Clancy Brown: That Guy From That Thing (Who You Definitely Know)
Clancy Brown in 'Highlander,' 'The Shawshank Redemption,' and 'Bad Boys.' (Everett Collection)
How do you know if you're a character actor? Let us count the ways.
For one, you have no idea how many movies you've done.
For another, you're used to being asked, "Say, aren't you that guy from that thing?"
And thirdly, "Character actors are just the guys that are not good looking enough to be leads. That’s kind of the standard answer," says longtime character actor Clancy Brown, who you definitely recognize from at least one of a LONG list of titles.
Brown phoned us recently while promoting this week's Blu-ray release of "Homefront," a bayou-soaked action-thriller starring Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who
Clancy Brown in 'Homefront.' (Open Road Films)
"I'm just trying to be a blue collar actor and do my part to make the movie good. That’s all," said Brown.
Brown has helped make plenty of movies more than good, so we jumped at the chance to speak with him about some of our favorites, including dangling Andy Dufresnefrom that freshly tarred roof in "The Shawshank Redemption," taking out the original James Bond in "Highlander," and sending a knife through Jake Busey's hand in "Starship Troopers."
Would you consider yourself a character actor?
Clancy Brown: Yes. Sure. I consider myself one ... I always look for characters. Every actor does. Every actor is really a character actor, so, just some of us get to play around a little bit more than others, carry less expectations, less preconceptions of what we’re going to do. And so we get to goof off a little bit more.
What role do people most recognize you for?
CB: You know, it’s kind of all over the place. I've been recognized from my first movie to my most recent. I mean, it kind of depends on who you're talking to. When people come up and recognize me and they mention a movie, it tells me more about them than it does about me.
How many parts would you say you’ve had?
CB: Oh, gosh. I don’t know. IMDB that.
What is your character type?
CB: Well, I'm a big guy. I mean, I'm 6’3” and I'm over 200 pounds and so you know, those guys are usually thugs.