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Ben Foster Talks 'Hell Or High Water' At Pelham Picture House

Ben Foster (r) discusses his new film "Hell or High Water" with Marshall Fine at The Picture House.
Ben Foster (r) discusses his new film "Hell or High Water" with Marshall Fine at The Picture House. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

PELHAM, N.Y. -- When actor Ben Foster first read the script for his new film "Hell or High Water", he knew there was only one person who could play the role of Tanner, a hotheaded bank robber.

"I was told to read the script and read it quick," Foster said. "It was the the best script I've ever read. I made a mission not to let it go to anyone else."

Foster was at The Picture House in Pelham last week, taking part in a Q-n-A with critic Marshall Fine to discuss the movie, which opens in theatres Friday. Foster's breakout role was in the 2001 comedy "Get Over It" and he has starred in "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Alpha Dog," "3:10 To Yuma" and "Lone Survivor."

The film, about two West Texas brothers who rob banks to save their ranch, appealed to Foster, who said he was initially looking to take a break after being on the road for two years.

"I have a lot of friends from Texas," Foster said. "I enjoy the food and love the music. It's like a different country down there."

To get his Texas accent down, Foster worked with a dialect coach and chewed beef jerky.

Foster is known for playing intense characters with a hot temper who always seem like they're ready to break and "Hell or High Water" is no exception.

"Nobody is hiring me for romantic comedies," Foster joked.

One perk of the movie was that it reunited Foster with Peter Berg, who directed "Lone Survivor" and produces "Hell or High Water." Foster said he loves working with Berg.

"He's a beast," Foster said. "He's a jock philosopher. He's very complicated, there's always this sense of mischief about him. He's a joy to play with. He loves our military."

Another highlight of the film for Foster was getting to work with Jeff Bridges, who plays a Texas Ranger determined to catch the two brothers.

"He's The Dude," Foster said, referring to his character in "The Big Lebowski". "He's the best."

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