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OnlineHost: Tim Roth has made a career out of portraying unforgettable characters in one independent film after another. Last year he made his studio feature debut in MGM's "ROB ROY" opposite Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange, in a role that has been touted as one of the best villains in screen history, earning him a Golden Globe Nomination and an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Welcome!

AOLiveMC5: Welcome Tim Roth!

RothTim: ......yawn, hick.....\-/....drinks on me...ahem

AOLiveMC5: Our first audience question is from Edgar Fro:

Question: Tim, do you plan on working with Quentin Tarantino again anytime soon?

RothTim: He's doing his next film at the same time as I'll be directing my first film, probably, so I won't be able to do the next one, which is a shame, but what are you going to do?

AOLiveMC5: OKC Rik asks:

Question: Did you learn any cool gang signals from 2PAC?

RothTim: Go to the mirror, raise your fist, stick up your middle finger.

AOLiveMC5: Jcook13 asks:

Question: Can you talk about the movie you are shooting? Story, stars, etc.

RothTim: The one I'm directing? The one I am directing is an adaptation of a novel called "The War Zone." I haven't cast it yet.

AOLiveMC5: From BenStaci:

Question: Tim, is it true that you are a devout Knicks fan?

RothTim: I like the Knicks, the Knicks are okay.

AOLiveMC5: Jim007bon asks:

Question: You've worked with a lot of outstanding directors. What are the qualities that you feel a great director should possess?

RothTim: If I knew that I could clone one. I think every director has a different take, some are good, some are bad. The directors you get on best with sometimes don't make the best films, so who's to say who is right.

AOLiveMC5: Rossevell asks:

Question: So... Tim. Sir. Since you're so learned in the ways of the tattoo, and I'm about to get my first, I need to ask of your expertise: Where's the best place for a gal's tattoo? Shoulder? Hip? Ankle? Don't you love inane questions?

RothTim: Love you, too, babe. In your hairline.

AOLiveMC5: Also from Edgar Fro:

Question: Tim, almost every character you've played has had a different accent. You purposely choose roles that will involve a challenging accent?

RothTim: Orgasm online! No, that's just the way they come...no pun intended.

AOLiveMC5: Jim007bon also asks:

Question: Do you have a set process for preparing for a part, or does it depend on the role?

RothTim: No, each character requires a different method. I just figured out you don't get follow up questions, so I will try to be a little more in depth.

AOLiveMC5: From Bolts64:

Question: How did you like working with Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange on "Rob Roy?"

RothTim: Liam is an old drinking buddy, so that was really good fun. Jessica is someone I have always admired.

AOLiveMC5: And another from Jim007bond:

Question: Are there any particular film performances that you watch for inspiration?

RothTim: Hang on, verdict is coming in...oops, false alarm. heh, heh. It's more that I watch complete works of people. I will watch everything that Cary Grant did, or Kubrick made or Bergman. So it would be hard to pinpoint any one performance. Maybe "THX 1138" would be a consummate actor's performance. TIFFYC, ROSSELLI, and row 101: purrrrrr....

AOLiveMC5: Smear13 asks:

Question: Tim, My cousin thinks that your performance is Four Rooms was influenced by outside substances, we both thought you were great, but how do you go back and forth between your characters so well?

RothTim: The more varied the characters, the better, as far as I'm concerned. I swear to god I was clean at that time.

AOLiveMC5: From PeterDMc:

Question: Did you like working with Woody Allen?

RothTim: Loved it. He's the kind of director that doesn't stroke actors and encourages you to improvise and play with the characters. So it was really great fun. I'd love to do it again.

AOLiveMC5: Edgar Fro asks:

Question: Tim, recently I heard that you don't like "Star Wars." Why not?

RothTim: I love "Star Wars!" I just don't like what happened to film making in America after "Star Wars."

AOLiveMC5: GeauxKrew asks:

Question: Tim, how was it working with Julia Ormond? Captives was my favorite movie that you were in. Love ya!

RothTim: I worked with her just before she became a star. So it was a pretty good experience all around.

AOLiveMC5: From Jim007bond:

Question: Do you feel that you are offered more interesting and varied roles as a character actor than you would be if you were cast in leading man roles?

RothTim: There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring. Verdict: OJ is going down.

AOLiveMC5: MsOrange asks:

Question: I heard that you and your wife recently had another baby, congratulations! Are you planning a new tattoo for the occasion?

RothTim: Yes, I owe myself two, actually.

AOLiveMC5: Satiria asks:

Question: Of all of the roles that you've taken, which has been your personal favorite and why? "Guildenstern" has been my favorite to date - excellent film Tim!

RothTim: My favorite role was in a film called "Made in Britain," which I did for British Television. It was the first role I ever did. I played a Nazi skinhead.

AOLiveMC5: Edgar Fro asks:

Question: How can we contact you to receive an autograph?

RothTim: Look up my publicist.

AOLiveMC5: Jule10 asks:

Question: I live in Charleston and besides the trouble the city gave you, how did you like filming "Liar" here?

RothTim: I love Charleston. That was one of the best experiences I have had making a film. I'm back to Carolina to do my next film.

AOLiveMC5: PowellQ asks:

Question: Did you study undercover cops for your role in "Reservoir Dogs?"

RothTim: No, I studied Speed Racer, Gigantor, and other pop culture TV courtesy of Quentin.

AOLiveMC5: Bolts64 asks:

Question: Who is the most beautiful co-star you've worked with, in your opinion?

RothTim: Steve Buscemi.

AOLiveMC5: GR8Dane16 asks:

Question: Mr. Roth, Are there any projects you regret working on?

RothTim: Plenty...next question...

AOLiveMC5: Rossevell asks:

Question: You're known in some circles as the King of Indies (sharing the crown w/Buscemi, of course). What is it about independent filmmakers that keeps drawing you to them? Is it the level of creativity involved or perhaps the freedom? Or something else entirely?

RothTim: They are usually the ones I did for money. They tend to produce scripts that remind of pre "Star Wars" American film making. Things like "French Connection" and "Dog Day Afternoon." Things I wanted to make in the first place, that I really admired.

AOLiveMC5: From MsOrange:

Question: Do you have any regrets about leaving England?

RothTim: No, no regrets. Although I miss my family and I like being a tourist when I go back.

AOLiveMC5: Isaby asks:

Question: Who was your role model while growing up?

RothTim: I didn't have one.

AOLiveMC5: Beatnik asks:

Question: I've noticed you often work with Eric Stoltz (and/or Quentin Tarantino). How did you meet these guys, and do you spend much time together off-screen?

RothTim: I met Eric on a film called "Bodies, Rest and Motion." And I met Quentin when I interviewed for "Reservoir Dogs." We try to spend as much time together as possible, but we are so busy it's usually phone tag.

AOLiveMC5: Goneril 9 asks:

Question: Tim, I love you. I love you. You are a smoldering actor, and have you had any formal training, or do you generate heat naturally?

RothTim: Looks like Cooki's running interference in row 16. Why thank you, why thank you. No, it's just built in. It comes with the package.

AOLiveMC5: Also from Beatnik:

Question: The first film I remember seeing you in was "Bodies, Rest & Motion" (great cast, by the way), which Eric Stoltz produced. Have you thought about producing any films yourself?

RothTim: I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there's about fifty people with producer credits, so what's the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance.

AOLiveMC5: Chipito1 asks:

Question: Did you take fencing lessons for "Rob Roy?"

RothTim: No, no fencing lessons. We had a sword master who choreographs fights for films and we worked together every day. He worked on the "Duellists" and "Dangerous Liaisons."

AOLiveMC5: MsOrange asks:

Question: I really love your singing in "Everyone Says I Love You." Are you planning on doing any more crooning in the future?

RothTim: LOL Highly unlikely, but thank you.

AOLiveMC5: Leslie126 asks:

Question: Tim, is acting your first career choice or did you start out doing something else?

RothTim: I started off doing sculpture at art college but quit to follow acting. And that's it, I can't do anything else. So if this falls through, I'm screwed.

AOLiveMC5: Also from MsOrange:

Question: Is it flattering to know that you have a mailing list on the Internet dedicated to following your every move?

RothTim: In truth, it's a little worrying.

AOLiveMC5: ZZZC asks:

Question: Hello Tim, what was the experience like to work with the young but very skill full director James Gray on his directorial debut "Little Odessa?"

RothTim: I believe there is also a Tim Roth Monastery. As far as I was concerned, he behaved as though he'd been directing films for years. It is one of my favorite films that I have worked on.

AOLiveMC5: Melburnt asks:

Question: Hi Tim, was making "Reservoir Dogs" as traumatic as watching it in the movies?

RothTim: No, it was a laugh a minute. But laying around in that blood for two and a half weeks was one of the most unpleasant experiences I have had. It is red syrup and dries really quickly.

AOLiveMC5: Jule10 asks:

Question: How do you feel after the end of making a film? Drained or ready to go to the next project?

RothTim: Usually there is a come down period of two weeks, and then I'm desperate to get back to work again. I'm a workaholic.

AOLiveMC5: From Wendyfoxm:

Question: What movies do you want to make, characters to play, messages to send?

RothTim: It depends what movies are out there. A character I would love to play is Iago, from Othello. The messages tend to take care of themselves.

AOLiveMC5: JaneAsher asks:

Question: Tim, what is it like balancing your family with your career? And do you have any memorable thoughts of making "Vincent and Theo?"

RothTim: I try and take the family with me everywhere I can. It's getting harder the more kids I have. But celibacy sucks. "Vincent and Theo" was an all around memorable experience. He was one of my heroes, and one of my father's heroes. So it was an all around extraordinary experience.

AOLiveMC5: Discodonu asks:

Question: Which of these two roles was more fun for you- Mr. Pink ("Reservoir Dogs") or "Ringo" ("Pulp Fiction:)?

RothTim: Mr. Pink would have been interesting, although I never played it. I'll have to ask Steve about that one. Pumpkin was like a lot of guys I grew up with and was a lot of fun. I assume you meant Mr. Orange. Which was a tough role. But they're all fun.

AOLiveMC5: Beatnik asks:

Question: Do you remember the first time someone asked you for your autograph because they had seen you in a film?

RothTim: I was chased down the road by a bunch of skinheads, and I ran for it, and they caught me. I thought they were going to kill me. But they wanted me to take a picture with their mum.

AOLiveMC5: TiffyC asks:

Question: I hear "The War Zone" involves the issue of incest. How do you feel about the subject and your film? Do you hope it will give the audience a strong message? Has it given you a strong message?

RothTim: It's a very, very common problem. If you figure that maybe three in ten parents abuse... if I have an audience of one hundred, thirty of those people may have abused at one time or another. They are the people I am aiming for.

AOLiveMC5: DanLamb asks:

Question: To me, "Reservoir Dogs" plays very much like a stage production. Do you have an extensive stage background? If so, do you find that this background has helped you attack your film career?

RothTim: I started off on stage because it was the only work I could get. I haven't been back for eleven years. I think any stage experience is good experience, as far as being an actor is concerned.

AOLiveMC5: Krak007 asks:

Question: How did the death of the late Tupac Shakur affect your life?

RothTim: Before I met him I didn't know his music and I hadn't seen any of his acting, so he was a brand new experience for me. I found him to be charming, smart, well read, funny and a very fine actor. So it was a very strange experience for me to have an actor that I was working with murdered. It's still something I'm not quite used to thinking about. But I miss him. RIP

AOLiveMC5: DanLamb also asks:

Question: Mr. Roth, I enjoyed your Chaplinesque performance in "Four Rooms." What were the challenges of doing comedy?

RothTim: Doing comedy for film is always a challenge because you are in the hands of the editor after the fact. I am hoping I can do some more soon, I enjoy doing comedy.

AOLiveMC5: DolzaPrim asks:

Question: Do you care about politics?

RothTim: Of course, who doesn't? Otherwise, why would you ask? Quit fighting in row 13. I'm taping the State of the Union. Tee hee.

AOLiveMC5: Krak007 asks:

Question: What kind of music do you listen to?

RothTim: From Mahler to Rage Against the Machine. Row 13, I'm sending in my boys!

AOLiveMC5: TamJas asks:

Question: What did you draw upon for the role in "Reservoir Dogs" in which you are shot and dying? There was an intensity to that role that made it VERY realistic!

RothTim: I didn't know what I was going to do when that came up. I don't know where that came from. But when I saw the film, it looked pretty good to me. Scary, huh?


Question: What was it like working for four different directors in "Four Rooms?"

RothTim: Hey, NCEGUY, there's a bar named after you in New York. It was insanity. It was like a tag team on acid.

AOLiveMC5: SR CHANGO asks:

Question: Mr. Roth! I think you are great. I remember that TV movie you were in about a Texas killer. I am an extra in a Jim Carrey movie. How can I move to a part with dialogue? I am interested in small parts. I live in Florida, should I move to LA and be an extra?

RothTim: Extra work sucks. Get out quick.

AOLiveMC5: AkoAkoCha asks:

Question: Tim, you are featured in the latest edition of "Details" magazine in the classic "hip grinder" pose. What's it like to snuggle up with Gertie from "E.T.?"

RothTim: LOL Who wouldn't like to snuggle up to Gertie?

AOLiveMC5: Krak007 asks:

Question: Did you think "Pulp Fiction" was going to be as successful as it was before taking the role?

RothTim: Well, I loved the script. I thought it would get attention, because everything Quentin does gets attention. But you can never really predict that kind of thing. Keep it coming, I say.

AOLiveMC5: Akira238 asks:

Question: Tim, I just wanted to say that your performance as the fop in "Rob Roy" was superbly convincing. I hated you so much I wanted to strangle you myself. Oh, by the way, was fencing Liam Neeson fun?

RothTim: I only worked with Liam three or four times on the sword fight before we actually had to do it. He is six foot five. Big guy. So it was pretty tricky at first, but we warmed into it. Much, much fun, just like the old movies. Drag Queen with a sword. Bring back dueling, I say. Drive by sword fight.

AOLiveMC5: Krak007 asks:

Question: So, Tim what are your Oscar picks this year?

RothTim: "Trainspotting," "Secrets and Lies," "Fargo" and "Slingblade."

AOLiveMC5: Baalders asks:

Question: Do you recall doing "Metamorphosis" on stage with Berkoff?

RothTim: Yes. LOL That was the last time I was on stage. And very painful it was, too.

AOLiveMC5: Schalott:

Question: How did you manage all of the distinct movements of the beetle in Kafka's metamorphosis? I was amazed at the physical performance you turned out.

RothTim: First of all, the director had a blue print of the moves as he performed it himself before. I just improved on that.

AOLiveMC5: We have time for one more audience question.

AOLiveMC5: BARTDER asks:

Question: Did you enjoy doing "Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?" Do you plan on doing more movies with Gary Oldman?

RothTim: Some of the best dialogue that I have ever spoken. I'd love to work with Gary again, but he seems to moving towards the studio system a little more than I am. Maybe I'll meet up with him on one of those somewhere down the line.

AOLiveMC5: Thank you very much for joining us Tim Roth. It has been a pleasure to have you here.

RothTim: That went quick. Hope to be back again some time soon. Take it easy everyone, thanks. And with that, poof, I was gone.

AOLiveMC5: Thank you for participating audience. It was great to have you here also!

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