Rodney is so confident in every single move he makes, but that also includes getting right into the face of a scary mother fucker like Woody Harrelson’s character. Is he just that strong willed or do you think he has some kind of a death wish?

I just think that someone like Woody, who is scary to most people, is not at all scary to him, and he sort of thinks, I think it seems comical, the sort of posturing and intimidation that somebody who is like, might beat you up, is trying out on you, just is almost laughable to someone who’s been in danger every day of their life on the line and you know, every step there could be a land mine, there’s someone pointing a gun at their head.

So, it’s all just relative.

Yeah, I think he thinks it’s, and also, I think he’s most comfortable in moments of, when adrenaline and you know, in dangerous moments.

One thing that also struck me is when we meet this character he’s at the off-track betting and his brother comes to pick him up and you almost get the sense that he’s been bailed out before. Even before he gets really deep into fighting he’s still a guy who finds trouble. Do you think this is a character who’s been troubled his entire life, even before entering the army?

I don’t know. You know, it takes a certain kind of person to join the army and keep going back four times anyway. So, I would say he probably hasn’t had the easiest life. Their mother died when he was young and maybe he was troubled in some ways, yeah.

Do you look to Christian Bale’s performance as well, because the way the script works, there’s a mirrored trajectory between the two characters. One is being released from prison and is trying to put his life together. Meanwhile, on your side, you get back from army and it’s more about self-destruction. Is that something you’re looking at?

Honestly, it doesn’t help. I mostly focus on my own thing and sort of let the bigger picture and how all of the pieces are going to fit together, I leave that as much as possible to the director and you sort of carve out the piece that you’re responsible for and just do that as well as you can. You know, it’s like Lou Reed said, you’re a player for the coach. If every guy on that team is running a different play or is trying to call the play for the team, it’s going to be chaos. You’ve got to let the coach call the play and some guys block and some guys go for the pass, and do what you do.

I know I need to wrap up, but I do quickly want to ask about your work on Interstellar. Have you started your work yet?


What can you tell me about your character and what you’re even doing?

Oh man, they’ll kill me. They’ll hog tie me and cut my throat if I say something.

Can you give me anything, even a little bit? What has it been like working with Christopher Nolan?

A once in a lifetime experience. Honestly, everyone always just says nice things about each other, but the reality is he is not only like brilliant, but in the way, I don’t know if you’ve ever been around people like this, but they’re so good at what they do, that you can’t see them doing it. You go like, what’s he doing. He’s not doing anything. He’s not directing, but he’s totally controlling everything and it’s great, you know. And anytime in life when you get a chance to be around someone who is at the very top of their game, and see them doing it, you take it.

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