Steve Zahn’s Teenage Obsessions: “De Niro in The Deer Hunter Acted on Another Level” | Movie


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The Joshua Tree by U2

The first album I bought was Glass Houses by Billy Joel. Then I went to the record store with my dad and he bought Jesus Christ Superstar and I bought the Patton soundtrack from Jerry Goldsmith. My first gig is quite embarrassing: Hall & Oates in Minneapolis. I was late for concerts. My wife went to AC / DC when she was three years old. Now I’m like, ‘If it’s live I’m going to go, period. But when I was young it was like, “Are we going downtown?” Ah, man.

The post-punk pop was huge, with those crazy ’80s costumes and makeup – let’s watch MTV for six hours and get lost in the Dire Straits videos. I got into U2 thanks to the guys I hung out with. Eric and Bob loved U2, so I loved U2. I loved Boy, their first album. The war – their third – was incredible. I was in college when The Joshua Tree came out. My friend stood in line to get the CD. We went to his dorm, turned off the lights and just lay there listening to the whole album. I remember saying, “I think this might be one of the 10 best albums of all time. ” I was right. This album is amazing.

The deer hunter

I was fascinated by The Deer Hunter. I remember watching it with my mom and she thought it was boring. I was arguing with her, like, “How do you think this is boring?” This is amazing. It was so raw and so real. I was fascinated by it. I later learned – when I was hanging out in New York City with other young actors, like Sam Rockwell and Ethan Hawke – that this was a movie we all loved.

At that time, I was playing the lead role in all of these musicals, like Bye Bye Birdie. But watching Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep in The Deer Hunter was like watching them play on another level. Until then, I hadn’t even understood this part of acting. It must have been like when James Dean came on stage and totally changed while still being inaudible and fascinating and everyone was like, “Whoa! Wait a second. This guy… what’s going on?

John Malkovich dans True West

When I was 19, I worked in this machine shop – this tool and die place where I made parts for cassette players and grenades. I would sit in front of a machine that could take a finger off at any time, put the coin in, measure it, throw it in a bucket and I had to do 20,000. It sucked.

My friend dropped off a VHS of the stage performance of True West – Sam Shepard’s brilliant play starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich – which I think I recorded on PBS. I watched it twice in one night and had to get up at 6 am and go to work. I was fascinated by how Malkovich could straddle the line of believability. He was so over the top, but he was still believable. I thought it was really interesting. I figured it out, but I wasn’t sure why. You can’t always put into words why something means something.

Les Misérables in London

Les Misérables at the Sondheim theater
A must-see in the West End… Les Misérables, photographed at the Sondheim theater in 2020. Photograph: Matt Crockett / PA

I was a quiet, shy guy for a long time, because I moved to a new high school in a new town, New Hope, Minnesota, where I didn’t know anyone. Then one of my teachers, Ertwin Jones-Hermerding, invited me to this improvisation group. We met three hours a day and wrote and performed four sketch shows a year. I was really good at it and that’s when I started making friends and going out.

In college, we went to London to see Les Misérables. It was the first very large theater I have ever seen. I was so moved and excited. I decided on the spot to give up and continue playing.

I remember standing in the bathroom during intermission, listening to everyone talking. I didn’t want to be in the bathroom; I wanted to be behind the scenes. I was watching the current show, “I’m as good as that guy holding the flag.” I mean, he’s not the leader, but I’m just as good… ”I didn’t want to be the star. I just wanted to be on the fucking show, man. My favorite thing about an actor today is spending time with actors. I love being on set, filming shit, complaining about food… I love being in the circus.

The things they wore by Tim O’Brien

I remember reading this when I was much younger. It is a collection of short stories related to a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground during the Vietnam War. It’s a truly amazing book. I remember thinking, “How do you write something like that?” I was fascinated by the idea of ​​conflict, of fighting and the very clear idea of ​​being in a situation where nothing is happening other than staying alive or keeping the person next to you alive. . It fascinated me.

I have been a huge history buff since I was a child. All I’m reading now is military history. I am fascinated by it. I am reading a book on archaeological studies of the Little Bighorn battlefield. It’s the most boring book in the world, but I love shit like that. I no longer read fiction. My wife [Robyn Peterman] is a New York Times bestseller. She writes fiction. I don’t read any of this, maybe because I’ve read so many scripts, so it’s kind of my fiction.

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Fly fishing

We live on a small farm in central Kentucky. I am surrounded by thoroughbred horses and I spend my spring planting flowers and growing vegetables. I have always been truly outdoors. I grew up hunting and fishing and have been a great fly fisherman since I was a child. I am very serious about this. It’s about catching fish, man. It’s about success. Fly fishing is all the more difficult. Anyone can throw a bobber with a bait on it. But fly fishing is another matter. If you catch a fish – fly fishing – you win. It’s not about catching tons of fish.

I’ll even choose a job just because it’s good water. For my last movie, Cowboys, I went: “Montana? I’m in. I brought more fishing gear than clothes. My wife was like, “What the fuck is this?” I even packed options. I thought, “I’m going to bring a weight of 5. But maybe I should pack something bigger?” I had my waders and boots on and every time I wasn’t shooting I was fishing, period.

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