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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tracy Letts Interview: How He Was Bested By Hollywood—Then Beat It

IndieWire: “The guy is a god. If you have any interest in American theater, you know this guy. You know and fear him.”

These are the first words director James Schamus had to say when asked for his thoughts on Tracy Letts. Indeed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony Award-winning actor is a legend of the stage, but only recently has he broken into film and television — as an actor. His latest role is on the HBO series, “Divorce,” and it’s a part that was only supposed to last one episode.

“I died in the pilot,” Letts bluntly put it, when IndieWire spoke with him in his Chicago home.

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