At an event recently Eddie spoke to Vogue Australia, below are some of the questions he responded to.
The Oscar winning actor and Omega spokesman talks having wife, Hannah Bagshawe, style him, and why, for an actor, a good suit and a watch are always necessary for the red carpet.
When choosing your next film project how do you decide if the character is for you or not?
“It’s always about taking a leap of something. Whether it’s a leap of faith in a director, or into a character that you think is beyond you. But no, I’ve never aspired specifically. Quite a lot of actors might say they want to play Hamlet or whatever. I’ve never had that. I’m just lucky to be employed frankly.”
How do you approach dressing for the red carpet?
“I have a very wonderful stylist in the form of my wife. I’m colour blind, so occasionally I’ll go for things that are slightly outlandish and she’ll temper me back into the world of taste.”
Is there anything you couldn’t live without on the red carpet?
“The time that I really think about what I’m wearing is when you’re going to be scrutinised the most. For us as actors, whenever you go on a red carpet – you have to do quite a few of them – but for me, they never get easier. It’s just a very odd thing to have to stand in front of banks of people screaming at you and telling you to look in their direction and quite often shouting abuse. So for me, a good tailored suit and a strong watch gives you a sense that you have an armour or a uniform. So it’s an important thing for me.”
When on set, how do you spend your down time?
“Virtually every film I start, I go ‘You know what? I I’m going to learn to play the guitar on this.’ I’ve been trying for about 15 years and I have about three chords in me. Occasionally I will paint very badly, but I enjoy it and I find it quite a good way of focusing my attentions elsewhere. But one of the things about filming, as you say, it’s an odd rhythm when you’re filming and there are weird times and pauses. But you always have to be slightly on the edge of being able to access or find the character that you’re playing. So although it quite often looks like there’s a lot of down-time, and there is, there’s always an adrenaline pumping through your veins, because you know at any moment, you’re going to have to get back into character.”