Monday, August 25, 2014
Television and Cinema Verities
"You make the choice that the material is laying out the premise and the information that, yes, this guy is in fact an arm of evil and can be destructive. Therefore, you get out of the way and don't play that at all. You let the writing take care of that. If you try to play the character trying to be dark and menacing to people, it's not as interesting...and not as menacing. It's much more disturbing to see someone smiling and patting people on the back, knowing that he can destroy them at any moment with a smile on his face."
-Gary Cole discusses playing Sheriff Lucas Buck in American Gothic (1995).
In the early-to-mid 1980s -- when I was in middle school and high school -- my best friends and I would sometimes walk down Benson Stre...