On acting

My baby and I just finished watching “District 9” for the second and third time respectively. Then we watched all the special features. Did you know Sharlto Copley, who plays the movie’s hero, had almost no previous acting experience? The making-of documentary captures him getting his makeup done and giving a dazed assessment of the craft:

No . . . no, acting is not at all what I thought, you know . . . Damages you physically, mentally, emotionally . . . spiritually . . . It’s damaging. It’s a damaging job.

He looks absolutely haggard.