I think the first villain that I ever played was on Stargate. I was this superior being that would take over a human host and believe that he was the most superior being in the universe.
I was a hockey player, growing up. Being a big guy and being imposing, I had to use my size to protect my teammates. As an actor, I've been all over the map, but since I've moved to Hollywood, people tend to cast me in these more imposing characters, which is actually really fun for me.
There's a whole new set of rules, in this new world. If you don't abide by them, then you'll perish.
I've always been way more attracted to playing imposing characters than the hero. I've always been more intrigued by Iago in Shakespeare than playing Romeo. That was always boring to me.
I'm always excited to carry more and more weight and responsibility within a story. It's all about putting my time in and showing people that I'm good and responsible and, hopefully, kicking ass in every frame.
I'm really open to anything that's good. If I read something and it's good, and I like the director, it never really needs to be a specific type of character.
I did stand-up for a long time and I did classical theater. As much time as you could spend on a stage will always inform you and your job, as you evolve.
I feel the freedom of being able to find comedy in the darkest moments because it makes it way more interesting, I think. Otherwise, you're just cruising down a path that's been traveled millions of times. It's cool to find the strange truth in those moments.
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