Who is That Actor: William Fichtner
William Fichtner seems to have a face made for character acting, particularly for characters on the sketchier end of the law and riddled with moral ambiguities. While having an acting range similar Steve Buscemi – Fichtner could have easily played the lead on Boardwalk Empire – perhaps Fichtner just reads as entirely too squirrelly for leading roles. Similar to Xander Berkeley, the appearance of William Fichtner is often times its own spoiler! Ha. I knew I recognized his voice; he voices the character Ken Rosenberg in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas!
In Heat – sorry, couldn’t embed – Fichtner plays Roger Van Zant, a money launderer who draws the ire of Deniro & Co. because he won’t play ball. The ease in which he negotiates corporate sleaziness is quite chilling, and his role in Heat is typical of the fare he’s often cast in. But he’s most memorable to me for his comedic quip in Armageddon upon seeing the rag tag bunch of oil drillers cum astronauts, “Talk about The Wrong Stuff!” complete with bombastic music.
LOL re: The Wrong Stuff!
Oh, I love these cheesy fan made tribute videos! Characters actors always have really great ones:
One of my favorite Fichtner performances was in the film Contact as Kent. It was refreshing to see him playing a nuanced, thoughtful character who wasn’t a jerk!