Michael Stuhlbarg has only admiration for Luca Guadagnino, Guillermo del Toro, and Steven Spielberg--the directors he worked with in this award season's three major contenders.
With three impressive supporting roles in Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, del Toro's The Shape of Water, and Spielberg's The Post, actor Michael Stuhlbarg modestly answered Hollywood Reporter when asked of the similarity between his three projects:
I would say the commonality between the three may just be the generosity and encyclopedic knowledge of the directors. They're all remarkable filmmakers, beautiful human beings, and so excited about the work that they do.
Speaking of Guillermo del Toro's offer for him, Stuhlbarg said:
I got a call saying that [Guillermo del Toro] wanted to meet me. I had no idea that he knew who I was, so it was a huge surprise. We seemed to hit upon a commonality between the two of us, which was a love of making art. He has tons of sketchbooks, as do I. He gave me the script at the end of our meeting.
Stuhlbarg has been gathering attention for recent years with memorable performances that might go under the radar. From Hugo, Lincoln, Seven Psychopaths to A Serious Man and Arrival, his emotional range proves nothing short of commitment and vital flexibility to characters.
However, 2017 seems to be his year as Stuhlbarg got the supporting roles in three Oscar hopefuls. His experiences with these characters provided him a chance to challenge and enhance his acting ability. He must learn Italian and Russian, tackled a new character approach by del Toro, and did extensive research for Abe Rosenthal in The Post, among others.
I love challenges, curveballs, whether it's speaking Italian or Russian or any opportunity to be across the table from Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks, actors I adore and love, who I've respected for years.
Let's hope the best for this late-blooming character-actor.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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