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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most …

Jeff Bridges Makes a Decision

When you're at the top in Hollywood, as he is now, you can do anything you want. Including doing what you want.<p><i>Music Issue</i><p><b>Jeff Bridges</b> is walking in his backyard, which consists of nineteen acres on top of a mountain overlooking the Southern California town of Montecito. Beyond Montecito, the …

Damn, It's Good to See Matthew McConaughey Again

First, the promise. Then, the shirtless romantic comedies. Today he has three solid new movies, two kids at his feet, a house that feels like home, and no apologies. He's the man of the hour, and this time, he's ready.VIDEO: Matthew McConaughey Is Feeling Chilly >><p><b>INQUISITIVE</b><p><b>Matthew McConaughey's</b> …

Tom Cruise: The Fixer

Deep inside the high-speed, hilarious, exhausting, tragic, and ultimately happy world of a forty-seven-year-old American actor<p><b>I wanted to be a dad at a very early age.</b> I always loved kids — but it was more than that. It was this thought: What would it be like to be a father? Being the kind of guy …

Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet

When a rage for authenticity meets a passionate fakery meets a workingman's attitude, you get this guy. An actor of great dimension — just don't call him that. And he'll probably win some big award for his role in The Fighter, but don't dare tell him that. A funny and sometimes testy encounter with …

300 Things We Didn't Know About Gerard Butler

We sent one of our most open-minded reporters, a man largely unsullied by any familiarity with our Hollywood-obsessed world, to interview this guy. We gave him a first name and an address, nothing more. We were pretty certain Cal had never heard of him. This is what happened.<p><b>I send</b> a quick text to …

Vince Vaughn: The Biggest Man in the Room

He's also usually the funniest and best liked. So what's he so afraid of?<p><b>Vince Vaughn looks a lot like Vince Vaughn, only bigger.</b><p>He's tall enough to have to duck through doorways, as he just did, and wide enough to spend a lot of time walking sideways through tight spaces, like this steakhouse. He …

John Goodman: The ESQ&A

The actor talks about Argo, the Coen Brothers, New Orleans, and never quite getting it right<p><i>Published in the October 2012 issue</i><p>Late lunch at Palm Too restaurant, midtown Manhattan.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> The mayor made them put the calories on the menu.<p><b>JOHN GOODMAN:</b> Somehow it doesn't faze me. But let me get a …

John C. Reilly: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about Carnage and We Need to Talk About Kevin and his unique mug and keeping a low profile anyway. Also: where to get a good hat in Chicago.<p><i>Published in the December 2011 issue</i><p><i>Lunch at the restaurant at the Bowery Hotel in downtown New York.</i><p><b>JOHN C. REILLY [Walking in a little late]:</b> …

Chris Rock: The ESQ+A

A conversation about LeBron, Obama, the Tea Party, the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, his new play, and fear<p><i>Originally published in the March 2011 issue</i><p><i>Nick & Toni's Café, Upper West Side, lunch, December 3, 2010.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> <i>Is that your iPad?</i><p><b>CHRIS ROCK:</b> Why would you go anyplace without your iPad? This is …

The 9:10 to Crazyland

We find out what happens when George Clooney Googles George Clooney. And when A.J. Jacobs shows him 2 Girls 1 Cup.<p><b>He is in the backseat of a dark SUV</b> -- coffee in hand, dressed in black, hair sharply parted -- and is, for the first time in his life, reading his own Wikipedia entry.<p>George Timothy …

The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson

Actor, ass-kicker, widower, philosophizer, big man, funny man, capable drinker of pinot noir: may we introduce to you, the man you've known for all these years<p><i>Originally published in the March issue</i><p><b>Liam Neeson and I</b> last spoke a week before I wrote this sentence. At that time, I asked him what he …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …