"Not really," he says after the press conference, trying to stay out of the way of hands thrusting DVDs at Ferrell to sign and even a bowling pin from Kingpin at Harrelson. "They all relate in some way, because they're all ideas. But I wouldn't say one helps me out in another field."

So they're just ideas, but is the satisfaction he takes from each experience similar? "With music, it's kind of like I'm the writer, director, actor — everything," Benjamin answers. "I have control of the outcome. In film, I don't have that control of what it becomes. You're pretty much under somebody else's control."

And that lack of control appeals to him; in fact, it's the reason he loves making movies so much. "For 13 or 14 years, I've kind of been the puppet master, I guess," he says. "It's kind of cool, especially when you're going through a period, trying to find inspiration in the music. When a great script comes along with a character I think I can play, it's great."

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helentroy4
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I'm waiting for him to play Jimi Hendrix in a biopic someday. All you need to do is watch the "Hey Ya" video a couple of times to see just how much talent this guy has and how much the camera loves him and how he's just a natural for the camera. Can you tell I like this guy???

 
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