Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt get top billing in Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” but one actor to keep an eye on in the cast is Noah Segan who plays Kid Blue. Segan previously worked with Johnson on “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom,” and it turns out that the writer/director wrote the part of Kid Blue with Segan in mind. While his role may seem small compared to the others in the movie, Segan took his time to develop this character and is bound to leave a very memorable impression on audiences who see “Looper.”
Kid Blue is an assassin like Levitt’s character is, and he loves wielding that six shooter which makes him look like a cowboy along the lines of Billy the Kid. While audiences will see Kid Blue as being one of the villains of this film, Segan sees the role a bit differently.
“I play an antagonist, I wouldn’t want to go so far as to call him a villain,” Segan said. “A little spoiler: nobody is that good in this movie. Everybody is some form of bad, has some villainous traits; some, for better reasons than others. I would say the easiest comparison is if you’re ready for a cat-and-mouse game between Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, get ready for me to be the bulldog chasing both of them.”
What people will remember best about Kid Blue is that he’s always carrying with him an old-fashioned six shooter gun.. The character loves to show it off to others as it makes him look like a bad ass, but he is also famous for accidentally shooting one of his feet off with it. Segan took the time to describe the gun his character loves to wield in more detail.
“The Gatmen Gun, the gun that I use, is a very modern take on another classic weapon: a single-action revolver,” said Segan. “It isn’t a Colt .45, but the same thing that people carried in the Civil War and in the Old West; very elegant, perfectly made revolvers that, in the case of ‘Looper,’ happened to use ammunition usually reserved for big game hunting. Our bullets, that are a .45-70 caliber bullet, are not put into handguns. They’re made for giant rifles that are designed to take trophies home, or shoot at a tank. And Rian found this company that makes these sort of novelty, single-action revolvers in this caliber and then had them adjusted for the Gatmen; had them powder-coated black. In my case, I had mine chromed out with a flat-sight and a wooden grip reminiscent of a western gun that my character would want to use.”
What makes this especially interesting is that “Looper” takes place in the year 2044, and yet Kid Blue seems to be stuck in a past which no longer exists. During a press junket for the movie which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Segan talked of the contrast between the future this character lives in and how he emulates famous ones from history.
“I’m playing someone in the future who is obsessed with the past which is a big theme of the movie overall,” said Segan. “In my case it’s very aesthetic. Having things you can touch; having blue jeans in the future, having cowboy boots in the future and my revolver in the future, it’s stuff that’s real easy to look at and play with. There’s a scene in the movie where I roll a cigarette with real rolling papers and smoke that. There’s something very tactile and something that almost doesn’t even exist today. It was very helpful, but everything that was there felt that way.”
It also turns out that Kid Blue is actually Segan’s nickname in real life. His friend Paul Sado ended up introducing him to a 1973 movie called “Kid Blue” which stars Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Lee Purcell, and Peter Boyle. After watching it, Segan said it became his favorite movie.
“There’s humor in the film, but it’s about change, it’s about adulthood and it stuck with me, and people started calling me Kid Blue,” Segan said. “Rian Johnson sent me the first draft of ‘Looper’ years ago. I opened it up and there it was on whatever page – ‘Kid Blue.’ I called him up, and I said, ‘What’s that?’ and he said, ‘That’s you.’ It really works with this character. It’s a guy who’s sort of a bumbling diligent failure. In ‘Kid Blue,’ Hopper plays that up for comedy, and in ‘Looper,’ I sort of play up for pathos. I’m unimaginably trying to emulate Dennis Hopper.”
Noah Segan proves with his performance in “Looper” that there are no small roles, only small actors. On the surface it might seem like his character of Kid Blue is nothing than a one-dimensional bad guy, but Segan makes him much more than that. This is a testament to his preparation for the role which was thought out well and very creative. On the basis of his performance here, it is certain that we can expect many more great performances from Segan in the near future.
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Samuel Zimmerman, “Q&A: Noah Segan on guns, gore and style of ‘Looper,'” Fangoria, September 28, 2012.
“Looper” press junket at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, September 25, 2012.
Chase Whale, “10 Things ‘Looper’ Star Noah Segan Told Us About ‘Looper’ Star Noah Segan,” Film.com, September 25, 2012.