Scare actor Joey Wilson and USA TODAY‘s Carly Mallenbaum before the public goes through one of several mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood‘s ‘Halloween Horror Nights.’ (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)
What’s it like to scare the heck out of people for a job?
In this week’s special Halloween spook edition of USA TODAY‘s Straight Up Hollywood podcast, Mallenbaum spills about transforming into a hideous horned demon and joining the crew of “scare actors” working the mazes in the entertainment world‘s premiere horror destination.
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Also on this edition of the podcast, movie reporter Bryan Alexander (@BryAlexand) talks about his interview with one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. Not only does Josh Brolin play lead in the moving firefighter drama Only the Brave (now in theaters), he’s also just wrapped playing Cable in Deadpool 2 and starring as the baddest Marvel baddie ever, Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (out May 4).
Hear Brolin talk about everything from the Justin Bieber style haircut he’s still sporting from Deadpool to shaving his eyebrow (another Cable byproduct).
The podcast gets serious talking about covering Hollywood as the industry town is consumed by the fallout from the scandal surrounding disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. West Coast Entertainment Editor Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell), Bryan and Carly share what it’s like to talk to the stars in person about harassment in their workplace.
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