DA MAN: Is this your first western? What do you think about the genre—especially with its recent resurgence in Hollywood?
Luke Grimes: This is my first western, and it is a definite dream come true. I grew up on westerns and my dad is a fanatic. I’d say my favorite is “Tombstone.” It doesn’t get any better than Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.
DA MAN: How was it working with the cast on this film? There are so many amazing actors in it from Denzel Washington to Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard.
Luke Grimes: There were days when it literally felt like a dream. Not only have I looked up to a lot of these guys for a very long time, but now we are spending all day every day together for months and living in a different time, in this beautiful little town that was created for the film. We were riding horses every day and sharing stories. I was a very lucky young man to have been a part of this film.
DA MAN: Can you share some of the most memorable moments you encountered on set?
Luke Grimes: I remember one day we were sitting around a campfire shooting a scene, and it was one of the few times I found myself chatting candidly with Denzel, and he said, “I’m going to give you some advice that was given to me by Meryl Streep.” Obviously, that’s a hard sentence to beat from where I’m sitting. He said, “Your best work is done off camera.” I still think about that a lot, and I’m sure it will take on different meanings as I grow as an actor.
Outfit by Salvatore Ferragamo
DA MAN: How did your involvement in “The Magnificent Seven” actually begin?
Luke Grimes: I had heard about the project and wanted to read the script as soon as I could. As I read it, I didn’t really see anything for myself in there. Antoine [the director] called me in for a meeting and said that he had an idea about a character that he wanted to change to fit my sensibilities a little better. Of course, that is always a little scary—taking a job without really knowing what will be on the page. But Antoine asked me to trust him, and he seemed like a guy I could trust. I’m very glad I did.
DA MAN: Other than that, how was it like working with the director Antoine Fuqua?
Luke Grimes: I can’t say enough great things about Antoine. As a director, as an artist and as a human, he is just all around the best.
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