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Parting Shot

Photograph by Corey Nickols

in Issues
on Jul 17, 2014


You won’t find a more disturbing portrait of psychopathology on screen than in James Franco’s upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God. In a lead performance both riveting and repellent — and worthy of comparisons to Klaus Kinski — Scott Haze plays Lester Ballard, a necrophiliac killer inhabiting the back woods of Eastern Tennessee. And while there are plenty of awful acts one could note, the overriding feeling emitted by Haze’s primal performance is one of sheer, suffocating estrangement — a man’s near redaction from the human race. “I needed to go all in,” says Haze of his preparation […]

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