PEARCE’S HARD WORK PAYS OFF
GUY Pearce could be the world’s most prepared actor. Each time he gets a script he writes a folder full of notes on his character’s motivations and feelings in each scene.
Which means he pretty much wrote a novel for the six scripts for the new series of Jack Irish.
“Some people do laugh at me when they see my folder on set,” the Emmy-winning, Golden Globenominated actor (right) says. “Other actors think I’m a little bit OCD or something: ‘Wow, look at all the work he’s done’.
“I think I just don’t trust myself
to remember all the details. There’s nothing worse than filming a scene and then remembering the scene you (filmed) three weeks before that and going ‘s---, I was meant to walk in the door already feeling like such and such’.”
Jack Irish winds up this week, having enjoyed solid ratings and enthusiastic reviews from critics.
Apart from Jack Irish, Pearce has three movies due for release: Max Perkins’ biopic Genius in which he cameos as F Scott Fitzgerald; sci-fi romance Equals alongside Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart and thriller Brimstone. In it he plays a reverend who accuses a woman of a crime she never committed.
“I’ve just come from Europe after finishing that to here in Los Angeles,” he says. “(Director) Martin Kool hoven has woven together a really dark and difficult story.”
Pearce says he hopes to film more of Jack Irish. “I think we all want to so it’s just a matter of working out where and when,” he says.
JACK IRISH ABC, THURSDAY, 8.30PM