INT: Matthew Goode
Younger audiences, including myself (wink, wink), have been smitten with strapping British chap, Matthew Goode, since his big screen debut in CHASING LIBERTY. Since then, the actorís gone on to star in a number of indie flicks, including Woody Allenís MATCH POINT, and Zack Snyderís adaptation of graphic comic book, WATCHMEN. Up next, he takes the lead opposite Amy Adamsí as a captivating yet scorned Irish bloke in Anand Tuckerís rom-com, LEAP YEAR. Check out what Goode had to say about the film, acting, and WATCHMEN, during our one on one breakfast phone date last week.
Tell me how you were selected for this role?
Anand (Tucker) the director, contacted me in regards to the script. I met with him because Iíve always loved what he did with HILARY AND JACKIE. So I was interested in the classic comedy and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I also liked Amy Adams and the script, so it seemed like a good opportunity to get into something fun and not take myself too seriously. I was having a baby with my other half at the time and I thought it would be fun to film with great witty people, right across the pond, in Ireland.
Was Anand Tucker all that you imagined and expected as a director?
He was fantastic and heaps of fun. He let us run with ideas and he had lots he wanted to do anyways, and beyond. He knows what fits well and was filled with great ideas. Heís everything I expected really.
Talk a bit about working with Amy Adams. It looked like you guys had so much fun filming.
It was great! We were going around meeting beautiful people in Ireland. Itís a beautiful place. The weather wasnít always necessarily shining. Amyís fantastic. Sheís so clever and talented. She has a knack for comedy and we had a really good laugh!
Was the entire film shot in Ireland?
It was. Some of the interiors were shot in a old factory in Dublin. The rest was shot on location between in on the west coast. I had never been before. It was so beautiful.
Some scenes were absolutely breathtaking, but it seems like it was raining most to the time.
It was most of the time, but we also had the pleasure of rain machines. Amy was a real trooper, trekking up and down those hills in her Louboutins in the rain. She was wearing a dress, so she couldnít even wear any undergarments to keep her warm. I was layered underneath so I was lucky, but Amy was a trooper.
Tell me a little bit about the ďleap yearĒ myth.
Well leap year is every Olympic year, isnít it? I donít know actuallyÖbut itís the 29th day of February, which probably has to do with the hours of sunlight and time. I have no idea actually, but in Ireland thereís a tradition that you can get married, or that the girl can propose to the gent on that day. I had never heard of it before.
Your character asks Amyís character, what she would take with her in case of a fire. What would you take?
I think Iíd probably take the misses and child, although some days Iíd leave Ďem in there (laughs). Iíd certainly take the misses and baby, then everything else and then the dog.
Congratulations on your new baby. Did you also get married?
Weíre not married yet. Weíre still living in sin and rather enjoying it. No plans as yet, but soon itís going to happen. My economics have to be in order first. Thatís the difference between men and women. Women say ďletís get married,Ē and men say ďmaybe we should buy a house first.Ē
Youíve had parts in action, drama, comedy and superhero films. What would you like to do next?
Oh good LordÖI donít really think about it that much, but maybe I should. I donít know. If something comes across my way and I like itÖ.and itís not like itís given to me either. I have to sort of phone and meet and audition, blah, blah, blah. Weíll wait and see.
Which directors would you like to work with?
Clint Eastwood, Martin ScorseseÖbut the minute you sound them out, it sounds so ridiculous. Itís been going great so far. When I talk to Emily Mortimer, weíre both like, itís so f*cking weird that we were in a Woody Allen film. When you leave drama school, youíre not thinking, ďthatís one thing Iíve got to achieve when Iím older.Ē
What are you working on next?
I did a part for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in CEMETERY JUNCTION. I donít know what next, but Iím bouncing a few ideas around.
Have there been any more talks about a WATCHMEN part 2?
I believe itís still in the contract, but Iíd like to put it to bed. Also luckily for that matter, it didnít make a huge amount of money at the box office, but considering it has such a small audience, it wouldnít do terribly well. It would be a bad idea, I think. I think Iíd try to wiggle my way out of it.
Would you like to play another superhero?
Iím not really into the whole superhero thing, to be brutally honest. Theyíve all been done havenít they. I donít think the world needs another Spiderman.