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10 Questions With ‘True Detective’ Star Scoot McNairy

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If you’re watching the current season of “True Detective” it’s nearly impossible not to get swallowed whole by the torment of Tom Purcell. Purcell plays the grieving father who loses both his children in the mystery that provides the backdrop for season three of the HBO hit.

Portrayed by Scoot McNairy, the veteran actor has become a recognizable face in high profile projects ranging from the Ben Affleck Oscar winner “Argo,” to a starring role in the AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire.” Fans of the film “Superman Vs. Batman (Yes, there are some of you are out there) may recognize McNairy as the wheelchair-bound guy who tried to blow up the Capitol because he had a beef with Superman. And, once “True Detective” wraps up you’ll find McNairy acting opposite the likes of heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margo Robbie in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino flick “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” 

McNairy spoke with NBC Digital about his experience working on season three of “True Detective.”

What attracted you to “True Detective?”
I heard really great things about (series creator) Nic (Pizzolatto). I was a really big fan of his writing. And I was a big fan of Mahershala (Ali). I heard nothing but amazing things about him and was really chomping at the bit to work with him. Also, the chance to work with HBO… they have such quality material. The culmination of all those things… it was really a no-brainer.

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There was some critical and fan backlash following season two of the series. Did that give you any reservations about signing on?
To be honest, I really don’t read the critics. Everything for me is on a personal level. I do a project because there’s something that really draws me to it. It could be the script or the director or the other cast involved. I heard the second season got some backlash, but this season was completely different… with a new cast. That didn’t cross my mind.

You’re playing a father who loses his children to unspeakable violence. As an actor how do you tap into what’s required to play that role?
It’s one of the hardest roles I’ve played. But as far as tapping into the role, it was one of the easiest roles for me to tap into. I have kids. Anyone who has kids… it isn’t difficult to tap into those thoughts of how you would do anything for them and how you’d react if anything ever happened. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to recover. It was a tough role to fit in for five month. I mean I had a great time working on it… but I was very, very excited for it to be over and get out of that thought process and head space.

What is it like working opposite Mahershala, who’s now up for his second Oscar in three years?
He’s an incredible, fascinating actor. But behind the actor is an incredible, fascinating human being. And that’s projected through his work. He’s one of the greatest people I’ve met in the industry. His compassion… his dedication towards others. If he has something nice to say or a thought that he has… he doesn’t keep it to himself. He just goes to the person and tells them. He’s really one of the greatest people I’ve met not just in the entertainment industry but in my life.

Looking at your work in projects like “Argo,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “12 Years a Slave,” are you attracted to working in period pieces?
It sort of dawned on me about two years ago. I mean, I hate cell phones and computers. I don’t now if it’s the idea that those things aren’t involved. I’m definitely now aware of it. That being said, I’m just sort of attracted to great scripts and stories and characters that aren’t just face value… you have to get underneath them a little bit. I do feel like I have some sort of expertise now with all things 80’s… with the pop culture and the politics of the time after constantly researching that time period. I probably couldn’t tell you much about the 90’s. But of the 80’s I’m pretty well-knowledged. 

You suffer from Dyslexia. How has your impacted your career?
Growing up I attended the Shelton School in Dallas, one of the most prestigious Dyslexia schools in the country. And going through it at the time I thought this is a waste of time. Having grown older, I realize how much that school taught me how to deal with my Dyslexia… which I view now as a virtue versus a disability.

Really? How so?
The idea that Dyslexia…that you spell your words backwards and all that stuff…. yes that’s one form. But Dyslexia is people who think in different ways and think out of the box naturally. How to utilize thinking out of the box is not something most people who deal with learning differences get to understand. The school taught you how to take the strengths that you have and use them. My being visual… I learn everything with my eyes. I don’t learn anything with my ears or my hands. One example, I could drive one place, one time and I’ll never need a map to get there again. If you gave me a book on how to take apart a car engine I could never take apart a car engine. But, if I watched someone do it I could put it right back together. That school taught me how to learn with my eyes.  And for me as an actor everything comes from a visual standpoint.

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Of your upcoming projects you have a role in Quentin Tarantino new film “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.” What’s it like being directed by Tarantino?
Oh my God. I mean, he is the show. I will say you’re not really getting a part in his movie, you’re getting a ticket to the Quentin show. And having the experience to be able to go and watch him quote movies and see the actual cinephile encyclopedia at work. What comes out of his mouth and the knowledge and the names of like somebody who had a guest star role in something with two lines back in 1962. He knows the lines. He knows the guy’s name. It’s incredible. So having a chance to be on set with him. That’s the show. 

What’s the back story with your name Scoot?
I probably grew up with three other kids named Scooter. It’s a relatively common nickname in Texas or Alabama. I was ‘Scooter’ for years and by the time I got to high school people just started calling me ‘Scoot.’ And when I moved to California…my birth name is John… and then my manager said ‘Who’s John?’ I said ‘That’s me. That’s my name.’ He says ‘Then who’s Scoot?’ I said that’s my nickname. He said well we’re sending you out under Scoot. I said you can send me out under Peter, John or Bartholomew… just send me out.

Most important question… How does season three of “True Detective” end? Who done it? 
I’ll be very honest. I opted out of reading the last episode. As for me and the character and playing this line of did he do it did he not do it. Up to the point my work was finished, I said I don’t want to read the end of the episode and I don’t want to know. And I held to that. So you’ll be experiencing the end at the same time that I am. 

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“True Detective” airs on HBO Sunday’s at 9PM EST.

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Scarlett Johansson Gets Slimed by Colin Jost While Accepting MTV’s Generation Award – NBC4 Washington

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Scarlett Johansson got a surprise from husband Colin Jost during the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The 36-year-old “Black Widow” star accepted the Generation Award with a pre-taped segment that aired during the awards ceremony on Sunday. She began her acceptance speech by thanking her co-workers from throughout her career, in addition to expressing appreciation for her fans.

“I never would have been able to continue to evolve as an actor for the last 30 years without the support and dedication of so many cast and crew members that make up the nomadic traveling-circus family that are movie sets, and the dedication and hard work of so many people that goes into making any movie continues to inspire me as a performer,” Johansson said.

“Thank you so much to my fans for riding the wave with me and for supporting my career so I can continue to have the good fortune to pursue the job that is my passion,” she continued. “I realize what an absolute gift it is to be able to have the opportunity to do what I love, and I couldn’t do it without your continued support.”

Things got wild as Johansson was in the process of introducing a previously unseen clip from “Black Widow” when Jost walked over to her in their home and poured a bowl of green slime over her head.

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“What the f—?” Johansson said.

“MTV! You got slimed,” Jost responded.

After the “Rough Night” actress explained that the 38-year-old “Saturday Night Live” star was thinking of Nickelodeon, he replied, “I’m very, very sorry.”

She fired back, “Just get a towel,” and then wouldn’t let him attempt to dab her face with it.

In introducing the star prior to the segment, Billy Porter quipped, “She’s the only Oscar nominee I know who can bench press more than Chris Hemsworth and look hotter doing it.”

Earlier this month, a press release announced Johansson would receive the award.

“The highly coveted ‘Generation Award’ celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names,” the statement said in part.

Previous recipients include Dwayne Johnson, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr.

Prior to the Generation Award, Johansson had been nominated for six MTV Movie & TV Awards prizes over the years. She nabbed the golden popcorn in 2013 for “Best Fight” for “The Avengers.”

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NowThis Editor Versha Sharma to Take Over at Teen Vogue After Controversy Over Previous Pick – NBC4 Washington

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Teen Vogue has chosen Versha Sharma, a top editor at NowThis, to replace Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief after a swirl of controversy over McCammond’s past anti-Asian tweets.

Sharma takes over May 24 at the digital-only publication after McCammond and the Condé Nast title parted ways before her appointment took effect.

“I am incredibly excited and grateful for this awesome opportunity,” Sharma tweeted of Monday’s announcement.

Anna Wintour, the global editorial director of Vogue and chief content officer for Condé Nast, said in a statement that Sharma is a “natural leader” with a “global perspective and deep understanding of local trends and issues — from politics and activism to culture and fashion.”

Sharma was named managing editor of NowThis, a digital news site, in 2015. In 2012, she covered the U.S. presidential election for MSNBC.com. She is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award with the NowThis Reports team for a short documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and she’s on the board of directors of the Online News Association.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Sharma grew up in Louisiana and lives in New York.

McCammond, who is Black, was tapped in March at age 27 as the incoming editor in chief to replace Lindsay Peoples Wagner, but derogatory tweets from when she was a teenager and college student in 2011 caused a backlash after the appointment was announced.

Sharma said in the statement issued by Teen Vogue that she has long admired the magazine for “building and fostering a community of young people who want to change the world.”

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John Mulaney and Wife Anna Marie Tendler Break Up After 6 Years of Marriage – NBC4 Washington

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After more than six years of marriage, comedian John Mulaney and wife Anna Marie Tendler are splitting up.

Individual reps for each party confirmed the news in a statement to Page Six on Monday. E! News has reached out to reps for comment.

“I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage,” Tendler expressed through her spokesperson. “I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery.”

A spokesperson for Mulaney also confirmed the news of the divorce to the outlet and added, “John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work.”

The “Big Mouth” actor and accomplished artist tied the knot in July 2014 in Boiceville, New York. Friend and “Schitt’s Creek” actor Dan Levy served as the couple’s officiant at their wedding.

The 38-year-old comedian completed a stint in rehab in December 2020, where he stayed for 60 days to treat issues relating to cocaine and alcohol addiction. He moved to outpatient care in February 2021.

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Mulaney has been open when it comes to discussing his struggles with addiction, most notably in a 2019 interview with Esquire.

“I drank for attention,” he shared with the magazine. “I was really outgoing, and then at twelve, I wasn’t. I didn’t know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again.”

The “Saturday Night Live” alum is set to officially return to work on the comedy circuit after completing outpatient care — booking four mid-May shows at the New York City venue City Winery. Tickets for those shows are sold out.

Tendler, for her part, is pursuing a Master of Arts degree from NYU Steinhardt in fashion and textile studies.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are getting their own version of “The Last Dance.”

A nine-part docuseries on the Lakers will be coming to Hulu in 2022, the team announced on Monday. Unlike ESPN’s highly popular “The Last Dance” — which centered around Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls — this series will detail the last four decades of the Lakers. That includes everything from Jerry Buss purchasing the organization, to Magic Johnson and the “Showtime” Lakers, to the Shaq-and-Kobe dynasty, to LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the team to its latest championship last season.

Those are some rather compelling Hollywood storylines.

The series will include new interviews with more than 35 members of the Lakers organization, including Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as never-before-seen interviews with the late Jerry Buss. It will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose Muhammad Ali documentary “What’s My Name?” won a Sports Emmy for outstanding long documentary.  

“When Dr. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he sat alone at center court of the Forum and thought of all the possibilities,” Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “But even in his wildest dreams, my father could not have imagined what the next decades would bring for our organization, our league and our city of Los Angeles. I am thrilled that the true story of the Lakers will finally be shared with the world — and that we are in such capable hands with Hulu and Antoine, a director whose storytelling I’ve admired for years.”

The 1980s Lakers will also be the subject of a drama series on HBO, with a cast that includes John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Sally Field as Jessie Buss.

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Miss Mexico Andrea Meza Crowned Miss Universe 2021 – NBC4 Washington

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And we have a new Miss Universe.

After more than a year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miss Universe competition was finally held Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who won the crown in 2012, co-hosted the show, which featured a special performance by Luis Fonsi.

Taking home the ultimate crown this year was Miss Mexico Andrea Meza, who wowed the selection community with her beauty and brains.

During the final statement round, Miss Mexico was asked to address the topic of changing beauty standards.

“We live in a society that more and more is more advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes,” she shared via translator. “Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits, but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable.”

And just minutes before, Miss Mexico also faced the final question round where she was asked to share how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19,” she said. “However, I believe that what I would have done, was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That’s why I would have taken care of them since the beginning.”

Before the show, Paula M. Shugart, who serves as the president of the Miss Universe Organization, addressed the pandemic and how the pageant was staying safe.

“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe – one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” she said in a statement.

Beauty queens from 74 countries and territories competed in the pageant, however just 21 contestants advanced to the final round. After first competing in the swimsuit contest, which you can see photos from here, 10 moved on to the evening gown competition. Five contestants were selected to participate in the question and answer round.

The last time the Miss Universe pageant was held was in 2019, when Miss South Africa, aka Zozibini Tunzi, took home the ultimate prize. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner-up and Miss Mexico Sofa Aragn was the second runner-up.

At the time, Tunzi really impressed the judges with her answer to the question, “What is the most important thing we should be teaching girls today?”

She replied, “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time. Not because we don’t want to, but because what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world.”

Of passing the torch to her successor, Tunzi said in a statement, “I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other. While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be, this year has opened doors for me I could never have imagined.I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care most about.”

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