4 Questions for Emile Hirsch
The actor, 28, took time out of his busy film schedule to make ''Bonnie & Clyde'' — and answer a few of our questions
Warren Beatty famously played Clyde in 1967. Did you get a chance to talk to him about it?
Actually, the night I read the script I saw Warren Beatty out at a party, and I said hello to him. He was really cool and really supportive. He was like, “I think you’d make a good Clyde. Good luck, kid.” He’s a real smart guy. I think there’s goodwill there…. When I met him, I hadn’t seen his version…. I purposefully stayed away from it because everyone said Beatty is really great in it. And I thought, if he’s great, then I definitely don’t want to watch it and be too influenced by his performance. Or be depressed if he’s amazing, and think, oh gosh, I’ll never be that good.
How did you get your adrenaline pumping for the bank-robbery scenes?
Even with props and fake guns, you still get an adrenaline rush when you’re bossing all these extras around and screaming. There are blanks in the guns, which are very dangerous and very loud. It feels very real. It’s also a scary adrenaline [rush] because it’s kind of awful to think that something that bad could be exhilarating. So there’s a little bit of guilt there. That’s probably the sign that you’re not cut out to be a bank robber.
Is there anything you’ve stolen that you’re willing to admit in a national magazine?
Not really. Only people’s hearts.
You’re attached to star in a John Belushi biopic. Are you going to change your body for the role, since he was a big guy?
We’re still talking about exactly what we’re going to do. But we’re definitely going to make him look like himself in the movie, no matter what. It’s not gonna be a biopic where suddenly he’s on Weight Watchers. We’re not making that version…. He was a legend of comedy and a really talented person with a very interesting life. I feel like people will want to see his story be told.