TODAY | December 05, 2013
>>> john goodman probably the most beloved character actors in the new movie, he plays a surly musician who takes a roadtrip. let's say this is not a guy you want to spend a lot of i'm in a car with. take a look.
>> solo act.
>> yeah, i know.
>> now, used to what, work with a cat? every time you play a c major with a major hairball?
>> what happened?
>> threw himself off the george washington bridge .
>> well, i don't blame him. i couldn't take it either if i had to play jimmy crack corn every night.
>> john goodman . welcome back. good to see you.
>> thank you.
>> sixth time you worked with the cohn brothers?
>> there were five fake news reels.
>> so did it take a lot of convincing when they called you or e-mailed you on this one?
>> they had me at hey, john.
>> i think what they said is hey, madman.
>> that's what ethan calls me.
>> why is there such a connection? i was reading you said everything they write resonates with you?
>> yeah, it's just the writing is so good, it acts itself almost. it's just all there on the page. they write such terrific characters.
>> you say it's all there on the page. this is a little different. this guy roland turner when they came to you the back story was encomplete. they left a lot up to your discretion.
>> i filled in a lot of it for myself just i am a loving breathing guy in the back seat and a lot of us don't know his business.
>> here's what you say about it. you say he seems to me, he seems to a lot of people he's weird and way out there, to me he seems normal him you go on to say let's say he's a jazz musician that has a problem going with rec yaeshl drugs that's gotten a little more than recreational.
>> he's a junkie. so many of us are.
>> is he an unlikable character?
>> very unlikable. very angry at the world and it's just a device for the stick in a car, in a miserable car trip to chicago.
>> music plays a big role in this movie. you were very impressed that the cohn brothers allowed the music to have a presence in the film.
>> music is a huge presence in the film and thank god for oscar isaac because he's a very talented guitarist and singer and when he finally sings, he comes alive. you can see who this guy is. he's not struggling but why he's an artist.
>> i think a lot of people here at work know i think the world of you as an actor. i loved your starring roles. but it's your move into these character roles i think has shown your genius. how do you approach these roles when you are not the title character ?
>> well, i never thought about that even when i was a title character . you are all a part of the ensemble. you are there to serve the script and the story and your fellow actors.
>> somebody wrote about you one time that said have you an indefinable your ra that makes audiences louf even when you are playing revolting people . which is about the nicest thing you can say about anybody i think.
>> i'm a pretty revolting guy.
>> no, when you play revolting people .
>> somebody bought into that?
>> you are very busy. you got another show you are starring in only a fa house. this is on amazon. so it's a little new wave here in terms of production. how is it different from doing a show for a major network or production company ?
>> it's the same exact thing. we shot at a wonderful studio out in queens, terrific new york actors and withere is no difference, yeah, just doing a normal show.
>> i was reading somewhere you made a comment you were thinking in the not too distant future of slowing down a bit. i hope you don't slow down too much. you make every project better. i really do.
>> if you look at "the sound of music" i'll be in the background. it's a wonderful show.
>> we look forward to that. hustle over there. john goodman ,