Courtney B. Vance might not be the most famous actor in Lucky Guy – that would be Tom Hanks, who plays Mike McAlary. But the chance to play Hap Hairston, McAlary’s editor, was enough to draw Vance back to Broadway after a long absence. That’s especially true since he gets to work with director George C. Wolfe, who also directed Angels in America.
“He makes it fun but at the same time he’s relentless in the pursuit of his vision,” Vance said backstage to the news media, after receiving his award.
The opportunity to do a play by Nora Ephron, who died last year, was also a draw, he said. Though Vance didn’t know Ephron well, he’d admired her work and did a reading with her before the play opened.
“Nora’s just so wonderful,” he said. “It was just a wonderful opportunity to work with someone I’d admired for such a long time.”