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Did you get acting whiplash playing these wildly different roles, from crazed killer to transgender hooker?
I’ve been around for so long, and this opportunity came up and then this opportunity came up and then Venus came up. I feel like I’m in the place that I always wanted to be. I have ideas about the career that I would like to have, but when I say that, in some ways, I’m already having it.
Which is eclectic?
Yeah. Some of the people with careers that I would like to have are Sam Rockwell and Chris Cooper and Ed Harris and Tommy Lee [Jones] and Bob Duvall. You look at what these people have contributed to this art form, and they’ve done it in a way that’s iconic.
In “Django Unchained” that torture scene with Jamie Foxx, where he’s hanging upside down, looked tricky to film. Was it?
Emotionally it was very tricky to film, but just in the physical requirements, having to hang upside down for any period of time. And it’s tough to photograph that. And [writer-director] Quentin [Tarantino] was our leader. Because he was so supportive and all the actors were so supportive of each other, it really allowed each of us to go way out on a limb and if it broke, know that one of the other people were going to catch us.
– Photo Sessions > Session #014