You can never quite predict the impact of a chance encounter. Just ask Boyd Holbrook, new hero of “The Predator” — the latest installment of that blockbuster extraterrestrial franchise. Holbrook says he may have never left the coal-mining town of Prestonsburg, Ky., for the Hollywood limelight if he hadn’t bumped into actor Michael Shannon at a department store in Lexington. “I was working at the store when Michael Shannon came in,” Holbrook recalls. “I recognized him from ‘Vanilla Sky’ and I asked him, ‘How do you do what you do?’ He told me to get into theater. “It was very serendipitous,” Holbrook, 37, says of the happy accidents that have shaped his career — and brought him to an airy wine bar on the waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to chat with Alexa. “I am just a hillbilly from Eastern Kentucky.” Or a lanky fashion-model-turned-action-hunk, who’s rapidly becoming a fixture of major releases, from the 2014 psychological thriller “Gone Girl” to last year’s hard-hitting X-Men film “Logan.” On the small screen, the actor has enjoyed arguably even more success, starring as DEA agent Stephen Murphy on Netflix’s hit series “Narcos.” He also just wrapped filming on his next Netflix project, “In… Read full this story
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