Nick Nolte’s character in the upcoming HBO series “Luck” is epic — he’s a man of few words. Few croaked words that are at once profound and pretty much unintelligible.
After Friday’s (Jan. 13) Television Critics Association Press Tour session — which Nolte attended along with lead Dustin Hoffman and executive producers Michael Mann and David Milch — we’re thinking the guy is just channeling himself. And we should add that his voice sounds like Tom Waits’ gravelly growl slowed down and run through a coffee grinder.
After shuffling on to stage in a red shirt and olive Fedora, Nolte continually stymied reporters with his creative answers to seemingly innocuous questions.
We’ve compiled some of his best — and we’re sure totally improved — lines here:
“They’re gonna find out that six hours of 3D TV will cause a psychotic break … they’re doing research in Australia.” — Nolte’s surprising response to what it was like working on a TV show.
“I took the spaghetti and smashed it in my face. And David didn’t know what to do with that.” — on how he dealt with “Cannery Row” director David S. Ward.
“I always pray that the film’s going to work and then I finally graduated to a pinball machine.” — on religion. We think.
“You guys understand everything that’s going on in your life?” — when asked about concerns that viewers will understand “Luck’s” horse-racing references.