Robert Patrick on Becoming an Actor: “The guys who make it to the major leagues are not there because they are lucky”
I can’t help it — even though it was over twenty years ago now since the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, whenever I see Robert Patrick on screen I end up thinking of him as the T-1000. Though I don’t think he minds that one bit, Patrick has had a lot of great roles since then, and he is his usual stoic self as the General Manager for the Atlanta Braves in Trouble with the Curve, which stars Clint Eastwood.
Patrick spoke about his role in the film and his general thoughts on making it as an actor with The Big Mac Blog.
Patrick notes that while it’s a bit unnerving to be acting against a legend like Eastwood, as a professional one has to put that aside. He explains, “It’s intimidating and he is a hero and once you get passed that you realize it’s your time to shine and you have to do the job… When they hire you to be in a film they are directing it’s an endorsement and a pat on the back to get the job done. But right before the camera rolls it’s like, ‘Wow everything I ever wanted is right here.’ I worked with Harrison Ford I had the same feeling about that. Guys like Clint and Harrison they are really good at putting you at ease, Clint especially. He’s such a great guy. He has such a great sense of humor. It was a really comfortable experience. I feel like I delivered.”