Actor Ryan Phillipe surprised me at the Q&A that followed thescreening of Kimberly Peirce's fine new flick, Stop-Loss.
Phillippe plays a good ol' American boy who enlists in the armypost-9/11 all gung-ho, does his first, very nasty, tour and comeshome a hero. But then he's told he's being sent back - he's beenstop-lossed - whereupon he fights back against the military system.
During the Q&A Peirce explained why the movie didn't have anypolitical analysis - well, she didn't put it that way, she just saidshe was interested in the individual human story (more on this whenthe movie opens later next month).
And then Phillippe chimed in with a comment about staying true to thecharacter, etc and I was thinking about how American love that ruggedindividualist thing.
And then he said, "Me, I think the war in Iraq is all about oil," andI almost fell off my chair. Listen to the clip and you'll hear anamazingly articulate young man speaking about a really strong role.
Not just a pretty face.