We’re making a big deal about Zemeckis and his return to live-action. He gets a lot of credit for being a technical director, but I feel he deserves even more credit for the performances he routinely gets out of his stars.
Yeah! I think that often gets overlooked. People talk about his eye for action, but they forget that the way he deals with characters … he’s so layered, and so compassionate toward all of his characters. Even the ones that we’re supposed to hate, he makes us find ways to love them. And that’s not just the actors he gets to play them. That’s Zemeckis’ view on them.

As a non-actor, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to overcome the butterflies knowing I had to perform opposite Denzel Washington. Was that an issue, or am I making a big deal out of nothing?
Well, I had to get over that during my screen test. On day one of filming, it was almost like I’d already gone through training, and it was time to step into the ring, you know? You’d already gotten yourself into the mindset. It’s not longer about Denzel Washington. You forget that. But mostly, I was just doing my side of things and working with this man. It can’t be, “Oh my God, this is Denzel Washington!” Otherwise I’m not doing what I need to be doing.

But on my screen test, it really was like, “Holy shit, this is terrifying! I really don’t want to mess this one up.” The way I feel about it, though, is that I’m not 21 anymore. I’ve worked a lot. I’ve got a lot of experience. I’ve worked with some wonderful people. And I just reminded myself of that as I walked into the room. I can be in that room -- you know what I mean? I can hold my own in that room.

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