Why Matthew Broderick took this funny role about death
Two-time Tony award winner Matthew Broderick opened up on “Salon Talks” about his process for choosing film roles—which is less of a process and more a mix of gut instinct and figuring it out while he goes.
When Broderick was asked about why he was drawn to his latest role in “To Dust,” where he plays a community college biology professor, opposite Géza Röhrig, who plays a Hasidic cantor, he pointed out that it’s not a strict process. “It's more like, I would read it and think, I don't really know how to do this, but it seems like there might be something.”
The longtime stage actor, envisions his on-screen role as a process not unlike theatre. “I just sorta think, oh I'll take a bite of that, and see how that is,” he continued. “It's hard to explain what I would like about a role always until I've done it, at least a little bit of it.”
Watch the video above to learn more about Broderick’s character, Albert. And check out the full episode to hear Broderick and writer/director Shawn Snyder talk about how “To Dust” confronts death and our complicated relationship with it, alongside religious beliefs and family traditions.
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