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(On landing his role in Matewan) That was my first feature film, but it came in kind of an interesting way. My wife [Marianne] was also an actor. When we were living in New York, she answered a backstage ad for an NYU student's film, and that turned out to be Nancy Savoca. So Marianne did Nancy's half-hour junior black-and-white piece. Then she and Nancy and Rich, Nancy's husband-we all four ...
Said he was afraid of taking the role in American Beauty
(1999); his wife convinced him to take the role of the repressed soldier.
Usually plays characters that are associated with the government (including the military), politics, or agencies. See: The Bourne Identity
(2002), Silver City
(2005), Me, Myself & Irene
(2005), The Patriot
(2000), American Beauty