Since his days on that revered WB show about a girl who follows a boy to New York, Scott Speedman’s done a little bit of everything. He was pop cultures’ first hot vampire in Underworld, starred alongside Liv Tyler in a horror movie, Dustin Hoffman in a quirky dark comedy and then played the asshole in the most recent Nicholas Sparks movie that wasn’t The Notebook. In Citizen Gangster, opening Friday, he plays Edwin Boyd, a “kind of nuts” father of two who starts robbing banks in Toronto after he returns home to a less than booming economy post-WWII.
We chatted with Speedman, who’s in New Orleans shooting Barefoot with Evan Rachel Wood—”a little romantic comedy about a guy who’s not a great guy who works in a mental institution and kidnaps a patient to go to his brother’s wedding”—about Boyd, romance, and why he’s having a sad day.
Why Boyd: “The director got me the script and it was a very good script. He was a very passionate young man,” Speedman said of Nathan Marlando. “I really just responded to it pretty much right away. He was like nothing I’d played before.”
On-screen romance: Kelly Reilly stars opposite Speedman as Boyd’s great love. When the family’s out of money, he puts on some makeup, robs a bank, and buys his wife a car. When I suggest how romantic the gesture is Speedman quickly counters, “He was kind of nuts too! I love him crazy, he’s crazy in a great way [and] very much in love with his wife, but he did put them second and went off and had this crazy life. When he first started robbing the bank it was for them, but then it became a selfish need to be loved and get attention and they became very secondary.”
Real life romance is better: “Whatever I’ve done romantically is very intimate…” is all he offers.
What’s next: “I did a pilot this year actually, so we shall see what goes on with that. It’s a big high concept show for ABC; I loved doing it.”
Start listening to Beach House: “I like the new Beach House single, “Myth,” a lot; it has a new soundtracky thing that’s kind of cool. I’m missing Coachella right now, that’s my problem. I go with my best friends—we’ve been going for the past eight years! It’s more of a vacation the older you get, sitting by the pool, and you know just to be in the same place for five days is a luxury. So I’m sad today.”
Go see Citizen Gangster to make Scott happy. The movie opens stateside May 11.