Supporting Actor Speaks on There Will Be Blood

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Kevin J. O'Connor portrayed Daniel Day-Lewis' "brother" Henry Brandis in There Will Be Blood. With that movie having come out on DVD yesterday, Movie Web caught up with the little known actor to ask him about the experience on set:

Daniel Plainview and H.W.
How did you first learn of the project and what attracted you to the character Henry Brands?
Kevin J. O'Connor: Well I got the script and I sent in the audition on tape right away. What attracted me was the people involved, Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson, obviously, and the character. When I read the character, I thought 'I like this guy,' the way they explain this character, it was even vaguer than the other characters, I thought, and I found it interesting.

This guy shows up out of nowhere and it's sort of frightening. You take a left turn from the movie and you get this other character and story and you want to make sure that it still blends in with the rest of the film... but you're in the hands of Mr. Anderson and Mr. Day-Lewis.

Daniel Day-Lewis just gave a towering performance in this. Could you or everyone else on the set get a sense early on that this was Oscar-worthy right away?
Kevin J. O'Connor: You know what? I guess I wasn't looking at it that way, but I thought, 'Wow. This is such an interesting character.' Since I have scenes with him, I don't get a chance to just watch him, in a sense of just sitting back. I'm with him, like most of the actors, were with Daniel Plainview, so we'd sort of do anything to please him (Laughs).

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There Will Be Blood Quotes

I'm your brother... from another mother.

Henry Brands

Plainview: You're not the chosen brother, Eli. It was Paul who was chosen. You see, he found me and told me about your land. You're just a fool.
Eli Sunday: Why are you talking about Paul? Don't say this to me.
Plainview: I did what your brother couldn't. I broke you and I beat you. It was Paul who told me about you. He's the prophet. He's the smart one. He knew what was there and he found me to take it out of the ground, and you know what the funny thing is? Listen... listen... listen... I paid him ten thousand dollars, cash in hand, just like that. He has his own company now. A prosperous little business. Three wells producing. Five thousand dollars a week.
[Eli cries]
Plainview: Stop crying, you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense. You're just the afterbirth, Eli.
Eli Sunday: No...
Plainview: You slithered out of your mother's filth.
Eli Sunday: No.
Plainview: They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece. Where were you when Paul was suckling at your mother's teat? Where were you? Who was nursing you, poor Eli- one of Bandy's sows? That land has been had. Nothing you can do about it. It's gone. It's had. You lose.
Eli Sunday: If you would just take this lease, Daniel...
Plainview: Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy. Drained dry. I'm so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that's a straw, you see? You watching?. And my straw reaches acroooooooss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake... I... drink... your... milkshake!
[sucking sound]
Plainview: I drink it up!
Eli Sunday: Don't bully me, Daniel!
[Daniel roars and throws Eli across the room]
Plainview: Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!