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Captive star David Oyelowo had to do a lot of preparation to take on the role of real life Atlanta courthouse shooter Brain Nichols, and a lot of it took place in the gym. The Selma actor told us he not only sat down with the families of the four victims  Nichols killed back in 2005, but also lifted a ton of weights to get a chiseled physique.

“Brain Nichols was an ex-footballer player and a big guy,” explained Oyelowo. “Look when you have a big guy who kills four people in a day that is inherently scary. I wanted that. I don’t look like that normally so it took a lot of gym time.”

And his wife loved the results. “I think she loved it a little too much,” laughed Oyelowo.

Oyelowo like the rest of the world was familiar with the story that made headlines 10 years ago, but was intrigued to play the role and produce the film to show the story the world didn’t see. Kate Mara plays Ashley Smith, the single mother and recovering meth addict, who Nichols held hostage for 7 hours after escaping the courthouse.

“The thing that the cameras couldn’t see were those 7 hours, what happened in that apartment that ended in a result that no one could have called. Why was Ashley Smith not his 5th victim,” said Oyelowo. “That’s the story the public doesn’t know that’s the story I wanted to tell, and makes this film so powerful.”

Captive is in theaters September 18th.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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