The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


Weekend to-do list
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

It's so good to be bad, star of 'Killing,' 'Lovelace' says

  • Peter Sarsgaard is Chuck Traynor and Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace in "Lovelace."

    ADIUS-TWC / Dale Robinette

    Peter Sarsgaard is Chuck Traynor and Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace in "Lovelace."

Peter Sarsgaard is eating up rave reviews for his latest dark characters: A porn star's manipulative husband in the biopic "Lovelace" and the violent yet sympathetic death-row inmate in the AMC series "The Killing."
In a recent interview, the actor said connecting with his audience feels like a reward. "It's like, 'Yay, I did a good job! That's fantastic.'"
In "Lovelace" Sarsgaard is Chuck Traynor, husband of "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace.
As Lovelace later alleged, the film shows Traynor coercing his wife into the pornography business and physically and emotionally abusing her, even forcing her to have sex with other men.
Amanda Seyfried, who plays Lovelace, called Sarsgaard's Traynor "malicious and selfish." Cast mate Debi Mazar said when in character, Sarsgaard was "terrifying and creepy" on set.
In TV's "The Killing," which had its season finale Aug. 4, Sarsgaard played Ray Seward, who swings from fits of uncontrollable rage and maliciously gleeful taunts to surprisingly vulnerable and sympathetic displays while on death-row for killing his wife.
While both characters are violent, to Sarsgaard they are "wildly different." ... "Ray would not hang out with Chuck for five minutes and would have no respect for him whatsoever."
To Sarsgaard, Chuck is a "lost" man who thinks he's found something real with Lovelace and then turns violent when he "feels like he's losing her" and becomes jealous of the attention she gets. Sarsgaard described Ray as "very disciplined" with "a kind of inner nobility" and "strong ideas about what's right and wrong."
Finding the nuances in seemingly seamy, broken characters is already a specialty for Sarsgaard, who gained notice with his portrayal of such edgy characters as the homophobic John Lotter in "Boys Don't Cry."
Sarsgaard said he thinks seeing the dark and light in a character is "being like a realist" because if "you look at people every day, you see both things all the time."
Sarsgaard said he's been observing people's behavior since childhood, when he was exposed to a variety of environments because his family moved around a lot. "I was an only child. I lived in 12 different places. I absorbed people constantly," he said.

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.