By Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
If you’re looking for a riveting documentary to watch on Netflix check out That Guy… Who Was in That Thing directed by Ian Roumain and Michael Schwartz. The premise of Roumain and Schwartz’s documentary is to showcase some of the best and most underrated character actors working in modern day Hollywood. It just so happens that one of the actors interviewed in this 2012 film is a friend of WordTheatre, Xander Berkeley.
In That Guy, while talking about what sparked the need to become an actor, Xander said, “The idea that you can learn lines and become another character by saying these lines thrilled me.” It’s interesting to see that rather than the fame or other social aspects of acting, it was the idea of entering into another mindset that grabbed his attention. It’s most certainly that fascination with the essence of a character that has made Xander one of the best character actors on film and in television, and he has thrilled audiences in films like Air Force One, Taken, M*A*S*H, The A-Team, and 24.
Now, in many of them, Berkeley was cast as the bad guy or the anti-hero, such as in The Booth at The End. IMDb has even noted that his trademark is the person who “usually starts walking away from whomever he’s talking to mid-sentence.” Berkeley talked about being typecast when he said, “I had to stop playing bad guys for a while. I had a casting director tell me, ‘you will never play the nice guy next door.’” To that comment, Xander responded with “What do you mean I am the nice guy next door?”
We at WordTheatre agree with Xander; he is the definition of a nice guy. Xander is the type of person who books his schedule with appointments to help others. He has graciously taken time from his work to perform for us frequently and has always been a joy to work with. In fact, Mr. Berkeley will be portraying Friedrich Nietzsche in WordTheatre’s next event, Granta’s Dead Interviews at Six01 Studios in Burbank on April 17th.
So if you’re looking for a fascinating documentary to watch, check out That Guy… Who Was in That Thing on Netflix and we urge you to come and watch Xander Berkeley as one of the actors resurrecting famous literary and pop cultural icons in Granta’s Dead Interviews at Six01 Studios in Burbank on April 17th.