I love being a part of the Biff Bam Pop! family and working for Andy Burns, I’ve had the opportunity to interview the most interesting people. Lane Garrison is playing the part of Clyde’s brother (Emile Hirsch), Buck Barrow, on December 8th and 9th as part of the Sony Television two night special with the History, A&E, and Lifetime simulcast of “Bonnie and Clyde” with Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in the lead roles. Find out about Lane Garrison’s role after the jump.
Marie Gilbert: “Hi Lane. Thank you for doing this interview…”
Lane Garrison: “Absolutely. Thanks for having me.”
Marie Gilbert: “How will you portray Buck differently than previous showings of Bonnie and Clyde? And in your opinion, who was the real instigator of the crimes, was it Buck or Clyde?”
Lane Garrison: “Yes. This is just my opinion and in the story’s opinion. First off, obviously, Gene Hackman played the part of Buck in the ‘67’ Arthur Penn film and he’s obviously one of our great American talents. Those are big shoes to step into but, you know, I really played it different from him in a way that these are two different films. This film is really dark, a lot darker and explores those relationships and what motivated these people to commit these crimes.
“So, you know, I guess I took a little bit of Gene Hackman’s likeness and his energy that he brought to that character, but they are two totally different films and two totally different scripts.
“And the second part of your question, I really think—and this goes to factual information—that Buck being his older brother was the instigator into this life of crime. You know, they didn’t have money to eat and at the age of 12, the guy started to steal turkeys and chickens and got us meat on the table, but that was only because Buck brought Clyde along.
“So stealing chickens, you know, is sort of like anything, you know, escalating. Stealing chickens led to dog fighting, led to stealing cars to get, you know, a quick dollar because they couldn’t get normal jobs and they didn’t have the education too. So I really think that Buck is responsible for starting this life of crime for Clyde.”
Marie Gilbert: “That’s an interesting point of view considering how we are with the economy today. So you can actually tie it in. I have one more question and I’ll get lost and let someone else take a turn. You played Tweener on “Prison Break.” Did you draw from that character to help set up the character of Buck?”
Lane Garrison: “Well, not really because I felt in “Prison Break” that Tweener was sort of one of these innocent bystanders of the criminal justice system and I fell like the difference between these characters was, you know, Buck really made some bad decisions along the way and I think he was always a bit of a hellion. So, you know, Tweener in my own opinion was sort of one of those kids that just got caught up in a criminal justice system and I feel like Buck definitely instigated the crime spree.”
Marie Gilbert: “All right. Thank you. And I’ll let someone else get a turn and jump in a little later. Thank you.”
Lane Garrison: “Okay, I appreciate it, honey.”
During this time, other journalists had a chance to interview Lane Garrison, and then I was back with my final question. I love this job.
Marie Gilbert: “Thank, you Lane. One more question. And this is about you. In your bio, it says you were the screen writer for two films, Chasing Fate and Succubus. So, will we be seeing more of your writing skills in other shows or films? And, what do you like doing most, comedy or drama?”
Lane Garrison: “Okay. Great question. Thanks. I haven’t been asked that in a while. I’ve actually written seven screenplays, sold five of them. I’ve never had one made. In fact, I wrote one and I was fired as the writer. They re-wrote me and hired me as an actor on this movie called, One Heart. My last film, I completed was a film called A River Between and I just finished writing it and (unintelligible) compassion about it. It’s a drama and something I want to write, star and direct.
“That’s always been a dream as to do all three. Writing movies to me is its really frustrating and very rewarding once you complete it. But if someone held a gun to my head, I would have to pick drama. I just—there’s something about it. I just love it, invoking so much emotion in people and I hope to do that with my newest screenplay.”
Marie Gilbert: “Well, I’m wishing you the best of luck in your screen writing career, too, besides your acting career. Thank you.”
Lane Garrison: “Yes. Thank you. I need all the luck. I need one of these made actually, you know.”
Marie Gilbert: “I’ll send you my grannie hugs and good wishes. Is it okay?”
Lane Garrison: “Okay. Good. I’ll take all of them.”
Marie Gilbert: “Thank you.”
Lane Garrison: “Thank you.”
And there you have it, Biff Bam Pop!’s scoop on “Bonnie and Clyde”’s Buck Barrow played by the very talented Lane Garrison. Lane recently wrapped production in the lead role of Randy opposite Kristen Stewart in Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray. In addition to starring in “Prison Break” as Tweener, Lane Garrison was noted for his performance as Donnie in Paramount’s film, Shooter, opposite Mark Wahlberg. He also starred in the critically acclaimed indie Quality of Life and the film, Crazy. As a screenwriter, Lane has sold two feature films: the romantic comedy Chasing Fate for Maverick Films (with co-writer Mark Famiglietti) and Succubus, a horror comedy at MGM. At the end of 2012, Lane finished filming the independent feature film One Heart as well as the feature film The Devil’s in the Details opposite Ray Liotta.