Before you start watching the video, we want you to collect some background information about it!
The video is an interview with actor Jason Lee. It is part of a series of interviews called "Spoilers".

Who is Jason Lee?

Jason Michael Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and professional skateboarder, best known for his roles as the title character on the NBC television series, My Name is Earl, Syndrome in the film The Incredibles, Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks films, and his work with director Kevin Smith.[1] Lee is also the cofounder and co-owner (with Chris Pastras) of Stereo Skateboards, a company that sponsors team riders and is primarily concerned with the manufacture of skateboard decks.

What is "Spoilers"?

Spoilers with Kevin Smith (a.k.a. Spoilers) is an original weekly series on Hulu that premiered Monday, June 4, 2012. The show, described as an "anti-movie review" show, is hosted by Kevin Smith and produced by Smith's SModcast Pictures. The series is filmed at "SModCo Studios", the upper floor of The Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre at City Walk in Universal Studios Hollywood. It airs free of charge on Hulu's main feed.
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Word List: acting, publicity

    • spoil(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use; to ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess; to reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time
    • Example:
      • ‘This is a great day for us. Let us not spoil it by saying the wrong thing, by promoting a culture of revenge, or by failing to treat the former president with respect.’
    • credentials(noun)
    • Definition:
      • documentary evidence of someone's right to credit or authority, especially such a document given to an ambassador by a country
    • Example:
      • He has amazing credentials!
    • introduce(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to make (something or someone) known by formal announcement or recommendation
    • Example:
      • Let me introduce you to my friends.
    • casting(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act or process of selecting actors, singers, dancers, models, etc
    • Example:
      • He went to the casting and was chosen to take part in the movie.
    • director(noun)
    • Definition:
      • one who directs; the person in charge of managing a department or directorate (e.g., director of engineering), project, or production (as in a show or film, e.g., film director)
    • Example:
      • The director is said to be very good!
    • audition(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a performance, by an aspiring performer, to demonstrate suitability or talent
    • Example:
      • I've been to five auditions this week.
    • retire(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business
    • Example:
      • He wants to retire at 55.
    • professional(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • that is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood
    • Example:
      • He is a professional singer.
    • skateboarding(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act of riding on a skateboard
    • Example:
      • My sons are both into skateboarding, it is their favourite sport.
    • staircase(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a flight of stairs; a stairway
    • Example:
      • He went up the starcase to the upper floors.
    • line(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a small amount of text
    • Example:
      • Actors have to learn their lines by heart.
    • footage(noun)
    • Definition:
      • an amount of film or tape that has been used to record something
    • Example:
      • The footage we shot of the riot yesterday got ruined.
    • staff(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the employees of a business
    • Example:
      • The company employed 10 new staff this month.
    • lyrical(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • expressive of emotion; appropriate for or suggestive of singing
    • Example:
      • He can write very lyrical if he wants to.
    • in order to(Chunk)
    • Definition:
      • doing something for the purpose of something else
    • Example:
      • He came in order to talk to her.
    • independent(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
    • award(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a trophy or medal; something that denotes an accomplishment, especially in a competition; a prize
    • Example:
      • He really deserves this award!
    • trained(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • having undergone a course of training (sometimes in combination)
    • Example:
      • fully trained troops
    • approach(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near; a manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made
    • Example:
      • Our proposed definitional approach to the data processing-communications dilemma evoked considerable discussion.
    • iconic(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon
    • Example:
      • He turned into an iconic figure.
    • awesome(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • causing awe or terror; inspiring wonder or excitement
    • Example:
      • The waterfall in the middle of the rainforest was an awesome sight.
    • apparently(adverb)
    • Definition:
      • seemingly; in appearance only
    • Example:
      • A man may be apparently friendly, yet malicious in heart.
    • pleasure(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a state of being pleased; a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment
    • Example:
      • It was a pleasure to meet you.
    • honour(noun)
    • Definition:
      • recognition of importance or spiritual value; respect; a privilege
    • Example:
      • I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
 
 

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        apparently
        seemingly; in appearance only
        in order to
        doing something for the purpose of something else
        lyrical
        expressive of emotion; appropriate for or suggestive of singing
        staff
        the employees of a business
        pleasure
        a state of being pleased; a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment
        iconic
        relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon
        audition
        a performance, by an aspiring performer, to demonstrate suitability or talent
        professional
        that is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood
        honour
        recognition of importance or spiritual value; respect; a privilege
        approach
        the act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near; a manner in which a problem is solved or policy is made
        spoil
        to ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use; to ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess; to reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time
        footage
        an amount of film or tape that has been used to record something
        casting
        the act or process of selecting actors, singers, dancers, models, etc
        awesome
        causing awe or terror; inspiring wonder or excitement
        independent
        not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
         
         
         
        What would you ask your favourite actor if you had a chance to interview him or her? Write down your questions in the box below and then compare your solution with the sample solution!
        • Have you always wanted to be an actor? For how long? When did you realise acting was the right thing for you?
        • How did your career start?
        • What is your favourite movie?
        • What would you have done if acting had not worked out for you?
        • What do you do in your free time?
        • Are you married? Do you have kids?
        • Which other actors do you look up to?
        • What kind of movie would you like to do next?
        • Which of your movies in the past did you like best?
        • What do your parents think about your profession? Do they like your movies?

         
        Now watch the video and try to answer the questions below. For the more difficult questions, we offer you help. If you don't know the answers for them, click on the "Help for question x" link and jump to the part of the video where the answer is hidden!
         
        1. Does the interviewer like Jason Lee?
           
          • Yes; he says that Lee is his favourite actor in the world.
             
          • No, but since he invited him to his show, he has to be nice to him.
             
           
        2. What did Lee retire from?
           
          • He used to be a sports teacher.
             
          • He retired from professional skateboarding.
             
           
        3. What does the interviewer joke about?
           
          • Lee's accent.
             
          • Lee's films.
             
           
        4. Did Lee go to an actor's school?
           
          • Yes, after retiring from skateboarding.
             
          • No, he is untrained.
             
           
        5. Why does he like to make movies for children?
           
          • Because he has three kids himself.
             
          • Because he prefers to be funny rather than serious.
             
           
        6. Does Lee enjoy his work?
           
          • Yes, but he has had enough and now he wants to do something else.
             
          • Yes, he has great fun doing it and he really likes it.
             
           
         
         
        Now we want you to reflect a little about what you just saw. How would you describe the video? Choose the adjectives that you think are appropriate to describe the video's style. Several answers are possible!
         
        • How would you describe the interviewer?
           
          • mean
             
          • bad-tempered
             
          • funny
             
          • serious
             
          • humouros
             
          • talkative
             
          • happy
             
           
        • How would you describe the interview as a whole?
           
          • entertaining
             
          • vulgar
             
          • old-fashioned
             
          • casual
             
          • educational
             
          • neutral
             
           
         
         
        Now try to match questions and answers! Which of the following interview-questions matches which answer?
         
        • I went to a casting and they liked me.
           
        • Yes, sometimes the paparazzi can be quite annoying.
           
        • I just love all the Lord of the Rings movies!
           
        • I would love to become as good as Al Pacino.
           
        • Not really, I am used to it by now so I can relax.
           
        • Does all the publicity bother you?
           
        • Who is your biggest idol?
           
        • Are you nervous while filming?
           
        • What is your favourite movie?
           
        • How did you become an actor?
           
         
         
         
         
         

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