James Le Gros on acting, directors, and building a career.

James Le Gros Has Pretty Much Worked With Everybody

James Le Gros Has Pretty Much Worked With Everybody

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
June 23 2015 11:53 AM

The Six Degrees of James Le Gros

Known for roles in Drugstore Cowboy and Living in Oblivion, the well-traveled actor explains why he never faces the facts.

James Le Gros
James Le Gros.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy James Le Gros.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to actor James Le Gros, known for film roles in Drugstore Cowboy and Living in Oblivion and his recent turn on the FX drama Justified. James talks about the freedom of not knowing what’s next and why it’s important, even after being credited on over 100 TV shows and films, that he still gets nervous. The two also share some of their best stories, including Brian’s first meeting with Pat Riley and the night James attended a dinner party with Werner Herzog. Plus, we run James’ name through the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon generator, discuss why bitterness is the enemy as an artist, and talk about why it’s important to never face the facts.


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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.