Geoffrey Rush

  • Aired:  05/10/11
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Geoffrey Rush talks about method acting, mentoring Ryan Reynolds but playing a feral eight-year-old. (4:54)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY!

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WON AN

EMMY, A TONY, AND TWO ACADEMY

AWARDS.

IF HE'S NICE, I MIGHT LET HIM

TOUCH MY GOLDEN TWEET.

PLEASE WELCOME GEOFFREY RUSH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANKS SO MUCH, PLEASE, DON'T

GET UP FOR ME.

NOW, SIR, WE'RE GOING TO GET TO

THE MOVIE YOU'RE HERE TO PROMOTE

RIGHT NOW, STOCK?

IN JUST A MOMENT.

BUT FIRST I HAVE TO ASK YOU

ABOUT "THE KING'S SPEECH."

INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE,

OBVIOUSLY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE AT

THE END OF IT, THOUGH, THE KING

STILL HAD THAT DEBILITATING

ENGLISH ACCENT.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT

THAT?

>> THAT'S A COLIN FIRTH PROBLEM,

I THINK.

>> Stephen: IT IS.

HE... HE SAID THAT THE STUTTER

STICKS WITH HIM A LITTLE BIT.

DO YOU EVER FIND AS AN ACTOR

THAT YOU STICK IN THE CHARACTER

THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR SO LONG?

>> NOT AN IDEAL SITUATION IF

YOU'RE PLAYING CAPTAIN BARBOSA.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

>> I CAN'T AFFORD THAT AMOUNT OF

SKIN PRODUCT.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: YES, THAT GUY DOES

NEED AN EXFOAL YANT.

>> (LAUGHS)

HE DOES.

>> Stephen: THIS IS THE FOURTH

TIME YOU'RE PLAYING CAPTAIN

BARBOSA AND THE NEWEST ONE,

WHICH IS "PIRATES OF THE

CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDE"

WHICH OPENS MAY 20.

ARE YOU A METHOD ACTOR?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT?

>> NO.

I'M A CHARACTER ACTOR AND I LIKE

TO THINK OF IT AS BEING

SOMETHING WHERE I GO INTO A

STATE OF PLAY.

BUT I... YOU KNOW, WHEN THE

CAMERAS STOP AND YOU'RE NOT...

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T GO...

>> ... BEING THAT PERSON.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T GO

"ARRG, I'LL BE AT CRAFT

SERVICES."

(LAUGHTER)

YOU DROP IT?

>> I ALWAYS SAY THAT.

THERE'S SO MANY METHOD ACTORS

THAT I REALLY ADMIRE.

THEY'RE ON 24/7.

THEY LIVE AND BREATHE THE

CHARACTER.

THEY DON'T LIKE TO DROP IT AND

THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN MY FEELING

THAT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GIVE

YOUR BEST PERFORMANCE AT THE

CRAFT SERVICES TABLE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YOU DIDN'T SAVE IT

FOR THE CLOSE-UP.

>> AND WHEN THEY SAY "ACTION"

YOU'RE KIND OF LIKE... THE

CHARACTER'S BEING A BIT

DEPRESSED, YOU KNOW?

>> Stephen: THIS IS THE FOURTH

TIME YOU'RE PLAYING BARBOSA, AS

I SAID BEFORE.

ARE YOU AFRAID YOU MIGHT BE

STEREOTYPED AS A... 18th

CENTURY BUCCANEER?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S THE

PERCENT OF... THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN A PIRATE AND A

TERRORIST?

THEY'RE SEA TERRORISTS, RIGHT?

>> THEY ARE SEA TERRORISTS.

NOWADAYS THEY'RE JUST PEOPLE WHO

DOWNLOAD ILLEGALLY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

I THINK MANY OF MY AUDIENCE

MIGHT BE...

BE...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

MIGHT BE BUCCANEERS.

>> I KEEP FINDING AND SO DO THE

PRESS KEEP FINDING SIMILARITIES.

THAT SAY "WILL YOU PLAY A LOT OF

MAD PEOPLE OR A LOT OF CRAZY

THEM?

" AND AT THE MOMENT, HAVING JUST

DONE "THE KING'S SPEECH" AND

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" I'VE

CROSSED THE LINE AND LEFT THE

PIRATE WORLD.

I'VE BETRAYED THE PIRATES AND

I'M NOW WORKING FOR KING GEORGE

II.

WHO'S THE GREAT, GREAT

GRANDFATHER OF COLIN FIRTH.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: ARE YOU ANGLING

FOR A KNIGHT HOOD?

>> (LAUGHS)

NO.

BUT THEN I ALSO MENTOR PEOPLE.

I'M MENTORING RYAN REYNOLDS IN

"THE GREEN LANTERN."

>> Stephen: ARE YOU IN "THE

GREEN LANTERN?"

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ONE OF

THE RINGS?

DO YOU FLY AROUND AND STUFF LIKE

THAT?

>> NO, I PLATO MA RAY.

I'D LIKE TO PLAY A CHARACTER

CALLED NEWT.

IT'S A COOL NAME, DON'T YOU

THINK?

>> Stephen: YOU COULD PLAY

NEWT GINGRICH IN THE BIOPICK.

(LAUGHTER)

>> NOT SO MUCH HIM BUT THE ONLY

OTHER NEWT I CAN THINK SO THAT

YOUNG GIRL... REMEMBER THE FERAL

GIRL IN "ALIEN?"

>> Stephen: YOU COULD PLAY A

FERAL EIGHT-YEAR-OLD.

YOU'RE VERY...

>> (LAUGHS).

>> Stephen: YOU'VE WON YOUR

TONY, YOUR EMMY, AND YOUR OSCAR.

>> TIO.

>> AND YOU GOT THEIO.

WHY KEEP ACTING?

IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'VE WON ACTING?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

YOU'RE IN IT FOR THE AWARDS,

RIGHT?

THAT'S THE JOY.

THAT AND DOING THESE PRESS

JUNKETS.

(LAUGHTER).

>> YEAH, WE CAN'T WAIT.

THE MOMENT YOU GET THE SCRIPT

FROM THE AGENT YOU THINK "I

CAN'T WAIT FOR THE PRESS JUNKET.

JUST SITTING IN THE ROOM AND

DOING 16 OF THESE IN A ROW IS

GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!"

>> Stephen: THIS MOVIE IS 3D,

RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IS IT HARDER TO DO

3D?

IS IT A BURDEN TO HAVE...

>> NO, I ALWAYS ACT IN 3D.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: GEOFFREY RUSH

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

ME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THE MAN IS GEOFFREY RUSH.

THE MOVIE IS "PIRATES OF THE

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