Aaron Taylor-Johnson Q&A: ‘Nocturnal Animals’
“It took some time to shed this dark aura around me, but I have a very loving wife and family and they ground me,” admits Aaron Taylor-Johnson as we chat about his villainous role in the new film “Nocturnal Animals.” Taylor-Johnson plays Ray Marcus, a Texas man who kidnaps the wife and daughter of Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal) on one fateful night. With the assistance of a local officer (Michael Shannon), Edward hunts down Ray and the other two men in his gang. Co-stars include Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, and Laura Linney. The movie has a limited release this Friday, November 18, and a national roll-out on December 9.
Being directed by Tom Ford (“A Single Man”) was one of the major draws for Taylor-Johnson to join the project. He says, “Tom was very elaborate and told me of his vision and what he wanted to achieve. I was interested in going on that journey… I studied a lot on these guys, serial killers and sociopaths, accumulating that kind of knowledge and darkness. They all have this lack of empathy behind their eyes or something unpredictable you couldn’t trust.”
The British native started his career at age 10 in the telefilm “The Apocalypse.” Other films have included “Shanghai Knights” (2003), “The Illusionist” (2006), “Nowhere Boy” (2009), “Kick-Ass” (2010), “Albert Nobbs” (2011), “Savages” (2012), “Anna Karenina” (2012), “Godzilla” (2014), and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015). He was nominated in 2011 at the BAFTA Awards for the Rising Star Award, losing out to Tom Hardy.