What got you into it? Was it a script, a character, working with BJ or all of the above?
Definitely all of the above. I always wanted to do a comedy and tried to wait for the right one and be patient. Luckily, BJ came to me and gave me a great script with a real eclectic, eccentric group of characters that you really felt like you knew. It was great to be able to embody a character that I hadn’t delved into before, where he is full of real love and compassion, sometimes almost through his own fault.
You are from Kentucky, which is not Texas, but we all know that this country is divided between, for lack of a better word, blue states and red states. Does this movie touch on the nuances of that?
This is the genius of “Revenge”, which shows us that we all have ideas about people and their origins, and they should be like that. BJ does such a brilliant job of showing us that we’re not really all that different, we all have the same issues. We all have the same range of emotions that we experience and we deal with them in slightly different ways.
Your character is a lot of a metaphor for that – when you first meet him, you think he might be a certain type of Texas guy, but as the movie progresses, he reveals more and more.
Turning BJ’s character, Ben, into a family is very smart of him. He sees his character as such a savior that he could help us solve the mystery of Abilene’s death – to the point where he can act out the suggestion that he’s the village haymaker. After all, he knows what’s going on.