Guy Pearce, making us drool even more about LAWLESS….
“Tom just has a real Brando-like quality about him”
Another upcoming project of yours is Lawless, which reunites you with John Hillcoat after The Road and The Proposition, which I love…
So do I. It’s definitely one of my favorite films. And I think John is one of those people who if he rang me up and said ‘I need you to come to Alabama tomorrow, I can’t tell you what it is,’ I’d just get on the plane and go. He’s a real artist and he also has a very encouraging side to him, which is great for me because I really like to develop and create a character myself. It’s often better if it’s inspired off a page but I’m often wanting to go to places that other directors might go, ‘Hmm, not so sure, we’d rather your hair be the same as it was in that last movie you did.’ And I find that really frustrating, whereas John’s like, ‘Yup, great!’
Other directors want more of the Guy Pearce that they’ve seen before in other movies?
Yeah. It’s just being brave or not, and it’s also about acknowledging your own instincts and being able to move with your own instincts as well rather than just trying to pigeonhole. So it all comes back to the same thing. I just don’t want to be pigeonholed, I don’t want to be stuck doing the same thing. I’m not interested in that, so if I ever go and have a meeting with somebody, for example, and I get that from them, then I know if I go and take on the job it’s going to be a tough ask. Whereas John’s very accommodating and he loves strange and unusual things. [Laughs] So the character I play in [Lawless] is really, really odd.
How so – how would you describe him?
I don’t know how I would describe him. He’s a cop from Chicago, but he has a very particular sense of self and real control issues. A certain level of vanity. On some level [he’s the antagonist], but it’s a complicated story and it’s not as easy as that. He’s brought in to try and stop these three brothers or at least force them to pay taxes from the money they’re earning moonshining, but just in his personality, in his way, he has a particular, kind of strange quality about him.
Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and you – that’s quite a cast.
It’s an amazing cast. I mean, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hardy together? She’s ridiculous, and Tom Hardy’s extraordinary. Really, really extraordinary. And Shia was fantastic – and Mia Wasikowska! I’m not just saying this, people always say this about the people they work with, but those four together are really, really special. Shia’s really extraordinary in the film and Tom just has a real Brando-like quality about him. I can’t say enough about those four. Shia’s love story with Mia is just so, so beautiful. He’s like a puppy dog around her, it’s fantastic.