Nick Nolte (with Sissy Spacek) is a policeman still living with the effects of his abusive father in Paul Schrader’s drama “Affliction.” Nolte earned his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award. James Coburn, who played Nolte’s dad, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Noting it contained one of his finer performances, Nolte said “Affliction” was “a real negative film [about] a guy who does not know how to love. And I’ve seen an audience with it, and they’re with the guy, ‘cause he’s trying, and then he fails and they go, ‘Oh, no.’ And then he fails again. ‘Oh, no!’ And it’s just a matter of ‘On-nos,’ all the way to the end.”
He says an actor can go deeper in films, even though the film’s financers may not like it. “The audiences will appreciate it tremendously, because you’ll get some Japanese lady that’ll come up and say, “’Affliction,’ how do you know that?’”