'Hell on Wheels' Anson Mount: 'Stop taking me so seriously'

Zap2it: You're a 1998 MFA graduate of New York City's Columbia University. Now you teach students in the third year of the masters program for acting at your alma mater. What do the students want to know?Anson Mount: By the time they get to the last year, which is the third year of the program, they're scared s***less usually, because they haven't had anything to do with me until they get me in class. The first thing I have to get them to do is stop taking me so seriously, and then I have to work on not taking themselves too seriously.Zap2it: Why is that important?Anson Mount: If I can say one thing to [beginning actors], it's to stop giving such a s***. They come out, and it's so competitive, and it's such a capitalist society, and they're so scared, they're wanting to knock it out of the ballpark every single time. The biggest thing...



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