Jim Carter appears to have confirmed rumours of a Downton Abbey movie
Although when on the other side of the pond, far from being able to conduct his business incognito, he found himself besieged with American period drama fans.
“People come up to me and say, ‘Oh my God, I love your programme!’” adds the 68-year-old actor, who plays Carson the butler in the hit series.
“They wish life were like that. I say, ‘It’s not a documentary, you know!’”
As well as acting, Jim’s also got a passion for cricket – he was once the chairman of Hampstead Cricket Club – and is set to present a new Radio 4 documentary, Howzat For Hollywood, about how the English game infiltrated Tinseltown.
Neither the writer nor director were cricketers
The programme tells the story of the Hollywood Cricket Club, which was founded in 1932 and saw stars of the time like Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff, David Niven and Cary Grant taking to the pitch while Elizabeth Taylor and Olivia de Havilland had tea in the clubhouse.
Jim’s own passion for cricket was ignited in childhood, where the Harrogate-born actor would watch Yorkshire play.
He’s not so happy, though, with Carson’s cricketing scene in Downton, where he appears to bowl remarkably slowly at the annual match.
“Neither the writer nor director were cricketers,” he explains.
“In my head I was Freddie Trueman but when you see it there’s this portly gentleman barely able to get his arm over the horizontal!”
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Daniel Craig plays the part of Joe Bang in Logan Lucky
Despite how it might appear Daniel Craig’s not actually playing rapper Eminem’s dad in his new film.
The James Bond star didn’t spend his time on set walking around proclaiming to be “the real Daniel Craigy” and accusing others of “just imitating” – in fact he has taken on the part of Joe Bang in Logan Lucky.
The comedy is about two brothers trying to pull of a heist during a Nascar race and the starry cast features Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Channing Tatum and British actress Katherine Waterston.
It also marks the end of director Stephen Soderbergh’s sabbatical with 2013’s Side Effects his last big screen offering as a director.
It’s out in August.
Orlando Bloom lifted weights underwater
It sounds like hard work being Orlando Bloom.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor joined James Corden on The Late Late Show in the US at the weekend and revealed that his perennially beach-ready body doesn’t come without hard work.
And the man behind it is surfer and personal trainer Laird Hamilton Orlando said: “He does this pool training at his house, where we do weights underwater.”
“You take some 50lb dumbbells and hold your breath and sort of walk underwater and do weights.”
James, 38, could hardly hide his shock.
“That’s what they used to do to find out if people were witches!”
The workout might not be intended as medieval torture, but Orlando, 40, admitted it’s so intense he has even passed out while doing it.
“I’ve [passed out] twice and they’re like ‘bro, you’ve gotta stop doing that’,” he said.
Or just wear a snorkel.
She has been acclaimed for her craft by winning an Oscar for best supporting actress in 2011 but Rachel Weisz says aspiring actors do not really need to go to drama school as they can pick it up as they go along.
“I wasn’t trained as an actor and I don’t think I was very good at all when I started,” admits the 47-year-old to Woman’s Weekly.
“But I don’t think anyone can teach anyone to act anyway. I feel like acting is a long journey and it’s not one you finish. You have to find your own way and your own style.”
And her own style includes eating and drinking the odd naughty thing,
“I keep myself quite fit and I try to watch what I eat but there are certain great, great things in life that I can’t live without and that I am not going to deny myself. And those (red wine and chocolate) are two of them!”
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Han Solo might be a master pilot in Star Wars but actor Harrison Ford’s aviation skills in real life seem a little less impressive.
The actor tried to take his twin-engine private jet for a spin but no sooner had he left the runway at Santa Monica airport when he noticed an unspecified issue with his plane.
According to reports he circled around a few times before admitting defeat and calling it quits.
Just an unlucky day one might imagine?
Back in February, Harrison, 74, had another airborne blunder when he mistook a taxiway for a runway at John Wayne airport in Orange County and landed another of his planes on it, narrowly avoiding holding up a commercial flight.
And that’s not all – in March 2015 he broke his ankle and pelvis after making an emergency landing on a golf course when his engines cut out in mid-air.
Perhaps stick to spacecraft in future, Harrison?