The actor talks early starts, crooked bankers and gin gimlets with Hannah Nathanson
Do you have a sunny disposition? I do. I like to live in the now, and I always like to think in an optimistic way. Do you need more stamina acting on stage than on screen? It’s different. We’ve been rehearsing The Sunshine Boys for a while so we’re at a stage when we don’t have to get to work until 5pm. The thing I don’t like about movies is the early starts. You’re not an early riser? If I was going to do anything in the mornings, I’d probably be a farmer – plant rhubarb and not have to work with people. How are you enjoying working in a London theatre? Well, the Savoy Theatre is a wonderful place if you’re a mountain goat. And if you’re an actor? It’s cool if you’re used to climbing 70 steps to get to the stage. It would be nice if there was an elevator, but on the flip side, I’ve lost 6lbs and have legs of steel. What are you going to miss about your co-star Richard Griffiths once the run ends? His gin gimlets – he’s a master of them. Have you had a chance to see Matilda on stage yet? No, but I have a copy of the movie if you want to borrow it. You’ve spoken about filming a sequel to Twins… Yes, Triplets. We’re going to try to do it next year. Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I find out we have another brother, played by Eddie Murphy. I don’t know how it’s going to manifest but it will be fun. What did you think when Arnie became Governor of California? It was a stupid mistake. I told him it was a dumb thing to do. It’s ludicrous to want to be a politician. He didn’t follow your advice? No. I’m telling you, kiddo, I give such good advice but my friends don’t listen. What advice would you give to Obama if he wins a second term? First, he’s got to get elected and we have to make sure of that because Mitt Romney is ridiculous. Remember that movie I did, Other People’s Money? He’s like my part in that, Larry the Liquidator: he’s spent his life taking other people’s money. Would you encourage your children to become actors? Oh yeah, it’s a great profession. Better to be an honest actor than a crooked banker, but don’t get me started on that. The Sunshine Boys is at the Savoy Theatre until 28 July (0844 871 7687; sunshineboystheplay.com)
‘IN WE HAVE ANOTHER BROTHER, PLAYED BY EDDIE MURPHY’
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