Paul Dano is still a relatively young actor on the Hollywood scene at the age of 28 but in his years on the big screen, Paul has worked with some of the best in the business. During an interview with DenOfGeek, Paul spoke of his experiences with Robert De Niro in Being Flynn and Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens.
Dano said of De Niro, “Well De Niro is… I really like working with him because he’s a no bullshit guy and very simple. I’m not a person who needs to chit-chat between takes by any means. And also, he’s not a good liar, he’s not a good… he won’t force something. In film, we always have an opportunity to do another take and another, and so there are scenes in the film that we did together where like a wave would come, almost like a surfer on a wave and he would wait for the right wave. You know, I think sometimes you feel the pressure to deliver and I think that’s bad for acting, you have to actually be really open and not force things and just his sort of patience and trust in himself was… and then when it happened, you feel the difference when it just happens and that’s what you hope for, but to see somebody do it is always a good thing.”
Paul then discussed Harrison Ford, saying, “With somebody like Harrison Ford, they’re so commanding and confident and you know, he does have a certain power or charisma, and those are things that are sort of ineffable. I’m not sure how to put words to what I would have taken away from him. I do remember we were running and then there was an explosion that I thought was fucking huge, and I’ve never really done that before, and I was like ‘Holy shit’, and he called cut and was like 'It needs to be bigger', and I was like ‘What?’ Somebody like him I think has a respect for the audience, like, he knows what you want to be feeling in the theatre when that explosion happens. I never would have thought it should be bigger, but he’s right, like, when you’re in the cinema you want to really feel that it’s bigger than life.”
Paul Dano can currently be seen in the movie Looper, while his new movie Ruby Sparks is set to be released in the UK on October 12.