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Q You’ve worked with some heavyweights in your life, including Julie Taymor. How does a show like this compare to, say, “The Lion King”?
A This is as hard a job as it is doing a musical on Broadway and it has the same satisfaction. The communion with the children, you can’t recommend it enough. They are at an age where they believe everything. If you make a single false move, they catch it immediately. They keep me very honest in a piece that’s so over-the-top physically. This is as big an acting lesson as I’ve had in my 40-year career.
Q But you are officially retired, no?
A Yes. I’m drawing a full pension from Actors’ Equity. They allow me to work. And I’m drawing a partial pension from [the Screen Actors Guild]. For a guy who came out of the projects with no education, I’ve been very lucky. I had a TV series [“Leg Work”]. I got to work with some great directors and actors. I got an education along the way.
Q You also seem free.
A When you’re an actor, you’re constantly unemployed. Every job ends. I’ve been lucky that I’ve always had work. But this period of my life is incredibly exciting. Every day is a great big gift.
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