British-Indian actor Dev Patel reveals that he had spent almost an hour staring at the mirror, looking at himself to prepare for the role in his latest movie, Lion.
"It required an energy shift. I'm a super-hyperactive kind of dude and the role required a level of stillness. Saroo had this emotional pain, this weight. I spent eight months prepping and it was all a process of introspection." Patel said.
"I traveled around India on trains to get a feel of what it would be like, I wrote diaries, I visited orphanages. Garth would get me to stare in the mirror for an hour. It's amazing what you can see when you stop for a moment and really try to look inside yourself," the actor added.
Dev Patel also shared that how he landed in this role after a session of grueling audition for six long hours finishing over the entire script.
"At the end of it, Garth said, 'Before you go, I'm wondering if you could just scream?' I was like, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'I want you to roar like a lion. Let go of emotion and completely purge the pain you'd feel in Saroo's situation. You don't have to do it.' Dev Patel added.
"And I was like, 'Of course I have to'. So I did and I completely lost my mind. I was jumping in at the deep end," said the actor.