Did you know Adam before you signed up for The Big Short?
I’d not met Adam, but he just called me, you know, he’s obsessed with the financial crisis, and he’s a very engaging guy. I really drank the Kool-Aid when it comes to Adam, he’s the shit. And I loved the idea that the guy who had done all of the Will Ferrell films was going to be tackling this. And when he sent me the script, I just fell for it. I did some research on Mike Burry, and looked at some interviews, and read lots of things, and thought, Absolutely. He’s a wonderful character. And I then went and met Mike, and it turns out he’s a wonderful person as well.
Michael Lewis said your performance, the way you mirrored Burry’s affect, was “borderline creepy.”
That’s so nice of him. I had the best time with Mike Burry. He’s clearly a brilliant man. But he is also an incredibly heartfelt, very sincere man. When we started, it was very early in the morning. We had coffee, and we talked nonstop until was dark. About absolutely everything under the sun. It was a very interesting day, far more for me than it was for him. He is just such an engaging man, and so unusual, and somebody who I became incredibly fond of. And unfortunately I won’t be able to make the New York premiere because I’ll be here working, but I’m hoping he can make it to the L.A. premiere, because I really want to sit next to him and see if he’s going to punch me in the face.
It’s interesting to me that you describe Burry as engaging and charming, since those are not words you usually associate with people on the autism spectrum. Or high-finance people, for that matter.
He is one of the most sincere people I have ever met. And at the same time as having such an incredible mind, he feels immensely, for the information he gathers, for the situation of the markets.Continue Reading