When Derek Cianfrance asked to meet with Mendelsohn for “The Place Beyond the Pines,” the director said, “He was three hours early for his audition. And he looked like a wreck. He was really out of sorts. He had this plastic bracelet on his wrist; I couldn’t tell if it was from a party that had been raging all night or from a hospital. . . . And he just said, ‘Please, mate, don’t make me read for you. If you make me audition, it’s going to ruin the whole thing. If you give me the role, I’ll carry a spear for you.’ And literally, in a minute I cast him. Just because I was so struck by him.” - Ben Mendelsohn is everywhere. Finally.