Five Favorite Films with William Fichtner
The ubiquitous character actor and star of this week's Drive Angry picks his all-time five.
Movie obsessives know him by name, while everyone else will definitely be familiar with his face: William Fichtner is one of Hollywood's finest and most prolific character actors, with supporting roles in dozens of films as varied as The Dark Knight, Heat, Black Hawk Down, Crash and Armageddon... to name just a handful.
In this week's deliberately trashy, neo-grindhouse actioner Drive Angry, Fichtner takes a co-starring role opposite Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard, playing a mysterious, black-suited pursuer known only as "The Accountant" -- a supernatural agent hot on the trail of Cage's hell-bent motorist. It's a funny, eccentric performance that near steals the film, and has already drawn praises (and some Walken comparisons) from early reviews.
"I had a great time doing it," Fichtner says of his role, "the best time I ever had, working on a film. Probably my most fun character. I just liked the guy." Curiously, for an actor who's played numerous parts across the moral spectrum, Fichtner's philosophy is, "If I don't like the character, if I can't find something, what am I gonna do with it? I can't play somebody I don't like."
Having discovered his co-star's Five Favorite Films recently, we decided to ask Fichtner to follow suit...
The Graduate (1967, 89% Tomatometer)
The Godfather/The Godfather: Part II (1972/1974, 100%/98% Tomatometer)
The Deer Hunter (1978, 91% Tomatometer)
Strictly Ballroom (1992, 94% Tomatometer)
Three Days of the Condor (1975, 86% Tomatometer)
Drive Angry is released this week.