In Character: David Strathairn
The actor transforms into a boy learning about sex, an evangelical preacher, and an apoplectic soccer dad.
Left: You’re a 9-year-old boy hearing about the details of sex for the first time from your 16-year-old brother.
Center: You’re an evangelical preacher, screaming to your flock, “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, JESUS!”
Right: You’re an ex-jock dad, apoplectic over the penalty the soccer ref has called against your seven-year-old son for a tackling foul.
Photographer Howard Schatz’s book In Character: Actors Acting (Bulfinch, 2006) was the forerunner to this ongoing Vanities feature. View a portfolio of Howard Schatz’s work.