Australian Nick Cave was convinced Guy Pearce was perfect for the role of a bullying, corrupt cop in new movie Lawless when his children were scared witless by a spooky photograph of the actor.
Singer/songwriter Cave has adapted the screenplay for the Prohibition-era drama, which tells the story of a gang of bootleg booze bandits who are targeted by local authorities.
Cave and director John Hillcoat both suggested Pearce for the role of Charlie Rakes, a violent cop hunting the crooks - and the deal was sealed when the Australian actor sent the pair a terrifying picture of himself in character for the role.
"At some point, Guy sent me a photo where he'd shaved off his eyebrows and had his hair slicked back, with this weird shaved parting, saying, 'How about I look like this?'. That whole look was very much his own creation," Cave tells Uncut magazine.
"My kids are 12 and we sit and watch all sorts of s**t together. We have these 'Inappropriate Viewing Days' where we watch stuff they shouldn't be allowed to watch. And they've pretty much seen everything, and handled it pretty well. I showed them this picture of Guy as Charlie Rakes and they couldn't sleep that night. Which I thought was pretty good," he says.
Lawless will premiere in the US on Wednesday.
Lawless opens in October.