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Jonah Jameson in the “Spider-Man” movies, Simmons has also had his share of nice guy roles, thanks largely to Jason Reitman, who cast him as the loving father in “Juno” and a fired employee in “Up in the Air.” In fact, he’s the only actor with a part in all six of Reitman’s films: He’ll next be seen in the director’s “Men, Women and Children,” also playing at Toronto. In the meeting, Reitman asked how Simmons would differentiate his “Smoking” boss from the iconic J. “He said, ‘I have concerns because this guy is also the boss and kind of gruff. ’ He took that in the spirit it was intended and I think that’s the moment we became pals as well as co-workers.” It was Reitman, an executive producer on “Whiplash,” who recommended Simmons to writer-director Damien Chazelle, who sent over two scripts to the actors – the feature version and an 18-minute short film that was shot to obtain financing for the full-length version.
Simmons signed on to the short, and stayed on for the feature.
This story first appeared in the September 02, 2014 issue of Variety. Simmons portrays Terence Fletcher, a teacher at a prestigious music academy who physically and emotionally terrorizes a young drummer played by Miles Teller in “Whiplash,” which scored the top awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and is showing at Toronto, ahead of its Oct. Hurling insults and instruments, Simmons is alternately hilarious and horrifying, often in the same scene. Simmons.” Simmons almost walked away from his first meeting with Reitman, when he went to audition for “Thank You for Smoking.” Reitman was running late, and after an hour, Simmons went to feed his parking meter.
It’s the kind of performance that is already earning Oscar buzz for the self-proclaimed “journeyman, bald, white guy bouncing around this business a long time.” While he’s played plenty of tough guys, from a white supremacist on “Oz” to newspaper publisher J. “While I was debating whether to even go back in, Jason pulled up and we met at the parking meter,” he recounts. “I made some smart-ass comment like, ‘How about I don’t have a flattop and chomp on a cigar?
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'He's home and he's fine,' she claimed In a post on his official Facebook page he said: 'I am so touched by the outpouring of love and concern that I have received today."The fact of the matter is we went out and talked to him he is fine, nobody is holding him hostage. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody he will do that." "He is perfectly fine and he is very happy.I don’t know what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business." Becker added the world-famous fitness fanatic, who earned over 0m throughout his career spanning four decades, "couldn't have been nicer" to police.He was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show. His brand as irresistibly up-beat guy was so recognizable, he even poked fun at it in a Geico commercial.Then, with no real explanation to assuage fans and followers, Simmons dropped from the public eye in 2014 and reportedly extricated himself from personal friendships one by one.