The Herald Scotland recently interviewed Matthew Goode, and it’s another great, long article. Filled with quotes on his career and life – he and his partner, Sophie, are apparently expecting another child – there’s great insight on Matthew as an actor. He talks about the fear of finding jobs and is brutally honest about his prospects as 50 Shades‘ Christian Grey. His end quote is worth checking out, too, for those seeking a bit of inspiration to get cracking on something.
If he was a character from children’s literature – come on, you must have played that game: Bradley Cooper could be the Cheshire Cat, Tom Cruise is Popeye, Tom Hanks is maybe Toad of Toad Hall and Daniel Radcliffe is, well, Harry Potter (sorry Daniel) – then Matthew Goode would definitely be Tigger.
Even in the shortest of audiences in London’s bright and spangly Soho Hotel he’s bouncy, bouncy, bouncy and bouncy. And mostly fun, fun, fun and fun.
This Tuesday afternoon he springs up before I’m even in the room, hallooos my name – “Teddy!” – and spends our time together giving a very good impression of a man in his element. Obviously I like to think that’s the natural effect I have on people. But maybe it’s just his demeanour.
Goode is very tall, slightly sweary (be warned), rather English (so more AA Milne than Disney) and at the moment slightly ubiquitous. For the past few weeks he’s been on the small screen in Stephen Poliakoff’s sumptuously dressed and very long BBC Two drama, “Dancing On The Edge.” And as it comes to a close he is about to pop up in our cinemas as Mia Wasikowska’s rather nasty Uncle Charlie in Park Chan-wook’s American debut Stoker. After years in which he has been on a steadily upward trajectory, the 34-year-old would appear to have reached the point of ubiquity.
He’s not so sure, though. “I’m still like, ‘I wonder when I’m going to work again,’” he says as he sips bottled water and smooths down his skinny tie. “I’m pretty removed now. We live down in Kent, away from everything, and my day-to-day is: get up, take the missus to the station and then potter around with [four-year-old daughter] Matilda until its nursery time and then spend the afternoon thinking, ‘When am I going to work next? What are my options?’ I’ve spent a lot of time over the past four or five months doing that. So, Christ, I really hope this “Dancing On The Edge”/Stoker sandwich does bring something to the table.”
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