When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
Actors are more scared by what they do than you would think… It’s a healthy fear that motivates you!
The night outside Prague when we were shooting Tristan & Isolde when we were filming a Boar Hunt with a real 400lb boar who kept escaping… much squealing, hilarity and frustration added to galloping on horseback through a forest, blind, on a 20-degree night. The damn thing sounded like it was being murdered. It was just being a boar. That and an extremely flatulent horse ruining 3 takes in a row on the same movie…
From an actor’s perspective there are a lot more avenues for work than there used to be – if you’re smart. I trained as a pure theatre actor and spent the first 10 years of my career in theatre. It gave me all the tools I needed for the future, although I didn’t necessarily know it at the time. I didn’t start in VO until I moved to the US after I did The Count Of Monte Cristo. The truth is you have to have your fingers in a lot more pies than you used to – you have to be ready for anything. I’m proud of the fact that I have worked in just about every single category of performance, from opera to animation but to do that, you have to be well-trained and well-prepared. The industry is a lot more competitive these days and it seems a lot more people are competing for the work. You need to make sure that you have the skills and personality that make people want to work with you. Talent and hard work just aren’t enough.
Usually you have to have done that for the audition. You normally get some artwork and a bio of the character and you work off that. My theatre training taught me to find the physicality of a character and that helps a lot. You can find a character in a myriad of ways – often for me it’s a laugh or the way they hold themselves. It varies.
I have a small role in War Dogs which is in theatres now, with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. I’m busy directing new video game projects for Warner Bros., 2K games and Blizzard. Shooting an exciting TV project in October and a short film for a friend – I’m grateful and lucky to be as busy as I am.
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