or else I would just act in front of the
mirror, so I actually like having an audience
being effected by stuff that Im in.
entertaining and they all happen to come
out this year and the more, the merrier.
a very early age, I remember thinking
were always acting
like assholes. I couldn't understand
why I had to respect
them. My pre-school teacher
forced me to write right-handed when I was
left-handed. I didn't get why I had to change.
Nobody could give me a reason.
I have had a big problem
a role everyone said I could never play.
never going after a role
because it's going to be hot or sexy
or anything. I'm totally just about the
forward to the day when I can do a small
and it's not about me wearing a fucking
bathing suit or chaps.
is, it's not that I wouldn't do television
again, but Friends is a tough
so much, I don't know how you can follow
that I have today has come from Friends.
I will always love it, and no other job
will compare to it. No one can say they'll
never go back to doing that ever, that would
But right now I feel
like I've done it; I've spent 15 years doing
it and I'm excited
to venture into this new arena.
usually has about a shelf life
of ten years before people
get sick of seeing you. It's a good
thing to have a job
to fall back on and I really do enjoy
tends to happen with us is we get really
about a particular song
it for a while, and then we get bored with
it, and throw it out and completely dismiss
it. We go, "Ugghhh, how could we have
ever done that? Look at that, just bloody
Then about six months later we go, "Wow,
this is really good.".
would look at the 28-year-old guy
playing the war veteran in a film
and tell my parents,
"I don't know why the director
doesn't see me in that role. I might be
a little short, but I can do it.".
realized that no matter what I thought
in the past about how I constructed a character,
I needed to know that the outside shell
looked OK. If you're going to be a pirate,
wear an eye patch. The more you inform
yourself and fuel the internal engine that
drives the character, then you get to the
point where you can be standing on a hillside
saying no dialogue but completely communicating
to every person that's watching that film
all of those peaks of desperation, joy,
and acceptance without saying a single word.
any part you play,
there is a certain amount of yourself in
it. There has to be, otherwise it's just
not acting. It's lying.
I'm attracted to these off beat roles
because my life
has been a bit abnormal. The only thing
I have a problem
with is being labeled.
you're constantly searching for that great
Also, being a history
buff and learning
in our past and amazing things that they've
done, I came across a book
about Howard Hughes and he was set up as
basically, the most multi-dimensional character
I could ever come across. Often, people
have tried to define him in biographies,
but no one seems to be able to categorize
been in the business
since I was 16, so Ive had a 14-year
Ive always had acting
my blood. Doing this, whatever it is,
was something I was drawn to since my earliest
memories. Ironically, I lived
but never understood
that all it took was getting an agent and
always want to do a good
and hopefully, I won't be in something that
looks and feels
like I'm in over my head. But without really
knowing, I think a lot of the instincts
you have doing
comedy are really the same for doing
drama, in that it's essentially about listening.
The way I approach comedy, is you have to
to everything as if it's a dramatic role,
meaning you play it straight.
was completely clueless.
Not only did the crocodile direct us with
no story and absolutely no idea
of one scene to the next, he would not let
us see rushes. I didn't even know how I
looked. He'd stand in front of the camera.
There'd be the video people and the camera
people, and he'd actually block the screen
so I couldn't see it. We filmed
him blocking the screen so I couldn't see
been catching crocodiles all my life
and in this movie
you're going to see me grab and hold a 12
foot Australian Saltwater Crocodile. They
happen to be the biggest predator on our
They hit so hard
and fast that if you're within strike range
from the water's edge, they will explode
out and hit before you can get out of their
way. Strike range is half their body weight.
When you see Terri
in the boat getting attacked by the big
croc and you see fear
on her face, that's not acting.
That's fear. It's real. And by crikey, we
have a lot of fun
to the camera,
mate, it's not like I'm talking to the camera,
I'm talking to you because I want to whip
you around and plunk you right there with
me. So when this croc's belting around and
going off and I'm hanging around, you're
there. That's what I want. I want you to
use every sensation that you can, every
sense that you've got - your sight, your
hearing, your feelings,
your smell. You know that poo, I want you
to smell it. That is so completely natural.
I don't need that. The roles
that I choose are my therapy.
requires me to be very observant, which
means being able to sit in cafes for hours
and watch people.
stands a certain way and she has really
posture. So I took that from her. And whenever
I slouch she goes over and she puts my back
up straight. She'll probably notice that.
...My mom is a really cool mom. Jamie's
in the movie
is very square and my mom is not very square.
My mom is more like Jamie in real life.
its a lot more interesting
to watch a character
go through a transition in a movie.
her and then you almost want to not like
her because she gets mean and gets lost
is mainly what I focus
on, but, at the same time,
as well. I'll probably be starting
eventually, but my first album was rushed.
I mean I recorded practically every song
in my trailer on the set of Herbie.
I was running myself
down, literally running from set in between
set-ups and singing. I'll have to sit down
and take the time. I also wanna get involved
in starting a charity.
So, we'll see, I don't want to jinx anything.
quite why, but somehow I feel
they know that I mean what I do, both when
on the screen or when if I see them in person
and greet them. That I really always do
mean hello, and how are you? In their fantasies
they feel "Gee,it can happen to me!"
is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people
They didn't bother to find out who and what
I was. Instead they would invent a character
for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They
were obviously loving
somebody I wasn't. When they found this
out, they would blame me for disillusioning
them and fooling them.
read all of Shakespeare
and practiced a lot of lines.
going to do Juliet first. Don't laugh.
What, with what makeup, costume and camera
can do, my acting
a Juliet who is 14, an innocent virgin.
was the creative
part that kept me going, trying to be an
when you really hit it right. And I guess
I've always had too much fantasy to be only
Well, also, I had to eat. I was never kept,
to be blunt about it. I always kept myself.
I have always had a pride in the fact that
I was my own.
just have to do as best
you can, give it your best shot, really.
I'm a nice
person, you know? You just have to investigate
that...You have to commit
to the part, you have to commit fundamentally
100 percent to it and you can't apply your
moral framework onto this character
and you have to understand
the mechanisms and engine of this man to
about the roles
and if people like the films,
I don't think about it strategically, really.
don't have to identify with a character
to play them, you just have to understand.
There's a difference,
between identifying with and understanding?
a rogue in an asking one film,
in such a way one does not make clear in
in the review it is too to also only remember
how it ran off. And the character,
which I play, is a bad,
bad boy. I mean, this type have problems
- he is bad. But last end, who would not
want to along-play in an asking one film?
I didn't start acting
until I was 20. I wanted to be a musician.
I've been playing in bands for years and
years and years. It was obviously the performance
in me. I loved
as a teenager, always loved, loved films,
but I never thought I'd be involved, which
was obviously an insane
It was theatre
that was the main attraction to me, so I
did a lot of theatre.
spent a lot of time
with transsexuals and transvestites- I went
out clubbing with them in London
as the character. And of course, theres
a lot of grooming involved. Hats off the
ladies- I understand
an easy job
lady. A lot of plucking and shaving
and that sort of thing. It was wonderful-
it was one of those transformative roles.
For an actor,
theyre the ones that you look forward
to the most.
hand me a script. I act.
I'm here for entertainment,
basically, when you whittle everything away.
I'm a grown man who puts on makeup.
they come to you and it's a small role,
so it's about the experience
and the journey and mixing with people you
know you will learn
from. Or sometimes it's a scene in a movie
that you think, 'I just have to play this
for the most part we're trained
where we've come from, where we're going,
what the truth
and meaning is behind every scene.
to notice in the last few months that the
available to women
in their thirties
suddenly seem a lot better than the ones
for women in their mid- to late-twenties.
Which makes sense. Women have got more to
say at this point in their lives.
They´ve had a decade of getting to
of making mistakes,
reflecting back to failed
all those things, and as a result,
the characters, the roles, become much more
to improvise for a role
how it usually works out that I end up dying.
It sort of works out, because by the time
I die, I'm usually tired of working
on that particular movie,
so I look forward to it." - about how
a lot of his characters
end up dying.
just doesn't seem that scary
to me. It's just a feel
you get and you do it.
not going to be in a movie
are being shot
which eliminates almost all roles.
I just won't do it. I don't believe
in it and I believe that the imagery
of films is very powerful,
more powerful than people give it credit
for being. And to say it's a reflection
of society is a cop-out. So it's not what
to do because I can't justify
it in terms of the way I lead my life.