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Actor John C. Reilly on The Physical Strain of Being an Actor

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The physical strain of being an actor, as told by John C. Reilly

It's been said many times that Oscar-nominated actor John C.Reilly is not just a gifted comedic actor. If you have seen Reilly in any of his dramatic roles, you know he portrays these characters as well as he does the goofball. One of his most recent dramatic roles is Jerry Buss in the HBO limited series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. While speaking with Vulture about the role, Reilly shared what an actor needs to do to maintain their conditioning for a performance.

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When asked if it's hard to separate himself from his characters after playing them on screen, Reilly says, “At the end of a night, a violinist gets to put his violin in its case. If it gets broken, he takes it to the luthier, and they fix it. But actors are their instruments, and we must perform maintenance on ourselves. You have to come back after these jobs that take a lot out of you emotionally. Physical wear and tear is another thing don't realize. It's like, Just slam your hand on the table one time. No big deal. But then I slam my hand on a table 25 times from three different angles, so by the end of the day, it gets messed up.”

Reilly tells a story about the “maintenance” he had to do to get himself emotionally ready for the part. He relates how the assistant directors thought he had a classic “movie star” fit when he blew up at his assistant:

“All the usual stuff, like taking care of myself physically. But one of the main things I had to meditate on was not letting the of my position go to my head. When you're on a show like Winning Time, it's in everyone's vested interest that you are happy and stable, so they're always trying to make you feel important. I like to be -reliant because you can get spoiled really quickly. Once, I was running lines in my trailer. I think it was one of the early scenes where I rip Jerry West a new one. And I realized nobody had come to tell me when it was time to go to set. I went to the ADs like, ‘Hey, why didn't you guys let me know it was time?' They were afraid to knock on the door because they thought I was screaming at my assistant. I was like, ‘We were running lines! Come on, you guys. You know I'm not like that.'”

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