Matthias is featured in yesterday’s edition of The Sunday Times to promote the U.K. release of “Far From The Madding Crowd“. We have added the photoshoot outtakes in our gallery and the full interview can be found in our press archive.
With a trio of big films out at the same time, he is the hottest thing to come out of Belgium — ever
For some weeks now, Britain’s billboards have been valiantly struggling with Matthias Schoenaerts’s name: all those vowels spelt out on adverts for Suite Française, released last month; A Little Chaos, earlier this month; and next up, Far from the Madding Crowd. In Thomas Vinterberg’s luscious take on the Thomas Hardy novel, released on Friday, Schoenaerts’s Gabriel Oak shadows Carey Mulligan’s impetuous Bathsheba. Not that he has seen any of the media blitzkrieg: the Belgian actor, 37, has only just arrived at his London hotel for the film’s premiere. “I’m like the Space Invader all of a sudden,” he says, miming a spaceship hovering over us all.
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Matthias is featured on this week’s Telegraph Magazine (UK) cover. We have added the cover and the first outtakes in our gallery. The in-depth interview can be found in our press archive and an excerpt below.
I don’t like to be cautious.’ Matthias Schoenaerts leans forward in his chair, his voice rising. ‘I think cautious is boring. I want to be passionate. I want to just throw myself into something. I want to be bad. I want to be good. I want to work like Jackson Pollock made a painting.’
Schoenaerts has been called the Belgian Brando – and the roll of his eyes and his snort of dismissal when you mention it warns you not to get him started on that. But you can see why. The physical presence, the simmering intensity, the spooling thought processes…
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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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Matthias covers OUT’s September 2014 issue. We have added the magazine scans and photoshoot in our gallery. Be sure to pick up your own copy while it’s on newsstands! The full interview can be found in our press archive and excerpts can be found below.
On potentially becoming typecast: “I don’t want to be pinned down as just a physical actor. I understand that people may think I am, since Bullhead and Rust and Bone popped up one year after another, but that’s a coincidence. I’ve done a lot of different stuff.”
On the vulnerability of acting: “When I get on set, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he says. “And it makes you very vulnerable, as an artist, to do that. In our job, we’re always the subjects of judgment, and if you want to do the real work, I think you have to be vulnerable as hell. You have to be prepared to suck.”
On truthfulness leading to sexiness in acting: “What I think is sexy is truthfulness, and that’s something that overwhelms time. That’s why Marlon Brando is still sexy nowadays — not because he was a gorgeous guy, but because his work was truthful. The rest is form. That may make me want to have sex with someone, but it’s temporary, and in the end it’s bullshit.”
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