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'Carnage': Sometimes it's good when actors phone it in [video]

November 11, 2011 | 12:00 pm

A scene from Roman Polanski's Carnage
As Alan Cowan in "Carnage," Christoph Waltz constantly interrupts the conversation he's having with his wife (Kate Winslet) and another couple (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) -- the parents of a boy their son has injured in a fight -- by taking phone calls. He not only interrupts others by answering his cellphone, he picks it up in the middle of his own thoughts. It says a lot about his character and his willingness to be in the parental discussion in the first place. But those tinny voices you barely hear on the other end of the phone? Real actors holding a real conversation with him, Waltz reveals.

In this clip from the Q&A at the Envelope Screening Series with Waltz and Reilly and Times film writer Rebecca Keegan, Waltz discusses the phone calls, and Reilly reveals a couple of Alan's other social faux pas.


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--Elena Howe

Photo: Jodie Foster, from left, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet in a scene from Roman Polanski's "Carnage." Credit:  Guy Ferrandis/Sony Pictures Classics

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