cant go back to a time like that. Junebug was surely what earned her Enchanted, which largely thanks to Adams (and her equally gung-ho costar James Marsden) was an instant Disney classic, resting on the absolute conviction she gave to a character who talks to butterflies and believes you can make someone love you by singing at them. By now, with Catch Me, Junebug and Enchanted, she had played three eye-catching naifs in a row which didnt reflect her own view of her own abilities. If you hold those characters up next to each other, similar as they are, theres no way that they belong in the same world. But you really have to be careful you dont become the go-to girl for that kind of thing. David O Russell to the rescue, then. He met me and he said: Oh you are so not a princess type well have to do something about that! He said: I just want to expose that side of you, and give you the opportunity to shed the whole princess thing, because that isnt who you are its just one aspect of the work youve done. In The Fighter, Russell gave Adams Charlene, the hardscrabble working-class Irish-American bartender who takes on boxer Mark Wahlberg and, better yet, the grotesquely toxic matriarchy that he calls a family. I remember she has a tonne of siblings. Theres six others we are a baseball team! So she can fight? How many brothers? Four. So she can fight! Oh sure, but trust me, the sisters, the girls, we give just as good as we get in a family like ours! In one much talked-about scene in The Master, Adams, playing the imperious and scary wife of religious charlatan Lancaster Dodd, delivers a ferocious Lady Macbeth-like dressing-down to her husband as she furiously masturbates him over a bathroom sink. That scene was in the script from the beginning. It was actually one of my favourite scenes upon reading it because it helped let me know who the character was, and how much control and the lengths she will go to to maintain it Yes, people tend to remember that moment. The Master and the masturbator. Ladies and gentlemen, Amy Adams could be acting at this level for another 40 years. Plenty of archetypes to get to yet. I cannot wait. The Trouble with the Curve is released in the UK on 30 November Its an absolutely archetypal American face; you can read a multitude into it. Look long enough at Amy Adams pre-Raphaelite cascade of orange-red hair, her pale complexion with its susceptibility, no doubt, to freckles and sunburn the upturned chin, the tough-cookie set jaw, and the slender sloping nose, and soon enough you will discern the possibilities: Anne of Green Gables, Annie, if she was still young enough, or one of Willa Cathers doughty Nebraska Plainswomen Thea Kronberg, perhaps, from The Song of The Lark Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother, eyes fixed for ever on the middle distance, or any number of western farmwives or lady-gunfighters. Take names from Henry James or Edith Wharton Daisy Miller, Undine Spragg and Adams can be imagined embodying them all with ease and subtlety. In her most recent movie, Trouble with the Curve, shes the estranged daughter of another American icon, Clint Eastwood, no less, while in her most impressive and unsettling performance in several years, in Paul Thomas Andersons The Master, she is the womanly power behind the throne of yet another American archetype Philip Seymour Hoffmans avuncular, alcoholic religious fraud Lancaster Dodd. Twelve years ago, Adams played the lead in Cruel Intentions 2; she was suddenly lucky second-string Hollywood cannon fodder with a string of teen comedies and horror spoofs behind her, and the usual Young Hollywood TV guest-credits That 70s Show, Charmed, Providence, Smallville, and a memorable arc as Jenna Fischers redhead doppelganger on The Office. Ten years ago, she finally scored big, nabbing the showy part of girlfriend to then It Boy Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielbergs Catch Me If You Can. Nine years ago, the phone hadnt rung once since Catch Me If You Can, and she was thinking about jacking in the thespian life altogether, until a little no-budget movie named Junebug came her way. And look at her now: The Master is the second movie in which she has held her own in opposite Hoffman, the actors actor of our age, and she has already made two movies Doubt and Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep. She earned one Oscar nomination for Junebug and another for David O Russells The Fighter (shell get another for The Master, you watch), and will soon be working once again with Russell, a director uninterested in letting his performers settle into any comfortable groove. Next up, Supermans girlfriend in Man of Steel. Its all happening. And yet, she says, she sometimes forgets who she is, and how famous. I still think Im like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. Thats still my mentality, so Ill be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am. And someone will come up to me and say hi, and Im thinking, I must know you, and I realise that, no, I dont know them and they dont know me. At all! Really, Ive only been in the public eye since in a bigger way really only since Junebug and Enchanted, and I was already 30, 32 by then so Id already had a whole life when nobody cared at all about me. I was more used to that. You get that feeling when you meet her. Shes open, welcoming, warm, more concerned about your comfort than her own (dont sit there with the hot sun in your eyes try here), and today shes happier to be here than she sometimes is on these occasions. An assistant lays down a fat pile of posters for the movie and she asks: Am I supposed to sign these at the same time because I can multitask! She looks up, leaving the Sharpie and the signing until later. Sometimes youre doing this and youre revisiting a movie that wasnt that great an experience when you made it, or there were conflicts with people you didnt like or whatever. This one is nice to talk about, though. In Trouble with the Curve, she plays the estranged daughter of crotchety baseball scout Clint Eastwood, who tags along on his scouting tour when his eyesight starts to go, and tries to repair their relationship. So, given that Clint Eastwood occupies roughly the same space in the American psyche as the faces on Mount Rushmore and the dollar bill, how was it to be up close all of a sudden? Hes very warm and generous, and theres a great humility about him. Ive worked with people who project a lot more sort of masculine intimidation naturally and thats not him at all. I think also, having worked with all these people on his crew together for so long, hes not at all guarded with them on set, so it makes the day go quickly and efficiently, and gets you through a lot of set-ups. Theres a bit of shorthand between people when theyve worked together for that long you feel like youre being allowed into his family. That really helps if youre playing a role like Mickie and you have to be this daughter confronting her father, which is not easy to do if you feel intimidated. And I wasnt at all intimidated. When you could really make Clint laugh, he gets a really teethy laugh and its so rewarding to get one of those. I always felt a certain sense of victory if I could get him to laugh like that. And its a movie about athletes in which Adams competently knocks a number of pitches off into the wide blue yonder. I suspect tomboy tendencies in her youth. Did that come naturally? Not at all! Though I do come from a family of athletic people. I just dont have a propensity for catching balls. My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so I had to train a lot. But I do love being, I wont say it its that line from Grease: If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. She titters away. Learning how to catch, how to pitch, how to swing, I worked with a coach. It was really empowering, cause Ive never been good at it. I realised I just was afraid of getting hit in the face with the ball. Wisely so, I guess, given that my current profession calls for people with intact faces. Oh God, this its like a minefield of balls-in-the-face jokes She was an army brat until she was nine. How did that affect her? It definitely makes you a little bit more transient, which can turn out to be a good quality in life, and in fact has helped me in what I do. When youre picking up and moving it does create well, I can sleep anywhere, which is really useful, it turns out, on movie sets. But what it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place. Ten years after beginning to make her mark, Adams still trails behind her the residue of innocence and naivete that gathered around her after she appeared in Junebug. Followed shortly after by her winning turn as an animated Disney princess cast into a cynical live-action Manhattan in Enchanted, Junebug limited perceptions of Adams gifts for a couple of years. Junebug was a

  • Dawg

    Awee Hell Naw! I thought this nigga was a Pastor! what the church congregation gonna think now...

  • Anonymous

    badboy is a hip hop prison..

  • Milehighkid303

    Fk Diddy, str8 up. Biggie rollin' in his grave this dude is the biggest snake in Hip Hop next to Hov....

  • real spit

    Real Talk. I read this article and could here Mase's slow ass voice saying that shit without even watching the video!

  • Anonymous

    If Puff didn't have Big killed in that truck, he woulda killed the brother with stress. what a shady bastard.

    • Anonymous

      tell me why puffy wouldnt have been riding with his best friend in the truck on the biggest night of bigs career to date?? not to mention the gun used was a special order one of a kind german made wepon.. and the ammunition was (while not one of a kind) suuuuper rare.. all this adds up to definately not being gang bangers from LA...

    • killa

      ya sure, LA Gangbangers.. and i suppose OJ is innocent too.

    • Anonymous

      ......biggie got killed by gangbangers in LA puffy had nothing to do with it...

  • Anonymous

    Ain't this guy a pastor??? Tranny lover...brah 16yrs...lol...dayam. He rung ya ass out to dry brah, got every last dime outta ya now Ma$e records ain't gettin' spins like that so your useless...pahahaha...just stick to prayin' and preachin'...the word is real and you not focused enough to see it...16yrs though..smh

  • Anonymous

    i always wondered why puff wasnt in that truck

  • Anonymous

    do mase got the ladies yeah yeah do puff drive mercedes yeah yeah take hits from the 80's yeah yeah but do it sound so crazy yeah yeah

  • RIP Pimp C

    Isn't this the former rapper turned priest who got caught with a trans-gendered person in his car years ago in ATL?

  • Hypestyle

    All this time, still haggling about a record deal? I thought rap was the devil? Never mind... With a prosperity-gospel "pastor" like Ma$e, it's all about the Benjamins, regardless...

    • Anonymous

      Mase tried to become the next Jimmy Swaggart, but even Jimmy knew a gold watch and a smile could only get you so far.

  • Anonymous

    you would be a fool to sign with Diddy

  • BBK

    Damn he got raped for 16 years...smh

  • Anonymous

    its 2012 forget these two clowns

  • Anonymous

    I unno. Didnt he supposedly claim that he got Diddy to sign a release like 2 years ago live on the radio?

    • Hip Hop Fan

      You don't amass 500 million dollars by being friends. Diddy is intelligent and very good at using and screwing over artists to feed his family. That's just how the business works. Dog eat dog business and Diddy is a pitbull

    • Anonymous

      that wasnt a release from his contract...it was so he could do features without his butt buddy blocking them

    • wolfman

      I saw that video too, but heard not long that after the papers Diddy signed in the studio weren't legit and didn't effect the contract.

    • dan

      i think you might have that mixed up with jadakiss and the lox when they had Diddy on there talking to him about releasing them.

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