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Bill Pull­man, ac­tor, 64

The Observer Magazine - - Up Front -

In­ter­view Pho­to­graph I’ve tried dif­fer­ent things to get it back, but it’s not re­ally pos­si­ble. I think it ac­tu­ally in­spired me with the fruit: the taste of tree-ripened fruit is so pun­gent. It height­ened my sense of taste, prob­a­bly.

No­body re­ally as­pired to be­ing an ac­tor when I was grow­ing up. There was no sense of: “Let’s be fa­mous.” All this liturgy of self-pro­mo­tion and dream ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion wasn’t re­ally part of it. Work­ing hard comes from hav­ing en­thu­si­asm, and that’s like a gift from the gods. If you have en­thu­si­asm it’s a gift – and then the work­ing hard is re­ally easy, be­cause you want to do it.

I own a cat­tle ranch in Mon­tana with my brother. It is some­thing that has been great for our kids – they love go­ing back and help­ing. And I like the fact that they go there to not just kick back or some­thing. They go there to par­tic­i­pate.

‘I lost my sense of smell when I was young. I fell from a high place, was in a coma and came out un­able to smell’

I was lucky to do my sec­ond movie [ Space­balls] with John Candy, and I think a lot about him. He said: “Just re­mem­ber the crew ev­ery time.” That’s how I re­mem­ber him, and how I would like to be re­mem­bered, too. ■

The Sin­ner, se­ries 1 and 2, are now avail­able on Net­flix

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