One perk of making “Free Fire”: the facial hair. It’s set in the ’70s, meaning most of the male actors had to grow beards and mustaches, as though they were competing with each other. (Copley thinks Armie Hammer won: After all, he had to use beard oil.) Copley has a nice, thick, bushy ’stache. And he was a little freaked out that his wife, the model and actress Tanit Phoenix, loved it.
“This is her favorite character I’ve done. I was like, ‘Really, baby?,’” Sharlto reveals. “You used to look at that stuff as cheesy. Turns out a little bit of swagger, some chains around the neck and some sexist attitudes actually aren’t as much of a woman-repellent as I would have thought.”