Sunday, October 2, 2011

Q&A: Alan Ball - Sydney Herald

AFTER winning an Oscar for American Beauty, Alan Ball created the darkly beautiful TV series Six Feet Under. Then came True Blood, now into its fourth series.

You cast Rachel Griffiths in Six Feet Under, Toni Collette in your film Towelhead and Ryan Kwanten in True Blood. What is it about Australian actors?

You guys create some really fantastic actors. It's just the talent.
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Is it true you sought out Kwanten to play Jason Stackhouse?

It is. I went to see this movie called Flicka, a family movie about a brother and sister and a horse, and he was the handsome, charming, not-so-intellectually developed brother. He was Jason. I called my casting director that day.

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