By Monica Rizzo Paul Chi Tom Gliatto and Jenny Sundel
Updated July 28, 2008 12:00 PM

The actor, 40, plays a hip ex-agent on USA’s Burn Notice. Come fall, you’ll spy him with Angelina Jolie in The Changeling.

YOU’RE AN EXPERT FIGHTER. My family grew up poor, so I got into fights with kids who would make fun of us. In college I threw myself into karate. I have a black belt. I’ve been doing Brazilian jujitsu for the past year.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR CHARACTER’S HANDYMAN SKILLS? You’ll find me building things and then hiring someone for triple the cost because I screwed it up. I built a 180-foot split-rail cedar fence—brutal.

WERE YOU EXCITED TO MEET ANGELINA? I was. You’re awestruck for 10 minutes, and then you do your job and all that falls away.