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Tim Blake Nelson talks stepping into the spotlight with Old Henry

Tim Blake Nelson can tell what you're going to recognize him from based on your location. The 57-year-old character actor has built an unparalleled resume of cowboys, vigilantes, and oddballs, ranging from the unsettling to the goofily comedic. He doesn't get recognized very often, he says, but over the years, he's noticed patterns depending on what time zone he's in.

“In New York City, it's probably Holes or Incredible Hulk,” the actor tells EW. “In the South, it's O Brother, Where Art Thou and then Buster Scruggs. In Los Angeles, it's tied between O Brother, Where Art Thou and Holes.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the balance shifted. The Tulsa-born actor lives in New York City, and every time he got on the subway with a mask covering the bottom half of his face, he suddenly had more people approaching him than ever.

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