Paul Dano - Paul Dano: For Ellen made me ill
Paul Dano claims the uncomfortable clothes he donned to portray rock singer Joby in 'For Ellen' made him ill.
Paul Dano says filming 'For Ellen' made him ill.
The 28-year-old actor succumbed to a terrible fever while playing damaged rock singer Joby in So Yong Kim's new drama because he had to wear tight skinny jeans and pointy boots in snow-covered New York.
He said: ''That outfit did not cut it. I got a throat infection. We were filming for three weeks and I got a steroid shot in my butt to push myself through my fever.''
Paul enjoyed playing a father locked in a custody battle for his daughter and found it humbling to have to look after the young actress who played his daughter, Shaylena Mandigo, on set.
He explained: ''It was amazing to put on the tight pants and boots and feel like the character. Some people don't like working with kids, but kids keep you honest. If you're crossing a street in a scene you can't be the selfish actor. You have to be in the moment so this little girl isn't hit by a car.''
The actor boasts a varied resume filled with both blockbuster hits like 'Looper' and smaller independent roles, but the only factor that motivates him to take on a new role is whether he likes the director.
He said: ''Indie or mainstream isn't the choice I'm making. Obviously I've got to make sure my bills are paid. It's whether I want to work with a director. There's got to be some exciting creative sparks.''