Everyone’s favourite actor talks about his new movie, the sweet secret behind his happy marriage, and the X-rated dolls his friends send him ( um, what?)
Q You’re kicking ass and taking names in White
House Down. What made you pick this film?
A “Most movies like this are about other countries attacking America, but this one is a little more unique because the enemy’s coming from the inside. Jamie Foxx [who plays the President] is wickedly smart and strong, not unlike our President now. I believe Obama is a lot of fun when he’s not trying to keep our economy together.”
Q You and Jenna [DewanTatum, his wife] have been together for nearly eight years. What’s your secret?
A “You have to want it. Jenna’s and my thing is checking in with each other all the time, like ‘On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you love me right now?’ And you got to be honest, and you’ve got to want an honest answer. I told a friend to do that. He asked the question and it turned into a huge fight, and I’m like, that’s the point. Obviously, something needed to be fixed, he needed to be aware of it, and she needed to get it off her chest.”
Q You seem like one of the most approachable celebrities around. Why is that?
A “It’s a hard thing for me to wrap my mind around the C word: celebrity. Rock stars are celebrities, because they’re larger than life. As an actor, you have to play the everyman and the everygirl. If you start treating people in the real world like assistants, that’s not a good look. But my friends keep me grounded. It’s embarrassing to tell you how much my friends make fun of me. Seriously, when you have a doll made of your face, it’s ridiculous how creative your friends can get... pictures, videos, little animated cartoons that they’ve made. And they’re way, way not PG-13. So I get chopped down to size all the time.”
Q Fill in the blank: No one would think I was sexy if they knew_______.
A “I’m a fat kid on the inside. I love food so much, and I fluctuate about 11 to 13 kilos between movies. I feel like I have to do a chess movie that requires very little movement at some point, just so I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day. And then eat more pizza and cheeseburgers and drink beer. That’d be amazing. I’d give anything for that.”