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Polished Edge: Emile Hirsch of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’
Q: What was it like playing Clyde?
A: It was a lot of fun. It was fun finding the Texas accent and working with a vocal coach, and finding the pitch of my voice, and learning how to drive stick shift in a 1920s car. I had to learn in an old-style car. I got pretty good, actually. It was a dark subject, and there were moments of humor and levity. The director did a pretty good job of keeping those light moments.
Q: What was the schedule like to make a miniseries, and where were you?
A: It was 50 days. And we had to shoot four hours. It was in the vicinity of Baton Rouge (La.).
Q: Was playing in this era an attraction?
A: I immediately was,
“Oh yeah!” As soon as I heard, “They want you to play Clyde,” I was like, “Sign me up!” I love that era. I loved “Public Enemies” with Johnny Depp.
Q: You started in TV, then moved into film. Why return to TV?
A: A four-hour Bonnie-and-Clyde miniseries just sounded awesome to me. I had seen the “Hatfields & McCoys.” And my agent also represents Bill Paxton. ... When I saw “Hatfields & McCoys,” I got supersucked into it. And I don’t normally watch all that much television. The fact that I liked it that much really was an influence. I knew an actor who worked on it and had a great time. And I love the era, and it was really a no-brainer.
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