Sharon Stone

An overnight sensation after 45 years in the biz: Denis Arndt, Mary-Louise Parker's co-star in 'Heisenberg'

An overnight sensation after 45 years in the biz: Denis Arndt, Mary-Louise Parker's co-star in 'Heisenberg'

On the surface, actor Denis Arndt appears very much like the character he plays in “Heisenberg”: comfortably masculine and fit, in blue jeans and a plaid shirt. When show time arrives at the Mark Taper Forum, “All I do is put on a different shirt and change jeans,” he says with a laugh.

The similarities end there, as his character, the Irish-born butcher Alex Priest, finds his long isolation interrupted by the interest of a much younger woman (played by Mary-Louise Parker) and the sudden possibility of romance and reengagement with the world. For Arndt, the role in “Heisenberg” is among the most meaningful in a long, busy career as a “migratory arts worker” in theater, film and...

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