trueCOWBOYmagazine Sept/Oct 2014 - Page 25

tCmag: You are also a wr iter and co-wrote, among many others, a one man show about western trailblazer Charlie Goodnight but have portrayed all kinds of characters; drunks, sheriffs, rich men, poor men, soldiers, cowboys, astronauts, winners and losers, and even acted in video games! How much of your own personality and real life experience do you bring to your roles? BC: Heck, I don’t know. Some I guess. I’m not quite sure who I am and where my acting starts and finishes. When I read a script I can see how much of a character is like me and I can use that much of me so it appears to a lot of people that you are playing yourself, not the case. When I look at John Wayne’s movies I can see he was always in his own persona but he makes the role someone else. John Wayne reinvented himself for “True Grit”. That’s a lesson that’s very hard for an actor to learn. You tend to loose confidence in yourself, and a bit of yourself, when you try to be what you think they want you to be. tCmag: And now the TV hit show “Anger Management”, not a western, but a great sit-com with Charlie Sheen and Shawnee Smith. How did the role of Ed come about for you? BC: I’m not sure. I think they called me and asked me if I wanted to do it. I didn’t know Charlie but I knew Shawnee Smith. I love Charlie. He’s really a great guy. Whatever the media makes him out to be, he is who he is. You either accept him or you don’t and he doesn’t really care. I told Charlie I am crazier than he is but no one knows that because I’ve got more practice flying under the radar them him, that’s all. tCmag: How do you stay so grounded in an industr y filled with egos? BC: I talk to hor ses and dogs, they don’t care who I am. tCmag: So do you get along with this new-fangled technology called the internet, social media and cell phones? BC: Yes, I’m kind of forced to because it’s the only way you can communicate with anyone under 40 these days. It’s going all right.