“In the wake of all the awards, the most significant change was just the shear amount of job offers,” Simmons says. “The shear number of offers has increased greatly. Not necessarily the shear number of good offers. Or really brilliant scripts.”
Nonetheless, Simmons has managed to whip up lots of great roles from all of those job offers while dodging anything similar to that terror-inspiring music teacher who earned him so many kudos.
“Right after ‘Whiplash’ and right after all the awards, there were a lot of offers to play the mean, sadistic bastard who berates everybody,” he says. “I managed to steer clear of those, I think.
“Back from my days of doing theater, I have been lucky enough and smart enough to pretty much avoid being typecast,