"The childhood years are mainly from like 2 to 11 or 12, and then you get into that weird teen-age thing which is, 'Are they kid or are they adult?' That's the thing about that role, I know it like the back of my hand. It was great working with (Robert) De Niro and (Martin) Scorsese and stuff, but the role was not that. . . . acting is pretty challenging but certain roles are just like, not always that challenging."
Pitt agreed the work on "Kalifornia" was rewarding. "You do a scene and then go over and grab the one you love," he said. "You want to keep your careers your careers and your love your love, but we just wanted to do it more for a vacation."
The project has not been a total Love Boat cruise, however. The production was beset by rainy weather in Georgia, grueling days in the California desert and a jolt from the 7.5 earthquake on June 28. The cast and crew were on location 45 miles from the epicenter when it hit, Golin said.
"They freaked. Cranes and lights . . . the place just started rocking. It lasted about 10 minutes, the road was waving like the deck of a boat in a storm. Dom had to be the first one to go back in."