Matthias is featured in the current issue of Interview Magazine and his interview was done by his “The Drop” co-star and friend Tom Hardy. We have added the photoshoot in our gallery and you can find the interview below.
Every now and then an actor comes along who reminds us of the way movie stars used to be. In the case of Matthias Schoenaerts, who’s registered regular comparisons to Marlon Brando due to his earthy masculinity and brutish physical charisma, it might have something to do with his self-professed focus on just one thing—the work, rather than the trappings of the Hollywood fame game. There are echoes of the brooding old guard in the way Schoenaerts ekes out the truth in his performances. And perhaps it’s that quality, in addition to his rakish, athletic good looks, that has turned the Belgian export from a European cinema fixture to a Tinseltown-worthy leading man in the space of just a few years, and has made us most excited for what’s to come.
Born in Antwerp, Schoenaerts, now 37, was obsessed with soccer and graffiti as a teenager. He made his screen debut in a bit part alongside his father, actor Julien Schoenaerts, in the period drama Daens (1992). And, after starring in a succession of Belgian films, including Loft (2008), the highest-grossing Flemish movie of all time, Schoenaerts broke through to Stateside audiences with two notably visceral performances in 2012. He bulked up to obscene proportions to play a steroid-addicted cattle farmer in Michaël R. Roskam’s Oscar-nominated Bullhead, and hit the gym and the junk food once more to play Ali, a single father and mixed-martial-arts fighter gone to seed on the Côte D’Azur, in Jacques Audiard’s art-house sensation Rust and Bone.
“The Drop” is part of the 62th San Sebastian Film Festival line-up and had it’s first official screening earlier this week. It seems like Matthias was unable to attend the photocall and press conference and only attended the premiere. We have added the first images in our gallery. Many thanks to my friend Frederik from Noomi Rapace Online for the donations!
The official youtube channel of the festival uploaded their video coverage of “The Drop” press day on their channel which includes footage of the premiere.
The Los Angeles Times published an in-depth interview with Matthias, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and director Michaël R. Roskam in which they talked about “The Drop“. The interview and photoshoot took place during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. We have added the photoshoot outtakes in our gallery and the full interview in our press archive.
There were dogs on set and dogs in the script, but Tom Hardy felt like the production of “The Drop” could use one more mutt.
The British actor — known for being Bane and Bronson and now, he hopes, Bob, the not-so-simple simpleton in the new crime drama penned by genre master Dennis Lehane — has a hard time saying no to a pooch, or at least something he likes that might make everyone else a little crazy. So when costar Noomi Rapace brought Hardy to an animal shelter near their Brooklyn set to research their roles, the outcome wasn’t really in doubt.
“I knew the minute we walked in there, he’d be walking out with a dog,” Rapace said in her trailer, shortly after the unexpected canine trip.
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“The Drop” premiered during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the first reviews are coming in. The movie has received good reviews so far and it currently holds a 80% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. While critics do recognize flaws in the movie they all seem to praise the cast’s performance and especially Tom Hardy’s work is getting a lot of praise. We will round-up the reviews in this post.
The Guardian | Paul MacInnes | September 7, 2014) | 3/5 stars
“The energy in the movie comes from Mickey and Bob’s adversaries. Firstly there’s Detective Torres (John Ortiz), a classic Colombo type, always playing innocent with a look of childish bemusement on his face. Secondly, and lifting the drama whenever he appears, is Matthias Schoenaerts’s Eric Deeds. Roski’s lead in Bullhead (and subsequently the breakout star of Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone) Schoenaerts fills Deeds to the brim with moxy. Every time he appears, usually to confront Bob, usually about a dog, there’s a sense that anything could happen; most likely violence, but perhaps a theatrical flourish with an umbrella. Simply speaking, Eric Deeds is the Joker in a shell suit.”