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Tate Donovan

Stars in 'Nancy Drew,' out now on DVD.

Tate Donovan, who stars in “Nancy Drew,” out now on DVD.

Book I’m reading:
“TheAudacity of Hope” by Barack Obama

Total number of books I own:
Too many for my bookselves….they’re piling up on the floor and becoming coffee tables.

Three books that mean a lot to me: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” as told to Alex Haley
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” by Oliver Sacks

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
“Shantarum”….. “Plainsong”

Last film I saw:
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” directed by Julian Schnabel

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Annie Hall,” directed by Woody Allen
“Paris is Burning,” directed by Jennie Livingston
“Star Wars,” directed by George Lucas

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Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
Cate Blanchett

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Micheal Cera

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Who? Hugh Hefner. Why? Do I really have to answer that?

Who do you look to for inspiration?
My brothers, Mahatma Gandhi, my sweet mutt, Goode

Song currently playing in my iPod:
Traditional Irish music that most people would find really boring. I actually am starting to think its boring as well

Three songs that mean a lot to me:”Raglan Road” (Irish traditional song)
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” The Rolling Stones
Mahler’s 5th adagio

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?
I have a mental block with lyrics…I never notice them. To me they are just another part of a song…like a sax, or fiddle solo. I think that’s why I like African music, I can’t understand the lyrics and the voice is a musical instrument.

Concert that changed your life:
Stevie Wonder. Madison Square Garden, ‘75. It was my first and Steve blew my 10-year-old mind.

Guilty pleasures
* TV: ”Project Runway”
* Film: “Elf”
* Reading material: Sports page
* Web sites: politico.com
* YouTube video: Stephen Colbert White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech

Best hangover remedy?
Someone nude sleeping next to you

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
Mapquest is the best….offending friends and family in emails when you though you were being ‘funny.’

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession? Move to L.A. or N.Y. and take an acting class

Do you have a dream project?:
Anything that shoots in Italy

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
My dog

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Lynda Carter

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
A bitter ex mountain lion is my greatest fear

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Let’s go Lakers!

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
I bought a really expensive jacket at Barney’s and it doesn’t fit. I still wear it just to feel as though I didn’t get ripped off but it looks and feels awful…Anything to feel like I got my money’s worth.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
I want to seem interesting

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Barack Obama, Alexander the Great, Rachel Weisz

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