For Josh Lucas, becoming a father to 20-month-old son Noah Rev has not only changed his personal life, but it is changing his career.
Lucas, 42, whose movie The Mend premiered Sunday at SXSW, plays Mat, a guy who has fractured relationships with his family and friends, in a dark comedy directed by John Magary. Though the role was “fun to play,” Lucas admits, his character serves as a “personal warning” for his own life.
“The thing that was so fun to play — but was a personal warning — is that this is a guy who has let go,” Lucas tells PEOPLE. “He is justifying the fact that his life has failed and he’s saying this is the way it is.”
For Lucas — who split from wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, 28, in January — thinking about what would bring out the good in life for his son, Noah, is driving his choices as he considers future roles.