'In Time' Premiere: 'Mad Men's' Vincent Kartheiser on his Fear of Death (Video)
The actor talked to THR about his role in Fox’s sci-fi action film, in which Amanda Seyfried plays his character’s daughter.
In Time is a sci-fi action film set in a futuristic world where people don’t age physically beyond 25 years old. However, everyone has a clock on their arm that tells them how much time they have left to live because time has become the only form of currency. Therefore, the rich can live forever as the poor struggle to live another day.
Justin Timberlake stars as Will, a poor young man who is accused of murder when he inherits a fortune of time from a wealthy man. Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde also star in the film.
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Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser plays Philippe Weis, a wealthy man with lots of time whose daughter (Seyfried) is taken hostage by Will.
Kartheiser talked to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet at the premiere of In Time, which will open in theaters on Oct. 28.
In the Andrew Niccol-directed film, the only way to stay alive is to buy or steal more time. Kartheiser admitted that he is -- like many of the characters in the film -- afraid of death.
“I think we’re afraid of the unknown. I run from death. It terrifies the hell out of me,” he said.
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Kartheiser also told THR that about one of his favorite scenes in the film.
“There’s a scene in which I gamble with Justin Timberlake, and I like poker, so it was kind of fun,” said Kartheiser.
Kartheiser is best known for his role as Pete Campbell, the brown-nosing account man at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on Mad Men. In both his Mad Men role and his part in In Time, he plays a well-off man, who is living a very privileged life. THR asked Kartheiser if that was a challenge for him.
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“It’s pretty easy. I’m a white America. We’re all kind of born with a silver spoon in our mouth. We’re all much luckier than people born in Bolivia or West Africa,” he said.
Stories have circulated in the past about Kartheiser not owning a car in Los Angeles and living in a very small home. It was once rumored that he didn’t even have a toilet.
“I think it’s modest in comparison to the most extreme of people,” he said. “I used to have no car and everybody thought that was some big modest thing, but, no I spend a lot of money and I’m pretty lazy.”