ben the australian

“I’ll tell you the actor that impresses me the most…Ben Mendelsohn. I’ve worked with him five times and I feel like that’s a real privilege…I love working with actors who seem to be on another level. Ben’s one of those guys. He’s incredibly dangerous.”

–  Joel Edgerton

“Joel keeps going. He is an energiser bunny… [On “Exodus”] we’d be in our Egyptian regalia and then Joel would go and do his hundred laps of the pool [to prepare for] the Ramses God-on-Earth routine and I’d be having a nap poolside.“ 

—  Ben Mendelsohn

“We all know each other but haven’t necessarily shared the screen together. It looked like it was going to be a masculine kind of act-off. And ironically, with the exception of Ben Mendelsohn, I think Jacki Weaver actually slipped through the back door and took the top honours.”

“Jacki’s everybody’s Mum. She’s one of those personalities. But you’ve got to earn her respect as well.’‘ 

–  Joel Edgerton commending Jacki Weaver for holding her own on the testosterone-heavy set of "Animal Kingdom”

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Here’s baby Willow! She is my 7 week old Australian shepherd and Bentley’s baby sister. I will be [hopefully] training her to be my PSD, as well as involving her in some dog sport and other adventures that come our way.

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“I’ll tell you the actor that impresses me the most…is Ben Mendelsohn. I’ve worked with him five times and I feel like that’s a real privilege. My first ever job where I got paid to act was playing his brother on a TV show called ‘Police Rescue.’ Ben was a featured guy on this episode and I was his younger brother. And we did ‘Animal Kingdom,’ we did an animation thing called ‘$9.99.’ We did ‘Exodus.’ And we did a movie I won’t name (Laughs) in Australia. It was reviewed in a magazine with a picture of me with a gun to my head, which is a shot from the movie, and the quote underneath was, ‘Don’t blame me, I didn’t direct it.’ (Laughs)

"I love working with actors who seem to be on another level. Ben’s one of those guys. He’s incredibly dangerous…Ben is amazing.”

[BTW - the film Joel wouldn’t name was the 2000 movie, 'Sample People.’ The lower photo shows Joel and Ben in a scene from the film.]