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Sunday June 25th 2017



Nicole Kidman is funny.

Hemingway and Gellhorn is my 4th movie working with Director Phil Kaufman…5th if you count my role as a dying German soldier at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark which Phil wrote.

In Hemingway and Gellhorn I played an American journalist covering the Spanish Civil war….and unlike Hemingway, my character spends most of his time at the bar.  This gives contrast to Hemingway’s involvement in the action.

I spent about 3 weeks sitting at the bar often with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman at the old train station in Oakland.

One day they were preparing to simulate a bomb explosion just outside the window of the bar…which would rain glass and debris over those of us inside.  The special effects people were briefing us about how to respond safely.  When they finished their sobering instructions….Nicole turned to me and my fellow ‘drinking journalist’ and asked, “well, are you ready to get blasted?”

Yes…Nicole Kidman is funny.

Hemingway & Gellhorn airs on HBO Monday May 28th at 9pm

About: William Hall:
William Hall is an actor, trainer and improviser living in San Francisco, CA. He works with companies to engage and involve audiences at Trade Shows, Conferences and Training Sessions. He is a founder of BATS Improv and the author of The Playbook: Improv Games for Performers.

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5 Responses to “Nicole Kidman is funny.”

  1. Fantastic, William. Too, too funny about Nicole Kidman. Priceless. What a joy to do that and get paid. So happy for your fun time.

  2. Teresa says:

    What a wonderful experience! Can’t wait to see the film and will look out for you all getting blasted in the bar. Fantastic that all this could be shot in SF/Oakland!

  3. Karen Kahn says:

    Love your behind the scenes stories – (More please!) Can’t wait to see the film! How exciting!

  4. Lou says:

    Very cool, Will. Looking forward to seeing you in the movie. Hey, weren’t you also a member of the press in The Right Stuff? Give my best to Nicole and Clive! 🙂

  5. Jack Tate says:

    It was a surprise and delight to see William at the bar. As often happens when I’m watching a film by Phil Kaufman, my disbelief is so suspendered that I forget to deconstruct as I am carried aloft by the action.
    “Hey, this is gorgeous. Hey, I’m into this story. Hey, this is what it must’ve been for…hey, I know that guy. Hey, good on ya.”
    Suddenly, like a Hall of mirrors, I synapse (what a happy sound) into past experience.
    You get the picture.

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