Is the 26-year-old actor tired of getting media food bribes? “Food bribes,” he repeats rather quizzically. “Oh yeah, I got offered some Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal this morning. I don’t even know (why). I haven’t had Cinnamon Toast Crunch for about six years. I actually ate some french fries just before these interviews. I had a carbohydrate O.D.”
…..During this interview, he politely deflects a question about the comparisons between the movie’s strange world and the weird celebrity-driven culture that surrounds him. “I don’t know if our culture is celebrity-driven at all,” he says. “I think it just drives itself.”
He sounds quite levelheaded and likable as he talks about “Cosmopolis,” his new movie opening Friday in metro Detroit. The unusual film is loaded with metaphors and big statements on capitalism, technology, wealth, fear, paranoia, ambition and emotional isolation. But its leading man seems refreshingly uncomplicated.
“It’s a guy who’s having a strange day,” he says with a laugh in what could be the understatement of the month.