Guy Pearce (born 5.10.1967) Guy Pearce is an Australian film actor and musician. He started out his career in Australian soap operas but has made a successful transition to starring in Hollywood films.
Childhood: Guy Pearce was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. His mother is Ann Cocking (born Pickering). She was born in County Durham and was a schoolteacher, specialising in needlework and home economics. His father, Stuart Pearce, was an air force test pilot. He passed away when Guy Pearce was nine years old.
At the age of three, Guy Pearce moved with his family to Geelong, Australia. His mother ran a deer farm there.
Guy Pearce attended The Geelong College and was also a member of the GSODA Junior Players, a non-professional theatre company. He was also an amateur bodybuilder and won the Mr. Natural Victoria title.
In the late 1980s, he lived in Victoria, whilst he worked on the famous Australian soap opera Neighbours.
Acting Career: Guy Pearce appeared in a number of theatre productions as a child. In 1985, he started working in television when he was cast in the role of Mike Young in Neighbours. Other actors to have appeared in the cast of Neighbours include Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Holly Valance and Russell Crowe. Other television appearances include Home and Away, another Australian soap opera and Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, which also starred Hugh Jackman, who went on to star in the X-Men film series.
In 1991, Frank Howson cast Guy Pearce in Hunting and even paid for Guy to attend the premier of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The publicity campaign that accompanied the film was successful in bringing Pearce to international attention in the film community.
Pearce's big break in the movie world came in 1994 when he was cast as a drag queen in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. The film also starred Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Julia Cortez.
Other notable films that Pearce appeared in around this time include L.A. Confidential, alongside Kim Basinger and Kevin Spacey as well as Ravenous, which co-starred the British actor Robert Carlyle. He then appeared in Rules of Engagement, a military drama starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
The next big leap in Guy Pearce's career came when he was cast in the thriller Memento. The film was directed by Christopher Nolan, who would later take on the Batman franchise.
He went on to star in The Count of Monte Cristo with Richard Harris and The Time Machine, which was based on a novel by H.G. Wells and also starred the Irish pop singer Samantha Mumba.
He then played the New York pop art leader Andy Warhol in Factory Girl. The film centered around the character of Edie Sedgewick, played by Sienna Miller. It also starred Hayden Christensen and Mena Suvari.
This was followed by another historical role, playing Harry Houdini in the film Death Defying Acts, opposite the Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
In 2008, when John Hillcoat directed the film version of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, Guy Pearce was cast as the character of a father, wandering with his family. Other actors in the film include Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron.
Also in 2008, Guy Pearce was cast in Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories.
Outside of Hollywood, Guy Pearce has continued to work in the Australian film industry. In 2002 he appeared in The Hard Word, with Rachel Griffiths. Three years later, he starred in The Proposition. The film was written by Nick Cave and also starred Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and John Hurt.
Guy Pearce has also appeared in music videos for bands such as Silverchair and Razorlight. His passion for music came through when he helped to record the soundtrack to A Slipping Down Life, playing guitar on songs by Vic Chestnutt, Robyn Hitchcock and Ron Sexsmith.
Personal Life: Guy Pearce married the psychologist Kate Mestitz, in March 1997.
Director Stephan Elliott initially thought Guy Pearce was too handsome for a role in 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.
Of all the possible reasons why an actor might receive a "no" when auditioning for a part in the cut-throat world of movies, being "too handsome" must rank among the best of them. But that's exactly the fate that almost befell Guy Pearce before he won the part of Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Guy Pearce: too pretty for Priscilla
Director Stephan Elliott recently told The Herald Sun that he had reservations about Pearce starring in the 1994 comedy-drama, which follows the adventures of three drag queens, because the young Guy was just so darn good looking:
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There's a loose charm to this comedy that disarms the audience, raising smiles instead of laughter as three nutty characters swirl around each other. But writer-director Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess) seems happy to just let things meander without much sense of momentum and no real underlying point. So the characters become less endearing the more we get to know them.
It's set in a gym in Austin, Texas, where the dim owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) has a dream to create the ultimate holistic fitness centre, a goal constantly belittled by his sharp-tongued employee Kat (Coby Smulders), a fitness-obsessed personal trainer with whom he once had a brief fling. Their newest client is the recently wealthy Danny (Kevin Corrigan), who is just looking for ways to spend money and kill time. But Kat once again blurs professional boundaries, and Danny sacks her. Trevor steps in, offering Danny some whole-life training, which inadvertently convinces Danny to invest in his super-gym, working through a quirky lawyer (Giovanni Ribisi) and an estate agent (Constance Zimmer) who happens to be Trevor's current squeeze. What could possibly go wrong?
Bujalski reveals details about each character slowly, with back-stories and flashbacks thrown randomly into the unfocussed narrative. The film has a brisk pace, but is fairly aimless until more details are revealed about these people. Pearce is very funny as the too-serious Trevor, and his earnestness is the perfect foil for the cynical Kat, who is played with stinging cynicism by the up-for-it Smulders. The problem is that while their mutual physical attraction is believable, the underlying romance isn't. And while Corrigan completes the triangle nicely, he's so disinterested in everything and everyone that it's difficult to imagine him ever developing a proper friendship. Thankfully, the interaction is packed with barbed wit and some intriguingly dark emotion.
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The 'Black Mass' trailer has been released and Johnny Depp is absolutely terrifying as criminal, Whitey Bulger.
Johnny Depp is almost unrecognisable in the trailer for Black Mass. The 51-year actor plays the notorious American gangster, Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming film. The first official trailer was released on Thursday (23rd April). It shows Depp, with a receding hairline and incredibly piercing blue eyes, intimidating a colleague over dinner. Depp's intimidating voice becomes a voice over as other scenes from the movie, including Depp wielding a gun and dumping a dead body, cut in.
Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard.
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Many people would love to be rich and still have plenty of free time, but for Danny (Kevin Corrigan), it is a living hell. He may be newly rich, but he's also recently divorced, and his bank account does little to help him in the dating game. When he decides to attend a fitness class, he meets Trevor (Guy Pearce) - the lively and energetic personal trainer. He also meets Kat, (Cobie Smulders), and finds himself immediately attracted to her. But when the three of them are forced into a professional relationship with one another, it is their personal feelings which begin to clash.
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While this atmospheric Australian Outback thriller has plenty of edgy action, it's also meandering and arty, refusing to fill in the details until filmmaker David Michod is good and ready. This makes it feel rather slow and uneven, although it's at least consistently fascinating. And as a story of tenacity and survival, it's also a gripping drama.
The story is set 10 years after "the collapse", so there's little sense of law and order in the Outback. When his car is stolen by three outlaws (Scoot McNairy, Tawanda Manyimo and David Field), the strong-silent Eric (Guy Pearce) goes in pursuit. Along the way, he picks up the injured Rey (Robert Pattinson), brother of one of the thugs, who knows where they're headed. As they hit the road, Eric and Rey have a series of encounters with people who are alternatively helpful and menacing, from an inquisitive brothel madam (Gillian Jones) to a nervous doctor (Susan Prior) to an in-over-his-head soldier (Anthony Hayes). There are also plenty of marauding thieves and trigger-happy commandoes who don't hesitate before blowing away anyone who looks odd. But as Eric and Rey begin to bond, they still find it impossible to trust each other.
While the overarching plot is fairly simple, the film plays out in a series of set-pieces as Eric responds a variety of tense situations. The big question hovering above everything is of course why he's so determined to get his car back (the odd answer comes at the very end). Michod's style of filmmaking is more interested in provoking thought than fully satisfying the audience, so scenes are packed with inconclusive twists and turns, vaguely undefined characters and situations, and elements that clearly have some sort of meaning but feel rather impenetrable. Pearce's performance fits this style perfectly; Eric is a man who says very little, letting a steely glare convey more than any number of words would. In jarring contrast, Pattinson's Rey is a hyperactive mess, a simple-minded guy who never stops moving and talking.
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'The Rover', starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, has received mixed reviews from critics ahead of its US release. Unanimously the amount of violence, the intense focus on the two actors and Pattinson's bizarre accent, have been commented on in reviews worldwide.
Director David Michôd revels in dysfunction and no more so in his highly anticipated film, The Rover. Following the success of Animal Kingdom in 2010, a film which followed the true criminal antics of one family, The Rover takes dystopia a step further. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, as Eric and Rey, are forced to survive in a world on the brink of destruction where anarchy rules and weapons are essential for survival.
Guy Pearce as Eric in The Rover.
Pearce's character Eric has left the remnants of Western Civilisation behind and has chosen to live alone in the Australian outback. A criminal gang, including Pattinson's character Rey, steal a car from Eric. In the process Rey is injured and, after persuasion by Eric, the pair set out to find his brother and the stolen object.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of notorious US gangster Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming biopic 'Black Mass'. He replaces Guy Pearce who was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star alongside Johnny Depp in an upcoming film biopic of notorious US gangster and murderer, Whitey Bulger. Guy Pearce had initially landed the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of crime lord Whitey. Unfortunately, as the producers told Variety, "We were not able to make it work with Guy." Hence, Cumberbatch is replacing Pearce who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Black Mass as Billy Bulger.
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Watch the intriguing trailer below.
Robert Pattinson plays a young man called Rey in ‘The Rover’. He gets caught up in a tumultuous and perennially unnerving coalition with a stranger, Eric (Guy Pearce), in a not-too-distant future in this new film from David Michod, the writer-director of Animal Kingdom.
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in 'The Rover'
At the centre of any attention paid to ‘The Rover’ is Pattinson, who is following the not-un-trodden path from teenage pinup to ‘serious’ actor. “I don't know if I'm necessarily any good at sculpting a career or anything. But I know what I want to do,” he explained in an interview to The Sydney Morning Herald.
'The Rover', directed by award winning director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), is a dystopian crime drama set in the near future, where crime is commonplace and there is no authority to stop it. This has drawn Mad Max comparisons. Michôd wrote the film with Joel Edgerton, who featured in Michôd's highly acclaimed Animal Kingdom.
Staring Guy Pearce (who's previously worked with Michôd in Animal Kingdom, as well as staring in Memento), Robert Pattinson (Remember Me/Cosmopolis) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave/Argo). 'The Rover' sees former Australian soldier Eric (Pearce) give up on the world after seeing society fall, but when his only possession is stolen, he sets out to hunt down the ones responsible. Reynolds (Pattinson) was with the thieves, but is abandoned by them in a car accident, so Eric uses him to help track down the thieves. Eric has nothing left to lose and will therefore do anything in his power to retrieve what is precious to him.
'The Rover' will be released in UK cinemas through Entertainment One on August 22nd 2014.
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Johnny Depp next stars in 'Transcendence' but his role as Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass' is creating waves.
Johnny Depp has begun his promotional tour for his new science fiction thriller Transcendance, which opens on April 18. However, journalists appear to be more concerned with another of the actor's upcoming projects, Black Mass - in which he plays convicted mobster Whitey Bulger.
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"I don't think of him as Whitey - it's James 'Whitey' Bulger," Depp said at the Four Seasons Hotel during a press day for Transcendence.
Dakota Johnson may be joining the cast of 'Black Mass'.
Dakota Johnson Could Line Up Alongside Johnny Depp
The movie directed by Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper tells the story of Boston crime king-pin turned fugitive Whitey Bulger who was the leader of the notorious Winter Hill King. He topped the FBI's list of most wanted criminals before disappearing without trace for over a decade. The Great Gatsby actor Joel Edgerton is slated to star opposite Depp as crooked FBI agent John Connolly, who was tasked with tracking down Bulger but aided in his disappearance, reports Deadline.com.
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