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    • Aaron: Well, he is indeed a two-faced sonuvabitch, there's no getting around that. But it is more complicated than that. And the character, well, I don't want to reveal too much about it. For one reason because [ABC] told me not to, and another reason because I think it's going to be interesting for people watching as the show unfolds to be able to discover how this character develops on their own. But there's a lot more to Will Traveler than meets the eye

    • Aaron: (Describes working with the cast of the show, Traveler) The cast was fantastic. Viola Davis, she does have a lot of TV acting jobs and she's also a very, very accomplished stage actress. Steven Culp is great and the young guys opposite me--Matt Bomer, Logan Marshall-Green--were also just fantastic. Both Logan and Matt are out of New York. Both of them have training and both of them have done a good bit of theater. So I think when they were casting the show they really did look to get people who had the chops to get it done, so it was nice to work with them.

    • Aaron: (Describes the network's attitude with the show, Traveler) They seem to be backing it heavily at this point. I say that because of just the number of spots they've been running and when they've been running them. And they also have decided to air the pilot twice--once on May 10 after Grey's Anatomy and then again on May 30--to begin it. So I think they're getting behind it. I hope they are.

    • Aaron: (Describes the show and how he was attracted to Traveler) I read the initial script--the pilot was written by this guy Dave Digillio who's very talented--and it was different from a lot of TV that I've read. It had a lot more detail to it and it was much more character driven. It was nuanced. And I just thought it would be something that would be interesting to get involved in. And the story itself...it's a very engaging story. It's sort of a classic cloak-and-dagger conspiracy-driven drama, and honestly, that's not something that I personally get to do very often. So, I thought it would be interesting to jump on board.

    • Aaron:(Describes his character's situation in the movie, Hills Have Eyes) I think that I'd analyze it through. It's such a shocking situation to be in. You know, I don't want to give too much away but it's such an extreme, unexpected situation that I think you'd have to think for a couple of seconds, which is what Doug does and then he does react. When he reacts it's with an incredible amount of rage and brutality. It's not that he's weak, it's just that he's in a world that he's never experienced before. It takes a minute to find your bearings.

    • Aaron:(Describes the physical hardships for the role in the movie, Hills Have Eyes) It was tough. It was very physically demanding. We shot this in Ouarzazate Morocco right at the tip of the Sahara Desert. The conditions there are harsh to say the least. It was tough. You're outside every day in the boiling, boiling heat – 115 degrees usually.You're doing a lot of running around and you're covered head to toe in blood. You've got a special effects swollen eye on your face and a big gash across your lips so you can't really move them. You know, it was difficult but at the same time it was such an extraordinary experience that the discomfort kind of takes a backseat to the amazement of being in such an exotic place.

    • Aaron: (Describes his first impressions of the 'mutants' in the movie, Hills Have Eyes) They were pretty horrifying. The make-up is really good; the special effects guys really did their job. What ended up happening was that I really tried to stay faithful to that and keep it fresh in my mind, you know what I mean? You don't want to become inured to the terror of what these guys look like. But the bottom line is you're shooting a movie so I had that fight sequence with Pluto for five days straight, okay? So regardless of how much I wanted to keep it fresh and remain afraid of him, it's unsustainable. You end up eating lunch with the guys in full make-up and sitting around and talking with them. That's just the way it had to be.

    • Aaron: (Describing the level of tension throughout filming, Hills Have Eyes) You just do it. It's not easy. You just do it. You have to find it in the moment and that's one of the challenges of being an actor – especially a film actor – is that you have to maintain these heightened emotions for long periods of time. There's no trick to it. You just have to do.

    • Aaron: (Describes his character's transformation in the movie, Hills Have Eyes) I loved getting into both sides. I loved the fact that he was sort of nebbishy in the beginning and was this real domesticated homebody who loved his family. He loved taking care of the baby almost to the point of emasculation, you know what I mean? I just really got into that. It was really fun and you know the scene where he's really excited because he found all this stuff in the old abandoned car lot, it's just really fun playing that. And then of course it's fun to become this savage primal killer. That's just innately fun.

    • Aaron: (Commenting on the different directors for the X-Men series) You know they're both very different people and they both bring something unique to the project that they work on. The thing I really enjoyed about working with Brett is that the man is the Energizer Bunny. I mean, he just does not run out of energy. He's constantly on. When he comes in, he's thrilled to be on set. He's just very excited about life in general. That kind of positive energy on set really helps you out.

    • Aaron: (On the first movie of Hills Have Eyes) I had never seen the original film but when they offered it to me, I went and took a look at it. I thought it was a classic horror film. Wes Craven is obviously a horror film icon so I was definitely very interested in bringing something back to life that Wes had created.

    • Aaron: The best compliment was Ben Kingsley coming up to me, putting his hand on the back of my neck, and saying, Good job, son.

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