visited a string of prisons while researching his role in Brothers
, and he was so impressive with the way young offenders are rehabilitated he keeps returning to help out with writing programs.
The Brokeback Mountain
star, who plays a former juvenile delinquent in the film, spent time with convicted drug smugglers and murderers in an effort to determine what life behind bars is like for a teenager.
And he was so impressed with one writing program used to educate wayward teens; he now frequents a number of prisons on a regular basis in a bid to boost interest.
He tells Fox News
, "My character (in Brothers) starts off in jail so I did a lot of research at LA County Jail, Lancaster State Prison and some juvenile state halls. I came across this incredible writing program for kids that are spending time in juvenile halls, 14-18 year-olds participate in this writing program and that really changed my perspective on the prison system and the people inside it. I have since been back many times to work on this writing program and with these kids. It's so life changing and extraordinary."
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