Act of love

Act of love

Josh Brolin isn't one who's shy about tackling intense characters.

The Oscar-nominated US actor has played a sinister doctor in Planet Terror (2007), a war veteran who's on the run after stealing from a drug cartel in No Country For Old Men (2007) and a obsessive, vengeful prisoner in Oldboy (2013).

Brolin, 46, plays yet another morally ambiguous man in the Jason Reitman-directed drama Labor Day, this time an intimidating escaped convict who convinces an agoraphobic single mother (Kate Winslet) to let him hide in the house she shares with her teenage son.

Opening here tomorrow, the drama also sees Brolin showing his sensitive side as he romances Winslet by being the man she seeks.

He speaks to M about playing extreme characters and his roller-coaster career at the Mayfair Hotel in London, UK, last October.

It's been a very fruitful working period for you, with high-profile titles like Labor Day, Oldboy, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For and Inherent Vice. Does it feel like a good time (in your career)?

Brolin: I don't think of it like that, (but) yes, on hindsight, I'm really grateful to be working.

But more so, I'm grateful for when (Inherent Vice director) Paul Thomas Anderson calls you and asks you, "I may have some work for you, are you interested?"

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