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 official schedule for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival has been announced earlier today. Matthias’ upcoming movie “Maryland“, previously “Close Protection“, will have it’s premiere screening on May 16th. The current reported running time is 1h41. No word yet if Matthias will attend the premiere. The festival runs from May 13-24 and be sure to head over to the official website for more information.
Matthias and his co-star Carey Mulligan made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier this week to promote “Far From The Madding Crowd“. We have added the interview in our video archive and you can find an official still in our gallery.
Matthias and his co-stars Carey Mulligan sat down with USA Today to promote “Far From The Madding Crowd“. The print edition of the interview appeared in yesterday’s edition (April 28) of USA Today and you can find the scans in our gallery. We also added the first photoshoot outtakes.
Growing up in Belgium, the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts, Matthias Schoenaerts never thought to enter the family business.
He wanted to be a professional soccer player.
So when, exactly, did he realize he could pay rent by acting in films such as 2011’s best foreign language Oscar nominee Bullhead or as a bare-knuckle brawler opposite Marion Cotillard in the heartbreaking 2012 French drama Rust and Bone?
“Yesterday. As we speak,” jokes the actor, 37. “I never dreamed of being an actor. At a certain point, that’s what I wanted to do. Before you know it, you graduate from the Academy of Dramatic Arts. Damn, I’m an actor.”
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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Even more additional images of “Far From The Madding Crowd” have been added in our gallery. Links and previews can be found below. The Telegraph (U.K.) also published a very interesting article on the behind the scenes process of the movie. Excerpts related to Matthias can be found after the jump.