I was finally granted an interview with Kirk Lazarus. He has been living in Saigon for over 4 months prior to shooting. Much has been made about his transformation from a white man to an African American, and for the first time a documentary crew was allowed to see behind the curtain of his deep method style of acting. I was told never to address him as Kirk Lazarus, but by his character name, Sergeant Lincoln Osiris. Furthermore, I was told that even if I did address him by his actual name, he genuinely would not know who I was referring to. This indeed proved correct.
I arrived and was utterly stunned. There was no way I could have prepared for the transformation, There was no trace of Kirk Lazarus, the blonde, Australian tough we have all come to know from his films and the tabloids… Instead he had transformed into a African American, Vietnam Veteran. It was as if I was looking into the eyes of another man altogether. It took me several moments to get my bearing before I could begin the interview.
My first question was how he began this process of transformation.