The Host's Max Irons Reveals Terrible Auditions And Why Justin Bieber Is Rotting Your Brain

By Katey Rich 2013-03-28 13:25:05discussion comments
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Do you find that itís tricky to start out young, because of the way, like young actors never get nominated for Best Actor Oscars--
Nor fucking should theyÖforgive me.

Well no, thatís true too.
In England we have the BAFTAs and you have the best newcomer award. Who was that is 9 years old this year being nominated?

Quvenzhane Wallis.
Hey, thatís nuts, Iím sorry. Itís unhealthy for her. Itís bad for her. Let her have her fucking childhood.

But in answer to your question, yes, I think itís dangerous being a young person in Hollywood these days. I think Twilight has changed things. I was got asked by the Hollywood foreign press--

The Golden Globes guys?
The Golden Globes guys who are, you know, they donít pull their punches. They ask you the first question off the bat and they said, ďOk, youíve done well, youíve done a couple of films, a couple of TV things, but itís been a gradual rise for you, why do you think that is?Ē And the way he phrased that, it was sort of, it felt like a snipe.

Like, ďWhy havenít you exploded already?Ē
Why havenít you exploded already? And I was quite hungover that day and didnít really want to be there and so I was sort of irritated by the question. But then I though about it and I thought what heís actually asking me is why I havenít exploded in terms of fame and pay and notoriety like the Twilight model, like the Hunger Games model and thatís what people seem to want...phenomenons. If you shoot up in terms of pay and fame, itís quite hard to maintain that and perhaps disproportionate to ability. And I put myself in that camp entirely. Iím still learning how to do this and if you canít sustain that, which is a hard thing to do, you can be thrown under the bus. And God knows there are a hundred other young actors to take your place like that.

When you look at the great actors. I like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, things like that and you go back through their CV, you see them popping up in little things here and there, not leading roles, supporting roles, but working the script with good directors and theyíre learning their craft.That model isnít quite as respected as it once was. And I saw an interview with Al Pacino the other day, and they, some sort of silly question came up along the lines of, ďWere you always great?Ē and he said, ďNo, I was terrible for the first ten years.Ē We all learn and I think giving an actor an opportunity to learn or fail in private is a luxury. I was watching TV the other day and Twister was on. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in Twister. Heís got this tiny little role.
I read about an actor this morning - Iím not going to say his name - who got offered an amazing part but turned it down because it wasnít the lead.

Oh, I know. I read that too. I know exactly what youíre talking about.
Itís like, ďAre you fucking nuts??Ē If itís a great part, play it. It should excited you. It shouldnít be about being the lead. It should excite you creatively.
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