J.K. Simmons on How His Auditions Have Changed Since Winning the Oscar for ‘Whiplash’

     October 14, 2016

In anticipation of director Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountantnow playing in theaters everywhere, I sat down with J.K. Simmons last week for an exclusive video interview. We talked about how his life changed after winning the Oscar for Whiplash, if people now say “Academy Award Winner” in front of his name, his first day filming Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the look of Jim Gordon, and more.


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For those not familiar with The Accountant, the film is a crime drama/thriller with a very unique hero at its center. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant and small-town CPA who prefers to spend more time with numbers than people, which works to his advantage as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. When Christian takes on a legitimate client, in the cutting-edge tech company Living Robotics, a discrepancy involving millions of dollars puts his life in very serious danger. The movie also stars Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow and Jean Smart.

Check out the interview above, along with a list of what we talked about below. You can also watch my interviews with Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor and Cynthia Addai-Robinson by clicking the links.

J.K. Simmons:

  • Has it gotten old when everyone says Oscar winner in front of his name?
  • How his first day filming Justice League was a big day.
  • Talks about the look of Jim Gordon in Justice League.
  • Did he have to audition for the role in The Accountant and collaborating with Gavin O’Connor.

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