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E92 – We’re excited to bring you the first half of our inspiring interview with W. Earl Brown, a very talented and prolific actor that you’ve seen as the main enforcer and right-hand man Dan Dority in HBO’s Deadwood, as Warren in There’s Something About Mary (of franks and beans fame!), as Kenny the news cameraman in Scream, and as the sheriff in Preacher, just to name a few of his works. He is also an amazing storyteller, screenwriter, producer, musician, and wonderful human being. Hear behind the scenes details about his work and inspirations, many from darker places, with stories and mentions about Lemmy from Motorhead, Elijah Wood, Wes Craven, Jamie Kennedy, Johnny Depp, Drew Barrymore, the Farrelly brothers, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott, David Milch, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Cusak, Chris Farley, Timothy Olyphant, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and more. We learn his backstory from Kentucky to Chicago to LA, his trajectory in successful films and series, his advice to new actors, and his personal, current, and upcoming projects like Bloodworth and Dad Band. If you are a fan of comedy, horror, or westerns, or a fan of rock, metal, or country music, you will find inspiration in this episode, full of wonderful nuggets of wisdom and vulnerability from the perspective of a seasoned actor, husband, father, and friend.
You can watch this episode on our Mouse and Weens YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeuFSExQ2EaHYSG-s4sgZw
Episode at A Glance:
3:30 The friendship with Lemmy from Motörhead
9:15 Introductions and hints about current projects
12:24 Scream: Wes Craven,Julianne, Jamie Kennedy, memories, realizations
23:12 There’s Something About Mary
24:10 On playing characters with disabilities
26:55 Career & fate
28:27 On his wife, daughter, and Kentucky
33:56 Scream: what you might not know about Drew Barrymore opening scene
36:57 Favorite kills per Kelly from Boobies & Noobies podcast
37:49 There’s Something About Mary: Did Warren find his baseball? Almost fired?
42:17 On ‘franks and beans’, ‘he was masturbating’, improv, the earmuffs, and Cameo.com
44:23 Typecasting, advice to new actors, fame, financing, character acting, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
48:54 Second City, Chris Farley, comedy in Chicago, the funny fat kid, finding his love of drama
52:12 Deadwood: why it was so unique, the writing, dedication and talent
55:54 Being a murderer, evil, darkness, depression, fears, power and the arts
1:01:47 Acting and vulnerability and the arts
1:03:42 A mistake filming the Deadwood pilot, becoming writer, the dark but genius David Milch
1:06:57 Milch intellectual and emotional, addict and alcoholic, at a higher frequency
1:10:11 Wes Craven and David Milch as his greatest teachers
Song credits: “Stuck Here Again” written by Julianne Eggold, covered by Three Chord Justice
Voice Actor: Matt Thompson
Follow @WEarlBrown on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Dad Band on YouTube by Men Aging Poorly.
IMDb for filmography, http://www.cameo.com for appearances, demo reel https://vimeo.com/120741162
Transcript of this episode on http://www.mouseandweens.com/shownotes
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