Brody unfazed by deep Houdini role
Published 04/05/2013 | 10:02
Adrien Brody has revealed that the challenge of portraying legendary magician Harry Houdini is "very exciting".
The Oscar-winning actor is set to play the illusionist in an upcoming History Channel mini-series, titled Houdini, which he said is in early stages.
"We are in the beginning stages of that, but it's very exciting and I have a lot of work ahead of me. There's a tremendous amount of research necessary to play an actual character, who is someone well-known and loved and revered," he said.
Adrien, who launched the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, is looking forward to immersing himself into the role. The show is expected to cover Houdini's life and career until his death at the age of 52 in 1926.
The 40-year-old is no stranger to throwing himself into the deep end with his performances. He drew away from his then-girlfriend, family and friends for months, gave up his flat and his car, learned how to play the piano, and lost 29lbs for his role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, which won him an Oscar award.
"In interpreting someone like Houdini, there are a lot of specifics that goes beyond imagination in that sense and there are a lot of details that need to be incorporated, and have to become essentially a part of me in order for me to interpret and portray him faithfully," he added.