He involved in the director’s films like Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty and Possession under the guidance of La Bute.
He gained a wide recognition in Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed film called ‘Erin Brockovich’ as George and even received a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination for best actor for his role of Nick Naylor in ‘Thank You For Smoking’. The actor was previously engaged to actress Emily Cline with whom he met during his hoot of ‘In the Company of Men’ but the couple separated in 1998.
When he played opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Possession and Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations, tabloids had them linked in real life. He’s just good, incredibly good, at acting intimacy.
He met writer and director Neil La Bute who took him in a number of his own original plays.
He made his debut as an unctuous, sociopathic ladies’ man in black comedy movie called ‘In the Company of Men’ five years later in 1997.
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After the graduation, things got quite disappointing when he only gained a tiny bit part in the thriller Slaughter of the Innocents (1994) and was soon out of notable job for the next three years.