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TRANS] Jackson @ GQ Interview ( FULL )

GQ: Have you ever read GQ?

Jackson: Yes, I know about this magazine. In fact, I did a photoshoot with JQ before.

GQ: JQ?

Jackson: A US magazine that is similar to GQ. I was honoured. This is the very first time I have a solo photoshoot, so I think I can focus more about me. When we GOT7 modelled for magazines, I look pretty ugly. When I was taken photo with other members, I look like an MC or an extra. The guys are all good looking, they have small faces and long legs.. Let’s put it this way. when I stand next to them I look like a watermelon next to apples.

GQ: *Sigh*

Jackson: But it’s the truth. Besides my nostrils are big, no basically you cannot see anything except my nose, it’s pretty bad . And to be very honest I’m not confident about my legs, they are not long at all.

GQ: How’s about your height?

Jackson: Firstly I’m quite short, secondly my leg are not long either. So they are already 2 weak points. I couldn’t wear skinny jeans last time, coz my thighs are big. Now I can start wearing those, I’ve lost 9kg.

GQ: Wow!

Jackson: When I was filmed for Roommate, I’m a little bit chubby (T/N: Jackson was 72kg, now he is 63kg), so I decided to start keeping track on my weight. Actually I wanted to lose a little bit more, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. Coz my face and my height can’t be changed, if I keep losing weight like that I’ll become a lollipop lol [T/N: The lollipop that keeps shrinking.]

GQ: Another weak point?

Jackson: Haha, it’s true. But after I lost my weight, it seems like people think I’m getting more good looking. Hm let’s be honest I actually never thought I don’t look good. I’m just me. When I was on diet, the company asked me to dye my hair blonde. Initially I didn’t like it at all. I never has blonde hair before so I feel it’s not like me. So after dying my hair I called KangNam hyung (M.I.B), “Hyung, I dye my hair just like you!” *laugh*

GQ: So you are normally like this? You keep talking!

Jackson: Yes, when I was filming or taking flight, I talked too. When the staff were about to sleep I’ll come to them and say “Hyung, don’t sleep yet, let hear my story!”. I’m always like that, but the seniors are like “Jackson ah, hyung is tired”.

GQ: Wow it’s hard not to be closed with you.

Jackson: Yes, I’m the type of person who is fast to be closed with somebody. But it has the negative side as well.

GQ: Why is it so?

Jackson: Isn’t there a time like that? Honestly I’m very easy to get closed with someone and I really mean it, so it’s easy for me to get hurt as well. I thought we are closed, but it’s ended up “ah, actually we are not closed”. For instance, when I was filming some variety shows, I met a lot of good seniors. People all helping each other to film and the atmosphere was good. But the next meeting, they will all just said “Ah, everybody has worked hard”. But I still keep calling them hyung, noona. And I thought about the good time we spent filming, we were all happy weren’t we? *laugh* I suddenly feel sad and a bit hurt just like that.

GQ: Was it also like that when you were in Hongkong?

Jackson: Not at all. I was closed to the friends in school. I attended international school so I hung out with Hongkong friends and US friends. But here … well.. it’s exactly like “No mercy” *laugh*

GQ: Do you want to change your character?

Jackson: No, I don’t think so. I realise and feel bad about the time people feel uneasy because of me. Last time after a shooting I used to give a bro hug or high five to the PD, but I don’t do that anymore. At that time people told me “Are you crazy? Get a hold of yourself!” When I first came to Korea, I was considered disrespecting another trainee hyung who is a year older than me; I was scolded for that a lot of time. So now when young trainees do the same to me, I told them to fix immediately. “You can’t just yeah like that to hyung!” *laugh*. So now in GOT7 I act like Korean the most. When I’m dreaming I also speak in Korean.

GQ: Not sure why I feel sympathy you towards you. Are you closed to foreign idols?

Jackson: We are super closed. I talk time to time with Henry hyung, Amber, Fei and Jia noona in Miss A, Rap Monster (T/N: I’m not sure why RapMon is mentioned but Jackson said he always thought RapMon is foreigner when I first met him), KangNam hyung, Zhang Yuan huyng (T/N: Zhang Yuan from Abnormal Summit), we are all closed. It seems like I’m closed to almost everyone *laugh*. If I keep thinking like this I may get hurt again. What if they get asked in an interview “I heard that you are closed with Jackson?” and then answer “No, I don’t really know a lot about him”? *laugh*

GQ: You are very opened and straight forward, is there any time you feel weak?

Jackson: Yes, I used to express my weakness. If I’m worried I would say something like “I’m sad, I’m worried about this”. But I’m not like that anymore. If one day all my close friends leave me, what can I do to solve my own problem alone? I haven’t found the answer for that question, and I don’t think I can find that answer any time soon. However, I do believe if I can overcome my weakness, I’ll become stronger.

GQ: It sounds sad. Have you heard about netizen reacted recently?

Jackson: “So you don’t go on variety shows lately?”, or “Jackson isn’t it the time you should be back on variety show? You’ll better be there instead of being a singer”. Quite a number of comments read so.

GQ: How would you feel of these comments?

Jackson: Should I switch to Jo Se-ho huyng’s company? “laugh”. I’m not very sure (how I feel). I always love hiphop. I wanted to be like Usher and Chris Brown.. and I’m still trying now. If I’m well prepared, opportunities will come.

GQ: “Cool Kiz on the Blocks” and “Law of Jungle” are going to air soon.

Jackson: Yes, I actually love going on show. But then people only recognise me as a gag man but not an idol. I feel a bit … There was a time I was eating in a restaurant, the owner told his friend “I just got the signature from a comedian”. And I suddenly feel I want to join a “real” reality show.

GQ: Is it ok if you are being honest like this?

Jackson: It’s not a problem. If I just go on show to do greeting stuff like “hello sunbaenim, yes yes”, it isn’t me. If I try to act, I feel sorry towards my audiences, it’s like I’m telling lies. I’m just being me and try to be true to myself. I know a lot of people don’t like me, but how to be liked by the whole world? I’m Jackson. I don’t want to wear mask on camera. If somebody hates, me, I’m sorry about that. If somebody loves me, I’m sure they love the true me. The people who love me for who I am will make me become bigger (T/N: Jackson actually made a mistake here, he means his trust will be built up by those who love the real him).

GQ: Trust becomes bigger actually is not a bad way to describe it.

Jackson: When I was doing fencing, I wanted to become this and that. I trained hard to succeed like my admired fencers. But one day I started realising if I keep chasing to be like someone, I won’t be able to become them for my whole life. I need to challenge myself and overcome my own self, break the obstacles and limit. After being accepted to train in Korea, I still keep that life motto.

GQ: But even when you have strong belief, the negative comments like that …

Jackson: I didn’t pay attention to them at first, I didn’t even know how to read comments, like what to do after you go to Naver. Because I appear on several shows, I want to know what the audiences think. I wanted to go read comments on GOT7 gallery. But then I thought, I was really enjoying the time with all seniors there, why I need these confirmation? There was a time I read those comments, they were all like “Why don’t you get you a** back to China yet?”, “Eww, you have those stomach hair, you are disgusting, I wanna puke”. Oh my, so what is wrong if I have stomach hair?

GQ: You seem go through a lot of pressure.

Jackson: Yes, I do. Maybe I shouldn’t appear on show anymore. I have just started joining variety shows and it could just end up like that. The truth is I encountered a lot of bashing and hatreds. What did I do wrong? Should I go on SNS and write a reply to those comments too? I wrote to Kwanghee hyung, he called me up after that. “Hyung, I’m tired”. Kwanghee hyung said to me “But why? Oh, you got bashed; I was bashed for multiple times”. It’s just like that *laugh*.

GQ: So you are in charge of rapping in GOT7? But I heard you don’t like diss rap?

Jackson: I don’t really understand why it has to be diss rap? Of course I understand dissing is a part of Hiphop culture, like “I’m the best and unique”. But is it necessary to keep dissing? I’m excited and nervous to watch “Show me the money”, I always have the thought “If I were them how should I rap?” There are multiple genres in Hiphop as well, like Hiphop mixed with R&B, with meaningful lyrics, it’ll be more comfortable to listen to.

GQ: What is the thing that GOT7 is doing well recently?

Jackson: We debuted as hiphop group, but now we turn into boyfriend-dols. *laugh*. We are closed to each other, the group atmosphere is great, we have natural bond. We are trying to find our own color step by step.

GQ: If you can write a wish list, what would be in there?

Jackson: *lean himself toward the recorder* I want to join variety shows. I’m hungry, very hungry, I’m STARVING. Treat me food! Ah, GOT7’s going to come back with a new album, we really hope to be successful once!

GQ: Have you ever thought of a Korean name?

Jackson: It’s Jaegeun. A fan was typing too fast, so he made a typo in my name as “Jaegeun”.

GQ: Oh it suits you!

Jackson: Really? Everybody says I’m adorable, and very childish, very cute and 4D. But I actually think I act manly. But noona, why you start laughing at me? ~~—-

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GOT7 JACKSON'S INTERVIEW FOR GQ

GQ: Have you ever read GQ?
Jackson: Yes, I know about this magazine. Jay-Z was even on the cover once.

GQ: GQ?
Jackson: A US version of GQ. I was honoured. This is the very first time I have a solo photoshoot. It’s nice when the focus is on me. When we GOT7 modelled for magazines, I looked pretty ugly. When I took photos with other members, I looked like an MC or an extra. The guys are all good looking, they have small faces and long legs.. Let’s put it this way: when I stand next to them I look like a watermelon next to apples.

GQ: Lies.
Jackson:No it’s for real. Plus I have big nostrils so that’s all you can see. It’s a complex of mine. My legs are a complex too. Honestly, I’m short.

GQ: How about your height?
Jackson: Firstly I’m quite short. Secondly, my legs are not long either. So there are already 2 weak points. I couldn’t wear skinny jeans, because my thighs are big. Now I can start wearing them, I’ve lost 9kg.

GQ: Wow!
Jackson: When I was filming for Roommate, I was a little bit chubby (T/N: Jackson was 72kg, now he is 63kg), so I decided to start keeping track on my weight. Actually I wanted to lose a little bit more, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. Coz my face and my height can’t be changed, if I keep losing weight like that I’ll become a lollipop lol [T/N: The lollipop that keeps shrinking.]

GQ: Three weak points?
Jackson: Haha yes. But I lost some weight so people see the handsome side of me. Hm… but honestly I’ve never thought that I wasn’t handsome. I’m just me. After I lost some weight, I dyed my hair blond for the first time because my company asked me. I’ve never even thought about going blond, it didn’t seem like me. I called Kangnam (M.I.B) hyung and told him, “Hyung, I’m dying my hair blond! Just like you”. (Laughs)

GQ: So you are normally like this? You talk so fast!
Jackson: Yes, when I have a break during filming or taking flight, I talk too. When the staff is about to sleep I’ll come to them and say “Hyung, don’t sleep yet, listen to my story!”. I’m always like that, but the seniors are like “Jackson ah, hyung is tired”. I’m the type that gets close to people fast.

GQ: Wow it’s hard not to be close with you.
Jackson: Yes, I’m the type of person who is fast to get close with people. But it has the negative side as well. It turns out that sometimes I’m not as close with people as I thought I was. I meet hyungs and noonas during filming, we talk, we seem close, and the next time we meet each other they just say ‘You’ve worked hard’ when I call them 'Hyung’ 'Noona.’ That’s kinda sad.

GQ: Was it also like that when you were in Hongkong?
Jackson: Not at all. I was close with friends in school. I attended international school so I hung out with Hongkong friends and friends from America. But here … well.. it’s exactly like “No mercy” *laugh*

GQ: Do you want to change your character?
Jackson: No, I don’t think so. I am aware and feel bad when people feel uneasy because of me. Long time ago after shooting I gave a bro hug or high five to the PD, but I don’t do that anymore. At that time people told me “Are you crazy? Get a hold of yourself!” When I first came to Korea, some things I did were considered disrespectful; I was scolded for that a lot of time. So now when young trainees do the same, I tell them to fix that immediately. “You can’t just say like that to hyung!” *laugh*. So now in GOT7 I act like Korean the most. When I’m dreaming I also speak in Korean.

GQ: Not sure why I feel sympathy you towards you. Are you close to foreign idols?
Jackson: We are super close. I talk from time to time with Henry hyung, Amber, Fei and Jia noona in Miss A, Rap Monster (T/N: I’m not sure why RapMon is mentioned but Jackson said he always thought RapMon is foreigner when he first met him), Kangnam hyung, Zhang Yuan huyng (T/N: Zhang Yuan from Abnormal Summit), we are all close. It seems like I’m close to almost everyone *laugh*. If I keep thinking like this I may get hurt again. What if they get asked in an interview “I heard that you are closed with Jackson?” and then answer “No, I don’t really know a lot about him”? *laugh*

GQ: You are very opened and straight forward, is there any time you feel weak?
Jackson: Yes, I used to show my weakness to many people. When I was worried I would say something like “I’m sad, I’m worried about this”. But I’m not like that anymore. If one day all my close friends leave me, what can I do to solve my own problem alone? I haven’t found the answer for that question, and I don’t think I can find that answer any time soon. However, I do believe if I can overcome my weakness, I’ll become stronger.

GQ: It sounds sad. What to you hear when you go out for a drink?
Jackson: “So you don’t go on variety shows lately?”, or “Jackson isn’t it the time you should be back on variety show? You’re more of an entertainer than a singer”.

GQ: How would you feel about these comments?
Jackson: “Should I switch to Jo Se-ho huyng’s company?’ [laugh]. I’m not very sure (how I feel). I’ve always loved hiphop. I wanted to be like Usher and Chris Brown.. and I’m still trying now. If I’m well prepared, opportunities will come.

GQ: “Cool Kiz on the Block” and “Laws of the Jungle” are going to air soon.
Jackson: Yes, I actually love these kind of shows. But then people only recognise me as a gag man but not an idol. I feel a bit … There was a time I was eating in a restaurant, the owner told his friend “I just got the signature from a comedian”. But I still want to be on a real reality show.

GQ: Is it ok if you are being honest like this?
Jackson: It’s not a problem. If I just go on show to do greeting stuff like “hello sunbaenim, yes yes”, it isn’t me. If I try to act, I feel sorry towards my audiences, it’s like I’m telling lies. I’m just being me and try to be true to myself. I know a lot of people don’t like me, but how to be liked by the whole world? I’m Jackson. I don’t want to wear mask on camera. If somebody hates, me, I’m sorry about that. If somebody loves me, I’m sure they love the true me. The people who love me for who I am will make me become bigger (T/N: Jackson actually made a mistake here, he means his trust will be built up by those who love the real him).

GQ: It’s true, it does makes you feel stronger.
Jackson: Yeah. When I was doing fencing, I wanted to become this and that. I trained hard to succeed like my admired fencers. But one day I realized that if I keep wanting to be like someone else, I won’t be able to become them for my whole life. I need to challenge myself and overcome my own self, overcome obstacles and move forward. Since I was accepted to train in Korea, I still keep that life motto.

GQ: But when you’re like that, what about the negative comments…
Jackson: I didn’t pay attention to them at first, I didn’t even know how to read comments, like what to do after you go to Naver. Because I appear on several shows, I want to know what the audiences think. Suddenly I wanted to go read comments on GOT7 gallery. But then I thought, I was really enjoying the time with all seniors there, why I need a confirmation? There was a time I read those comments, they were all like “Why don’t you get you a** back to China yet?”, “Eww, you have those stomach hair, you are disgusting, I wanna puke”. Oh my, so what is wrong if I have stomach hair?

GQ: You seem go through a lot of pressure.
Jackson: Yes, I do. Maybe I shouldn’t appear on TV anymore. I have just started joining variety shows and it could just end like that. It really shocked me. I thought I did something wrong (on TV). The truth is that I encountered a lot of bashing and hatred. What did I do wrong? Should I go on SNS and write a reply to those comments too? I wrote to Kwanghee hyung, he called me up after that. “Hyung, It’s hard for me”. Kwanghee hyung said to me “But why? Oh, you got bashed; I was bashed multiple times. Don’t worry about it!” It’s just like that *laugh*.

GQ: So you are in charge of rapping in GOT7? But I heard you don’t like diss rap?
Jackson: I don’t really understand why it has to be diss rap? Of course I understand dissing is a part of Hiphop culture, like “I’m the best and unique”. But is it necessary to keep dissing? I’m excited and nervous to watch “Show me the money”, I always have the thought “If I were them how should I rap?” There are multiple genres in Hiphop as well, like Hiphop mixed with R&B, with meaningful lyrics, it is more comfortable to listen to.

GQ: What is the thing that GOT7 is doing recently?
Jackson: We debuted as hiphop group, but now we turn into boyfriend-dols. *laugh*. We are close to each other, the group atmosphere is great, we have natural bond. We are trying to find our own color step by step and find a concept everyone likes.

GQ: If you can write a wish list, what would be in there?
Jackson: *lean himself toward the recorder* I want to join reality shows. I’m hungry, very hungry, I’m STARVING. Treat me food! Ah, GOT7’s going to come back with a new album, we really hope to be successful!

GQ: Have you ever thought of a Korean name?
Jackson: It’s Jaegeun. A fan was typing too fast, so he made a typo in my name as “Jaegeun”.

GQ: Oh it suits you!
Jackson: Really? Everybody says I’m adorable, and very childish, very cute and 4D. But I actually think I act manly. But noona, why did you start laughing at me? ~~

Translation by JACKSONWGOT7VN

Full GQ Interview with Mario & Marco

GQ: Mr. Reus, Mr. Götze, the whole world believes that you have been friends for ages, because you both were at BVB in your youth. But you, Mr. Reus, are older than Mario Götze, so you two never played together in one of the youth teams of Dortmund. So, when did you actually meet?

Marco: I think it was 2009.
Mario: Yes, we met the first time at the national team, not in Dortmund. We ran across each other a couple of times, not more.

GQ: Football reporter often talk about “blind trust” on the pitch between you, but you only play together for Borussia Dortmund since this season. What is “blind trust”?

Marco: When you’re on the pitch, you realize who’s an intellingent player and who behaves. If they recognize situations before they happen. Mario always know where I am. It just happens.

GQ: But don’t you have to actually know a player for a long time and studied his movements?

Mario: This helps, but it’s not necessary. As a footballer, you put yourself in the situation of the other players instinctively and you ask yourself: What would I do if I were him? Marco often makes what I would do too. That’s what I would call “blind trust”: You think the same.

GQ: Does it help when you are friends off the pitch? Or is there blind trust between you and players who are, in your opinion, idiots in private life too?

Marco: This is certainly possible, in theory.
Mario: Probably, yeah. But it’s definitely an advantage, when you get along well in general.

GQ: Are real friendships in football possible at all? As a player you’re your own small business enterprise that has to make the best out of itself during the next 10-15 years.

Marco: You don’t think like that. In every team there are people you like and people you don’t like that much. Just as there are people you get along well on the pitch but never would do anything privately. In any normal company it will be similar.

GQ: And you never think about to not invest to  much in a friendship - altrough it’s quite possible that you will soon no longer play in the same team because of possible transfers?

Marco: You don’t think about that also. When there really is a friendship, then you phone or just write with each other. You would do this with friends who have to move away for work reasons too.

Götze: The best example is André Schürrle. He plays for Leverkusen but we are close friends anyway. We basically meet only at the national team, but I always know what’s going on in his life. Of course every professional footballer goes his own way and nobody knows where it will lead. When a player moves to another county, it’s of course much more difficult to stay in touch. Nuri Sahin is a good example. He helped me a lot when I came to the pros. And the he moved to Real Madrid and was suddenly gone.

Marco: But you aren’t mad at anybody. Nuri is now back in Dortmund and when you’re watching them, Mario and him, you feel like their relationship is the same as before.

GQ: Is there any difference between a friendship of footballers and, let’s say, civilians?

Mario: Sure, you celebrate victorys together and be upset about defeats. Of course you’re really close to each other in that case. 

GQ: Is it maybe reversed a much bigger problem to explain what happens in your life to a friend who never played football in front of 80.000 fans?

Mario: It’s not that extreme, longtime friends where already there when you haven’t played in so large arenas. But anyway, the friendship with Marco is something different: You’re in the same situation, in our lives are many things equal. This helps a lot dealing with each other, also on other issues than football. When you need a piece of advice, for example. 

GQ: Were there any situations in which Marco helped you in making an important descision, Mario? 

Mario: Nah, neeeeverrr! 
Marco: Na, na? 

GQ: Did you Mr. Reus?

Marco: I’m not sure, I don’t know, really.
 
GQ: You are 3 years older, Mr. Reus Therefore you have to be the experienced one. 

Mario: But he acts like he’s 12. 
Marco: That’s true, sometimes I’m still like a 12 year old. But seriously: We talk about many things,  exchanges our opinions, but in the end you make your own descision. Of course you ask your friend: “How would you do it, what do you think?” That’s normal.

GQ: Was there a particular situation where you noticed: it fits, he’s just like me?

Marco: Juuuustin.
Mario: Juuuuuustin!

GQ: Justin?

Mario: Marco is a crazy Justin Bieber fan. I’m nothing against him. 
Marco: What?! That’s rubbish. 
Mario: You even sing the songs and know the lyrics. I don’t! 

GQ: You know Justin Biebers lyrics by heart, Mr. Reus?

Marco: Of course. I always sing, almost every song. Whether in the car or at home. Music’s running everywhere. In the locker room as well. And most important: Not only Justin Bieber!

GQ: You listen in the BVB locker room to Justin Bieber on Saturdays?

Mario: Yeah, just for fun. We are all very young, therefore we probably listen to some other music than other teams. 

GQ: And what connects you two, except Justin Bieber and football?

Marco: When we met at the national team, our chemistry was perfect. That we listen to the same music helps, but is not that important. 
Mario: We already spend extremly much time together because of our jobs. It’s obvious that it’s getting very fast very intensive, when you get along well with each other. And when you’re at home, there are all the other persons: your family and your other friends who have nothing to do with football. 

GQ: How many friends do you have beyond the football world? 

Mario: 2 or 3 good friends. I grew up with them and we still have a very close friendship. Marco and I quickly developed a different relationship by common experiences. It’s easy for me to tell him what bothering me. Not only professional things, private things too. There are not many people with whom I speak so openly like I do with Marco. 

GQ: Is there also competition between you? Don’t you need to be ambitious by nature as a top sportsman? 

Mario: But what should we measure? 

GQ: You both are always compared through Lionel Messi from the media, for example. Sometimes one, sometimes the other. Do you argue about who is more often called the next Messi? Or are such comparisons absurd? 

Marco: Lionel Messi is the best footballer on earth. This guy is a maschine. Of course he plays for an outstanding team and some of his goals seems easy, but they’re not. Barcelona has a special philosophy and thus every comparison is rubbish. 

GQ: In the champions league you have prevailed with Dortmund this season against similar teams. Does it feels it f*cking good?

Mario: Sure thing! That’s what you wanna archieve your whole life - being one of the best. Who doesn’t seek it has the wrong profession. 

GQ: Is there such a moment when you suddenly realize: This is what I have always dreamed of, and now the time has come, I arrived - I can keep up with the big boys, even defeat them?

Mario: The situation is actually suddenly. It just happens. You don’t think about what you had dreamed about someday. You’re looking forward. You grow with the  requirements. When I was 15 years old, I didn’t wanted anything else than play in a stadium. Now I do it every week, it has become the norm. In this case, you always have to look at what you have. And appreciate that.
Marco: Absolutely.
Mario: As a player you think about what successes you could celebrate. You think: It’s not enough, I wanna make the next step.

GQ: Did you, Mr. Götze, thought about the downsides of football during your protracted injury last year? 

Mario: Yes. Everything actually ran the way I always had imagined since the national youth team. The injury last year was the first one that has set me back. It was a shock. However, by this stage I got a different view of the important things.

GQ: You, Mr. Reus, had to cope with setbacks earlier. You left the BVB youth team when you were 16 years old, because you got no operating time. So you moved to Rot-Weiss Ahlen.

Marco: This wasn’t a setback for me. Not everybody is good enough to manage the direct leap from the youth team to the professional team. Mario managed it, Nuri too. 
Mario: You have to remember what the situation was in Dortmund. The BVB had to put on the own youth team a few years ago, due to the difficult financial situation of the club, and that was precisely the time when I was on the go. What helped me. At Marcos time it was otherwise. 
Marco: I left the BVB because I wanted to play. There is no point to stay at Dortmund and only sit on the bench. That’s why I decided to take a different way. It has been found that it was right for me. Since then it everything went steadily  upwards step by step, from Ahlen to Mönchengladbach, from there back to Dortmund. Luckily I stayed healthy. 

GQ: How much do you fear a large injury? Or don’t you even think about it?

Marco: You don’t have to waste your mind on it. Otherwise you’re maybe act differently on the pitch, inhibited. Instead we do everything to strengthen our bodies and muscles, to prevent injuries. 

GQ: We can see it on your bodies. What is vanity to you two? Obviously your appearance is very important to you. 

Marco: Oh yeeeeees! (slaps Mario’s thigh, points finger on him) Now I’m curious what’s coming! 

GQ: Mr.Reus, do you wanna answer for Mr. Götze? 

Mario: But I’m not vain at aaaall! 
Marco: Mario is… how should I say this? Everybody wants to look their best and thus tries out different things. Especially  when it comes to hair. 
Mario: He’s only speaking for himself.

GQ: Where is still potential to improve about your appearance?

Mario: The beard has to grow.
Marco: Exactly, the beard! But: He already looks really good. *laughs*
Mario: Everybody is a little bit vain. Marco and me just care about how we look. But not about every detail, that’s not important. 
Marco: When it comes to vanity, there’s no difference between footballers and regular men. But I think Mario and I know what’s really important in life, and that’s not the hairstyle, of course. 




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Our latest exclusive Q+A is with Jimmy Cliff on the rocksteady legend’s recent collaboration with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, history with The Clash (more on that below), and iconic role in 1972’s The Harder They Come. Tomorrow, get ready for PJ Harvey. 

GQ: How did you hook with Strummer in the first place? 

Jimmy Cliff: I and the Clash used to cross each other’s path when we did concerts in Europe. We never had time to like, stop and talk, but we’d just say, “Hey Joe!” “Hey, Jimmy. What’s up, what’s going on?” “All right. See you.” It was always more or less like that. Like a respectful artistic nod to each other, you know. So when he came into the studio while I was doing the Black Magic album—it had two titles, Fantastic Plastic and Black Magic—I thought he just came in to greet me. We sat down talking a little about music, and he came out with these lyrics and said, I hear you singing these. He showed them to the producer who said, Well how does the melody go? And he said, I don’t have any melody! I just have these lyrics and I hear Jimmy singing them. So we three of us sat down and put the melody together. It was really a great track.

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