Ive always had a natural fear of the police, or abuse of their power. Not of their individual position. So I was always very careful with how I dealt with them as a result of this information being passed on to me. So that was the closest thing I had to that experience.
The Buzz Surrounding Crash: When you hear buzz around the beehive, you know theyre making honey in there. So thats been good. Its all been based upon [the lines of truth]. So this film, theres honey in this. Theres something thats soothing and something nutritious in this beehive thats been created.
Im not worried at all about how it will be responded to, how people will respond to it. But ultimately, I think it will end up in the hands of the educators and will become a tool used in this human rights evolution as time continues on.
The Dynamics of a Very Difficult Scene with Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillippe: When youve got a group of magicians, of craftsmen and each and every person created those four walls, I couldnt escape from the circumstance. I couldnt look in Thandies eyes and find an avenue where the tension wasnt so high. I couldnt look to Matt and have him let me off the hook. And I couldnt look to Ryan because they were all so engrossed in their parts. I mean, we were able to create a bit of magic right there for that moment. It all felt real.
I was trying my hardest not to cry standing there. Instead of me literally trying to cry - another actor might be trying to cry - I was trying not to cry. I was trying not to be afraid. And I caught myself at a moment trembling that wow, does this person really live inside of me? Would I allow anything like that to happen? Because I felt like it was happening. I couldnt wait until they said cut. I couldnt wait until the director let us off the hook and let us go home that night.
What Happened After the Director Said Cut: I remember Matt afterwards at the end of the night apologizing to me. And it was sincere. Literally apologizing to me for what he had to do right there. And he was so concerned with Thandie because he was trying to be real with it and we all wanted him to go further and further and he felt a bit reserved. I saw him struggling with being able to go there and I was struggling and Ryan was struggling and Thandie was struggling to allow this to happen. And he just kept apologizing to us. He kept apologizing.
Intense Scenes and Humor: Sometimes the only way to make palatable that which is appalling and apprehensive is to season it with some humor. But I don't think the actors provided the seasoning of humor. I think the nature of the audience [is], In order for me to digest this, Im going to have to giggle with this for a moment. But I remember [the scene] when [Ryan Phillippe] came up to save me from my own self-destruction and him pleading with me. That felt real because it seemed like he was pleading to me about my own personal life. Stop getting in your own way. Youre about to kill yourself with all of this up here. And Im trying to tell him that I didnt ask for your help. Those were unscripted lines that became part of the scenery as a result of the emotional pool that was being exerted upon the two of us at that time. But he was literally trying to save me in more ways than just the film.
Up Next: My Life in Idlewild: I play a corrupt bootlegger. I guess theyre all corrupt. But [Im] just the antagonist of that piece.
Playing the Heavy Opposite Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast: I crack both of their heads in the movie. [Andre] is the Jimi Hendrix of our modern day. His ability to dive into things. I had a great time with him.
On Working with 50 Cent in "Get Rich or Die Tryin':" 50, his work ethic is unmatched, unparalleled. Well be shooting for 13-14 hours every day, hes inside his studio, his mobile studio right there. And his willingness to mold himself to Jim Sheridans vision is remarkable. Its truly remarkable. Youll see some stuff in the movie that you wouldve never expected to see.