The talented and intelligent character actor, Stephen Tobolowski, recently signed in to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything forum. Known best for (as he puts it, his favorite role) Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, he’s also turned in great performances in Sneakers, Single White Female, Memento, and the television series’ Deadwood and Californication. Some great dialogue was had with him and the reddit community:
Q: How many times a day does someone stop on you on the street with some manner of reference to Ned Ryerson?
A: Probably on an average of five times a week. That means I mathematically have a couple days off.
Q: Does it annoy you that people on the street approach you so regularly?
A: I think the answer to that is no, because everybody who approaches me is generally so pleasant. The only time it’s difficult is when they interrupt dinner at a restaurant, saying “I’m sorry, I don’t mean to interrupt your dinner, but…” and then they stay and chat for 30 minutes. Otherwise, it’s great!
Q: How was hugging Bill Murray?
A: It was actually fantastic, because Bill improvised that in the moment. That scene was shot in one take. It wasn’t written that way.
Q: Which do you prefer as an actor and as a “get out of bed and go to work” guy, live “full” acting or voice-only work? Also, can you do me a favor? I’ve always wanted to hear someone type the word “Passport”.
A: For me, nothing beats getting up at dawn and driving to the set of DEADWOOD, rehearsing in the dark, and shooting when the sun rises. Also: Passport.
He spent a lot of time answering questions and talked about things like working with Christopher Nolan, how supporting actors don’t make as much money as they used to, and an incident where he was almost killed by a man, and used that experience as inspiration for a character in a movie I have yet to see him in, The Glimmer Man.