Guy Pearce: Doing Hard Time
Aussie actor Guy Pearce is a career chameleon. Over the years, he's gone from a dragalicious female impersonator in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to a tattooed, platinum-blond badass in Memento. Sadly, work doesn't permit him to keep his faboo 'do from the latter movie.
"I must admit, I always prefer to have long hair," Pearce grins. "But it always gets cut off for a job. In The Count of Monte Cristo, I wore a wig. And after The Time Machine, I did an Australian film called The Hard Word with Rachel Griffiths. My hair is slightly longer in that one as well. If I had my way, my hair would be quite long!"
Hmm, that would be our preference, too... A thespian's coif hasn't proved nearly so intriguing since Keri Russell's follicular fracas on Felicity! But actually, in Time Machine, Pearce's rad ride proves much cooler than his hair. He says it wasn't easy to look convincing as he pilots his character's time-warping buggy.
"Sitting in a large green room with the background put in later through the technology of CGI and visual effects is not something I have done before," he explains. "Looking at marks on the wall and imagining that it's the New York skyline changing is quite challenging. But I like using my imagination."
Even more difficult was acting with a broken rib. Pearce injured himself thusly while filming an action scene where he's being hunted by subterranean monsters. "That became a little tricky," he admits. "All the scenes after that were quite challenging, just breathing and laughing!"