It could be my downfall, but I don`t think it is - Hollywood is run on perception, and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career, it`s suicide.
And I just want to work with good directors and good people.
The truth of the matter is the real industry is in LA and the cream of the talent is there.
I was a little bit wary of playing Nicholas. In the script, which I think is true of the novel and the film, he`s the only character not singing and dancing in a musical style. Playing someone who is the personification of good is a little difficult.
So I try not to do press and if you can keep the balance of keeping a certain degree of anonymity and do interesting work then you can hope for a degree of career longevity.
I get invited to literally every single movie premiere that`s going on.
If I`d seen a grown man beating a crippled boy, of course I`d intervene. If my father died and left my mother destitute, it`s your instinct to take care of her. So when I started to think about it in those terms, it started to make sense to me.
To which I reply - no different from doing straight sex scenes. There`s no feeling there and it`s really weird with everyone standing around watching.
No, I do a bunch of things to entertain myself. I paint, I make music, I take photographs.
When some films do not pay as well and you have a mortgage to pay and you are on an economy drive eating eggs and beans, and you are offered a million dollar role and you turn it down, as it is not right. I want to be doing this when I am 60 and getting the big paying roles then so I have to pick the parts that are right for the long term rather than take the money now. (On being picky choosing roles)
I bought a house, and I`ve been decorating it.
I love hip hop music, I make hip hop music.
I`m happy being an actor, it`s what I have always wanted to do. I`m just lucky I got to do it so early.
I`m reading scripts, desperately wanting to work. I`ve set a couple of things up for next year.
This is kind of my trilogy of madmen. I played the psycho in Cold Mountain (2003), my character in Hooligans (2005) (aka Green Street) is fairly psychotic and now I`ve got this role. On his role in Children of Men (2006).
It`s generally more fun playing the villain.
There are definitely worse people to be compared with. I think Brad Pitt makes interesting decisions.
I have lived in Los Angeles for four years and I have been in night clubs three times and two movie premieres. I just don`t get involved.
Well, I have a great deal of pride, and I care infinitely about what my peers think (about me). It could be my downfall, but I don`t think it is - Hollywood is run on perception, and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career, it`s suicide. I have 60 years to make the money, but the choices I make in the next five years are really going to define my career.
Good roles are hard to come by, and whether they`re a few lines or a lead, you snap `em up when they come along.
I watch these actors who when you go to buy a pint of milk you see them smiling on the cover of 20 magazines. Then when you see them in a film it`s hard to believe the character because you just see them everywhere.
There are so many opportunities in LA.
In a work capacity I`m only interested in acting and producing.
In the early part of your career you are always compared with somebody until you can stand on your own two feet.
I find aspects of the industry tedious and hard to manage.
They cast me because I was known from a TV show and had a big American film coming out. Even English films are geared towards American audiences.
I`m currently doing Undeclared an American TV show set in a college. It just got aired and got massive ratings so hopefully that`ll screen in the UK soon.
I always think it`s better to take a smaller role in a great film rather than a leading role in something that you don`t have complete faith in.
If I went to them all dressed up and flashed a nice smile for the cameras it would probably be easier for me to get work. But I just can`t tolerate it.
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