Q: I have to say, Vince, that every time I see you in a movie
I get the feeling watching you that you are having a really good
A: Well thanks a lot. I love acting, you know, and for me when you
play a performance like that you just try to do as much preparation,
but then when you get there you just try to be a live and react
to what's going on.
Now with this character, Rick Barnes, you've played nasty guys before,
some who are a little wacko, but he seems like he might have been
a bit of a challenge. You're almost playing two different guys in
this. Was it one of your harder roles to do?
A: You know, really, for me it makes it easier and makes it more
interesting when a character, regardless if they are good or bad
or what moral side they fall on, when they have complications or
set pieces that are very layered duality contradictions. It is easier
to play for me because there is more going on.
So it comes naturally? That's kind of frightening.
A: (laughs) As I've said before, even in a movie where I am the
protagonist like Return To Paradise, I liked very much in
that movie that my character had things that are at stake that he
is battling with internally. Who is he? Even in that movie the character
is struggling with what is the right thing to do and his identity.
So I find that as an actor more interesting and it's an easier
performance as well because it occupies more of your interest, so
you work harder on it.
How much did director Harold Becker allow you to develop the character
on your own?
A: Harold is a very bright guy and one thing that I liked about
Harold was that he knew what he wanted so he would tell me what
he wanted within his parameters and as a hired actor your job is
to incorporate that into your performance. So he definitely had
specific ideas for what he wanted in the movie. That being said,
I would, within these parameters, sort of play and create.
So, how did you like working with John Travolta?
A: I love John. He's the man. He was my hero as a kid so it was
exciting to work with him.
It must be interesting, when you grow up watching somebody in Saturday
Night Fever, or Welcome Back Kotter ...
A: Or Urban Cowboy, Grease... Michael, Pulp Fiction.
Yes, and then here you are making a movie with the guy.
A: I'll tell you, he was so easy going and self deprecating that
I felt so comfortable with him and the other thing is when you are
acting you are just playing your character and you are committed
to that reality and so you are locked into that, but between scenes
I'd be sitting down sometimes going 'man he was awesome in Grease,
and I'm doing a movie with him.'
Was it at all difficult doing those scenes were you are really mean
to the young actor Matt O'Leary, who plays your stepson?
A: Matt's a very bright kid, a very adjusted kid who had a great
sense of humour. We would joke and kid a lot. I think partially
because the subject matter is so tense that you can't stay in that
area the whole day. You have to break the tension, you know.
I have to tell you that, by far this year, Made was one of
my favourite movies.
A: Oh thank you.
You were unbelievable in that film. Your character was such an idiot,
so despicable and un-likeable. He almost made me walk out of the
movie, yet I couldn''t wait to see what stupid thing he was going
to do next.
A: (Vince laughs) Yes, he was fun to play.
Of course, the film reunited you with your pal and Swingers
co-star Jon Faverau. What is it about you and Jon? Why do you work
so well together?
A: Well Jon and me have a common sensibility when it comes to comedy
or storytelling tastes. I think that we are very down to earth with
our approach to film making. We are actually going to start working
on another movie together within the next month or so, a Western
called The Marshall Revelation, which is about a Hassidic
Jew in the old west who is a gun fighter played by Jon. So Favs
is looking for the guy who killed his family but he's got payis
and glasses and the whole thing going on and I am sort of his reluctant
side kick I guess.
Sounds like fun. Is it a comedy?
A: Yes. It's a comedy in the way that Swingers and Made
were, meaning it's a character driven comedy.
Did you ever, when you were making Swingers, think that it
was going to be the movie that would launch your career?
A: I knew we liked it and I knew that we had the freedom because
we made it for not that much money, so we didn't have to compromise
anything about that movie. It was just about trying to get over
a girl and meet new girls. So I knew that we really enjoyed it.
But as far as the response and the way it was received, you can't
really plan for that.