“All hail the conquering hero. Let us remember him as our protector, and not the one who gave us… This. As our savior, and not our betrayer. Let us see him forever as you… And not, as you. All hail the conquering hero. The one who was supposed to save us all. But now I must save us… from you.”
“This… Is this what you wanted? Is this what you were looking for? Was everything you’ve compromised, everything you’ve done, worth it? Was it? You’ve completed your mission, Spartan Locke. Mine is just beginning.”
Well hear this, Gareth. When I left the site just over two hours ago, I had a job, a wife, a home. And now I have none of those things. I have none of those things left. I just have myself and the car that I’m in. And I’m just driving and that’s it.
A nice interview with Tom from Mexico (translated with the help of google):
You are famous for liking intense roles … You think so? I have no idea why they say that (laughs). I’m actually now lucky that I’m offered different types of characters, and some, like in The Revenant, are indeed intense and even cruel, if y
ou want to see it that way. But I think we are just samples of a human nuance. I’m not saying that I don’t want to make a comedy someday… I would love to be offered, but no one does. It’s because i’ve already done some I and they were bad. I think the intensity of the characters is not exactly why I do them, but I have so much fun making them.
For real? Yes. I like those kinds of characters. Sure some people think that I’m really a lunatic, and that’s why I can portray aggressive and hard characters like Bronson or Fitzgerald or Mad Max, but Max does have a moral compass. Anyway, obviously you can not confuse my characters with me as an actor, because we are two different things. I mean, I’m not crazy, nor am I heartless. I am a sentimental and adorable guy (laughs). Well, maybe not. Still, it may itself be a little crazy.
How was it working with Gonzalez Inarritu? You can’t reject an offer to participate in one of his films. It’s that simple. Alejandro is a bright, very talented and sensitive filmmaker … and very hard. Working with him is very, very hard. Arguably, this shoot was like a nightmare, but I must make it clear that I feel I was very lucky to live this nightmare, because he’s an inspirational director who keeps putting it to the test from film to film. He has a very personal visual idea and will stop at nothing to carry it out. Alejandro is a director who isn’t intimidated by anything. I think he’s a unique talent.
What did you think of ‘Birdman’? I think it’s a great movie. I liked it. To me it’s a film about the personal neurosis of human beings, and how much that we spend on the interpretation, you know? About how ridiculous and lovable we are. How complicated it can be. I found it cathartic even . Great, great movie.
Is John Fitzgerald a monster, or is it just about doing what you have to when you have to? I always thought that Fitzgerald is just someone who wants to return to his real life, beyond being a trapper, but the problem is that there is no longer a life beyond that. He has no life, more than that: to kill to survive. I don’t know if he’s a monster. He’s amoral, yes, because circumstances are that way. He will kill the weaker, because they are in his way. All that stands between him and his goal - the money, going back to civilization, whatever - is a hindrance: no matter if it’s an animal or a child. And he will remove them. He is a hunter, and is disconnected from humanity, although it sounds paradoxical, that also makes him extremely human.
The shooting, you said, was a nightmare … what do you mean exactly? Sure you’ve already read, much was written about it, and I mean the rumor was circulating that is idiocy (it was said that he and the director had come to blows), what happens is that it took a lot on all of us, physically and emotionally, and for a long time. We had many locations in Canada, the United States and Argentina, where we moved to search the snow. Alejandro flatly refused to have computer-generated visual effects. Each element in the film, every tree, including the fort was really there. Every person you see who’s thrown to the ground injured, each arrow, every fight, everything was there, without being modified by computer. It was extremely exhausting. We had a limited time to shoot the scenes because Alejandro wanted only daylight time. We would be ready before the sun came up while El Chivo had to keep his team going. Moving through the snow and mud was very difficult, like shooting on location practically all the time. This is what I meant: it was amazing. But also, as I said, it was a wonderful experience.
Is it a challenge that you would repeat, or would you prefer a quieter shoot? I don’t know. When I went to do The Revenant, we had just finished filming Mad Max, and that was also a shooting that left made me in tatters. Right now I could say no. But I’ll change my mind tomorrow. Or something happens. I like to have variety in the things I do. One of my favorite movies in recent years, is Locke by Steven Knight, in which for an hour and a half my character is just seen driving his car while on the phone with different characters: his wife, his son … What I’m wondering now is if it’s really so different, as an actor, doing a small movie, without many resources, like a mega Hollywood production. Actually, for me it’s the same. Both a project like that, or any other to undertake, have exactly the same importance to me. If the script or the director is something that inspires me, whether in theater, film or television, I walk in the same way that to a large and a little project. The important thing is that I find a character who says to me, “Hey, I’m here”, and try to share the vision of the creator. I’m just an means to tell your story.