In Butter you play a freakishly talented butter carver in Iowa. Do you have any skills that are similarly impressive without being remunerative?
I am not burdened with a skill set. Acting was my only way to make a living. Everything else had been eliminated through a long process of failure and firings.
You grew up in a small town in Oregon. Did the characters in Butter seem real to you?
My grandfather was a farmer in Oregon, and he's partly why we moved out to this town of 200 people. When you get out there, the things that people get...