“It’s humanizing sides of our country which are not ordinarily embraced by Hollywood,” divulges Ben Foster during our recent video chat (watch above) when asked about the outstanding response to his new film “Hell or High Water.” “Right now a lot of people are suffering,” he adds, “and it’s important to understand why.” Foster stars in this CBS Films release as Tanner Howard, an ex-con who hatches a plan with his brother (Chris Pine) to rob banks in order to save their family’s ranch. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham co-star as two Texas rangers hot on their trail.
He describes his character as somebody who, “enjoys his life. He takes great pleasure in this human experience, knowing full-well that it has an expiration date on it. And that’s a very particular kind of animal.” He praised director David Mackenzie for being, “emotionally dangerous,” and creating an environment on-set, “that was very intimate.”
Foster recently competed at the Critics Choice Awards as Best Supporting Actor for the film, and contends at the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards. He won the SAG TV Ensemble prize for “Six Feet Under” (2004) and has been recognized twice more: once again for “Six Feet Under” (2005) and once for the movie “3:10 to Yuma” (2007). “Hell or High Water” has become a force to be reckoned with this awards season, snagging Golden Globe nominations for Best Film Drama, Best Supporting Actor (Bridges), and Best Film Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan) and a SAG nom for Bridges. Could both actors be recognized at the Oscars?
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