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Josh Brolin on Ben Foster

Actors on Actors

“Meeting Ben Foster for the first time was strange. I didn’t recognize him and I had just seen ‘3:10 to Yuma’ two days before. At this photo session, I saw a shy towhead reading a book and struck up a conversation, asking him what he was doing there. Was he a grip or a friend of a friend? He told me he was an actor (something most of us don’t want to admit) and that he was in a movie called … Well, you get it. I was amazed. I am always stricken and so pleased by people who can completely veil their own persona in a role. There wasn’t a hint of connection between the sweet-natured guy I was speaking to and the one I had just seen in ‘3:10.’ The character I saw onscreen was an ageless, incredibly smarmy dirtbag but with an air of child in his ruthless eyes; a naive rage. He stood out, but not so much that he detracted from the story. Ben’s a real actor. So, I went off and threw compliments at him, which Ben took with grace and humility and which, to be perfectly honest, after now knowing that this was the gentleman who played that character, I didn’t trust completely.”

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