As my scanner has died, I'm typing this up as its not too long: Contains one ROTK SPOILER - I've put a warning before it. And as you might guess - contains NAUGHTY LANGUAGE:D
How the devil are you?
I'm fucking great, thanks. A little exhausted because the promotion machine has begun. But I'm well. Thanks for asking.
It's Q's round, what are you having?
Pint of Stella, please!
Describe yourself in five words
Silly. Humble. Passionate. Excitable. Music-nut.
What's your idea of hell?
This is thought-provoking [giggles maniacally]. My idea of hell is to be kept from the things that I love about life - you know, friends, travelling, music, film, art. Essentially a sterile environment without any access to the things that I care about.
What's your biggest vice?
Music is my biggest vice. I spend far too much on CDs. I can't visit Amoeba Records in Los Angeles - which is a fantastic store - without spending $200. The last time tipped me over the edge. I was at a comfortable level of spending, then I saw a $75 copy of Beck's very rare Golden Feelings, as well as the John Lennon boxset. That pushed me over the $300 mark.
What keeps you awake at night?
Non-specific anxiety, generally relating to something looming. Or maybe responsibilities that need my attention but haven't got it yet.
What's your worst habit?
Biting my fingernails down to the nub. I don't actually have any nails.
ROTK SPOILER COMING UP
When did you last cry, and why?
Watching the last hour of LOTR:ROTK. I was in London finishing up on it and they played a rough form of the last hour. I could not stop crying. No piece of film has made me cry like that. There's a bit where Frodo is saying goodbye to the hobbits and that's particularly emotional for me because I can actually imagine saying goodbye to my friends.
If you were an animal, what would it be?
Probably a dolphin or a monkey. Which ties me in with Ian Brown's Dolphins Were Monkeys. I'm curious to know how smart dolphins really are and I've had an affinity with monkeys since I was a child. I was always referenced as a monkey by my mother because I was constantly climbing into cupboards and all over the house. I have a fondness for them.
What's your favourite chocolate bar?
NutRageous. They're fucking great. They're like a peanut butter cup in a candy bar. It's pretty wonderful
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Mel Gibson said to me when we worked together that you can always do better. There's no such thing as having achieved your best. It's good advice for any walk of life. It keeps you humble.
Are you afraid of being typecast as a hobbit?
No. I'm not. Primarily because I had a bit of a career before and as long as I work outside of the hobbit-world that will give people a reference outside of Frodo. As long as I don't do Corvette Summer 2, I'll be alright. [CS2 was Mark Hamill's post-Star Wars career-staller].
Are you a frustrated rock star?
I would love to live out my rock dreams, however I love music too much to fuck it up. I'm often disappointed by actors in rock bands. If I was in a band though I'd like to be in Radiohead. I'd also like to go to the desert and bear witness to Desert Sessions with Queens of the Stone Age. That would be a magical thing to be part of.
You were living with your mum around the release of TTT and blamed that for your celibacy. Have you moved out yet?
I've moved to New York City. No action yet, though. It's a very sad existence ... We'll have to see how it pans out.
A couple of thoughts of my own - he'll regret mentioning the NutRageous and, worst habit "biting my fingernails" - I'd like to think that means he's given up the ciggies - nailbiting won't kill you, sweetheart.
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