To develop the character, Worthington immersed himself in books, interviews, and audiotapes by Fitzgerald. “The script helped tremendously—that’s your bible to getting in and understanding,” Worthington explains.
“When I met [Fitzgerald], I thought, ‘I’ve already cemented this and hopefully you like the approach.'” The actor believes that the risk of meeting real-life characters is that they can romanticize the past and their actions. “There’s so much material a person can give you, but this was 20 years ago and you might not get to the nuts and bolts that can help you,” he says. “You’re going to have a glorified approach, and the negative aspects will sweep away.”
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