I race historic muscle cars back in Australia. And I try to race home as soon as I`m finished a movie but don`t tell anyone.
Early, it was Richard Pryor. I did stand-up for 10 years before acting. And the movie Mad Max (1979). It cemented in my mind that I wanted to be an actor. (on his influences to become an actor)
I deliberately fly in and out of LA for as small a time as humanly possible.
When I shoot I`ll take my family with me - one movie a year and then the rest of the time at home.
I wanted to be a mechanic. When I was 14 I wanted to quit school and go work on my car. But my dad said Son, you shouldn`t do that. You should stay in school until your education is finished, and when you`re done, don`t make your hobby your job.
I think I`ve been fortunate, and right now I`m in an incredibly fortunate position, which I`m totally aware of. I think luck gets you on to the stage. But it has nothing to do with keeping you there.
My favorite part of the interview is the 401 assumptions before you`ve even started speaking, based on what you`re wearing, what you`ve chosen to eat, how the waiter looks at you.
When I go on the plane to fly home, I`m literally capable of forgetting what I do for a job. That also comes about because I choose to take massive breaks between projects, and because I choose to do this ridiculous thing of keeping home, home.
I wasn`t a religious follower of comic book activity as a kid, but I was a fanatical fan of the television show with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. So my memories of the Hulk were very vivid.
I love being at home, being with friends and family. I`m of European stock, brought up in Australia. I`m a passionate guy. I just love life.
I already loved Orlando like a little brother before we started shooting. We did spend five months together in Morocco during "Black Hawk Down". And you have to take care of Orlando. He doesn`t even know how to make coffee. (Starts imitating Orlando`s voice) Do you want coffee, Eric? How is it done again? Do you put the coffee in the water? Or in the filter? Can you make the coffee, Eric?
I hate to break it to you but actors really do love each other. It`s a crazy job and we put ourselves in vulnerable positions. I don`t care if it sounds corny but it`s true: you`re part of a brotherhood, and protect each other.
I wanted to be a racing driver but, you know - this`ll do.
I could become characters and to me that`s what acting was - I didn`t want to shroud it in mystery.
(On training for Troy) You couldn`t have bluffed your way through. It takes a lot of bloody arrogance even with six months` preparation.
The Hulk is definitely what I would categorize as un-fun. I don`t think it always needs to be fun. It doesn`t always need to be one big happy family. Everyone got along, but it was a difficult, hard shoot. And I think you see every ounce of sweat on the screen.