“I had actually never finished a book before then, but I started reading. Since I didn't have the woods and fields to run around in, this was the forest for me now, the place to be imaginative and escape. I read The Glass Menagerie and that really affected me. I became friends with guys in improv groups, and I started reading The Hollywood Reporter and Variety in bookstores. I learned all the names of the studio heads.”
He also talks about his pet steer Buddy, who wound up skinned and hanging from the rafters during Hedlund's childhood. He didn't wanna eat him, but he was informed he'd starve otherwise.
Acting, steer...sounds like he's dealt with bull all his life.