During his tenure with the Royal Shakespeare Company, worked as a sword-fight director as well as an actor.
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... my first theater job was the Royal Shakespeare Company, in a production of Hamlet, in which I was Fortinbras' understudy, Laertes. I still look at that as one of the most important experiences, because I so admired the actor, Mark Rylance
, who played Hamlet. He runs the Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London now, and is a really formidable actor. I treasure that experience, just because of ...
When he returned to America, he was too broke to afford his own place and he couldn't find any work. Luckily, Mary Steenburgen
, whom he had met and befriended while making Noah's Ark
(1999) took him in, and he lived with Mary and her husband, Ted Danson
, for a year. "Ted and Mary are my saviors," he has said. "I definitely wouldn't have made it without their psychological and emotional support."