Several times each semester, the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department brings in A-list players from Hollywood and independent cinema for intimate Q&A sessions with students. Past guests at the College have included The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn and acclaimed writer/director Oliver Stone. On Tuesday, November 10, award-winning actor Josh Brolin joined Department Chair Reeves Lehmann in front of a capacity crowd of students and faculty to discuss his work in the Coen Brothers film No Country For Old Men, his process for creating characters, and how following his turns in No Country and Milk, the industry has adopted the catchphrase “Pulling a Josh Brolin” to describe the situation of an actor defying all odds in landing a top-level role.
Brolin told Lehmann, “Preparation creates opportunity” in the movie industry, and that doing extensive prep-work was especially important in the earlier stages of a director’s career. He took questions from the students in the audience and showcased a sharp sense of humor throughout the event.
Images: Photos by Javier de Pablos Velez.