"We spent about a week with Joel, me and Anthony [Tambakis], one of the writers, just together in a room going over every detail of that marriage. Ultimately, the script changed as we got through those meetings because we would discover something about them that would really inform the way they would actually converse about what was going on, and would add an element to the scene that we didn’t realise was going on before. [Director] Gavin [O’Connor] gave us about a hundred questions to answer. There were 30 or 40 just for the marriage.
"Like, ‘What was the first time she had her heart broken and who was [her] first boyfriend and where was [her] first kiss?’ We had so much history of talking all this through together that it felt like a shared experience. Also, getting Brendan’s perspective on his relationship with his father and his brother, so that I could know what I was aware of [was helpful]. There was the weight of knowing the depth of his pain in terms of his brother not being around, being away from his father, having been abused when he was younger, and his father being an alcoholic."
— Jennifer Morrison discussing how she and Joel created the characters of Tess and Brendan Conlon
“I have a strong sense of pride talking to you about a project that has my fingerprints all over it from start to finish. It’s better than being on a big movie where I’m just one cog in a wheel. There is a lot of responsibility and pressure that goes with creating movies yourself, but it’s a lot more interesting and exciting. I wouldn’t want to be doing project after project like that. And I’m lucky I also get to sit in a trailer and make movies I don’t have to worry about.”
— Joel Edgerton discussing “Felony” which he wrote, produced, and starred in
"Actors often kind of…form their own little family…on a movie because you’ve got to look after each other…Jennifer and I got along really well. That felt fine, and then CJ and her and I naturally kind of started colluding together like a family."
"CJ looked to me for certain things and Jennifer for other things. I mean, like I’d be kicking soccer balls around with him and doing all Dad-things, and Jennifer would be like making sure that he had enough food. It was kind of cute actually.”
— Joel Edgerton on how he, Jennifer Garner and CJ Adams easily fell into family-mode on the set of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
I love how CJ is resisting mightily letting go of “fun-Dad” in the 3rd photo whilst “Mom” needs him to go do his “chores.” :-)
Some actors become so immersed in the characters they play that they sometimes have trouble separating themselves from those imaginary people and returning to “real life.” Whilst Joel has never had that particular problem, he does confess that some characters do leave a mark on his psyche:
"I have a good glottal stop, I guess, a good kind of flicked-switch between character and life…[but] I like to search for characters or for parts…that have a deeper kind of psychological situation…and sometimes a residue of that you take home…And it’s weird - sometimes there are things that you think are going to leave a residue on you maybe don’t, and the ones that you never think will, they do. Like recently with "Gatsby," I find like that has a definite residue for me."
Another great shot of Nash rehearsing with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua on the set of “The Equalizer” - that chest ink and those leather pants! :-)
Some of you may remember that Fuqua also directed “King Arthur” in which Joel played the ever-popular Gawaine. Joel tried to get Nash a job on the film as a stuntman, but for whatever reason, Hollywood did not agree. Having used Nash as his stunt double on most of his Australian films, Joel said it was a new experience having someone else portraying him: “It felt very strange, like I was betraying him by having another stunt double, betraying my own family.”
Perhaps Fuqua is using these lovely promo shots of Nash to apologise to him for not being able to use him on “King Arthur”… :-)
“Joel has a huge heart. He always wants the best for those around him, and he’s incredibly disciplined. Having all those qualities in Joel obviously infused the character of Brendan. They automatically make you want to stand behind him and root for him.”
“He’s just an incredible human being. There are not enough nice things to say about Joel…He’s sort of that guy that every guy wants to be… He’s an incredible writer, he’s a painter, he’s plays guitar. He’s pretty dreamy.”
— Jennifer Morrison, Joel’s co-star in “Warrior”
“Celebrities aren’t supposed to be nice, generally, they’re weird, egotistical, mean…Imagine our shock when we met cover star Joel Edgerton on the set for our shoot. The Aussie actor caught us entirely off guard with his cocktail of funny, charming, vulnerable, and silly.”
— GQ Australia
Hi! I love your site! You have all these great quotes from Joel. May I ask, from where are you getting them? Print interviews? Online interviews? He is not well known where I'm at (yet!), so I really appreciate your searching for those little personal tidbits. Thank you- keep up the great work!
Thank you! :-) The quotes on the Miscellany come from a whole slew of sources, some are online but most are not. They include interviews, videos, reviews, magazines, news articles, performance notes, conversations, etc., etc….
Fortunately, Joel is an amiable chatty fella, so I have many more tidbits to share as long as I can continue to find appropriate photos to illustrate them and the time to post them. :-)
Thank you again for your very kind words!
"Dishonesty and a lack of integrity can actually grow in the best of people and it’s that fallibility I’m interested in. I don’t know why I’m so drawn to that theme, and if I ever find out I might stop being drawn to it. There’s still a lot of Catholic guilt pinging around inside of me.”
— Joel Edgerton on why so many of his film roles and screenplays center around erring men with very guilty consciences
"I’m blessed and have everything I could ever have dreamt of and more. It’s just every now and then when I think of home…Look, the last three weeks have been amazing. I’ve caught up with so many friends. I’ve been living in my house, seeing my family whenever I want, seeing my friends’ kids, and I feel I miss out on large chunks of that, and that’s the thing I give up for the dream of making movies.”
— Joel Edgerton fondly recalling a recent home stay whilst reflecting on the necessary sacrifices of an international film career