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Stand by your man
Renee Zellweger turns in an emotional performance as the wife of boxer James Braddock in Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man
By Chris Betros

Chris Betros

Renee Zellweger says she lives a blessed life.
“I’m so spoiled in terms of the creative opportunities I have been given that I feel like a glutton,” remarks the 36-year-old actress. She has had a topsy-turvy year that included getting married to country singer Kenny Chesney (and then splitting up after only four months) and a strong supporting role in Ron Howard’s boxing film Cinderella Man, in which she plays the wife of impoverished Depression-era boxer James Braddock (Russell Crowe), who fights his way up the ranks to face champ Max Baer.

There has already been talk of a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for Zellweger, which would be a welcome addition to her Oscar for Cold Mountain and her nomination for Chicago. “It’s flattering when people talk about your work like that,” she said. “I don’t spend my time thinking about an Oscar. I just hope that people will take something inspirational away from seeing this film. The Braddock family was pleased, so that made me very happy.”

Born in Texas to a Swiss father and Norwegian mother, Zellweger got interested in acting in high school while working in the drama club. After graduating with a theater degree from the University of Texas, she filmed some beef commercials and landed bit parts in movies such as Reality Bites (1994) and Empire Records (1995) before getting her big break opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1995). She has proven adept at comedy and drama, working nonstop for the last few years in films such as Nurse Betty (2000), White Oleander (2002), Down With Love (2003), and the two Bridget Jones’s Diary films (2001 and 2005).

Zellweger admitted that it takes her up to a year to shed her characters. “I get asked almost every day how I managed to lose the weight I put on for Bridget Jones. It took a lot of running, going to the gym, and laying off the pizza for a while. But my British accent still slips out. I say ‘loo’ and ‘bin’ occasionally,” she says softly, often staring down, lifting her head only at the end of a sentence.

She described the role of May Braddock as the quietest character she has played to date. “It’s a very cerebral characterization. There was so much to admire about this woman, how she stood by her husband. I was moved by their story because it is simple and yet it makes you renegotiate your life perspective. It’s rare for America to make a film like this without sensationalizing it.”

Zellweger had nothing but praise for director Howard and costars Crowe (whose trip to Japan was canceled because of a New York court date) and Paul Giamatti. “It was a focused set, quiet and intense. Everyone had a shared passion which I find very rewarding creatively. Ron is so smart and enthusiastic and it was contagious, while Russell lived the life of a boxer the whole time. It’s very easy to go somewhere else to another time and place with an actor of his caliber. Paul is wonderful, too. Only recently have people started putting the name with his face, and I’m glad to see him getting recognition.”

 

Q&A

Yasuhiko Akasaka

Chris Betros

Tune into 76.1 InterFM Monday to THURSDAY from 6-9Am and you’ll hear DJ Yasuhiko Akasaka, the “Wolfman Jack of Japan,” on his show One on One. During his career, Akasaka has been a rock singer, TV sports commentator, narrator and this year he performed in a Japanese version of the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance.

What’s your show all about?
Playing good music and having fun. I remember something Wolfman Jack told me in New York in 1995—he said radio is a happy business.

What was Wolfman Jack like?
He’s the reason I became a DJ 20 years ago. He told me that he hoped I would follow in his footsteps. After he passed away, his wife told me that he had a picture of me in their house.

How are US and Japanese DJs different?
DJs get paid more in the US and are more opinionated. They inject their personality into a show to stand out because there are hundreds of radio stations. I used to be like that when I was doing the midnight show.

What about now?
I don’t express my views with words, but with songs. On Aug 15, for example, which was the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, I played the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” and Satchmo’s (Louis Armstrong) “What a Wonderful World.”

Who are some of the most memorable artists you have interviewed?
Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers and the Eagles. Once, after interviewing The Temptations, I went to their concert and they called me up on stage and asked me to perform “My Girl” with them.

Is it tough doing the morning show?
My life has changed, that’s for sure. I get up about 4am and eat way too much convenience store food. I don’t get much time to go out with friends anymore.

How many CDs and records do you own?
Thousands, and they are filling up four rooms at home.

If you were marooned on a desert island, which music would you want with you?
Sam Cook, Satchmo and The Beatles.

Do you think there will be radio in 5-10 years?
As long as there are listeners, radio is eternal. CB

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