I'm hardly digging trenches for a living. I'm getting to tap into my boyhood fantasies of being a larger-than-life character.

— Joel Edgerton

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To act with a tennis ball and imagine it's a tentacle, or if you're in some kind of wilderness film and you go, 'Okay, we can't have a grizzly bear here, but imagine when you step over the rock there there's a grizzly bear.' I don't know. They're tough moments.

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Sometimes, the smaller roles in movies can be the most interesting.

If you only take the stance that you'll only play central characters in movies, you'll find yourself not being able to indulge in that morally grey terrain that makes support characters so rich and interesting.

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There's the pressure of being a No. 1 on the call sheet, being a lead actor. There's almost this feeling like being captain of the team. You want to put a bit of energy into actually setting a good example.

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I'm single, footloose and fancy free, I have no responsibilities, no anchors.

Work, friendship and self-improvement, that's me.

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Every job leaves its residue, a bit of extra knowledge, a new skill-set.

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Whenever you deal with science fiction you are setting up a world of rules.

I think you work hard to establish the rules. And you also have to work even harder to maintain those rules, and within that find excitement and unpredictability and all that stuff.

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The tricky thing becomes: Do you know yourself well enough to then portray that on screen? And for me, I find that really hard. I'd rather hide behind accents and funny walks.

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I often times find with movies that the heavier the onscreen situation is, the more levity there is off screen. It's almost out of necessity.

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Everything is a learning process: any time you fall over, it's just teaching you to stand up the next time.

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The last TV show I binged on was 'Hannibal' because it stars two of my friends, Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, who I first met filming 'King Arthur' back in 2003, and I just lapped this show up; loved it.

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It feels good to be fit and strong.

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'The Great Gatsby' ticked so many boxes for me.

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About Joel Edgerton

Quotes 38 sayings
Nationality Australian
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I have a lot of ideas that I feel are half-formed, or half-way okay.

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I always kept myself fairly fit.

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Whereas 'Avatar' and other movies get shocks out of their three-dimensionality, 'Gatsby' is going to be about inviting the audience into this larger-than-life drama, letting them almost be inside the room rather than looking at it through the window. I think it will really work.

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It's tricky. I've never been standing at the top of the tree with tons of money thrown at me. I've never really had a profile. So in a way I have this 'nothing to lose' attitude.

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I'm not scared of doing movies that are just about entertainment.

I'm not scared of doing movies that are really challenging and cover difficult terrain. I just want good experiences and I want to challenge myself and I want to just keep learning, as an actor.

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I'm on the list that I thought I'd never be on.

I'm not sitting here thinking, 'God, I might get this part' or 'is it too late for me to play Hamlet?' It's really about: who do I get to work with? There's so many people on that list.

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I'm really good at judging and observing other people, but not myself.

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I remember my brother Nash had just directed me in 'The Square,' and I was sitting in Australia going: 'No one's called me about working for ages. I don't know if I'm ever going to get another job.'

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North America makes a ton of movies and there's a ton of movies that are exceptional.

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Basically you want as many people as possible to see your movie.

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The sum total of all my stop-starts have made me less concerned about the future. I'm just aware now that I'll always land on my feet somehow.

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What I like is having a conversation that gets you on the right page.

And, if that means having conversations in lieu of rehearsal - I don't wanna get up and cook the thing before we shoot it but I do wanna know that me and the director know exactly what we both want to achieve, and that we're moving in the same direction.

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The biggest difference for me is momentum.

On a smaller film you get to shoot sometimes four or five scenes a day and you've got to do the tight schedule. I think I really feel the luxuries of a big budget film.

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My brother and I are best friends.

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The recipe for any character is always very interesting, as far as what doses of certain qualities you want.

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That's one of the great privileges, being an actor, is that someone pays you and sends you off to learn about something that otherwise you'd never know about.

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I'm a pacifist.

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There's something nice about making a night of the theater rather than sitting in front of your TV.

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There's a real sense of fighting and destruction in our DNA that we don't get in touch with.

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I have always stuck to my guns about what I want from the work and what interests me. I've never been seduced down the evil path. The path of taking the money.

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When people are really great at what they do there is no aggression because they are comfortable in their own skin. They know themselves well enough that you don't have anything to prove.

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The first video I ever watched was on a Beta system because everyone thought Beta was the way but then it ended up being video so we backed the wrong horse.

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I can't sing or dance.

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One of the things I've always enjoyed is moving around and staying fit.

Physicality is such a big part of being an actor, but it's also about stillness and silence.

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I'm not going to allow myself to second-guess projects.

I'm just going to do the ones that I fully love and believe in - that's a real privilege.

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