Author Archives: Leo Craven

Actor Trading Cards: Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie
MARGOT ROBBIE

Born: July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia
Height: 5’6

Personal Quote:

“I was always very dramatic – my family would probably use the word ‘dramatic’ – as a child; always putting on performances, making everyone come watch.”

Did You Know?

Auditioned for Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2015) which went to Kate Mara.

 

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Leo Craven On… Dragons

Dragons

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

Is there seriously anything cooler than dragons? And let’s be clear; I’m talking about the enormous, fire-breathing kind with massive wings, steely scales, and a penchant for destruction (pacifists like ‘Puff’ and ‘Elliot’ do not count!). My love of dragons started as far back as I can remember, influenced greatly by the story of Saint George and the Dragon (minus the religious context), toy sets with knights & dragons, my mom’s Boris Vallejo calendars, and the infamous ‘Smaug’ from the book ‘The Hobbit’. In fact, as a child, I used to daydream that sleeping dragons would emerge from the hills (I grew up in the country) and reclaim the earth by laying waste to our trivial existence. In retrospect, I now understand why my parents insisted I had too much free time on my hands and put me to work on the horse ranch…

Anyhow, I invite you to join me on this adventure as I journey through the landscape of Dragons in cinematic history by re-visiting my personal movie-viewing experiences starting with…

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Actor Trading Cards: Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton
JOEL EDGERTON

Born: June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5’11

Personal Quote:

“Sometimes, the smaller roles in movies can be the most interesting. If you only take the stance that you’ll only play central characters in movies, you’ll find yourself not being able to indulge in that morally grey terrain that makes support characters so rich and interesting.”

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Actor Trading Cards: Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage
PETER DINKLAGE

Born: June 11, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey
Height: 4’5

Personal Quote:

“I’m on Game of Thrones, and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalized by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly.”

Did You Know?

Dinklage is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is actually a tofu product.
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Actor Trading Cards: Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline LillyEVANGELINE LILLY

Born: August 3, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5’6

Did You Know?

Prior to her starring role on Lost (2004), Lilly worked as an extra on film sets to help pay her University tuition. She can be seen in episodes of Tru Calling (2003), Dead Like Me (2003) and Smallville (2001), and in several films including White Chicks (2004),Stealing Sinatra (2003) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan ReynoldsRYAN REYNOLDS

Born: October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”

Did You Know?

One of the few actors to star in films based on comic books from both Marvel (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming Deadpool) and DC Comics (Green Lantern).

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
EMILIA CLARKE

Born: October 26, 1986 in London, England, UK
Height: 5’2

Personal Quote:

“When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: Do you want fries with that?”

Did You Know?

Auditioned for Sharon Carter/Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), but lost to Emily VanCamp.

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried
AMANDA SEYFRIED

Born: December 3, 1985 in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Height: 5’3

Personal Quotes:

“At 11, I had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. Actually, it was not a crush. It was an obsession! I was also obsessed with Richard Dean Anderson, from MacGyver (1985) and Indiana Jones.”

“It’s really easy to avoid the tabloids. You just live your life and don’t hang out with famous people who are in the tabloids. Don’t do anything controversial and be a normal person.”

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Actor Trading Cards: Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlanI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking… what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights,’ right?

KYLE MACLACHLAN

Born: February 22, 1959 in Yakima, Washington
Height: 6’0

“I certainly can’t pretend that I didn’t do Showgirls (1995). But I’ve been around for a while now, I’m of a certain age and I’m still doing what I love to do. There’s some good work in there and there’s some work that’s questionable.” – Kyle MacLachlan

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Actor Trading Cards: Chris Pratt

Chris PrattI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking… what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights,’ right?

CHRIS PRATT
Born: June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota
Height: 6’2

“The only way physical comedy works is if you don’t see it coming. And the harder the fall, the funnier it is. You have to really take some shots, and I’ve walked away with some bumps and bruises.” – Chris Pratt

 

 

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