Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Jimmi Simpson has been appearing in projects large and small since 2000, and during that time, his versatile skills and distinct appearance have earned him a reputation as a valuable addition to any cast. The A.V. Club included him in our list of the best character actors working today, and since then, Simpson has continued to impress, most recently with his rare starring role in the new HBO drama Westworld. He sat down with us recently to talk about the complex sci-fi Western, appearing in beloved cult films, and how much it sucked trying to get acting jobs prior to everyone having cell phones. Advertisement Westworld (2016)—“William” The A.V. Club: You’ve been a series regular before, but presumably this one feels different to you. Jimmi Simpson: Oh, well. You know, I have been a series regular but I’ve never really been kind of part of a narrative story like this. I’ve been a series regular on a procedural. AVC: Is it Breakout Kings that you’re referencing? JS:… Read full this story
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