A candid conversation with the outspoken actor about his clashes with the law, sex on the set, his hippie childhood and how he became an unlikely action star.
On his recent run-ins with the law: “Being a public a**hole is not fun. It sucks. And I’m somebody who doesn’t just roll with these things. These past few months I’ve experienced a lot of self-hatred, a lot of blatant insanity, a lot of thinking about all kinds of shit.”
On the status of his injured hand: “Permanently f*ked. I’ll never be back to 100 percent or have full recovery. I can’t zipper my zipper or button my shirt without extreme pain. But I chalk it up as my own sh*t. These things had to happen. This accident is what I needed in my life. I’m not in control. For the first time, I can admit that and know that. I’m a fallible individual, and the hand is like a tattoo that says MISTAKE. It’s something I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life.”
On being an action star: “I’m not going to lie to you; the acting I do in these movies isn’t The Elephant Man or anything. These are massive f*cking movies, and my job is to be the anchor in the chaos. Amazing for a little Jew from Echo Park, isn’t it?”
On his success: “My career has been unbelievably f*cking amazing. But I don’t know what the f*ck I’m doing. People think there’s some grand-strategy-plan sh*t. I just get called on to do these movies, so I do them. I’m a hired f*cking gun, and I feel like the luckiest guy in the world to get the roles I get.”
On drugs: “I grew up with a bunch of hippies, and marijuana was always around. Pot was never looked at as a negative thing. I could smoke it on holidays with my parents, and we were all good. I like pot. It has never been a monster for me. I can put limits on it. But I definitely saw from a very young age what drugs can do to you.”
On seeing his Mom naked: “The nudity was weird, especially when her friends came over. All of them would just be naked around the house. That was strange for me, and it was really bizarre when my friends were there. You’ve got your little buds over, and Mom’s, like, playing naked connect the dots or whatever. She’s in the middle of goddess-group time, where it’s literally a bunch of naked women tracing auras around one another’s bodies with incense and then sitting together and humming for prolonged periods of time.”
Once I get the full scans, I’ll try to post them.
Chris – can you hook me with a Shia interview, pweeze?