INTERVIEW: Actor Christian McKay from ‘Me and Orson Welles’

Few screen debuts in recent years have been received with such praise as Christian McKay's turn as legendary actor and filmmaker Orson Welles in Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles." Rather than assembling a carbon out of Welles' distinctive characteristics -- the rumbling voice, the volcanic temper, the absolute surety of character and talent -- the British-born McKay brings to life the boundless energy and ego of the young, pre-"Citizen Kane" Welles as he struggles to launch the storied 1937 production of "Julius Caesar."

What is even more astonishing about McKay's performance is that "Welles" is his first appearance in a feature film; before that, he was a concert pianist and then a stage actor, best known for the one-man play, "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles." Judging from the nominations he's garnered, which include the Independent Spirit and Critics Choice Movie Awards, it's unlikely that McKay will remain an unknown for much longer.

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