Making the limited-run series "Full Circle," now showing on DirecTV, pushed the actors, who spent only a day filming each episode with the action confined to a table in a restaurant.
"We were all a little nervous at first of how natural it was going to feel," Tom Felton says.
Of all the actors, the quick and confined shooting was the biggest change for Felton. The blond-haired actor, best known as bad boy Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" films, went from those big budget productions, where they were lucky to shoot one 30-second scene in a day, to this TV production, where an entire episode was completed in a 12-hour day.
The story featuring Felton and Minka Kelly — that opens the series — has them playing lovers who are being separated by his decision to go back to school in England. Felton credits Kelly for making the process and transition so much easier.
"It such intense work because it's an entire episode of two people looking into each other's eyes and pouring their hearts out," Felton says. "I think we were both lucky that we seemed to get along very well and clicked pretty quickly. There were some scenes where the emotions she poured out were so real, I was tempted to call 'cut' and ask her if she was OK. That's a testament to her skills.
"I have never had a chance — even in a film — to have a scene with such emotion."
The Ricky Gervais comedy "Derek" is the latest original offering from the online programming provider Netflix.
The new 30-minute comedy-drama series surrounding the life of a gentle and humorously tragic man who loves his job working at a retirement home. All seven episodes in the first season are available now to subscribers.
Netflix is attracting top talent because of the freedom they are given to bring their vision to life. That was the big attraction for Gervais. He's seen too many series and movie that have failed because the vision of the creator gets beaten out of the program by an executive committees.
"If you keep looking at the stats and keep wondering about what makes it in a certain area, you are always going to keep coming up with the same thing. That's why there's the same rom-coms that come out every three weeks. They are the same. They are the same plot," Gervais says. "If you keep force feeding people white bread, then they are not going to like brown bread. But if they taste something different, they'll like it.
"There's 7 billion people on this planet. If you find that you do exactly your set of ideas and values, there's going to be enough people to go, 'I've never seen that before. That's my favorite thing.'"
Gervais has shown from his innovative TV series "The Office" and his stint as the host of the Golden Globe telecast, that he has some different views on the world. Like him or not, Gervais isn't going to offer up something that has been rehashed and try to call it original.
The shift to the Internet provider doesn't mean Gervais is leaving TV or film behind. It's just a continuation of his embracing the computer world that he's done for years.
"I was one of the first people to do a high-profile podcast 10 years ago and we didn't know what was going to happen. I did it for fun. I did it to be in a room with Karl Pilkington, and I wanted to put it out there," Gervais says. "I just left the radio show because I was doing 'The Office.' I loved doing the radio show, but I thought, 'Now I can do it when I want.' You can upload it. It was global, which is very exciting."
If you only based your feelings about Danny Trejo on the majority of tough guy roles he plays in films and on TV, you would think that he would have no problem ripping your face off just for saying "good morning" the wrong way.
That's why you should never judge actors by their roles.
Trejo has a great sense of humor. I found that out when we sat down at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles to talk about his new movie, "Machete Kills."
I told Trejo that he looks so deadly serious during the entire movie that there must not be a lot of laughs on set.
"Oh no. We laugh all the time. It's a very loose set and that start with Robert," Trejo says, speaking of his "Machete Kills" director Robert Rodriguez.
Trejo explains that when it came to the scene where he was to sword fight with Mel Gibson, as soon as Rodriguez called "action," he threw his sword to the ground. The director asked him why he did that and Trejo said that there was no way he was going to fight William Wallace, referring to Gibson's heroic character in the 1995 feature film "Braveheart."
Then there was the "Machete Kills" love scene with Trejo and Amber Heard.
Rodriguez had to stop the filming because Heard wouldn't stop laughing. When Rodriguez asked Heard what was so funny, she told him, "Danny just keeps saying 'thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus.'"
So while Trejo has the look of a tough guy, he also loves to have fun. I say this with no threat of having my face ripped off.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, email@example.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.