Matt Dillon is aware that people might walk out of his new film – and hes totally fine with it.
The 54-year-old actor stars in psychological horror The House That Jack Built alongside Uma Thurman, with the movie hitting screens later this month.
The film follows Matts character Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer who relives his most defining kills over the last 12 years – which, well admit, doesnt sound like the most light-hearted viewing on a cold November evening.
As such, the film has divided critics and even prompted some viewers to walk out of a screening at Cannes Film Festival in May.
However, the Drugstore Cowboy star has admitted he doesnt mind if viewers decide its too much for them, as this is precisely the films desired effect.
Im OK that people are upset, Matt told Mr Porters weekly digital magazine The Journal. Its meant to be upsetting and you should know, if youre going to see this, that it is going to some very dark, disturbing places.
Insisting that he has no regrets over taking on the role, he added: But I think its a good film. Really good. And Im glad that I did it.
There are a lot of aspects of my job, rejection being one of them … There can be frustrations. But isnt that life?
In fact, Matt said hes in a better place than ever to deal with criticism.
The actor, who has starred in films like Theres Something About Mary with Cameron Diaz in 1998 and coming-of-age drama film The Outsiders, confessed hes never felt more comfortable with acting and all of its respective highs and lows.
I think its because Ive accepted its OK to get lost. Getting lost is part of what makes the medium work. Failing is important. The potential for failure is really important, he shared.
You have to have the freedom to potentially not do it right, because you can do it again, and youre going learn from that. And thats just part of the process. When youre younger, you just go, “Oh, Ive failed.”
Asked about where he finds inspiration for his roles, Matt explained that his main focus is thinking about the way children look at the world and channelling that dream-big ideal.
Speaking about seeing ambitious drawings he did as a child, he said: You never, ever have the audacity to do that when you get older. Whats great about kids is they dont really focus on what they cant do, they just focus on what they want to do. Its a beautiful thing.
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