Sleepless in Suburbia

Josh Hamilton is exhausted. He's spent most of his waking hours the last three weeks at New York's Lincoln Center, where he and other cast members of Eric Bogosian's "Suburbia" are preparing for the play's opening Sunday night."It's one of the...

His latest film is "With Honors," in which he plays a Harvard student whose life is changed by a homeless man played by Joe Pesci. "They didn't want to call it 'With Honors' because they thought people would think it was a military movie," Hamilton recalls. "So we had sort of an on-going contest during the whole shoot to see who could come up with a better title. I came up with 'Scent of a Bum.' "

While "With Honors" is Hamilton's fourth film, he admits that screen acting "is still a little bit of a mystery."

It's an enigma he'll get to explore further, considering that for now, acting seems to be his life. He admits to an "unhealthy disinterest in sports" and spends a lot of time working with Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Mark Sherman in their theater company, Malaparte. The only real break Hamilton ever took was during a two-year stint at Brown University -- which he left to become a full-time actor.

"I didn't really regret quitting until I went to the graduation of my friends and watched their parents' faces. I felt sort of bad that I wasn't doing that," he says.

Looking back, he's pleased with the decision -- most of the time. "The highs and lows are so extreme. Sometimes you think it's the greatest thing in the world to do and other times it seems like a ridiculous joke. But I haven't found anything else I love more."
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