Writer, director and star Edward Burns has built a nice resume of impressive films, starting with The Brothers McMullen back in 1995.
A short time later, Burns starred alongside some of Hollywood’s great stars: Matt Damon, Vin Diesel and Tom Hanks, in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
Now Burns plays Bugsy Siegel on Frank Darabont’s Mob City and gushes about the experience to Den of Geek.
“Well, you know, Frank is the reason I jumped on board and was initially very excited about the prospect of joining the cast. His team got in touch with me, sent me the script, [and] said please take a look at the part of Bugsy Siegel. You know, I’ve been a long time fan of Frank’s work, and it’s one of those situations where you pick up the script, you just kind of keep your fingers crossed and hope that there’s a good part in there for you.
“After I read the first scene with Bugsy, I was in. It was a no-brainer. I called my agent and said let’s go do this. A couple of weeks later I was on a plane to Los Angeles and then being fitted in some pretty swanky suits.
“….[I] loved it. I mean this is the most fun I’ve had acting since Private Ryan. I mean it made me fall back in love with acting, quite honestly.”
Later, he added.
“You know, I got very lucky. The first time I acted for anybody other than myself was for Spielberg on Private Ryan. I was not about to show up on that set and make any suggestions to Steven as to how he might want to rethink a scene or where he would put the camera. That has served me well since.
“When I show up on someone else’s set as an actor, I’m just there as an actor. If anything, when you get a chance to work with someone like Frank, I take it as an opportunity to go back to film school, you know? I’m obviously there as an actor to do my work, but I’m also watching him and saying, “Okay what can I learn from Frank as a filmmaker, so that I can take that back with me?” That’s more of my approach.”
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