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From leather-clad loner Mike in Neighbours to ego-packed planet swallower Peter Weyland in Prometheus, Guy Pearce's career trajectory has taken in some of the finest films of the last 20 years. He's stood out in L.A. Confidential, The Proposition, Memento, and, more recently, films like The Hurt Locker, Animal Kingdom. Judging by that Prometheus viral, he's packing plenty of slippery charisma in Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi spectacular, too. Not only that, but he's got his first foray into the action genre - Lockout - in cinemas this month. But the big question awaited. The mother lode. The Space Jockey of enquiries. What is Guy Pearce's favourite sandwich? The answer will blow your mind.
Big_Pants says: Lockout looks like an old-school ‘80s action/sci-fi flick - Escape To New York style (and I truly mean that as a compliment, it looks ace). Are you a fan of those kinds of films? Do you have a favourite?
I don't really have a favourite. I was a bit of a fan of some of those films. I'm not a huge action genre junkie by any means, but I enjoyed the ones that I saw.
ConorHSharkey says: What was it like working with the two Irish directors, James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, on Lockout?
It was great. James is essentially the cinematographer so it was really Steven you'd deal with on a moment-to-moment basis in terms of character and performance. James is equally there in the mix, but he's obviously busy with lighting and camerawork.
Cooperchris91 says: Was reading the Memento script as confusing as initially watching the film?
It was to a certain degree, but ultimately I was responding to the emotional state of the character, and that was very clear. But I did have to go back and read it a second time immediately to start to put the pieces together. So ultimately I experienced what audiences do when they watch the film.
Kalina T. says: Which kind of films do you find yourself immediately drawn to?
Dramas, basically. I enjoy comedies, I enjoy a variety of films, but I think films that delve into the details of human psychology I think ultimately are the ones I'm most interested in, that explore behaviour.
fwkelly says: You seem to be attracted to very self-assured characters, but ones who are often blind to what's going on around them. What attracts you to these lost souls?
Well, I would doubt that question, I don't know that I am attracted to self-assured characters necessarily. I feel like it's... I don't know what to say to that. Stumped...
reubenparkes says: How was it working with Ridley Scott?
Fabulous. Ridley has a great way of making a really enormous set feel like a really intimate place, so as much as we were in awe of the surroundings, I don't think we were intimidated by it or lost in it. He has a great sense of his actors and making them feel very comfortable.
JONESY says: What are your favourite films of all time? (or films that you would watch again and again?)
The Elephant Man. I always find this a really difficult question to answer.
matt.maths says: Is science-fiction a genre you’ve been keen to work in? I think your distinctive looks add a lot to the future aesthetic of Lockout and Prometheus.
No, not necessarily.
Big_Pants says: I love Animal Kingdom annd The Proposition. Is it important to you to continue working in the Australian film industry?
It is, and it's just very special for me to be able to work at home, because on some level it means more.
Funky Duck NL says: With the re-release of Titanic and upcoming films like Prometheus, I've got to ask what you think of the 3D experience?
Personally I find it takes me out of the story. I find it's difficult to really just be taken by the story, because I slightly feel like I'm having an acid trip - not, of course, that I've ever experienced one of those, so I wouldn't know. I often want to go back and watch the film immediately in 2D, because I don't feel I really absorb it, and the novelty of it doesn't do anything for me after a while. Having said that, I don't want it to stop anybody watching Prometheus. Apologies, Ridley!
temetnosce says: What's the story with Easter Sixteen?? It's disappeared from IMDb and you were rumoured as starring alongside Gary Oldman. Can you talk about that project a bit, please?
Not really, other than they expressed some interest in me for one of the roles a long time ago, and I was curious to explore it. But it never even got close to getting off the ground, so my understanding is that it's vanished off the face of the Earth.
Otnemem says: Who's the most interesting director you've worked with?
That's a difficult question to answer, because each director has something to offer that's interesting and it would feel unfair to single one out as the most interesting. I have a couple that are special, like John Hillcoat, Curtis Hanson, Chris Nolan and Ridley Scott, obviously.
Piers M says: Huge fan! Thanks for Memento, L.A. Confidential and Animal Kingdom (to name a few). My question is: with Christopher Nolan continually using many of the same cast members from his films did he ever talk to you about a role in any of the Batman films?
We did have a discussion about one of the roles in the first film, but we both decided and agreed that I was too young, so Liam Neeson played the role.
daltontowers says: What can you tell us about your upcoming film with Felicity Jones and Kyle MacLachlan, directed by Drake Doremus? Very excited for it!
This is Drake Doremus' follow up from Like Crazy, that he won Sundance with last year. Again, it's an all-improvised story. It follows an English exchange student who goes to live with an American family and really just follows the relationships that then develop, essentially. It's Amy Ryan plays my wife and Mackenzie Rio Davis plays my daughter.
Kalina T. says: I've heard that Marlon Brando practised this but do you ever practise Method acting and portray your characters off-screen - and if so, which is the strangest character you’ve portrayed off-screen?
No. I used to have to really hold on to the character, at least in my head. But I found eventually that that wasn't that valuable for me, because I ended up using up too much energy.
KuatoLives says: In Prometheus how does the old Peter Weyland compare in personality to the young Peter Weyland in the TED talk? How has he developed as a person over age and time?
I can't answer that, I'm afraid.
shawthingfilms says: Was it your idea to grow that moustache for Animal Kingdom or David Michôd’s?
ConorHSharkey says: After doing Mildred Pierce, can you see yourself doing more TV? Is it becoming a preferred medium for actors now?
I wouldn't say that I necessarily feel like I'll do more TV, and I don't know that it's a preferred medium for actors, but there's certainly in America a lot better television being made than there used to be.
Carlnc says: As Adam / Felicia in Priscilla did you have to "train" to walk in those heels? How did you research the role of a transvestite?
It did take a bit of practice to walk successfully in a pair of heels, particularly as the heels we had didn't fit. Research was really just about spending a lot of time in drag clubs.
rhys says: It seems like these type of action roles have just been waiting for you to jump in to them. Have you been avoiding them or was this the first of its kind to come up?
It's the first of its kind to come up. I've been offered other action-oriented films, but not found anything that really interested me. So I haven't been avoiding them, just hadn't found anything that I liked.
lanooch29 says: Is the thought of having been in three Best Picture winners odd? And do you know if that’s a record?
It is odd, because I've only been in two. And no, it's not a record. The record is held by an actor whose name I can't remember, but they were in six.
Rollo Tomasi says: When you filmed The Proposition, what was it like playing an Irishman in the Australian outback? Did you feel like you were playing a fish out of water in your own country?
I can't really answer this question because I know you don't really exist, Rollo. But if I was to answer it seriously, I didn't feel like a fish out of water, no.
bobbygeorge says: Have you seen Prometheus and can you say anything about it that will temper my ludicrous levels of excitement? I haven't done any work since March 17 when the full trailers were released.
No, I haven't seen it. And I'm sorry to say that there isn't anything that I can say to temper your ludicrous levels of excitement.
Bane_16 says: What do you think of the backlash against a possible PG-13 Prometheus? Do you think major cuts would be needed for a PG-13 rating that could damage the overall experience of the film?
I have no idea what I think about that.
|Guy with co-star Maggie Grace in Lockout|
Mugi says: Looking through your filmography, a film like Lockout doesn't quite blend in. What prompted you select this role? Was it a desire for something different to work on? A proverbial itch to scratch?
No, no itch to scratch. But I'm always looking to do something different. I think I found the character and the script quite amusing, and the idea of playing a character in this kind of style, who doesn't take it too seriously, seemed appealing.
chris2089 says: You worked alongside Joseph Gilgun on Lockout. He has a similar background to you as he started out in soap too with Emmerdale. Did you bond over this and do you think he has a bright future ahead of him?
I don't think we talked about soaps. I didn't begin in soap; I actually began doing theatre when I was a small child. But Joe should have a bright future; he's definitely an extremely talented actor.
kathen says: What was it like working on L.A. Confidential? It was a landmark film for many people. Did it feel like you were doing something special at the time?
Every film feels like something special at the time. It was a real thrill though, because it was my first American film, and it certainly felt as though it was a film of integrity.
greenblue says: It must be frustrating as a celebrity to get asked the same questions over and over again during interviews. Is there one question you would be happy to never hear again?
No, probably not. (Cue loads of Empire questions about Neighbours)
Colm says: You've played many nationalities, including American and British (L.A. Confidential and The King's Speech spring to mind). Do you get coached for the accents or is that something that comes naturally? And do you ever view that as a problem when considering a role?
I do work with a dialect expert sometimes. Depends on the accent. Sometimes I feel I can figure it out myself, and other times I need help.
NathanRB says: Why have you not aged since 1997?
Because I hang out with Cliff Richard.
Cooperchris91 says: Who would you say has most influenced you as an actor? Not necessarily other actors, of course.
Probably Curtis Hanson. He's the first person that taught me about subtlety on film.
TinyButDeadly15 says: Are you an Alien or Aliens kinda guy?
daltontowers says: Were you surprised by how strong the reception for The King's Speech was? What is it that makes relatively small films like that SO successful?
I wasn't surprised, and I think the way that Tom Hooper managed to execute a very personal, emotional and dramatic story in such an entertaining way is why the film had such great appeal.
JONESY says: this is a little bit silly question, but since Prometheus is a sci-fi film, I would like to ask if you believe in extraterrestrial life?
Yes I do. I can't imagine that all of us on this planet are the only living things in the universe.
kingdomkey says: What inspired you to become an actor?
My mother used to take me to the theatre when I was very young, a lot, and I just had an overwhelming desire to be up on the stage myself, and that feeling hasn't really left me, I guess. Hopefully it's developed and matured over the years, but I think that desire to make people feel something is still very strong.
sirvolkar says: Will Ferrell just made a film in Spanish and it looks as funny as ever. Would you be interested in making a movie in another tongue, and if so which language best suits you?
I often wonder that. Having just spent some time in France and really that being the only language that I learned other than English, I do wonder whether I could make a film in French. But knowing how precious the French are about their language, I would feel a little nervous about doing so.
Kalina T. says: Of all the films you have completed, which is your personal favourite?
matt.maths says: Have you ever had to speak to an audience as large as the TED one seems to be?
Rollo Tomasi says: What was it like brawling with Russell Crowe? If you ever had to do that in real life, who would have won?
Clearly I would. I am obviously far more masculine and butch than Russell. It was a real pleasure, actually, to work with Russell and to do something like the fight scene we did. He's fantastic at that stuff, so you pretty much know you're not going to get hurt.
Carlnc says: Do you have a desire to star in a West End or Broadway production? Some of your background has been stage performance thoughout your film career, which obviously differs completely.
Yeah, I would, if it was the right production, sure. I do a lot of theatre, but it always seems to just be at home.
temetnosce says: It's a small but significant role and I'm sure the chance to work with Kathryn Bigelow helped make the decision but when you read a script like The Hurt Locker are you looking at the story as a whole, the issue or the specifics of the character you're attracted to playing as a means of self-exploration?
All of the above.
J.T says: How was it like working with Tom Hardy? Any chance that you will grow a beard like his?
I am completely in awe of Tom Hardy. I've never met another actor with such charisma, and I really think he's one of the most exciting actors I've ever come across. He was just a delight. But I am still waiting to see the beard.
magoo says: Do you consciously chose cameo roles (ie The Road, The Hurt Locker)?
No, not consciously. Any more than just finding something fascinating in them when I come my way. It's always nice to be on set though for more than three days.
J.T says: Hey Guy, what is your favourite sandwich?
I think the Pret egg and bacon one. OR the chicken avocado.
Thanks for great questions. Obviously I'm a big fan of Empire myself, so it's an honour to be sitting here at the heart of it all.