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:
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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