There was a time when Steve Buscemi was known exclusively for his off-beat supporting roles, in films like "The Big Lebowski," "Fargo," "Con Air," and "Armageddon." Now, after several years as the lead on HBO's impressive "Boardwalk Empire," he is returning to the entertainingly peculiar characters that helped launch his career.

In "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which hits theaters this Friday, the actor plays Anton Marvelton, an aging Vegas performer and magic partner to the film's titular character (played by Steve Carrell). Here, Buscemi explores his more colorful side, right down to the ridiculous wigs and velour suits.

"That was part of the appeal to want to do the film. I don't think I've quite played a character like this," Buscemi told Moviefone. "Also, I loved the script [and] the opportunity to work with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Olivia Wilde. It really was a no-brainer."

He and Carell were able to pull off a few tricks of their own while filming, including their characters' most popular illusion, the Hangman. The two even stood in a plexiglass box above the Vegas Strip for one of the movie's most memorable sequences.

"That was really something, because they had us float there doing the scenes in the box above the Strip. Doing that makes it all that more authentic and exciting," Buscemi said.

In addition to "Burt Wonderstone," Buscemi was nice enough to talk about a few of his supporting roles over the years. So, before the magic begins this Friday with his new film, see what the actor had to say about his performances in "The Big Lebowski," "Reservoir Dogs," and more.

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