Magazine article Variety

"It Can Be Really Hard to Shut Off"

Magazine article Variety

"It Can Be Really Hard to Shut Off"

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Frank Grillo's TVcredits include "The Shield" and "Prison Break" and such films as "End of Watch, " "Zero Dark Thirty" and the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "He discusses the challenges for actors in bringing violent characters to life.

When you're filming a scene of a murder, is your preparation different than in preparing a scene of intense emotion?

I just did this film ("Homefront") with Jason Statham about a bad- ass criminal who just got out of jail, so for something like that I spent some time in a prison and isolated myself with people who share that same mindset. The key is you don't judge them or yourself when you put them in your head space. You try to fool yourself into thinking you're violent. It's harder to do that and be believable than it is to be super-emotional in a scene.

Have you ever had qualms trying to get inside the head of a killer?

Where your head goes your body follows. At some point you have to convince yourself you are not that person, and sometimes you just have to say "Don't go there" because it is too tough to get out of your system. …

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