Boyd Holbrook spoke with Collider to break down his Clement Mansell. He also explained why he’s been playing eccentric characters and revealed he intents to be “testing some other things out, in the near future.” More below:(more…)
In a new interview to The Hollywood Reporter, Boyd Holbrook also talked about The Bikeriders. This interview contains spoilers for both the movie and the mini-series, so read it at your own risk!(more…)
Before the SAG-AFTRA strike began, Boyd Holbrook was interviewed once again for Interview magazine, this time by Michael Shannon, his The Bikeriders co-star and the man who inspired him to be an actor. They talked about the first encounter they had, Boyd’s roles in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Justified: City Primeval and more.
The interview came with a new photoshoot, which you can check out on the photo gallery:
Now to the interview…(more…)
Check out the five movies “in no particular order” Boyd Holbrook chose as his favorite in a new talk with A.frame, as well as how he found his love for acting:
Boyd Holbrook’s dream was to become a basketball player. “I tried to get a basketball scholarship to go to college, and that failed,” he chuckles. Still, he left his hometown of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to enroll in college in Louisville, though eventually, he dropped out. “I really didn’t know who I was in the world or what I wanted to do with my life,” Holbrook reflects.
He got a summer job working as a carpenter at a theater company back in Prestonsburg, and it was there that he discovered a love of acting. “I really felt like, ‘Man, these are my people,'” he says. “I knew I wasn’t going to work in an office, and I would probably fail at a lot of things. I just felt like, ‘This is my tribe.'”
Holbrook made his film debut with a small role in 2008’s Milk. Since then, he’s been directed by filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh (2013’s Behind The Candelabra), David Fincher (2014’s Gone Girl), and James Mangold (2017’s Logan). When Mangold was hired to helm Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, he enlisted Holbrook to play a villain to Harrison Ford’s hero.
“I’m pretty proud of that,” Holbrook says. “It’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of.” That’s what matters to the actor these days: Finding projects that he can be proud of. “I want it to matter. And I want to do things that my son will be proud of, and it won’t be the sins of his father.” He wants to deliver performances he can take pride in too. As he’s said, he is always striving to give “the perfect performance.”
“And, just to clarify, being sloppy is perfect too, but I feel like I have to set that bar. I haven’t had it yet. There’s not been a film that I’ve done that I feel were like the films that I grew up on. You know, one of the performances that Gene Hackman has given; I’m striving to that. And I think I’m pretty close. I’m really happy with what I’ve done — I don’t mean to make any qualm about it — but I just want everything to come together perfectly.”
Below, Holbrook shares with A.frame five films that inspired him to become the actor he is today. “In no particular order,” he adds.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Directed by: Michael Mann | Written by: Christopher Crowe and Michael Mann
Last of the Mohicans is one of my all-time favorite films. I’ve seen it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times. Why? I grew up in Kentucky, in East Appalachia, where the film mostly takes place. The Trail of Tears went through in my area, and there’s a lot of Native American history where I grew up. There’s something about pioneering films and, historically, what happened there. That was a film that really dawned on me the unforgiving nature that human existence can be, and it’s such an authentic expression of that.
Days of Heaven (1978)
Written and Directed by: Terrence Malick
When I started getting into movies, I discovered this film. When you’re in that phase, it’s like really getting into particular types of movies and stuff like that. And this movie is probably the most poetic of all. It’s Terrence Malick’s second movie, with Sam Shepard. It’s the most surreal in its beauty. Again, it is about pioneering the West in a way, but it’s done in a fantastical way that really has adventure in it, and unknown characters that I felt like I’d never seen before.
Directed by: Marc Levin | Written by: Sonja Sohn, Marc Levin, Bonz Malone, Saul Williams, and Richard Stratton
I really didn’t know I wanted to be an actor until I was into my 20s, but this film called Slam, that was the first time that I saw somebody just express themselves. Saul Williams is the main actor and writer, and he was a poet. That was at the time of slam poetry, and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam was my jam in high school.
I don’t know how a person knows they want to be a doctor — maybe they just feel intelligent — but watching those performances, I just knew, ‘That’s what I’m going to do. That’s who I am. That’s what I have inside me. That’s what must come out of me. That’s how I will relate to people more.’ I really didn’t know that would turn into acting, but that particle of it was being born there.
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos | Written by: Kevin Jarre
I could repeat verbatim that film from start to finish. I was living with my friend in high school, and we watched Tombstone, like Last of the Mohicans, probably in the hundreds of times. These old-time characters, they’re definitively masculine. They’re all rocks. And I just love that. I just love that story. I love the performances, from Val Kilmer, to Kurt Russell, to Billy Bob Thornton. ‘Hanging out with you is like playing cards with my damn sister’s kids.‘
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Directed by: John Schlesinger | Written by: Waldo Salt
I started studying acting at this point, and Dustin Hoffman was becoming my favorite actor. I was noticing like, ‘Wow, this guy is so versatile.’ Like, you see in John Wayne movies and all those where this guy’s doing a one-note thing. And, in comparison, this actor is doing a lot of notes. He’s playing a lot of different styles. [Jon] Voight is in the movie too, and just the stark differences in their characters, I thought, was incredible.
And also the lifestyle, getting turned on to, ‘Wow, that type of thing in the world happens,’ and discovering living in New York at the same time, and waking up to the world of what really goes on out there. But definitely, the performances in that are some of the best ever.
In an interview for A.frame, Boyd Holbrook also told what acting opposite the Indiana Jones player was like and what he felt when he got the script from director James Mangold:(more…)
Boyd Holbrook talks playing a villain for the third time after Logan and The Sandman and what he desires for his career. Read the interview below:(more…)
Speaking at the 2023 Winter TCA press tour, Boyd Holbrook talked about playing villain Clement Mansell in the upcoming Justified prequel series panel:(more…)
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Boyd Holbrook discusses his character in Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman and his hope for a comeback in season 2:
The Corinthian is all about the eyes. The living nightmare who looms over season 1 of Netflix’s The Sandman is most notable for the fact that his sockets are filled with teeth (which he uses to eat other people’s eyes, before he kills them). Naturally, this is something the character keeps hidden behind sunglasses most of the time, so that he can walk around in public without raising undue alarm.
When actor Boyd Holbrook thinks back to his audition process amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he’s confident that securing the role and gaining the approval of The Sandman co-creator Neil Gaiman came down to how he handled his shades.
“I know I’m giving too much away, but I think Neil’s thing was that he never really liked how actors took off their glasses in these auditions, because it was maybe a little heavy-handed, a little over-the-top. So I latched onto that,” Holbrook tells EW over Zoom. “If you have a disability, or a special ability, it’s not special to you. It’s second nature, so you don’t really have to present it. It’s just in a fluid motion. So I really saw the power in that and how to make it unique.”
As created by Gaiman and artist Mike Dringenberg, the Corinthian first appeared in issue 10 of The Sandman comic. His horrific eye-teeth immediately made him an arresting figure who is not easily forgotten by The Sandman‘s legions of readers over the years. Eisner Award-winning comic writer James Tynion IV, who is currently tackling the Corinthian in the ongoing sequel comic The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country, calls him “one of the best horror images in the history of comics.” Holbrook adds that the horror of the eye-teeth comes from “the surrealness of it all. It’s familiar, but on a primordial level, it doesn’t belong there.”
To create the eye-teeth, The Sandman‘s effects team took full photographs and scans of Holbrook’s body and basically transplanted photos of his own teeth into his eye sockets. He said he didn’t have to wear special contact lenses or anything like that, but was initially worried about losing access to his eyes as an acting tool.
“When we were first talking about doing this, I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is going to come across,'” Holbrook says. “You can watch a silent film or a foreign film and not know anything about what the actors are saying, but you can detect what’s going on in the character’s eyes and their face. That was tricky to me. But Neil and [showrunner] Allan Heinberg reassured me, like, ‘Trust us. It’s going to be a benefit, not a hindrance.’ Once I embraced that, we took off.”
But the Corinthian of the comics is also a little ratty. Always appearing in a sleeveless T-shirt, he clearly gives off more menace and power than the other attendees of the story’s serial killer convention, but still looks scuzzy.
By contrast, Holbrook’s incarnation is suave, flirtatious, and well-dressed, with a hint of his actor’s Southern drawl. Other characters on screen are drawn to him despite the danger he presents, and the same is true for viewers: The eye-teethed serial killer has been the subject of numerous internet “fancam” videos and Tumblr gifsets.
“I just started investigating what kind of character this guy is. Early on, we figured out that after living a millennia, you become quite sophisticated. You become a connoisseur of things,” Holbrook says. “There’s an elegance in that. I think that’s what was a change from the comic: How you would get lured into inviting this guy into your home and that being the great mistake that you make, rather than him being a home intruder and just bullishly busting your door down. He loves the cat and mouse of it all, and he doesn’t really discriminate between male and female.”
The Corinthian’s role is also expanded from the comic. Instead of just being the main antagonist of The Doll’s House story arc, Holbrook appears in nearly every episode of a season where most characters only pop in for a single chapter. Unlike in the source material, the Corinthian plays a major role in securing the decades-long imprisonment of his creator, Dream (Tom Sturridge).
The show even presents a relatable motivation for the Corinthian. He doesn’t just want to kill and terrify people for the sake of it. Like a demented version of a Disney protagonist, this Corinthian wants to be real. He doesn’t just want to be a figment of dark dreams; he wants to be where the people are.
“I think we all yearn for something that we don’t have,” Holbrook says. “It’s that feeling of man, that would be nice to hear the crowd cheer after dunking a basketball in a game, or knowing what it feels like to be in love. So there’s a sadness to him and definitely an outsider point of view. When I was in my teenage years, I definitely had a feeling of that outsider quality because there’s something that I was yearning to do, which was to perform and to be a performer, and not really knowing where to find it. There’s a lost quality that we are fumbling through life to find. I think I really relate to that. I’m sure a lot of people can.”
The Corinthian’s extended role meant that, in a show that mostly consists of self-contained stories, Holbrook got to work with more actors than anyone besides Sturridge. Vivienne Acheampong, who plays the dream librarian Lucienne, previously told EW that her scene with Holbrook was her favorite on the show: “I really feel for him. I’d love to do more scenes with the Corinthian because that was really thrilling to work with. He’s a very exciting presence when you’re working with him.”
It all leads to an epic confrontation with Dream in the season 1 finale, as the Corinthian finally meets his maker.
But is that really the end for the Corinthian? Not necessarily. Readers of The Sandman comic know that Dream later recreates the Corinthian as more of an antihero than a villain.
Now that the TV series has been officially renewed by Netflix, it’s very possible that viewers will see Holbrook reprise the role in the future. He’s already excited about the possibilities.
“I think the reincarnation aspect is really exciting because you’ve already set up the Corinthian as this bad guy, but then if he’s reincarnated as a good guy, you’re always constantly wondering if it’s for real or not,” Holbrook says. “I think you’ll have people on the hook. You can reel them back and forth and really play with that. I think that’s going to be even better, actually.”
Holbrook continues, “I’ve been getting some information trickling down about that. I think we’ll go back maybe in the summer to start doing some stuff, but I don’t know when they’ll call me, if it’ll be season 2 or be season 3. But I love that the Corinthian has made an impact and that people dig it.”