Peter Sarsgaard: I didn’t need drugs to play addict

Actor Peter Sarsgaard has lived enough to know how to play a cocaine-addicted gangster.

The Golden Globe-nominated star has starred in everything from horror flick Orphan to military movie Jarhead.

For his latest role in Black Mass, Peter’s Brian Halloran finds himself on the wrong side of real-life criminal James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, played by Johnny Depp.

“Nothing artificial, no. But I’ve lived. I know what things are,” Peter told Australia’s GQ magazine when they asked how he got into character of the drug dependant Brian.

While the subject matter for Black Mass is heavy, as an actor Peter had to switch between other roles he was filming at the same time, including psychologist Stanley Milgram biography Experimenter.

Luckily Peter knows how to snap out of one character and into another.

“When you see Experimenter, that guy couldn’t be more different. I can’t imagine these two guys in the same room,” he smiled.

“I’ve been acting for a very long time now. I used to think I needed to ease my way into something and ease my way out of it. Now I feel like even though I’m using a method that relies on personal experience I don’t hold onto things for the purpose of making them better.”

Many of Peter’s films have received critical acclaim. And as long as the actor stays in work, he’s a happy man.

“I was finishing The Slap (TV show), then I went into Hamlet, then I have been doing Magnificent Seven. But it doesn’t feel that way to me. For me, I would wake up every day and play Hamlet if I could. But I’m enough of a junkie about it that I will try to stay employed all the time,” he admitted.

– Cover Media