sir, exactly a year ago Philip Seymour was our Idol Chatterer and we forecast
an Oscar. Now, with your kick-ass portrait of Idi Amin in The Last
King of Scotland, you have a shot at him, too.
Youve said you tend to not play yourself, but A part of my spirit. When youre channeling a murderous Ugandan dictator is what you find there a little ghastly?
Yeah: There is a fear of what youre capable of. Because theres no way to manufacture aggressiveness or angeryou have to search inside yourself and look in the corners. Or in the front! (laughs)
its definitely not the front since youre a famously
Scotland to Jim Jarmuschs Ghost Dog to
your Cannes Best Actor-winning breakthrough in 1988s Bird,
weve seen it. Speaking of Bird, you were only 26 when Clint
Eastwood hired you for that epic role. Did you think he was nuts?
it true that, even though you made your film debut at 22 in Fast Times
at Ridgemont High, you didnt think you had real chops for a
by 1986 you were shooting pool with Paul Newman in The Color of Money
and dodging bullets in Platoon.
you routinely use roles like, say, the sweet, but doomed Jody in The
Crying Game, for personal growth?
just what was the quest with Travoltas Battlefield Earth?
also done Phenomenon with Travolta, I know yall are close.
As a well-known scholar of spirituality, any take on Scientology?
directed Toms Katie [Holmes] in First Daughter and Whitney
Houston in Waiting to Exhale and, thus, have been dubbed, a womens
you know, there are those who feel those films arent serious
enough for an actor of such great gravitas.
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