Country star Dwight Yoakam steps
to the front of this film from a strong music career.
He previously shared the stage in Sling
Blade with Billy Bob Thornton in 1996. We have also seen
him in Panic Room, Wedding Crashers and
For country singer you are,
the western genre seems to be clear.
I'm not so sure ... maybe because people know me
as the perfect cowboy, I chose at the beginning of my career, roles far
removed from the western theme. I also appeared in
Heaven, West of Hell, released in 2000.
Was it fun interpreting
the perfect "bad guy"? Did you have a reference in
I thought it was a great opportunity to play a guy
that vicious and I had a clear model in mind: the
character John Lodge in the classic from Josef
von Sternberg, The Scarlet Empress, produced in
1934. I consciously paid tribute to Count he played
alongside Marlene Dietrich, and with a little luck
it offers a small degree of public fascination..
You always look very
carefully at your characters, how did you choose
I've always been interested in how people present
themselves through their look insofar as it
reflects, in my opinion, how they perceive the
depths of themselves. Jackson is a particularly
vicious character, but also very vain, almost
"precious". This proves to me a certain
vulnerability that makes human and that makes it a
"bad" less Manichean. So I found particularly funny
side of his baroque look and behavior.
There must have been some
jealously with the two actresses.
Yes, and I continued on my side trying to make Salma
and Penelope jealous because they no longer have the
opportunity to share my day! I'm joking, but
obviously it was never going to work hard on
Bandidas: stimulation was constant! That said, I
insist on the fact that I had so much fun working
with her an emotional point of view ...
You were also in Three
Burials with Tommy Lee Jones, did that bring you
close to the Mexican culture?
Since I made Southern California my second home, I
am very attracted to components, both physical and
emotional, to the Hispanic culture. It permeates the
entire aesthetic of California and the southwest, from architecture and design to food
or lifestyle, and artistic expression.
Although California provides a very personal way to
absorb these influences, I was immediately attracted
by the character of Guillermo Arriaga and Tommy Lee
Jones, and I was especially flattered to be invited to
participate as an actor. I am very proud of the
history and film that we made, as directed by the
vision of Tommy Lee Jones. As I was working on and
Bandidas and Three Burials at the same time, I spent time in many cities
in Mexico. And I was fascinated to discover the
subtle differences in culture between Mexico and
the United States.