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I’m Michael Rosenbaum, I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades in and out of film and television - mostly known for playing the bald dude on the show Smallville. I’m the guy that you probably don’t know by name, but when you see my face you might say “oh, that guy from that thing.” I’ve befriended some of the most talented people in the business, but it wasn’t until I started inviting them into my home that I realized, I didn’t really know these people. What started as me having s ...
 
Based on a True Scary is a part true crime, part horror movie review podcast dedicated to debunking the spooky cinematic claim that is “based on a true story.” Hosts and horror fanatics Trisha and Jake crack the case film by film alongside special guests from the film world, comedy scene, and beyond to answer the ultimate question: what’s real vs. what’s reel? Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/basedonatruescary/support
 
Where do your opinions come from? Do we ‘think’ our world views, or ‘feel’ them? And what do our beliefs mean for politics and society? In each episode of On Opinion, Turi Munthe asks thought leaders to share their perspectives on why we think what we think and what it means for the world today, discussing everything from the war on truth to how to argue with people you hate. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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The original fastest man alive John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s Creek, The Flash) graces us this week with a terrific conversation on his successes and contrary dark periods throughout his various roles from Dawson’s Creek to The Flash to daytime soaps like Guiding Light. John reflects on what could have been with his time on The Flash in 1990 and opens…
 
The wildly hilarious and humble Lamorne Morris (New Girl, Woke) joins me to discuss his early childhood growing up in the Southside of Chicago and shares what his entry to acting was like, including being cheated out of six figures by his commercial booking agency. We also talk about his chance opportunity on the hit New Girl, his deep involvement …
 
Good friend of the show Stephen Amell (Arrow, Heels) joins us this week to drop some bombs once again. We not only discuss his brand new show Heels and how he feels about his legacy of being the Arrow, but Stephen also takes time to set the record straight about some recent tabloid stories that have come out about him. We get into Stephen’s current…
 
The incredibly interesting and kind Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Minority Report) joins me this week for his first ever podcast to discuss being blackballed for a period of time for decisions he made for his family and his journey in becoming a Hollywood bad guy for his faith. Neal and I talk about our shared path towards villainry in the majo…
 
Hello, folks! Jake and Trisha are back, and this time, they're doing the same shit they always do! This episode has them digging into the true tale behind the 2014 satanic panic cop flick Deliver Us From Evil. Eric Bana doing a NY accent? Cop drama turned exorcism film? Joel fucking Mchale in a slo-mo knife fight? Check, check, and ooooooh check. J…
 
Her kindness and positivity proceeds her; Amanda Kloots (The Talk, Bullets Over Broadway) comes on the podcast this week to discuss how she manages her anxiety and stays positive even after losing a loved one. Amanda talks about her early start of fame with Broadway and how her family viewed her passion for the stage. We discuss her views on relati…
 
Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, Incredibles 2) joins me this week for a terrific conversation concerning the systematic idea of love and relationships. Sophia comments on the controversy surrounding the creator of One Tree Hill and how it truly delayed a wonderful and healthy relationship between her and her cast mates. We also discuss how Sophia’s rel…
 
The loveable Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) comes on the pod this week for some life updates on the joys and challenges that fatherhood has brought him; plus he gives us some career updates with his experience and mindset coming into the homestretch of This Is Us. Sully talks about his experience shooting during the craziness of this last year and wha…
 
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) joins this week to open up on his experience with impostor syndrome in this industry, and what sort of negative and positive impacts it has had on his career. We go on to talk about his new movie Midnight in the Switchgrass along with the various characters he’s portrayed in films, such as…
 
Amazing show this week. We have an inspirational and open guest on the podcast with Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street). Ethan and I discuss his troubled experience with how he perceived his body throughout his life and the catalyst that drove the incredible weight loss transformation that turned him into who he is today. We als…
 
The humble and hilarious Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) joins me this week and talks about everything from his experience and future on Community to his Pacino-level rage he has with inanimate objects on a day to day basis. Joel talks about his time and shared experience working with the legendary Chevy Chase and his chance beginnings on the ico…
 
The iconic and always fabulous Leslie Jordan (Call Me Kat, Will and Grace) joins me this week for an incredible podcast chronicling the ups and downs of his personal life and how they translated into success in this industry. Leslie and I discuss his prior drug and alcohol addiction and how recovering from those illnesses shaped his career into wha…
 
S2 E25: On Emotion “The world that we live in today is fuelled by heightened emotion…” Over the course of these two seasons of On Opinion, we’ve looked at opinions through the lens of philosophy, psychology, social science, anthropology and evolution. But one area we’ve missed is that of feeling. Omar Kholeif and Jonathan Sklar take very different …
 
The humble and insanely talented Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken) joins this week and touches on the differences between performance and fame, his personal process in acting, and the understanding of being too critical of oneself. Seth discusses the hilarious origin of how he figured out the voice for Chris in Family Guy along with the story …
 
S2 E24: The Journal of Controversial Ideas “You can’t have a good education if you’re not exposed to ideas you don’t agree with” Twelve years ago, Francesca Minerva published an academic article in the Journal of Medical Ethics giving a moral defence of infanticide. She was overwhelmed by the reaction she received - for an academic article in the e…
 
Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Handmaid’s Tale) returns to the show this week to explore ideas of following your gut, not comparing yourself to others, and finding happiness through passion. Later in the show we both discuss our thoughts and emotions on the Alison Mack NXIVM situation as the documentary The VOW has been released and sentencing has …
 
S2 E23: The Evolution of Cooperation “Every multicellular being is a collective that operates as a whole - the individual is an ‘invention’ of evolution” Cooperation is at work up everywhere - from our ‘selfish’ genes working together in the genome, through to the democratic societies that regulate our collaboration. Cooperation is what distinguish…
 
Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars, Walker) brings his cheerful and bright attitude to this week's episode and discusses his experience as a hopeless romantic, his teenage angst, and how he’s managed to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’ avoiding downward spirals in this industry. Keegan opens up on his relationship with his late father and how he’s …
 
Oh hello, horror fans! Let your disappointment come to an end, because Jake and Trisha are back with a brand new movie to debunk! This time, they're digging into the true tale behind the basically unknown 2016 film The Disappointments Room. Have you heard of it? Yeah, neither have we. Which is weird because Kate Beckinsale is in it. So, you'd think…
 
### S2 E22: Psychometrics: measuring ourselves > _“Psychometrics is one of the most important or influential areas of applied psychology”_ Psychometrics, the study of personality and ability, began with the Chinese Imperial Court exams, which measured intelligence and civility, as well as archery and horse-riding. Via the East India Company, testin…
 
Maggie Lawson (Psych, Santa Clarita Diet) stops by this week’s podcast for an in-depth and emotional discussion about relationships, divorce as a child and adult, and the anxiety that comes with starting out in Hollywood. Maggie discusses her wild journey of moving from Kentucky to Los Angeles and becoming an actress. We also discuss the difficult …
 
From growing up on a sailboat to becoming Balthazar in Supernatural, Sebastian Roché joins the show this week to share all in his journey through mental health in this industry. Sebastian discusses his early childhood surrounding life on a boat and his tumultuous relationship with his father. We talk about prior relationships, how love and connecti…
 
“Dehumanisation both justifies and motivates acts of extraordinary violence - but it is not in any sense an innate disposition” Here lies the terrifying quandary: if humans are the most social of all primates and mammals, if our sociality and capacity for collaboration is at the very heart of our success as a species, how are we able to engage in s…
 
The very brave and charismatic David Harewood (Supergirl, Homeland) joins us this week and opens up about his battle with mental illness and how it shaped his life. David shares how acting and friendship both literally saved his life from his own psychosis; a big reason he’s made it a point to bring more awareness to the field of mental health. Lat…
 
“Dehumanisation is a psychological process, and every psychological process can be used for good or bad.” Humanisation (attributing motive and consciousness) and dehumanisation are flip sides of common cognitive processes, what Harris calls “Flexible Social Cognition”, which he has measured via fMRI scans. “I think of dehumanization much more as an…
 
Charisma Carpenter (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) joins us this week and shares a jaw dropping story of bravery and survival in an unthinkable situation. She later opens up on her journey throughout her career, how acting wasn’t always her first choice, but how falling into it changed her life forever. Charisma discusses her anxiety surrounding …
 
“We often treat privacy as a quick fix for much deeper social problems - like prejudice and bias” Our lives are constantly documented. Our Facebook likes, our Tweets and even our credit card statements all reveal information about us. But what about our faces? Michal Kosinski has demonstrated that off-the-shelf, commercially available AI can analys…
 
The legendary and iconic Robert Englund joins us this week to discuss various topics surrounding the Nightmare on Elm Street series and his early start of being an actor. Robert discusses growing up as a Valley boy and how he transitioned from wanting to be a lawyer who surfed in his free time to a world-wide phenomenon actor. We discuss an insane …
 
“Our inner and outer crises are two sides of the same coin” There are many lenses through which to explain polarisation - economic, political, demographic, evolutionary… Alex Evans wants us to consider it from a psychological perspective. Alex has campaigned around inclusion and social justice for two decades, but researchers in Israel changed his …
 
Erika Christensen (Parenthood) joins us this week to discuss, in part, the politicization of very non-political health related issues that deal with a more natural lifestyle. We get an update on what life is like being a mother of two and a wild and beautiful story of how her second child was born. As we close, we talk about her experience with Sci…
 
“The avoidance of conflict is actually the real problem” We traditionally view an argument as a symptom of a problematic relationship, but relationship psychologists have found that they actually lead to healthier and happier people. Children who grow up arguing with their parents do better in school, and couples who air their disagreements stay to…
 
Amazing episode this week. Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) and Jason Patric (The Lost Boys) join us this week to talk about their bond built off of The Lost Boys, being intimidated by other actors, and what it was like growing up with Hollywood royalty in their families. Kiefer and Jason reminisce on how they met and how they each devel…
 
“The disadvantaged don’t make the world, they cope with it” Since Etienne de la Boetie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude (1577), we have asked ourselves why the weak, the poor and the marginalised accept injustice. Social scientists talk to economic and political oppression. John Jost’s work shows that the oppressed don’t just suffer the injustice…
 
John Glover (Smallville, Fear the Walking Dead) joins us this week and opens up on the idea of working as you age in this industry. We also get into some classic BTS moments from Smallville, John’s experience of working on Fear the Walking Dead during the zombie-apocalypse year we’ve just had, pandy vaccines, and his run-ins with legendary Freddie …
 
"Populism is a permanent shadow of modern representative democracy, and a constant threat" The last few decades has seen a democratic drift, as populist leaders emerge all over the world - from Bolsonaro and Trump in the Americas, through Orban, Kaczynski and Erdogan in Europe, to Modi and Duterte in Asia. Their policies have little in common, but …
 
The man who lives a self diagnosed ‘edited life’ Howie Mandel joins us this week to discuss different topics ranging from his early beginnings in stand-up comedy to his continuous battle of thriving in show biz with OCD. We discuss Howie’s marriage, the stigma surrounding mental health, and coping mechanisms that people use in times of distress. Ho…
 
“The more we increase the connectivity of people, the more people get stuck in extreme positions and echo chambers on the extreme edges of our belief structures.” In December 2017, Jens Koed Madsen heard Mark Zuckerberg talking about the power of connectivity. Zuckerberg’s hypothesis was that the more people were connected, the more quickly we woul…
 
The lovable Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy) returns to the show this week and talks about being content with one’s mortality, life within the Covid-19 pandemic, and overcoming stigmas within the mental health field. Sean gives an update with the Patty Duke Mental Health Organization and how he started his own charity called Run Third. We also …
 
Holy shit, folks! Not even the Mothman could have predicted this one. Jake and Trisha are back and they're digging into the true story behind the 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies! And no...not the Richard Gere gerbil part. Just the whole Mothman part. The best part? Joining Jake and Trisha this week is the one, the only, the legendary scream queen …
 
Michael Shermer is one of the world’s most prominent skeptics - founder of The Skeptic Society and editor of its magazine Skeptic. Once a fundamentalist Christian, Michael has spent his career uncovering the workings and causes of our 'Believing Brain'. “Our brains are wired to think more like lawyers than scientists - to win arguments, to bolster …
 
Robert Benedict and Richard Speight (Supernatural, Kings of Con) join us today to discuss the many different challenges that come with parenting and relationships, specifically during the craziness of this past year. We talk about how Richard and Robert met, the formation of their podcast The Kings of Con, and fun times at conventions. Richard and …
 
Roberto Foa's research on Global Dissatisfaction with Democracy and Youth Dissatisfaction with Democracy uncovered the highest rates of dissatisfaction in decades, particularly amongst young people. “The majority of Americans today are dissatisfied with Democracy” 2019 represents the highest level of democratic discontent on record. Around the worl…
 
The talented and very humble Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Me Before You) joins us this week and discusses the challenges of playing various characters after being a part of one of the world’s largest pop culture phenomenons. Matthew delves deep into his inner defense mechanisms when viewing his own work, never letting his career define his life, an…
 
“There’s a subtle but crucial difference between ‘Opponent’ and ‘Enemy’” If Polarization is on the rise around the world, it takes different forms. The “Ideas Landscape” in the US, UK, France and Germany is very different, with the US - unfortunately - most radicalised across its politics. There, political sorting amongst voters and inside Congress…
 
The iconic Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) joins this week and discusses his unique creative process that has contributed to his ongoing success and respect in this industry. Jason reflects in different moments on missed opportunities that he passed on while emphasizing the importance of not getting stuck in the ideology of the ‘grass alwa…
 
“The key division in all political systems is the result of two distinct perceptions of the most dangerous threats” Western politics have traditionally been divided into Conservatives and Liberals - tradition vs egalitarianism. John Hibbing, who more than anyone has put biology back into our understanding of politics, proposes an entirely new appro…
 
Steve-O (Jackass, Wild Ride!) joins me this week and shares the surprising family dynamic during his childhood and exactly how it led to him becoming the Steve-O we know and love today. Steve-O opens up on how, specifically, his father’s respect and approval provided a massive boost to his self confidence as he began his career in entertainment, wh…
 
“We synchronise together through processes of emotional contagion and social conformity… This helps produce a shared experience of the world.” Human beings are social creatures. But is this social nature more than just a desire to be connected? Do we actually form one collective consciousness? Are humans more a ‘We’ than an ‘I’? In her book Hivemin…
 
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