Benjamin Bratt Interview: 'Size Doesn't Matter'

Actor Benjamin Bratt says he'll play a good character regardless of the size of the role.

Bratt plays a bit part as as Juan Carlos ‘El Topo’ Pintera, a Mexican drug dealer in SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson. He first played a cartel leader, Juan Obregon, in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic in a similar capacity with little on-screen time.

CineMovie asked Benjamin Bratt if he considered not taking the role because of the similarity to the previous role.  The former Law & Order star acknowledges that both roles are very similar in the presentation of the character.  In both movies, the character’s name is bandied about throughout the story so it feels like a much bigger character, but his on-screen time was limited to two to four scenes.   During the interview, Bratt joked that his agent whined that he was on-screen for about six minutes in SNITCH, but according to the 49-year-old actor,  “I don’t count.” He also felt there was enough time in between both pictures that he could take on an updated version of the character, but if he was asked to play a criminal again – the role would have to be much bigger.

When it comes to choosing roles, the on-screen time is not a factor.  He doesn’t mind bit parts in film or television as long as the character is worth playing.

“It has nothing to do with the size of the part as long as its something I can do my thing in.”

He also adds he has no “bias” when it comes to working in television or movies as is the case with his most recent television appearances.

The Private Practice star took a break from shooting the television series to film SNITCH to be bad to the bone opposite Dwayne Johnson.  He found it a “welcome relief” from playing the “idealized man” and love interest to Kate Walsh on the series.   His recurring character in Private Practice came to an end in December 2012 when the series wrapped its final season.

Next, the hunky actor reprises his role as Sofia Vergara’s ex-husband in Modern Family in April.  So as the saying goes - "size doesn't matter" to Benjamin Bratt.

SNITCH is now in movie theaters.

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