Well, all I can say is ‘gosh’. Well, I would probably say that if I was being interviewed by one of those dreadful LA queers who front those piss-poor Hollywood entertainment channels.
You see they love all that la-de-da, English gent, Mr Darcy bollocks over there. But thatâ€™s why I’m an actor, I can get them to buy into the fact that I’m a proper English toff – which of course I am, if you donâ€™t count the moments I spend at home, sat on my arse, reading the Mail and shouting at the fucking wife to get her fat arse in gear.
As I’ve told many people down the years – acting is all about the craft. Until, that is, you see the size of your co-star’s fucking Wiinebago. I never forget the day I turned up on set for the first day of The Kingâ€™s Speech. Suffice to say I wasn’t best pleased when I saw I had to have my make-up applied in a fucking portacabin. Meanwhile, that fucking Australian savage Geoffrey Rush is sitting in this huge trailer like a bastard. ‘Hello dear boy’ I said as I walked into his spacious caravanette. He then called me ‘mate’ and described his trailer as ‘bonzer’. I told him Shine was over-rated colonial bollocks but probably as good as one could expect from a bunch of bloody criminals and then went outside and let three of his tyres down. ‘Mate’. Fuck off.
Everyone tells you that picking up the Bronze Lama of Frankfurt, or whatever the fuck it’s called, is the most important of all the film awards, but in reality, when it comes down to hard ackers, the only one that counts is the Oscar. I had a long lunch with Stinker Pinker, my financial advisor, and he reckons that if I snatch the Big One then I could increase my annual earnings by anything up to 40%. You fucking beauty! Apparently it’s best if I sink the cash into some offshore account in bongo-bongo land to save me having to pay shit loads of tax so some grubby little tart in Gateshead can stuff her ghastly miniature chavs with chip butties and alcopops.
There are many things which make life worth living: the closure of heavy industry, that time Stinker and Parslow set a tramp alight on the Embankment and opening up the pages of the old FT to find that your shares in BAE Systems have risen several points overnight. But all these things put together can’t beat the buzz you get, the shot of adrenalin you feel when you tread the boards for the first time to play the Dane…. Bollocks! God, I love money.
Can’t wait for Oscar night now. Last year I was given the most fantastic goody bag, the contents of which I immediately sold on eBay for a huge fucking profit. K-k-k-k-k-k-kerching!
As told to Matt Owen