James Badge Dale: Stealing summer 2013's blockbusters
05:00 AM, Jun 25, 2013
What do 2013 blockbuster films Iron Man 3, World War Z and The Lone Ranger have in common?
Each features a memorable performance by actor James Badge Dale, who is stealing the spotlight everywhere this summer.
Dale started off as the gum-chomping baddie Savin in Iron Man 3 who blew up Tony Stark’s home from a helicopter. His appearance in World War Z as Captain Speke is one of the true standout moments, especially when he calmly and comically reminds Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) to “turn off all pagers and cellphones” after Lane’s satellite phone awakens the zombies.
And Dale will appear as Ranger Dan Reid, John Reid’s gruff brother in The Lone Ranger on July 3.
“It can be surreal at times,” Dale says of his output this summer. “All of these have been two years of my life. I cannot tell you how proud I am of all three films. But after this I am receding back to my proverbial cave.”
What makes the appearances memorable is that each of the characters is more than a little odd.
“What can I say, I’m an odd guy,” says Dale. “I have to change it up and do something fun. And I’ve been fortunate enough that people have allowed me to do what I do with these characters.”
Dale had his breakthrough with the 2010 HBO series The Pacificas Robert Leckie, a character who had some personal issues fighting in the South Pacific in World War II. And Dale has kept the parts rolling since.
But this season’s hot streak may have actually started with his appearance as a gaunt, bald cancer patient enjoying one of his last cigarettes in 2012’s Flight.
“I’m a workhorse, I’m popping out of this and going onto another job,” he says.
We’ll next see him onscreen in Parkland, which recounts the day at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital when President John F. Kennedy was shot.
“I feel this movie will really surprise people,” says Dale. “An actor told me once that you want to not only surprise yourself but your audience, as well.”