Q & A with Campbell Scott
The Dying Gaul
In The Dying Gaul (R, 95 mins., 2005, Sony), Scott plays Jeffrey, a nosebleed-level Hollywood exec — married to a manipulative Patricia Clarkson — whose trysts with a gay screenwriter (Peter Sarsgaard) ultimately topple him.
Who is Jeffrey? [Writer-director] Craig Lucas said to me at the beginning: This guy has all the power, he has all the charm. He’s not evil, he just wants more — of everything. Especially sexually. I find that fascinating: We’re all so insecure about whatever single sexuality we have, to imagine having two and being secure is almost impossible. I loved playing that kind of confidence. It’s hard to discern the hero and the villain in this tragedy. That’s when your movie becomes about the audience. After screenings, everybody had an opinion about who the monster was. Women were saying Patty was the monster. Men were saying ”No, she’s not.”