Ryan Phillippes Role in Crash: Phillippe stars as a police officer who is paired up with a racist partner (played by Matt Dillon).
Working on the Scene in Which Phillippe and Matt Dillon Pull Over Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton: It felt real. I know it was difficult for Terrence [Howard], that situation. You do have to put yourself [there]. You have to go there. You have to look at the ugliness, you have to scare yourself. I saw him go through that process. For me, it was hard to stand there and watch because Im not that kind of person in real life. I would not stand by helplessly. But I think it was a lot more difficult for [Terrence].
What Happened After Director Paul Haggis Said Cut: Its just weird. Its definitely weird. You want to like each other and you do like each other and you know fundamentally, theres nothing. But its weird, being with Matt all the time and when hes in character and hes trying to find the truth of what he was doing, its weird. Its definitely weird when you finish a scene like that and youre all getting back in the van together to ride back and theres not a lot of talking. Its like, I don't know, everyones kind of thinking. But we all know why were there. We know that we would have to go to these dark places in this movie and it needed to be done. But thats also exciting at the same time because I love moments in movies that make you uncomfortable. I love moments in movies when you think, Should I be watching this? If a film can take you to that place of truth and discomfort, thats powerful.
The Atmosphere on the Set of Crash: Phillippe says there wasnt much joking on the set. Not a lot, man. Not a lot. I mean, we all got along and enjoyed each other but there wasnt a lot of joking. You dont do that on this kind of movie too much.
Dealing with Tough Issues: Were actors, man. Weve got pretty good lives. We dont have a lot to complain about. We have a great job where you get to put out something positive like this that might make people think, that might make people feel.
I don't know, you can find little things to complain about, but who really wants to hear it? You try to focus on the positive, I think. Theres always difficulties and challenges in every life, I don't care how much money you make, where you live and thats something this film speaks to. Race gets in the way, in my opinion, in this film. Its more about the human condition and how similar we all are when you get down to the basic needs of being a human being.
We could talk about things, 'I hate this about ' 'I hate when this happens to me,' but thats not really the point. [Be] healthy, try to be a decent human being, and have a great job. Its nice to be in a situation where youre talking about a movie you believe in, that you feel like is worthwhile, so Im staying on the positive too.
Ryan Phillippe on Life and Family: Home lifes great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. Ive reached this sort of wonderful precipice. Ive been in this business for a long time at my age, Ive just turned 30, and I feel like my wifes career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, weve both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live. And now Im ready to work on my stuff, my career. I feel like everythings taken care of. Im just in a really good place.
Would Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon Raise Their Kids in LA?: Where you raise your children isnt as important as how you raise your children. I think [its] what you talk to them about, what you expose them to, what you make them mindful of. And youve got to do that anywhere you live. LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other peoples plight. I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so its really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people.