LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 03: Judd Hirsch attends a Private Red Carpet Screening Of "Rally Caps" held at The Directors Guild Of America on December 03, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Steven Spielberg Gave Judd Hirsch A Blank Canvas To Create Uncle Boris In The Fabelmans
About a third of the way into Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical film "The Fabelmans," the titular family is visited by the wild and extroverted Uncle Boris, played by the legendary Judd Hirsch. In an interview with The Playlist, Hirsh, 87, noted that Spielberg let him play his scenes as Uncle Boris however he wanted.
The director, it seems, had total faith in whatever Hirsch wanted to do — and it appears Hirsch wanted to swing for the walls, rave, and be intense and almost threatening, all while extolling the virtues of a life devoted to art. However, once Hirsch took on the role, a dark realization occurred to him: there was a real person he would have to be emulating.
Hirsch said, "An actor has choices, and he hopes they're the best ones for the director [...] The other thought was, 'It's his story. My God, you're going to be working with a man whose story it is.' And that's a different whole thing for any actor. I knew nothing about the character, nothing about who he really was, and [Spielberg] couldn't describe it to me. So I had to just think about the effect of the character.”