Meet Gene Hackman 2.0. Right here, right now. Shawn Hatosy is the character actor’s actor…like Hackman was at his peak in the 1970s. Which is a good thing to be in an industry when a bad indie film or a failed television pilot can stop a career before it begins. Hatosy is burning up the screen with two hot films that are already generating Oscar buzz for 2008. First, he goes dark playing a psychotic on Death Row in Universal’s Alpha Dog and then takes a turn into a Sixties period film, Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol’s Factory scene, to be released in late February. Here Hatosy lets loose on Sienna Miller, portraying Senator John McCain and his most important role in life, being a dad.
Lance Avery Morgan: Shawn, I remember seeing you in Outside Providence at a screening room in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and thinking, this kid’s gonna be a star. And here you are, a very in demand actor. How has the journey been for you?
Shawn Hatosy: That’s really nice. That was my first film and I was so nervous…Alec Baldwin played my dad. But it’s been an even course. I feel like this is the right profession for me. You always want more, but it’s really been a smooth ride. I’m really content playing different characters.
LAM: That’s right, you acted with Baldwin. In your roles, you’ve acted with some of the today’s great actors. Al Pacino, Kevin Kline, Alan Rickman, William H. Macy… and Alec Baldwin. What kinds of things have you learned from those guys?
SH: Every single one offers something different and I take something away from each project. Alec offered so much advice…both technique wise and business wise. I met Kevin just starting out, too. He’s like a poet…a really well-adjusted intellectual guy. His ability to take a scene and twist it so many different ways and to still make it fresh was incredible. With Pacino, I had to audition six times before I got the part.
LAM: Speaking of parts, tell me about Sienna Miller with whom you are starring in Factory Girl where she plays Warhol favorite Edie Sedgwick.
SH: It’s a smaller movie that I’m really happy to be involved in. Sienna’s really beautiful, as you know. I worked with Hayden Christian in it, too and he plays a character like Bob Dylan. The director, George Hickenlooper, comes from documentary background, so that film making style was allowed through the characters. And Guy Pearce is incredible as Warhol.