Being a father has changed Josh Lucas completely, not just on the personal front but also on the professional front.
The 42-year-old plays a guy with bad relationships in his new movie The Mend, which premiered on Sunday. He says it was fun to play the role but the movie did give him a “personal warning” about his life.
“The thing that was so fun to play — but was a personal warning — is that this is a guy who has let go,” he says. “He is justifying the fact that his life has failed and he’s saying this is the way it is.”
Lucas split in January from his wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez. He is now busy thinking about what would serve his child, 20-month-old Noah best. He is choosing roles based on that.
“My becoming a father has changed absolutely everything in my life, period,” he says. “I am more and more wanting to be a part of things that [are] playful and more the things I see my son really responding to and enjoying.”
Lucas and Henriquez almost rushed into engagement. They had known each other only for 6 weeks when they got engaged. They went through the ordeal of Henqriquez being diagnosed with cancer. Now, they are trying to remain friends.
“We have been through a divorce and divorce isn’t something I would wish on my worst enemy,” Lucas says. “Even when in our case we have managed to do it not only amicably but as — hopefully in the end — great friends, particularly because we have a young child that we both truly love.”
“I love this festival,” he adds about the film festival at SXSW. “It’s fun. And it’s alive in a way. And it’s not just about the insular thing that happens in film festivals sometimes where it is just Hollywood planted on the street — it’s a good, wild fun city.
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