You have said that working on In The Cut was the premiere
experience of your acting career, why?
M.R. It was the character work I got to do on it. It was so far
from me and it's a real character and I think it's really
subtly played. The amount of input I had creatively on the part
and his dialogue. It was a very kind of all-inclusive experience
and it was the most reminiscent to theater with the rehearsal process
and background work and really digging into character work, which
is the most exciting thing to me.
really cool about your character Malloy is that you really don't
know where he is going. The first date that he goes on with Meg
Ryan's character all I could think of was, you sure wouldn't
be turning me on! Wow, what a prick! How did you feel about playing
M.R. I was thrilled. I mean you could get really politically correct
about him but he's honest, you know. It isn't anything
that I don't think anyone's thought, but the difference
between thinking it and saying it is all the difference. The most
exciting thing about him is that he doesn't care what people
think about him. I want you, that's it. I don't want
to marry you and he's honest and because he's honest
there is something heroic about that even if it isn't exactly
the way you want it to go down or what to hear.
B.L. How important
was it to have a woman direct this film and how was Jane Campion?
M.R. What I really love about the film is how even handed she is
with both men and women. They are all kind of dysfunctional and
they are all really human and she has a really great handle on masculinity
I think. It's odd because she's a woman yelling at me
to be a man and I think that in the genre, I don't think there
are many women who have made thrillers before. I think she pays
out on the thriller but her visual sensibility is so beautiful inside
the genre that her being a woman had to do with that.
B.L. Is it true
she wanted to get you a Gigolo?
M.R. Yeah! (laughs) Jane is the type of director who wants to support
her actor in every way and if your actor is suppose to be great
at making love then goddamn it she is going to get you the best
Gigolo out there, except they are $1,000.00 an hour and the production
said no! So I got a book instead!
with Meg, how did she put you at ease and was it at all intimidating
going up against Meg Ryan?
M.R. I never really thought that we were going up against each other...
B.L. Well you
M.R. Only literally .. It was intimidating sure but once we started
and if you are going to do a proper rehearsal and do the real work,
all that shit sort of just fades away and just becomes about the
work and that's what I'm about and that's what
she's about so it became very comfortable. We were supporting
each other the whole time because we were both over our heads a