PEARCE’S HARD WORK PAYS OFF

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By An­drew Fen­ton

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

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