People talk about what happens to an actor’s career after winning an Oscar. What’s something that came your way that you said, “Oh, that would be my ‘Catwoman.’ I’m staying away from that.”
I try not to think about my career in that serious a way. I try to just kind of go with my gut and try not to do anything that I feel like is not essential. That’s done me well. I’ve been grateful enough to get enough offers from serious enough people that kind of keeps me grounded in how hard this all is and to do it well is not easy.
Can you give an example of a character that you were offered and you weren’t interested in playing?
It’s not usually because of “This is going to be my ‘Catwoman’” or anything, it’s usually I’ll get offered something that I’m just not as interested in. You get offered a part where you’re like, “Wow, 10 years ago I would’ve died to play that part. Now I’m older and I’m not interested.” You just evolve and different things start to interest you.
When I interviewed Zac Efron he wanted an original idea for a musical so I offered him the part of Zac Efron in “The Zac Efron Story.” He said he wanted you to play him. What will you bring to the role, and how do you feel about him playing you in “The Philip Seymour Hoffman Story”?
[Laughs] Um. I don’t want to answer that. [Laughs] I love musicals actually, but the idea of me being in musicals is so frightening to me. I think Zac should rethink that. Maybe we can be in it together and we can play each other. So it will be “The Zac and Phil Story” but we’d play each other and that’s the whole twist. Maybe we should bring that back on Zac and see what he thinks about that.
What tips would you have for him when he played you?
Just say and do a lot of things that are inappropriate. To constantly stick your foot in your mouth.
That’s your M.O.?
[Laughs] No. That would be the most self-effacing thing [I can think of].