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I knew a man who was always tapping a horse between the eyes. The same thing applies to language and all the elements of character: moral outlook, etc. CZ: Call is very well-dressed compared to all the other people in the film-he has pressed shirts, he's always well-groomed. Is that something you would bring to the characterization? An Interview with Tommy Lee Jones TJ: Well, Woodrow's rather formal in his approach to life. Very perceptive on your part, keen observation. CZ: Call and Gus, Robert Duvall, have a relationship that is very much like a marriage.
I had no clue how to do this lady, but it was such a great, exciting, scary experience. In Housekeeping , I had no idea how to do the character of Sylvie. But I knew-in the back of my mind-that if I really took the chance, it might be something very exciting. I love parts like that, where I don't know what's going to happen, where they're going to end up. CZ: You sound like you like a good challenge. Would you categorize yourself as a risktaker, in general? CL: Yeah. I think so, I'm an Aries.
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