Joel Edger­ton: I ‘wasn’t pretty enough’ to be a soap star

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Joel Edger­ton

“wasn’t pretty enough” for to be a soap star. Un­like many of his peers, the Aus­tralian ac­tor didn’t start his ca­reer on a soap and he jokes it is be­cause he didn’t have the right look. He told the Sun­day Tele­graph: “I just wasn’t that pretty, to be hon­est! They didn’t want me on a surf­board. And back then I was a lit­tle bit judge­men­tal about the soapy stuff. I was work­ing hap­pily in the the­atre, but I was los­ing the oc­ca­sional really cool job to ac­tors who’d been in those shows, be­cause they sold tick­ets and I didn’t. I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘I’ve got to go out and get my­self a pro­file.’ So I cut that life­line off.” How­ever, Joel’s big break fi­nally came along when he was cast in a small role in ‘Star Wars’ as Luke Sky­walker’s fu­ture un­cle, Owen Lars, in Episodes II and III. He said:”‘Star Wars’ was the ca­noe that took me across the river, really. There was this 18-month pe­riod af­ter I shot it, when no one knew that I was only in the movie for five min­utes. I wasn’t be­ing de­cep­tive, but it meant that peo­ple were in­ter­ested enough to go, oh, you’re in Star Wars, show us your wares.”

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