Rami Malek Remembers Getting Advice From Phillip Seymour Hoffman for 'The Master'

Rami Malek recalls sharing a smoke with, and receiving some key advice from, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman while they filmed 'The Master.' Plus, he recounts seeing 'The Shining' as a child and being terrified, but also kind of turned on at the same time, in this wide-ranging interview with Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 9/14/2016

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Starring: Rami Malek

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Two years ago, I was Prince for Halloween.
00:06
I mostly wore women's clothing,
00:09
and these purple velvet shoes I found
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that were entirely too small for my feet,
00:14
which gave me a concept of what it's like
00:16
for women going out sometime.
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I went there.
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It didn't so much change my mood as the people around me.
00:23
I felt like I was more accessible to a number of people
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that I wasn't in the past.
00:30
Oh, some of the best roles I've ever played have just been
00:33
in five minute auditions that no one's ever seen.
00:36
The amount of times I've gotten, you know,
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into my car or on the train after an audition
00:41
and just like wanted to scream, or screamed,
00:44
or even cried at times, it was just like,
00:47
but it's good, I mean, hearing no that many times
00:49
really, it builds you a skin that puts you ready
00:52
to take on anything in the world.
00:54
You know what I loved about Mr. Robot is
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that it read like a play.
00:58
From the beginning, I was immersed in it, and then,
01:01
there were so many layers to this character,
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I was like, this guy's a gift for an actor.
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It's that thing I call the joker in the hand.
01:08
You know, that's the card you want,
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and yeah, that's what it was for me.
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People definitely ask weird questions all the time.
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Most people ask if it's really a show about robots,
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and I say, yes, do you like robots,
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'cause it's the show for you.
01:25
There is like a seminal moment in my life where my,
01:27
I was young, very young, and my dad showed me The Shining.
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It was so weird 'cause at one point, I was so freaked out,
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but I was aroused at the same time,
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for like, one of the first times,
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maybe the first time in my life,
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and I was sitting next to my father.
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That all happening at once is kind of etched in my mind
01:45
forever in not the best of ways, but it's there.
01:50
Don't know that I've seen The Shining since,
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so maybe I'm scarred by that.
01:55
Who is a royal to me?
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That is a great question.
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I would say that a king in my book
02:01
is Philip Seymour Hoffman, for sure.
02:05
You know, there was a moment in The Master
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where I was having a hard time,
02:09
and I went out, and we were sharing a smoke.
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I got to ask Philip Seymour Hoffman for advice
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on what to do in the scene, and he told me to
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just make Joaquin as uncomfortable as possible,
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and I was like, easier said than done, Phil.
02:27
My favorite birthday?
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I have a twin brother so we've
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had a lot of birthdays together.
02:32
We were on vacation when we were young, with family,
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and he met this girl who was also on vacation
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with her family, and she was really cute,
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and he kind of started to make out with her one day,
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and I got a little jealous.
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I asked if that would be okay if I, you know,
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got a piece of the action, as it were as well,
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and we were really young.
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I think we were like, I don't know, 10 or 11.
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So, I put on his clothes and went back
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to where he left off with her,
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and I started kissing, and somehow,
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through the course of kissing her,
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she noticed a difference, and I was like,
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oh, this sucks, I'm a terrible kisser,
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because she's noticing something,
03:15
but it was that I had gum in my mouth.
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She said you weren't just chewing gum two minutes ago,
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so where did that come from, and I just,
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I started having a panic attack and ran away.
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Yeah.