Hartford Con 2015 Interview: Eric Roberts Reflects on His Career and Hints at His Future

So Eric, how are you doing?

Good, how are you?

Good, good. I love all your work. Everything you’ve done is great. You really bring an energy to each role that you do. You submit, you really get into it fully, and I respect that about you.

That’s so kind of you, thank you.

Sure, sure. Especially, I love your work on Entourage.

That was fun to do. What a great group.

Tell me about that experience.

Well, Jeremy is the guy. He is the boss, and he runs that show and runs that set, and he’s a great guy to work with.

You’re talking about Jeremy Piven?

Yes, he runs that set, and he does it well. And all those kids are great.

Yeah. You’ve had quite a career for many years. Do you have a particular favorite memory from all of your work?

The journey that Bob Fosse took me through for Star 80. That’s a memory. My first film, King of the Gypsies, is an outstanding memory. The Pope of Greenwich Village with Mickey Rourke is an outstanding memory. Love Is a Gun with my wife is an outstanding memory. It’s My Party is an outstanding memory. Those are probably my favorites.

What about them? Was it the role or the character you played?

It was the intensity of the character and the job but it was also the execution and who helped me through it, my directors and my writers.

Do you have a favorite director that you worked with?

Bob Fosse, hands down, bar none.

Why him?

It’s an overused and abused word, but he was a genius. And once you work with the genius, you know what it is, and it’s a gift.

Are there any filmmakers or actors out there that you haven’t worked with already that you would want to in the future?

Tom Cruise.

Yeah?

Yeah. Tom Cruise might be my favorite actor.

Really?

Yeah, might be. I mean, look at his career from Risky Business up til now, he’s knocked us out several times.

Okay, interesting. What are you working on presently?

Go to IMDB.com, it’ll tell you everything, better than me.

Okay, Eric, thank you for your time.

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