A Minute With: Thomas Jane and his role on "Hung"
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thomas Jane has been making a living by getting naked for two years on HBO's dark comedy "Hung." And so has his character -- broke, divorced, middle-aged, recession-hit Detroit teacher Ray Drecker.
Jane, 42, who starred in the 2004 action movie "The Punisher", talked with Reuters about portraying a male prostitute ahead of the 'Hung" Season Three debut on Sunday. The Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray set was released this week.
Q: How was the Ray Drecker role first pitched to you?
A: "Alexander Payne (executive producer) called me up and left me a message that I have saved -- I still have it on my answering machine. It says 'Hello Thomas. This is Alexander Payne. I am directing a pilot for HBO about a man with a very large penis. We thought of you. Give me call.' So I had to call him back. It was such an unusual message and that started the journey."
Q: On the surface, "Hung" seems like a show that is just about sex. But what do you think it is really about?
A: "In Season One, the creators said it was a journey through the female mind by way of a male protagonist. By Season Two, the writers were saying it was a journey through the male mind by way of females. I think that is probably more true. Ultimately, I think it's about men coming to grips with the female side of themselves, men learning to accept the more tender, emotional, less masculine side of their personalities, which is funny because it's a show named after male genitalia, but really it is about loving the woman in you."
Q: Has being on the show changed the way you look at yourself and your relationships with women?
A: "Absolutely. What's great about really good writing -- and 'Hung' suffers from excellent writing -- is that the actor does go on a journey that mirrors the character's fictitious journey because you are dealing with real emotions and real situations. I have learned an awful lot about male/female relationships and how I personally negotiate my way through that jungle." Continued...