Alexander Ludwig on Becoming Cato
In a new interview with Trend Hunter, Alexander Ludwig talks a little about the process he went through to become Cato.
3) Although Cato’s character seems to be villainous upon introduction, he is really a victim of circumstance. How did you get into the mindset of this character and do you have any similarities to him in real life?
Becoming Cato was a process that I undertook in a very serious way. Gary Ross and I collaborated a great deal in terms of the direction that we felt Cato should take. It was through that collaboration that the final scene emerged as a means of showing the audience the humane yet twisted side of the character. Cato was a broken man at the end of the movie, and although I don’t have personal experience that parallels his journey, I did relate to his loss and resolution. I enjoyed exploring the dark recesses of his mind.
4) How do you reset yourself to be creative? Do you have any rituals?
Fortunately, being creative is not something that I have a difficult time with—I think I’m just hardwired that way. I just need to make sure I’m in a good zone personally, and it all happens. I think I’m at my best if I’m close to nature and water. Surfing and skiing are a big part of the process.
Alexander also had this to say when asked about the importance of connecting with his fans via Ustream:
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fans. I truly mean that. I view this whole journey as something that we are all on together, and I always want them to have input into my career.
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