Busy Character Actor Makes Time for "Everyone's Hero"
- Friday, September 08, 2006
You have a long history in voice work, right?
Pretty much. When I got into this business I financed this habit by doing commercials. I was never big for the on-camera commercials – nor were they big on hiring me. But I did voice-overs, and I’ve been lucky.
Can you do THE voice-over for us?
Uh, no. I do Microsoft now.
Okay, let’s hear it.
Wow, that’s great (sarcastic). And I’m sure they pay for that.
They pay me very well for that. I did Secret deodorant, too.
That’s the one I wanted to hear!
‘Secret: strong enough for a man …’ then some broad says, ‘But made for a woman.’
Some broad, yeah. No, I didn’t do the second part. That paid for New York. When I moved to New York from Chicago, that paid for the first three or four years.
Wow. So when you do them, do you find that you’re asked to do ‘a’ voice or ‘your’ voice?
Uh, both. Ummm, on the animation, usually there’s something on it. Like Lefty, in ["Everyone's Hero"], has a Chicago, fast-talking urban voice. Voice-overs for commercials, usually it’s you. It’s either the bright you or the sexy you or the quiet you or the intelligent you, but it’s you.
Which one is closest to you?
Well, I’m a very sexy guy.
You’ve got a role in the upcoming independent feature film, “Bobby” [written and directed by Emilio Estevez]. Who do you play in that?
The hotel manager. I’ve got the part that … I haven’t seen it, actually, but I go all the way through the thing and I think Emilio used me as a thread to take it through. It’s got a cast of thousands. Every night we shot it, it was like a Screen Actors Guild meeting. You looked at the call sheet and wondered who was on that day.
Who do you have scenes with?
Christian Slater – I have a bunch of scenes where … pretty much everyone.
Sharon played my wife. She gives me a haircut.
What was that like?
That was, that was … umm … that was an experience.
You have to elaborate.
No … oh, and Anthony Hopkins. That’s pretty much why I’m in the movie. They said, 'There’s a scene with Anthony Hopkins and …’ and I said, 'Fine!' I truly loved that.
Did he live up to your expectations?
Yes, he did. He’s a complete gentleman – really smart, really funny, so generous. Oh, I’d love to act with him again.
He’s one of those guys who makes it look easy. I’ve always thought, when you act really, really well, that sometimes, you as the actor think, ‘That can’t be it. All I did was tell him he was a selfish b-----d. I mean, that scene – there’s gotta be more than that.’ And so often, it isn’t more than that. That’s it. You did it. Go home. You’re finished. And he’s one of those actors who makes it look so off-the-cuff and so simple. And yet, when you see the film, it’s full and it’s all that’s required.
Did you have any scenes with Lindsay Lohan?
One scene. One scene.
Was it hard? She’s working with your wife, too, right? [on the set of “Georgia Rule”]
She’s completely charming. Felicity said she’s a huge talent – that girl can act. Ummm.
Uh, you can’t show up late. It’s very disrespectful. I think what an actor has to realize is when you show up an hour late, 150 people have been scrambling to cover for you. And there is not an apology big enough in the world to make 150 people scramble. It’s inexcusable. It’s nothing but disrespect. And Lindsay Lohan is not the only one. A lot of actors show up late – as if they’re God’s gift to the film. And it’s inexcusable, and they should have their a---s kicked.
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