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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

Credit

Starring:

Rami Malek

Transcript

00:03
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
00:11
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.
00:18
I went there.
00:19
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
00:27
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,
00:38
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
00:56
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,
01:03
I was like, this guy's a gift for an actor.
01:06
It's that thing I call the joker in the hand.
01:08
You know, that's the card you want,
01:11
and yeah, that's what it was for me.
01:13
People definitely ask weird questions all the time.
01:17
Most people ask if it's really a show about robots,
01:20
and I say, yes, do you like robots,
01:23
'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.
01:31
It was so weird 'cause at one point, I was so freaked out,
01:34
but I was aroused at the same time,
01:37
for like, one of the first times,
01:39
maybe the first time in my life,
01:40
and I was sitting next to my father.
01:42
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,
01:52
so maybe I'm scarred by that.
01:55
Who is a royal to me?
01:57
That is a great question.
01:59
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
02:07
where I was having a hard time,
02:09
and I went out, and we were sharing a smoke.
02:13
I got to ask Philip Seymour Hoffman for advice
02:16
on what to do in the scene, and he told me to
02:19
just make Joaquin as uncomfortable as possible,
02:22
and I was like, easier said than done, Phil.
02:27
My favorite birthday?
02:29
I have a twin brother so we've
02:30
had a lot of birthdays together.
02:32
We were on vacation when we were young, with family,
02:35
and he met this girl who was also on vacation
02:38
with her family, and she was really cute,
02:41
and he kind of started to make out with her one day,
02:45
and I got a little jealous.
02:47
I asked if that would be okay if I, you know,
02:51
got a piece of the action, as it were as well,
02:54
and we were really young.
02:55
I think we were like, I don't know, 10 or 11.
02:58
So, I put on his clothes and went back
03:01
to where he left off with her,
03:03
and I started kissing, and somehow,
03:07
through the course of kissing her,
03:08
she noticed a difference, and I was like,
03:10
oh, this sucks, I'm a terrible kisser,
03:13
because she's noticing something,
03:15
but it was that I had gum in my mouth.
03:18
She said you weren't just chewing gum two minutes ago,
03:22
so where did that come from, and I just,
03:24
I started having a panic attack and ran away.
03:28
Yeah.