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'Warrior': Nick Nolte and Gavin O'Connor on MMA drama [Video]

November 21, 2011 |  1:17 pm

"Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor set his blue-collar family drama in the testosterone-fueled world of mixed martial arts fighting because, he said, he wanted to depict "an intervention in a cage."

O'Connor said he deliberately cast actors with brawny potential -- Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton -- as the film's pugilist brothers.

"Gavin kind of destroyed those guys, because they became physically different than they'd ever been in their entire lives," said Nick Nolte, who costars as the brothers' alcoholic father. "I think they became narcissistic."

Nolte and O'Connor discuss the virtues and vices of actor-athletes in this video from The Times' Envelope Screening Series.


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