© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

The Misunderstanding of John Malkovich

Audiences may think of John Malkovich as the guy who specializes in playing evil, demented or manipulative villains. But the actor says that perception reveals more about what the public likes -- or what they like to see him do -- than about the roles he actually takes on.

Malkovich is more than just a big-screen baddie -- and he's more than just an actor. He directed the 2003 film The Dancer Upstairs, and helms Mr. Mudd, a film production company. Mr. Mudd's latest project is a black comedy called Art School Confidential, in which Malkovich plays a thoroughly unattractive, and not very talented, art professor. The film is directed by Terry Zwigoff and adapted from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes.

In an interview with Robert Siegel, Malkovich talks about the challenges of both acting in and producing the same movie, why it's lucky he's a "gifted and well-trained liar" and how tater tots foiled an earlier career as a cabbage cutter.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.