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On screen, Jude Law is a very pretty man. In person, the actor doesn’t disappoint. At 41, he still looks like Dickie Greenleaf, the bronzed, handsome playboy he played to cocky perfection in 1999′s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” The man doesn’t age. So it’s therefore alarming to see him as the titular goon in this Wednesday’s lewd comedy “Dom Hemingway.”
In Richard Shepard’s film, Law dons a prosthetic nose enhancement, some gnarly teeth, and sports severe mutton chops to play a womanizing safe-cracker out to score after being released from a long stint in prison. The performance is unlike anything the actor’s done, and it’s clear from speaking with him that he relished the opportunity to mask his trademark good looks to best embody Dom.
In the opening scene of “Dom,” you rant on about the size of your member while being blown. Watching the scene, my jaw was on the floor. Was it the same reading it?
Well I was just shocked, you know, it’s quite hard to shock people I think nowadays. And I was genuinely quite shocked because of the excess, and the immodesty of him. I was immediately just sort of drawn, at the sheer balls of the character, and at the sort of vitality, and also because it genuinely made me laugh, it made me laugh out loud. And I still find it very very funny. But, the first scene sort of set the bar.
That scene is just you talking directly to the camera. Did you practice that one in front of a mirror?
No, I’ve never really rehearsed in front of mirrors. I mean, the whole thing, the whole script, Richard and I picked through word by word. Over a period of about four months, we kept meeting and he’d go and just do tiny, tiny little tweaks here and there, and over that period I was learning it, and writing a kinda whole back story so that we both knew exactly what had gotten Dom exactly where he was, so that those little references had some kind of resonance. And we ran a bunch of stuff together, the monologues together, in various situations. And really it was a case of just sort of monitoring. I remember a key note from Richard was, “As Dom’s rants start to rev up, he starts to enjoy himself, and there’s a sort of relish in him using these words, this poetry. And as soon as you start to see that, you know he’s on a role, and that he’s not going to stop.”
Stars including Dame Judi Dench, Julie Christie, Timothy Spall and Jude Law have given a rare insight into life in front of the camera, as they disclose how they approach their day job.
In a series of in-depth interviews compiled in a book by director Sally Potter, the actors speak of their insecurities, fear of live theatre and worries about watching themselves back on screen, as well as sharing how directors can make the most of their talents.
Potter, who spoke about the book at the Oxford Literary Festival on Friday, said she had wanted the stars to be “open” about the process of acting, sharing their experiences in their own words.
Jude Law, who has recently played Henry V in London as part of the Michael Grandage Company, said he was acutely aware of how his looks had influenced his career, fearing he had previously been seen as a “pretty boy actor”.
The 14 lengthy interviews, which focus on the relationship between directors and actors, as well as how the latter prepares for a performance, are all published in full in Potter’s book, Naked Cinema: Working With Actors.
Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, she told an audience she believed sharing experiences would mean everyone learned and improved.
“What I didn’t want to do – in the wrong way, in a gossiping way – is to be open about what is essentially a very confidential process with the actors. So initially my publishers were asking me to give an anecdote about this, or did Jude Law do something funny, and I didn’t really want to do that. So I decided eventually to interview 14 of the actors that I’d worked with. So the second half of the book is interviews, really deep interview with them, with them being open about the process from their point of view.”
The book, published by Faber and Faber, is out now.
‘Dom Hemingway’ director Richard Shepard and co-stars Jude Law, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Demian Bichir attended the Fox Searchlight Pictures’ ‘Dom Hemingway’ screening hosted by The Cinema Society And Links Of London yesterday in New York City. ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham was also in attendance, and she posed with Jude on the red carpet. See photos!
“Dom Hemingway” opens with a scene where Jude Law gives an uninterrupted, unflinching monologue about his penis, an idea that came naturally to the film’s writer-director Richard Shepard.
“I can talk about my cock for hours,” Shepard said at the Cinema Society and Links of London screening of his new film in downtown New York. “Once I wrote that scene, I thought, I get this guy. I get his ego, his sense of humor, his weirdness. The rest of it kind of just appeared.”
The poster for the Fox Searchlight release is similarly-crotch focused, with Dom lounging in a chair with a whiskey and his legs open. “We made all his suits very tight, because he’s been in prison for 12 years,” Shepard explained. “So when he sits, things get shown in ways they shouldn’t.”
Jude Law took credit for that character flaw. “I got this idea with the suit, when he left prison, he got it cut in the wrong areas,” said Law, who packed on a few extra pounds to play his reformed criminal by eating tubs of ice cream, hamburgers and pints of Lager. But that decision didn’t sit well with the film’s tailor. “He kept saying, ‘You can’t do this!’” Law recalled. “It went against his own nature of somebody who wanted the suit to look good.”
Jude has no problem admitting money has driven his career. The British actor is clear about the types of roles he will and won’t take and likes to stretch himself. That said, salary has affected some of his past decisions and he believes that is the same for most people.
“I am not going to blame myself, I have to think about money too, right? I believe in an actor’s career there’s enough space for both commercial productions and artistic ones,” he told Italian magazine F. “Hollywood is a business. There’s nothing wrong with it. Look at Miley Cyrus: she’s causing a scandal, but she’s also making a lot of money.”
That said, there are some genres Jude has no interest in being involved with. Superhero movies don’t excite him, even if his children would probably like to see him donning a cape on screen.
“I have grown, professionally speaking. Running around dressed up as a superhero is not for me,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I think those are [great] movies as well, and I have fun when I watch them with my children, but for me cinema is something else. I wouldn’t identify them as serious stuff.”
Jude’s latest release is Dom Hemingway, in which he plays the title role. The film is about a safe cracker who leaves prison and sets about collecting what he is owed and Jude was excited to be involved in the project.
“I wanted to impersonate a disgusting, offensive character. Such individuals really exist and I believe they even have a certain seductive power, although their behaviour might seem beastly,” he explained.
The 41-year-old actor’s personal life has overshadowed his professional one at times and that is something he’ll never get used to. Jude wishes his personal and professional lives could be kept separate.
“Gossip can burn you when your work is overshadowed by your private life. I should be used to it, yet I am surprised every time the media make up something new. It’s amazing how they can manipulate your life. Sadly, I am aware that the majority of people identifies me with all the c**p that has been written about me. Even if it was true, it should never reflect on your work.“
If Jude Law hasn’t seemed as high-profile a film presence in recent years as he was earlier in the millennium, it’s at least in part because of the good chunk of time he’s spent brushing up on his Shakespeare.
The British actor is currently starring in an acclaimed West End production of Henry V, directed by Michael Grandage, who in 2009 guided him in a Donmar Warehouse staging of Hamlet that transferred to Broadway, earning Law a Tony Award nomination. In between, in 2011, Law squeezed in on a Donmar revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie.
Chatting in his spacious dressing room at the Noel Coward Theatre before a performance of Henry V, Law — who became one of Hollywood’s most prominent rising stars in the late ’90s and early ’00s, collecting Oscar nods for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain — stresses that live theater “is what made me want to become an actor. The idea of not indulging myself in the thing I really love would seem insane to me.”
Seeming relaxed but animated about two hours before curtain, Law notes that he had been, in particular, “very, very keen to do another Shakespeare part. When I first discussed doing Hamlet five or six years ago, Henry was also on the list of roles I wanted to get before I turned 40 or 41, which is the age that I’m at.” (Law celebrated a birthday Dec. 29.)
Jude Law’s children think his status as an actor just means he can embarrass them more publically. Jude embarrasses his kids “on a great big level”.
The British actor has starred in a series of hit flicks, including The Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley. While he loves taking children Rafferty, Iris, Rudy and Sophia to the cinema, it makes everyone involved cringe when a trailer for one of his films is show.
“That happened to me once when I was with my kids,” he recalled to BBC 1 radio host Nick Grimshaw.
“It was really embarrassing, I hid! Of course no one was looking, no one knew. It was worse for the children; they were mortified, all around me. [They think]: ‘He’s just making a fool of himself on a great big level… not just at the front gate or in the front room!’”
Jude Law found being naked on the ‘Dom Hemingway’ set ”a wonderful release”.
The 40-year-old actor who stars as lead Dom Hemingway in the film of the same name has a couple of nude scenes, one of which shows him walking through what appears to be a vineyard, and he found filming these had a great kind of freedom.
He told Empire magazine: ”I insisted we do the first scene first. I wanted to stroll on set naked and start as I meant to move on. I thought, ‘If I can do that with all the crew around and not care – be graphic and that vulnerable – then we’re going to be alright.’
”Actually, we did it on a test day, it wasn’t even a filming day. And it was a wonderful release, a wonderful sense that everything and anything could go.”
Jude gained 28lbs for his alter-ego by drinking 10 Coca-Cola soft drinks each day, eating calorific foods he also smoked 40 cigarettes daily to get the appearance of a heavy smoker.
The British star admits playing a character who eats, smokes and drinks a lot took its toll on him physically.
He revealed: ”I did get sick of it though. Towards the end, the last couple of weeks, I started to feel physically sick and drained. I was probably drinking too much at night, certainly drinking too much Coke and eating crap food during the day, smoking 40 a day…”