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The ties that bind: Billy Crudup talks new movie ‘Blood Ties’

 
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Billy Crudup didn’t have to do much research for his latest role in 1970s-era family drama Blood Ties. The 45-year-old plays a cop with a con-artist older brother ( Clive Owen) who comes to live with him after he gets out of prison.

“Both of us come from a background of sibling rivalry, so we were able to bond and get under each other’s skin quite easily,” says Crudup, who has two brothers (he’s the middle).

But when the time came to actually go fist to fist, the two costars were a mismatch.

“Listen, if we were really fighting, I would have had my ass kicked! Clive’s almost two feet taller than me. I have no doubt I would have been hurt. He was generous to make it seem as though I was competing effortlessly.”

Crudup hopes audiences can relate to Blood Ties, a remake of a 2008 French film, even if they don’t have issues with their brothers or sisters.

“It’s hard to believe your family is your family sometimes,” he says. “That you can have the same parents and the kids can have such wildly different desires, personalities and visions.”

As for the Long Island native’s own family, grandma calls Coral Gables home, and the Almost Famous star comes to visit when he’s had enough of the New York cold.

“We had another one of those days when it feels like 15 degrees with the wind chill factor so I’m ready for some Florida weather,” says Crudup, who spent part of his childhood growing up in the area. He attended Coral Gables Elementary School and later St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Not that he’ll have much time for a vacation. Besides Blood Ties, Crudup is starring in the upcoming musical drama Rudderless with Selena Gomez, and the romance The Longest Week with Olivia Wilde. He’s currently doing a Broadway double shift, Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land (matinee) and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (in the evening).

So that’s why his voice sounds tired at 11 a.m.

“It’s good to have so many things going on.” says Crudup, who manned the “Priceless” ads for MasterCard for many years. “There are periods where you go, ‘OK, what do I have to do today? I knew there were some dishes to wash...’ ”

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