John Goodman Is Sorry He Did That

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John Goodman’s career has encompassed a huge range of roles, from his breakout part, on ABC’s “Roseanne,” to a critically acclaimed turn in “Waiting for Godot,” on Broadway, and the volatile Walter Sobchak, in “The Big Lebowski.” He has also played some truly terrifying characters, like Charlie Meadows, in “Barton Fink,” and the psychopath Howard in 2016’s “10 Cloverfield Lane.” The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright, renowned for his reporting on terrorism, spoke with Goodman about how he discovered theatre as a failing student, and how his years-long fight against alcoholism made him a better person. Asked about the secret to his success, Goodman says, “I stopped whining.”