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Broadway Beat Tony 2010 Q&A: Alfred Molina

The Tony Awards Nominations were announced Tuesday, May 4th and the Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

The day after the nominations, on Wednesday, May 5th, Broadway Beat talked to nearly all of the nominated stars in advance of a special two-part Broadway Beat Tony Awards extravanganza. Every day, we'll be presenting unedited, raw "Short Takes" sneak peeks of some of these amazing interviews. Next up - Alfred Molina, nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in RED. Read the transcript of his interview below!

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AM: Well I think it always means a great deal because, you know, I'm British. I wanted to live and work in New York and in the theatre here since I was in my teens, so being able to work on Broadway and to get a nomination like this is just really fantastic. And the fact that it's my third nomination, I've done three shows on Broadway, been nominated each time! It just feels really special and I've been really blessed, so I'm very happy.

Bway Beat: I spoke to Doug Hodge too and he said in England this is sort of looked down upon, meaning, you know, the way you deal with success is all internal. Here it's like, "wonderful, Tony nominations!" It must be a dream.

AM: Absolutely, yeah, Doug's absolutely right. We're all terribly polite in England and here there's a kind of, "yes! Isn't this great!" And eventually you sort of go, "yes it is!" So it's fantastic.

Bway Beat: This is the pinnacle, the Tony awards, it doesn't get any better than this.

AM: It really doesn't and it's such a wonderful tribute from the community and the fact that you get a day like this when you can meet and sort of bump into friends and actors you've admired and looked up to and get a chance to shake them by the hand and say, you know, "it's great to be here with you." It's just wonderful.

Bway Beat: Talk about working with your co-star and working on this wonderful play.

AM: Well I'd rather not talk about Eddie Redmayne if you don't mind (laughs). Well I've learned one thing from Eddie, which is never to work with anyone quite so talented and good-looking again, I've learned that much! But we've had a fantastic ride on this show and he's, for my money, he's certainly one of the best actors of his generation...hard working, committed. He loves the theatre. He's dedicated. He wants to be the best actor he can be and that, for young man like Eddie who has got so many opportunities, to really want to focus on that it's a great thing.

Bway Beat: Talk about John Logan's play and working with Michael Grandage.

AM: They're wonderful, both of them. John Logan presented Michael Grandage with a completely formed play, and they both had a great deal of faith and belief in it. And, it's their commitment to it that's really why we're here.

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