Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2012

John Goodman talks ‘Argo’ ‘Flight’ his role in ‘Hangover 3’ ‘Monsters University’ and overcoming personal problems

The famous actor, John Goodman, who grew from his role as Dan on “Roseanne” into a popular character actor with a growing resume, now has two big films in the theaters and can look back at his personal trials and difficulties.

Goodman (left) in “Argo” Warner Bros

The Daily Online details an interview with the actor, who stars in “Flight,” alongside Denzel Washington and Ben Affleck in “Argo.”

“In “Flight,”, my character figures he provides a service to the community by providing them with drugs. In ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ I play a baseball executive who’s an old friend of Clint Eastwood’s character. In ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ I play a jazz musician with a little heroin opportunity. It’s a Coen Brothers film set in 1961 in Greenwich Village at the very cusp of the folk boom. It’s about a pretty self-involved folk singer — not Bob Dylan — but he’s on the bill with him.”

(onto “Argo”)

“He’s a real guy named John Chambers. He was the first makeup artist to win an Academy Award. He was in the vanguard of prosthetic makeup in the late 1960s. For instance, he designed the first Planet of the Apes masks and the ears for Spock in Star Trek.”

Goodman also returns as Sully in Pixar’s prequel to “Monsters Inc.” and has a role in the third film in the “Hangover” series.

“In ‘The Internship,’ I spent a day with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, who play dinosaur salesmen on their way out, so they retool as interns at Google. I play the boss who fired them. In ‘Monsters University’ (sequel to ‘Monsters, Inc.’), I get to work with Billy Crystal again. The energy really explodes. And I start ‘Hangover III’ on Friday [Goodman started filming in September]. It breaks from the formula of the first two movies. It’s a pretty exciting caper film. I play a criminal. I’ve got to be careful what I say. I don’t want to get yelled at. I have a fear of getting yelled at.”

If was five years ago that Goodman quit drinking and the actor really dives into the personal challenges and history of the battle he has faced over the years.

“It’s called ‘a moment of clarity.’ I was in a bad place, and I couldn’t stop. I finally admitted that I needed to. I was 55.” Goodman continues, “I drank for about 30 years. Now I feel better. It’s like night and day. I think your brain changes, and all the good stuff comes. Your sober friend sinks in after a while. I try to accept whatever comes my way.”

Weight loss, turning 60 and of course, Roseanne are all part of this interview, so check out the full transcript here


Goodman in Robert Zemeckis’ film “Flight”

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