Stephen Root is easily one of the busiest actors in the movie biz. He was in five films last year alone, one of them being The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 23. I had the chance to talk to this talented character actor today about the new DVD release, but we also spoke about two of his upcoming films, the Robert Redford film The Conspirator, which is set for release later this year, and Gore Verbinski's Rango, which is slated for release on March 18, 2011.
While discussing The Conspirator, Root revealed that one of the few people in the business he is in awe of is director Robert Redford, and here's what he had to say about the film, which centers on the trial of Mary Surratt, the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Stephen Root: There are few people that I get star-struck over and Robert Redford is certainly one of them. I was very very happy to go work for him. We shot in Savannah, a beautiful setting, gorgeous night shots outside and beautiful courtroom scenes that were evocative of 1865. I really had a great time and I think he has a good take on the Lincoln conspirators and of Mary Surratt, whether they were guilty or not.
You also have Rango coming out. What was the process like working with Gore? I believe you played two characters in that film, correct?
Stephen Root: Yeah, I play a couple of the (live-action) characters, except for Johnny Depp, but I play a couple of characters. I really had fun with that. We kind of shot it as a regular movie. I think he wanted to get really visual shots and... I really can't say much about that, but we had a good time with that. Most of the guys played a couple of characters. It will be a really interesting process.