James Badge Dale


I Know That Face | James Badge Dale

There are few character actors out there that look capable of both long division and of delivering a vicious head-butt. This week’s subject, James Badge Dale, is one of those character actors. Best known for playing a varied assortment of cops, sheriffs, state troopers, security specialists, soldiers and CIA contractors, Dale imbues all his characters with a physicality, intelligence and vulnerability rarely seen these days. Whether it’s a military scientist in Spectral, a beleaguered police chief in Hold the Dark, an undercover cop turned militiaman in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek or a traumatised cipher in The Empty Man, Dale always delivers a remarkably layered performance no matter the project.
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Casting Net: Philip Seymour Hoffman in talks to join Tom Hardy pic; Plus, James Badge Dale, more

• Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (for Capote) is in negotiations to join the Soviet thriller Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is directing the adaptation with a script from Richard Price (Ransom). The terrific cast includes Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman. Hoffman’s next projects include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he’ll play Plutarch Heavensbee, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man with Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright, and God’s Pocket, directed by Mad Men’s John Slattery. [Deadline]