Guy Pearce candidly reflects on his career in Hollywood
Guy Pearce is a rare sort of actor, one who is comfortable reviewing his career and very candidly noting the high points and the low. He speaks freely of the benefits of working in Hollywood and the inevitable challenges that arise for anyone with a career in entertainment.
When Pearce was on set filming the soon to be released “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”, he says interviews became one of the challenges he preferred to avoid while in character. “Yeah, I really struggle. It’s funny, though – I’m probably better at having the moment of trying to talk about it, but it’s afterwards that I feel really regretful that I’ve even attempted to, because all of my energy in trying to be successful in what I’m doing is in trying to understand what I’m doing. And if I’ve stepped off to the side and tried to explain that, I feel like I’ve used something up, so I just make it a blanket rule.” When one Producer expressed concern, Pearce had an answer ready, “I’m like, listen – I’ll do it a week after we’re finished. Let me finish the shooting and then I’ll give it to you. So that’s my policy.”
He laughs, when he adds, “When I say to people, oh, I’m terrible in that movie, they say, oh, you wouldn’t be able to tell, and I go, well, I can tell you that I was good in “LA Confidential” and “Memento,” but I was crap in such and such, whatever. I just think, let’s not waste time, let’s just say how it is.”
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