Aussiewood: Australia's Leading Actors and Directors Tell by Michaela Boland, Michael Bodey

By Michaela Boland, Michael Bodey

A new release of Australians have conquered Hollywood, and this assortment showcases the wealth and variety of expertise they convey to each side of the digicam. The A-list of stars comprises seriously acclaimed actor Geoffrey Rush, mammoth and small display actress Portia di Rossi, personality actor Hugo Weaving, award-winning director Phillip Noyce, and blockbuster superstar Nicole Kidman. In-depth interviews are supplied within which the celebs describe the glamour in addition to the company of Hollywood, how they shot—or climbed—to the head, and the way they've handled reputation. a few, it truly is published, ambitiously pursued repute whereas for others Hollywood got here knocking. relocating past own tales, the booklet explores why such a lot of of the easiest and brightest of oz. have risen to stardom within the States. choked with purple carpet moments and board room info, this considerate exposé sheds new mild on a development that exhibits no indicators of letting up.

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I’ve achieved a hell of a lot of what I wanted to achieve in theatre. I want to invest in my film possibilities” and I knew somewhere in that game plan, Pirates of the Caribbean, for what it’s worth, was going to be useful. I knew unashamedly it was commercial [but] it was also a great role,’ he adds. He wanted to work with Depp, ‘who’s an actor’s actor’, and Bloom, who he’d recently enjoyed working with on Ned Kelly. ’ Plus Pirates was written by the scribes behind the animated hit Shrek. ‘If I had been up against some big well-known action star, such as Steven Seagal and the current best rap artist, I would have said no,’ Rush says.

I was the first on board, they used me as a kind of casting leverage but they said, “We wanna get a real eclectic actors’ group”. ’ It went off the rails, the final cut filleting a three-hour film into two and cutting a romantic subplot for Rush’s character, Casanova Frankenstein. Test audiences questioned why the villain had a girlfriend. ‘Then in cinemas it lasted two weeks,’ Rush adds. With ‘Mystery Men and Pirates of the Caribbean I knew I was on high-powered, big money films; there’s a different smell in the air, not less creative.

Two other Australian films with notable box office in Australia during the first part of the 80s were Gallipoli and Mad Max II, which returned $12 and $11 million respectively. Hogan didn’t want to make a ‘film’. ‘Crocodile Dundee became the biggest not because it was brilliant but because it was a “movie”,’ he says. ’ Hogan was now more famous than the country he hailed from.

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