Michael Keaton & Edward Norton Q&A: ‘Birdman’

"I'm a realist … sometimes you're popular, sometimes you're not popular. Nobody showed up at my house that I remember and put a gun to my head and dragged me out of the house and said, 'You're going to do this for a living.' It's on me," said "Birdman" Oscar-hopeful Michael Keaton on fickle Hollywood fame. He and co-star Edward Norton sat down to discuss their acting philosophies at the recent AFI Fest.

Keaton is our current Best Actor frontrunner for his performance as a washed-up actor trying to make a Broadway comeback in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's surreal comedy.

Norton currently ranks second in our Best Supporting Actor predictions (right behind J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash") for his role as an arrogant actor who defies Keaton at every turn, but if Norton's directors want to keep him in line, their best bet is to keep it simple. "I think directors sometimes think that talking about the totality of the meaning of a moment, talking about the film they're trying to make is going to be helpful to an actor, and it's the worst thing in the world," said Norton. When it comes to giving direction, "All you need to do is give someone a verb really."

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