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Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Feb 13, 2005
Q1:How much control did you have with this character Elliot and was there any reluctance in portraying a gay character?
R:Actually I had a lot of leeway and latitude with (director)Gary Gray. Although Elliott was written in the novel by Elmore (Leonard), we had to start from scratch. I didn't take the role specifically to get away from the action genre. Actors always wait for that role to be fearless, where they can jump off the cliff, and for me that was this role, an opportunity to play a guy who was conflicted in a world that he didn't want to be in, and still felt that he had something to offer the world through song and dance. He was a gay man who was proud and by the end of the movie embraced even more being gay.

Q2:What did you feel you had in common with him?
Rock: In terms of drawing from things in my own life, I connected with Elliott. Here's this aspiring actor — that was me five years ago. And this is a guy who doesn't have any money — that was me eight yea...

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