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Helen Mirren to Team Up With Gillian Anderson for ‘Wonder’ Spin-Off

Helen Mirren to Team Up With Gillian Anderson for 'Wonder' Spin-Off
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Lionsgate’s companion film to its 2017 hit, ‘White Bird: A Wonder Story’ has Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt in the starring roles, and Bryce Gheisar returning as bully Julian.

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The Queen and Margaret Thatcher are teaming up for a new film. Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II, and Gillian Anderson, who played the former British Prime Minister on “The Crown“, will co-star in “White Bird: A Wonder Story“, Lionsgate’s companion film to 2017 hit “Wonder“.

Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt will play the film’s leads, while Bryce Gheisar is set to reprise his role as bully Julian from “Wonder”, which was based on a New York Times bestseller about a boy with facial differences. Mirren will take on the role of Grandmere, Julian’ Parisian grandmother, and Anderson will portray the mother of Schwerdt’s character.

Production on the new film has already begun in Eastern Europe, according to Deadline, with Marc Forster in the director’s chair.

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“I am deeply honored to have Helen Mirren join us on this journey,” said Forster in a statement. “Beyond being a brilliant actress, Helen brings an immeasurable level of depth, humanity, and empathy to her roles, elevating any project she is a part of. She is a true artist and I couldn’t be more excited to have her alongside our incredibly talented cast.”

Also commenting on Mirren’s casting was Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. In a released statement, he said, “Helen Mirren is a screen legend – one of our industry’s most accomplished and talented actresses – so, obviously, it’s hugely exciting to know that she loves this story as much as we do and wanted to be a part of it.”

“We’re equally excited to showcase Ariella and Orlando’s talents – as they take on their first major roles, they’ll bring heart, emotion, and magnetism to their performances and we are thrilled Bryce will return to bridge his role from ‘Wonder’,” he added. ” ‘White Bird: A Wonder Story’ is the kind of movie that the world needs now and it’s a thrill to have these incredible actors bringing to life this story of compassion, empathy, kindness, and hope.”

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‘Spider-Man 3’ Newly-Unveiled Title Leaves Fans in Disbelief

'Spider-Man 3' Newly-Unveiled Title Leaves Fans in Disbelief
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Many refuse to believe that the title announced by Marvel is real, after Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon trolled fans with several hilarious fake titles.

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Has Marvel finally given away the title of the third Spider-Man movie? Through a new sneak peek released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio has announced that the upcoming film is called “Spider-Man: No Way Home“, but many seem to doubt the truth of it.

After teasing fans with fake hilarious titles of “Spider-Man 3”, Marvel unleashed a video on Wednesday, February 24 in which Tom Holland, Zendaya Coleman and Jacob Batalon complain about being fooled by director Jon Watts about the previous titles they shared.

The trio then walk past a white board on which the crew appear to write all possible subtitles for the movie, which all include the word “home.” While the likes of “Can’t Find Home”, “Stay at Home” and “Work From Home” are crossed, “No Way Home” appears to be the chosen one and re-written in the middle of the board.

In the caption of the video posted on YouTube and Instagram, it is claimed, “This, we can confirm. #SpiderManNoWayHome only in movie theaters this Christmas.”

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Still, considering the way they unveiled the title and the previous fake titles, fans think this could also be a joke. “I FEEL LIKE YALL LYING,” one fan commented below the video with loudly crying face emojis. “i have trust issues now,” another similarly shared. A third one wondered, “is this still a joke i’m unsure.” Someone else enthused, “I dont know what to believe anymore.”

If this is any assurance, the movie’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts have made some adjustment, with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” now being written on the profile. IMBD also lists the movie with its newly-unveiled title.

While many were focused on the title, some other fans noticed a possible “WandaVision” reference in the sneak peek. The white board has key diagrams, including multiple hexagons, which led many to believe that it’s a reference to Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) “Hex bubble.” “Hex bubble” itself is the sitcom-based reality she’s created in “WandaVision”.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is slated to open in theaters across the nation on December 21.

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‘Spider-Man 3’ Stars Unveil First Official Photos, Tease Fans With Hilarious Possible Titles

'Spider-Man 3' Stars Unveil First Official Photos, Tease Fans With Hilarious Possible Titles
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While Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon confuse fans with the so-claimed titles of the upcoming movie, the first-look pics fuel speculation about rumored ‘Doctor Strange’ crossover.

AceShowbiz – “Spider-Man 3” still has months to go before it’s completed in post-production, but the first official pictures have been uncovered to tide fans over the movie’s winter release. Making their way out via the cast’s social media accounts, they also came with possible titles of the film.

Tom Holland, Zendaya Coleman and Jacob Batalon made use of their Instagram pages to share a pic of the movie and a title treatment each. The images show their characters, Peter Parker, MJ and Ned, entering a sort of basement of what looks like an old building. In one of the photos, Ned is seen working in front of his laptop with his two friends standing next to him and looking at his laptop screen.

While the three images are similar to each other and appear to be taken on the same set, it’s not the case with the title treatments. Each of them reveals different title, “Spider-Man: Phone Home”, “Spider-Man: Home Slice” and “Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker”, which the stars all claimed to be the official title of the movie.

“So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title. Can’t wait for you lot to see what we have been up to. Love from Atlanta,” Holland captioned his post. Zendaya wrote on her own, “So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title. So proud of this one…FOS is back!” Batalon, meanwhile, declared, “We’re so excited to share the TITLE of our new movie!! Swipe right for the big reveal!! also enjoy this exclusive still from the movie, just an extra gift from us.”

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The hilarious possible titles aside, the photos have fueled the speculation about a possible “Doctor Strange” crossover. Fans have been guessing if the images show the three “Spider-Man” characters in the Sanctum Sanctorum, which has served as the personal residence of Doctor Strange.

In related news, Holland appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night, February 23 to talk about his upcoming movies, including “Spider-Man 3”. He managed to keep tight-lipped and avoid to spoil any secrets from the movie during his virtual interview with Jimmy Fallon.

“It would be a miracle if they could have kept that from me,” he said when asked whether Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would have cameos in the movie, though he admitted that he’s obviously read the script from beginning to end.

The British actor, however, confirmed that his brother Harry Holland has a cameo in the movie, which came about after he played the part of a drug dealing “shaker kid” in “Cherry“. “We kind of had this idea that in every film I would be in, Harry would reprise his role as the shaker kid,” he spilled. “So he is back again in his own sort of, MCU Cinematic Universe as the ecstasy dealing shaker kid.”

The yet-to-be-titled third Spider-Man movie is set for December 17 release in the United States.

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Ryan Reynolds Flat-Out Denies Rumors of Green Lantern Cameo in Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’

Ryan Reynolds Flat-Out Denies Rumors of Green Lantern Cameo in Zack Snyder's 'Justice League'
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The Canadian star makes it clear that he has no interest in reprising his role as Hal Jordan while responding to a speculation that his appearance is the big surprise in store for the Snyder Cut.

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Ryan Reynolds has shut down any hope of seeing him back as Green Lantern. The actor, who has several times poked fun at the commercial and critical failure of his 2011 DC movie, has flat-out denied rumors of his possible cameo as the green-costumed superhero in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League“.

“It’s not me. But what a cool pirate flag to cameo as Hal. Maybe it’s another GL?” the Canadian hunk tweeted on Monday, February 22. Making it clear that he has no interest in reprising his role as Hal Jordan, he added, “But for me, the suit stays in the closet. I mean, computer.”

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Ryan Reynolds responds to rumor of his Green Lantern cameo in ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’.

The speculation arose after Vanity Fair reported earlier on Monday that the ending of Zack Snyder’s cut of “Justice League” would include a major cameo. Fans then started suggesting that the big surprise in store could be Reynolds’ appearance as Hal Jordan.

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Reynolds portrayed Hal Jordan a.k.a. Green Lantern in the 2011 film directed by Martin Campbell. The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office, grossing $219 million against a production budget of $200 million.

Not a fan of the film either, the 44-year-old actor has mocked the movie over the years, even including jokes about it in his “Deadpool” films. Back in 2013, he expressed that he had “very little interest” in reprising the role in a “Justice League” movie.

“Working on ‘Green Lantern’, I saw how difficult it is make that concept palatable, and how confused it all can be when you don’t really know exactly where you’re going with it or you don’t really know how to access that world properly – that world comic book fans have been accessing for decades and falling in love with,” he explained at the time. “So at this point I have very little interest in joining that kind of world. But, you know, a great script and a good director can always turn that around.”

In his version of “Justice League”, Snyder filmed several minutes of new footage with Ben Affleck (Batman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Amber Heard (Mera). His cut will also include Joker (Jared Leto) and Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) scenes. It will be released as a four-hour movie on HBO Max on March 18.

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Jennifer Lawrence Rumored to Join ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

Jennifer Lawrence Rumored to Join 'Fantastic Four' Reboot
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Amid reports that the ‘Winter’s Bone’ actress is set to arrive in Australia next month to film the upcoming remake by Jon Watts, fans are praising the original cast lineup for the 2005 movie.

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After wrapping up her character Raven’s storyline in the “X-Men” film series, Jennifer Lawrence is likely joining another Marvel superhero franchise. Words are the Academy Award-winning actress is set to star in an upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot.

According to The Daily Telegraph (via Daily Mail), the Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” film series is heading Down Under in March to film “Fantastic Four (2022)“. The news outlet reported that the project, which has Jon Watts on board as director, is set to “bed down” in Australia “for the foreseeable future.”

“There is nowhere in the world where films can be shot in the way they can be here in Australia,” an alleged studio source told the paper. There’s no word on other cast members for the “Fantastic Four” remake as Marvel has not addressed the casting reports.

Meanwhile, Deadline’s senior film reporter Justin Kroll, who is known for his reliable scoops, seemingly begged to differ. Hinting that the project is still in early development, he tweeted on Saturday, February 20, “All I’m gonna say is this, Marvel just started meeting with writers on FANTASTIC FOUR, there is no script and it will be awhile before this film starts shooting.”

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Justin Kroll shared an update on the status of ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot.

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Amid the unconfirmed casting news of Lawrence, fans were praising the original cast lineup for 2005’s “Fantastic Four“. The movie starred Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Susan Storm, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm.

“they were actually great as the Fantastic 4 but y’all ain’t ready for that conversation,” one fan tweeted along with photos of the four main actors from the said movie. Another echoed the sentiment, “oh.. I just want them bc they’re the only ones who can pull off fantastic 4.”

A third one said the original lineup is “the only fantastic 4 I acknowledge,” while someone else particularly raved over Alba’s portrayal of Susan Storm, “jessica alba was so good as sue storm in fantastic 4.”

Lawrence recently wrapped up the filming of Netflix’s political satire disaster comedy film “Don’t Look Up“, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Timothee Chalamet among other A-list actors. Should she really be cast in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot, she will likely take the role of Susan.

Previous attempt to remake the superhero film franchise didn’t end well, as 2015’s “The Fantastic Four” was widely panned by critics and a box office bomb. Directed by Josh Trank, it features Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular superheroes.

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Daisy Ridley Cast for ‘Marsh King’s Daughter’ and Michael Caine Tapped for ‘Great Escaper’

Daisy Ridley Cast for 'Marsh King's Daughter' and Michael Caine Tapped for 'Great Escaper'
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The ‘Star Wars’ actress has landed a lead role in the upcoming thriller directed by Neil Burger while the ‘Now You See Me’ actor reteams with Glenda Jackson for a biographical drama.

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Daisy Ridley is set to star in “The Marsh King’s Daughter“.

The actress has landed the role of Helena in Neil Burger‘s upcoming flick, an adaptation of Karen Dionne‘s best-selling psychological-thriller novel of the same name. Helena is “a woman living a seemingly ordinary life, but hiding a dark secret: her father is the infamous ‘Marsh King,’ the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, Helena is forced to face her demons when her father unexpectedly escapes from prison.”

The script is being adapted by “The Revenant” scribe Mark L. Smith and Elle Smith, with principle photography scheduled for the summer in Canada.

Daisy’s next movie is Doug Liman‘s sci-fi “Chaos Walking“, in which she portrays Viola Eade alongside Tom Holland as Todd Hewitt.

In another news, acclaimed British actors Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson are reuniting onscreen to star in biographical drama “The Great Escaper“.

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The movie centres on World War II veteran Bernard Jordan, played by Caine, who breaks out of his care home to attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France in 2014.

Jackson has been cast as Jordan’s wife of 60 years, Irene.

An Ideal Husband” ‘s Oliver Parker will direct the project from a script by William Ivory, with principal photography scheduled to begin in June (21).

In a statement, Parker said, “No one can resist a script that makes people both laugh and cry – I loved Billy (William)’s writing and the story itself, so inspirational and so moving, seemed to speak to our times and our need for heroes on a human scale, whether people like Bernard Jordan or our doctors and nurses.”

“And now to have Michael and Glenda – two iconic actors – agree to honour this story with their brilliance, it’s the cherry on the cake!”

The film won’t be the first time the Oscar winners have worked together – they previously played husband and wife in “The Romantic Englishwoman” back in 1975.

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The Flash Movie Casts ‘The Young and the Restless’ Star as First Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle breaks down in tears when director Andy Muschietti informs her through a video call that she’s landed the role of the Girl of Steel in the upcoming DCEU film starring Ezra Miller.

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The Flash movie has found its Supergirl in “The Young and the Restless” star Sasha Calle. Director Andy Muschietti confirmed the news by sharing on his Instagram account of a video of his video call with the actress, during which he informed her that she landed the part.

In the approximately two-minute video, Muschietti jokingly asked Calle if she could physically fly. When the 25-year-old star admitted she can’t fly, but she would love to, the director showed her a Supergirl costume that she would need to make her dream come true.

“You’re Supergirl,” the “IT” helmer casually told Calle, who couldn’t help breaking down in tears as she learned of her casting for the upcoming DCEU film. Not able to hide her excitement, she asked for a moment to “freak out” in the middle of their video chat.

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“Been doing a lot of flashbacks lately but today is about a Flash forward,” Muschietti captioned the video posted on Friday, February 19. He additionally told Deadline about picking Calle among more than 425 other hopefuls, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

According to the site, Muschietti, DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers were blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role. The actresses, who auditioned for the role, were reportedly not told what part they were reading for, until very late in the process. Calle also did a chemistry read with the Flash depicter, Ezra Miller, with all the processes done via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Calle is best known for her role as Lola Rosales on daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. She was nominated last year in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama series category at the Daytime Emmy Awards. She also starred on the YouTube miniseries “Socially Awkward” in addition to several short films.

The Boston, MA-born Colombian actress, hereby, is the first Latina Supergirl ever in DC. The character was first brought to life by Helen Slater in the 1984 Warner Bros. movie, while Melissa Benoist famously portrays the Girl of Steel on The CW’s series “Supergirl“.

The upcoming stand-alone Flash movie is reportedly set to begin production soon as it is currently scheduled for a November 4, 2022 release in the United States. Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are rumored to reprise their own version of Batman as the movie is said to introduce viewers to the idea of the multiverse.

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Quavo Calls Acting Debut Opposite Robert De Niro An ‘Unbelievable’ Experience

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Having completed filming his part as heartless drug lord Coyote in ‘Wash Me in the River’, the one-third of Migos gushes in a released statement that he is ‘so proud’ of what they did.

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Rapper Quavo has scored the opportunity to make his feature film acting debut opposite Robert de Niro and John Malkovich.

The Migos star will appear as heartless drug lord Coyote in the upcoming revenge thriller “Wash Me in the River“, which will be directed by “The Irishman” producer Randall Emmett.

Production on the movie, which also features Jack Huston, has already been underway in Puerto Rico, where Quavo recently completed filming his role.

“I honestly think this movie is going to be one of the greatest to come of this time,” Quavo shares in a statement to Variety.

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“The experience was unbelievable for me, with Robert DeNiro and Jack Huston being so down to earth and making me feel like family.”

“Gonna see me doing some stunts and a lot of what you hear from me in my raps!” he adds. “This is one of my biggest debuts I’ve ever had, and [I’m] so proud of what we did and to get to work with Randall who’s such an amazing guy – I can’t wait to do more films with him.”

Quavo has previously put his acting skills to the test with small roles in TV shows like “Narcos: Mexico“, “Black-ish“, “Star“, and “Atlanta“, and Emmett is convinced he has what it takes to make it in Hollywood.

“Quavo is a superstar and a real actor,” the filmmaker says. “Getting to see him bring the Coyote character to life is very exciting, and I think he is going to have a film career equally as big as his music.”

He isn’t the only Migos member making the transition into acting – bandmate Offset is also heading to the big screen to star in drama “American Sole“, alongside actors Pete Davidson and O’Shea Jackson Jr..

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Martin Scorsese Complains About Systematic Devaluation of Cinema by Streaming Movies

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Though acknowledging that he has benefited from streaming platforms, ‘The Irishman’ director criticizes the movie industry for being more focused on ‘business.’

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Martin Scorsese has blasted the movie industry for being more focused on “business” as a result of the rise in “content” being produced for streaming companies.

The legendary director, whose last movie “The Irishman” was released on Netflix, suggests that streaming movies have had a negative impact on cinema, which he claims is being “systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced to its lowest common denominator, ‘content.’ ”

In an essay for Harper’s Magazine, Martin explained, “As recently as 15 years ago, the term ‘content’ was heard only when people were discussing the cinema on a serious level, and it was contrasted and measured against ‘form.’ ”

“Then, gradually, it was used more and more by the people who took over media companies, most of whom knew nothing about the history of the art form, or even cared enough to think they should.”

Martin acknowledges he has benefited from streaming platforms but suggests the film industry is too focused on “business.”

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The 78-year-old filmmaker said, “We can’t depend on the movie business, such as it is, to take care of cinema. In the movie business, which is now the mass visual entertainment business, the emphasis is always on the word ‘business’, and value is always determined by the amount of money to be made from any given property.”

Martin, whose movie credits include award-winning movies, “Goodfellas“, “Raging Bull“, “The Departed” and “Taxi Driver“, called on those in the film industry to protect the “greatest treasures of our culture.”

He said, “Those of us who know the cinema and its history have to share our love and our knowledge with as many people as possible.”

“And we have to make it crystal clear to the current legal owners of these films that they amount to much, much more than mere property to be exploited and then locked away. They are among the greatest treasures of our culture, and they must be treated accordingly.”

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‘Jackass 4’ Crew Rallying Behind Bam Margera Despite His Rant Against the Movie

'Jackass 4' Crew Rallying Behind Bam Margera Despite His Rant Against the Movie
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Though the skateboarder and daredevil has announced that he’s seeking treatment for manic bipolar disorder, it is said that the ‘Jackass 4’ tram is trying to get him the help he needs following his online outburst.

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Bam Margera may still be part of the “Jackass” family despite his recent rant against “Jackass 4“. While Paramount and producers of the movie remain quiet on the drama, it’s now reported that the crew behind the movie is still rallying to support the skateboarder.

A source tells Variety that “there is currently an effort to get Margera help again,” though he has previously stated that he’s seeking treatment for manic bipolar disorder. It’s unspecified though how they are going to help the stunt performer.

The same source details how Bam’s public meltdown unfolded. The 41-year-old, who was being monitored by a wellness coach, allegedly went AWOL during the early days of production on “Jackass 4”. Those involved in the movie then found out that he had checked himself into a rehab facility in Florida.

Bam sparked concern earlier this month after he went on a tirade in a video, in which he opened up about his suicidal thoughts and called for a boycott on “Jackass 4” after he was allegedly being cut from the project. He claimed producers used his ideas for the new film but didn’t include him in it, and begged fans, “If anybody cares about me don’t go see their movie.”

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In the disturbing video, Bam also revealed his wife Nikki Boyd caught him searching how to tie a noose online at the height of his bid to end his life.

A day later, however, Bam opened up about his inner demon, explaining in an Instagram video that he suffered a bipolar episode and was planning to seek professional help from a specialist. “I have some good news. I realized that I’m manic bipolar,” he said in the video.

The stunt performer admitted he went “bat s**t bonkers f**king crazy” because he thought he had been ditched from the “Jackass” franchise, when in reality, officials had simply yet to confirm if the project would move forward after a year-and-a-half in limbo.

Clarifying that it was simply a misunderstanding, he added, “It’s gonna be f**king awesome and it’s gonna be in a way that everyone wins in the end. So I love everybody, and there’ll be no bad blood this way.”

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