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You've been a busy guy in 2014. What can Danny Huston fans expect from you in 2015?
Well, I am preparing to get back in the saddle and direct again...that's how I started. I'm about to make a film in Mexico, set in Tijuana, a dusty tale with a collection of rather seedy characters. I'm also preparing a small film in the UK based on a book by a close friend.
What is it about "Masters of Sex" that makes it so appealing to viewers?
The title (laughs)! It's about our understanding of sexuality in our society. How very recently women's and men's problems of a sexual nature were so taboo and still are.
What was it about "The Liberator" that made you want to be a part of it?
I played opposite Edgar Ramirez in Clash of the Titans. He was Aries and I was Poseidon, so I thought it would be fun to act with my (Greek, demigod) nephew again! (laughs). The script, was more than intriguing, as was the director (Alberto Arvelo) who I spoke to on the phone several times prior to traveling to Venezuela. The adventurous spirit in me was awakened and I embarked on the journey.
What can you tell us about your character Torkington?
Torkington, British emissary, created by Tim Sexton (the writer) and Alberto as a means to shed light on Bolivar's stance with respect to the financing of his revolution. Torkington supports Bolivar cause both financially and morally, but he is also a shrewd realist, that is the dilemma between them - whether they see eye to eye on how to achieve independence.
"The Liberator" debuted in September 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened in its home country of Venezuela in July 2014. Having done very well internationally, how do you think the film will be received in the US?
It's an epic story. From a historical point of view it's fascinating. I believe the audience will connect emotionally to the film. Edgar's performance has eloquence and poetry, while also revealing the imperfections and complexities of the man. Alberto's direction is delicate - but painted with a bold palette. The film is politically relevant... Politics versus money versus morality... Timeless.
Do you pay much attention to critic reviews?
Yes, I do. Reviews - "You can't believe the bad because you shouldn't believe the good" (or is it the other way around?!). I usually pay great attention!
Do you plan to see "The Liberator" when it comes out in theaters?
Absolutely! I like to get a sense of the audience's reaction, to see how the film plays. Especially a film of this epic scale, should be seen on a big screen.
Recently we've seen you on Showtime's hit drama "Masters of Sex". What was that experience like?
It was great fun! I loved working with (director) Michael Apted. Michael Sheen is great, as are all the actors. The episodes are truly charged! It's a wonderful odd quirky world, the world of Masters of Sex.
How would you describe your character Dr. Douglas Greathouse in "Masters of Sex"?
He's a dirty bastard (laughs). He's very interested in his own gratification and really he's seducing Masters to try to achieve his own personal fantasies. From my point of view, he was a very fun character to play.
You were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for "Magic City" (2012). How did it feel to be recognized for your work?
I was utterly delighted! Mitch Glazer, creator, show-runner of Magic City, and dear friend, shared in my delight! And we were thrilled!
You had a recurring role on "American Horror Story" portraying The Axeman. Who is The Axeman?
The Axeman is based on a real character...he existed... he sent a letter, manifesto to the local paper, saying that the people of New Orleans would NOT be killed on a specific night, if they played jazz in their homes! He managed to have all of New Orleans play jazz out of fear! And the music flowed... from people homes, local clubs, bars etc. Crazy!
What was it like working on a film produced and directed by the one and only Tim Burton?
A one and only experience. I'm always reminded when I meet people with that immensity of talent, how unassuming they seem... Tim Burton is a gentle soul and a gentle man.
You'll be starring in Tim Burton's upcoming film "Big Eyes" scheduled to be released on Christmas Day 2014. What's the story being told in the film?
Margaret Keane, known for her paintings of children, usually alone, almost orphaned and with large dewy eyes... regarded not as true art by some, but yet so soulful, sentimental. They have those wonderful little highlight in the eyes, eyes that cry out to you from the canvas. A lot of us know her work, maybe only subconsciously. The paintings are very recognizable, popular. The story is about Margaret's (Amy Adams) emancipation. And her relationship with her husband played by Christoph Waltz.
Tim Burton is known for his dark, gothic, macabre and quirky horror and fantasy films. How does "Big Eyes" compare?
In a way when you look at a Keane's painting... there is a hypnotic nature about them, the way they look out at you makes them hard to ignore. A lot of Burton's films are about people who don't necessarily fit into the mold of normality - non conformists, outsiders. And that's very much the story of "Big Eyes."
"Big Eyes" stars the mega-talented Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. What was the best part about working with them?
I suppose the short answer is...them. Working with them. I'm reminded of when I was a kid and I spent time on my father's film sets (my father being John Huston) and I always noticed how everything seemed so effortless...however complicated...however difficult...the people were of such a caliber that it seemed easy...and that's what it was like working with them.
We've seen you act in everything from thrillers to dramas. Which genre do you think suits you best as an actor and why?
My primary guiding light is to work with people that I respect and to participate in the telling of that story. I'm not in any way driven by a particular genre. A good story is all I'm after.
"The Liberator" arrived in theaters October 3rd. What can you tell us about the film?
It is about Simon Bolivar -- "El Libertador". His struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolivar is to South American what George Washington is to the US.