Ed Harris Charts 'The Way Back' And The Path Ahead

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After making their escape, Ed Harris and his fellow prisoners trek through Siberia, Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. Newmarket Films hide caption

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After making their escape, Ed Harris and his fellow prisoners trek through Siberia, Mongolia and the Gobi Desert.

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In more than three decades onscreen, Ed Harris has played both valiant good guys and complicated bad guys — from the calm leader in Apollo 13 to the unhinged artist in Pollock.

In his latest film, The Way Back, he plays Mr. Smith, an American engineer who escapes from a Soviet gulag during World War II.

Harris talks with NPR's Neal Conan about his new movie, and how he has prepared for roles throughout his career.

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