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Alicia Interview: Moviehole

Friday, December 29th, 2006

In the film Smokin Aces Alicia plays an assassin named Georgia Sykes, one of several hit men (or in this case, hit-woman) on the trail of Piven’s character. Keys has received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Ryan Reynolds said Keys has “natural” acting ability as he was surprised she had not starred in movies before. She talks to Moviehole about the film.

What a way for you to make your Hollywood movie debut - as a contract killer.
AK: I think there was no better way to do it.

What did you think when the director Joe Carnahan said ‘Alicia, we want you to play Georgia Sykes, an assassin?’

AK: He said ‘Alicia, we don’t want you to play one of those soft, female roles where you are a love interest. Georgia will be amazing, she’s powerful,
she’s a badass.’ I read the script and really understood what the role of Georgia would be and was onboard.

Had you seen Joe’s breakthrough film, Narc, and did that also influence your decision to take the role?

AK: Definitely. I saw Narc and loved it. Visually, I just knew Smokin’ Aces would be insane. Personally, growing up and witnessing the theatre and having great respect for the art of acting, it was important for me not to play a character who is a piano-playing singer. Or any type of singer. I really wanted to be totally different and completely take myself out of my comfort zone and go into a new head-space and new person.

You certainly achieved that with Georgia.
AK: I sure did. [Laughs.]

And how about Georgia’s costume, with the short shorts, boots and fishnet stockings. We’re not used to seeing you dressed like that. Did you get to keep the costume and will we see you wear it to the Grammy’s next year?
AK: [Laughs.] No, I didn’t get to keep it. I left it with production. I think they’ll have a better time with it.

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Alicia Thrilled With Beyonce’s Movie Success

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Alicia Keys has publicly applauded Beyonce for her Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for Dreamgirls, because she feels the singer/actress could herald a new era of “triple-threat” stars.

Alicia, who is currently starting up on her own movie career (next up, Smokin’ Aces), admits she grew up idolising stars who had singing, theatrical and movie careers.

She says, “I can’t wait to see Beyonce in Dreamgirls. From the beginning of time, many of the great artists were always triple threats. They all acted, sang and danced, they did it all.”

“I think, going back in that direction now, and to be able to encompass so many styles, and do it with so much class, is fantastic.”

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Alicia Keys: Africa Can Benifit from Celeb Adoptions

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Alicia Keys has praised Madonna and Angelina Jolie for adopting African children and for ploughing thousands of dollars back into poor African communities.

The 25-year-old singer says criticism of A-list who are turning their attention to help Africa is “unfair and a disservice to those who need their help.”

She said: “I think it’s horrible, and I think it really degrades and tries to discourage people who do have a voice, who do have power, who do have money, who have the ability to reach out to people and get involved in situations.”

Keys has been involved in African causes for years and says some celebrities have been at the helm of humanitarian causes in support of Africa.

But the motivation of celebrity couples who adopt from abroad has been unfairly called into question by the press, she said.

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