July 04, 2011 12:00 PM

>PETER SARSGAARD

ON PREPPING FOR MAKEUP

I’d go in at around 3 a.m., shave my head and my face and pour alcohol all over—which feels really good [laughs].

ON HIS GIANT PROSTHETIC HEAD

The sweat just comes down, down, down. It was vile. I would feel like crap, and then the minute the camera started rolling, I was having a blast.

ON THE REACTION FROM HIS WIFE, MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL

She has such enormous empathy. She came up and looked at it and said, “Do you get claustrophobic in there?”

ON TIM ROBBINS PLAYING HIS DAD

Tim gave me my first movie, Dead Man Walking. The guy who hires you is always gonna be your boss.

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