You may not recognize Mark Margolis’s name, but you’ll certainly know his face.
Margolis was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest performance in the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad.” He has had roles in “Scarface,” “Pi,” “Black Swan” and “Defiance,” often playing Jews, priests and Latinos. He was nominated for an Emmy for his turn as Hector “Tio” Salamanca, a paralyzed drug lord who is able to communicate only by ringing a bell affixed to his wheelchair. Margolis talked to The Arty Semite about playing a paraplegic, what he’ll do if he wins the Emmy and about his great-grandfather’s tefillin.
Curt Schleier: Do people ever ask where they know you from?
Mark Margolis: They say, “What did I see you in?” I tell them: “I don’t know. I wasn’t with you when you saw it.” I get stopped 50 times a day. Years ago, I was at a red light in Hollywood when I was living out there. I was driving this ancient, beautiful 1973 Pontiac I’d bought for $50. A guy pulls up next to me and says, “Man you’re a movie star.” I said, “If I was a movie star, would I be driving this piece of s–t?” He said, “That’s your cover car; your Rolls is in your garage.”