Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash)

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"My favourite costume is Ramses’ gold armour [which is coated with real gold leaf]. Whenever he walks on set everyone is just like this [open-mouthed awe]."

— Janty Yates, costume designer for “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Anonymous said: Finally got ahold of a copy of Dirt Game. Really liked it. Ep 5 gave me a mild panic attack. Being claustrophobic myself I would have died being stuck for 18hrs in the mine elevator. Even knowing about the “happy ending” I still don’t think i could have handled it. Definately gave me a whole new respect for people in the mining industry. 

“Dirt Game” is one of my favourite Joel roles. A fair few members of our family work in the resources industry, so I have a soft spot for diggers. Joel’s character was great in the rescue scenes - resourceful, calm, and confident. Can’t say the same for his pathetic attempt to charm his ex into a Christmas sleepover though. Haha! He got his head in the door and one kiss, but no further could he go. :-)  It was a sad, lonely Christmas for our Shane. :-)

“At first I found it quite intimidating [working in LA], and I didn’t like it, but now I have a good network of people who actually live there so I enjoy knowing I’m going to see them. If you want to mix up the work there you’ve really got to spend a bit of time there, but I don’t want to make that time six months; I’m happy to make it a month or two.”
— Joel Edgerton on working offshore; photos taken at a PR event in LA in 2006

“At first I found it quite intimidating [working in LA], and I didn’t like it, but now I have a good network of people who actually live there so I enjoy knowing I’m going to see them. If you want to mix up the work there you’ve really got to spend a bit of time there, but I don’t want to make that time six months; I’m happy to make it a month or two.”

— Joel Edgerton on working offshore; photos taken at a PR event in LA in 2006

When asked on the set of “Exodus: Gods and Kings” which of the famous 10 biblical plagues he would most dislike having to experience himself, Joel responded:

"Oh, the boils, man, they were the worst; they were hideous! Hats off to the make-up department because yesterday there were like 200 people with proper boils walking around - it was horrific."

But then he goes on to throw brother Nash under the bus:  

“Obviously, the one that would cripple everybody would be the death of the first-born, but thankfully, I’m the second child in my family. So I’d feel sorry for my brother Nash, but I’d be all right!”   :-)

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Joel freely admits that "I have a massive fear of spiders," but thankfully has no problems working with snakes because his character in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has a great devotion for the reptiles and is often seen handling or draped in them in the film. No photos have yet emerged of Joel with his pharaonic pets, but he says:

“The first scene I shot was with an eight-foot python around my neck, which was kinda fun actually. I had a couple of minor incidents… Well, not really. One of the little snakes had a little bite of me, but didn’t really get its target, and another one put the squeeze on me, but not really. They were great, the snakes were awesome.”

"The snakes were delightful, and I had a great time, and it was kinda weird to start the movie off by doing a scene with Christian, and a python around my neck. But I grew up with a lot of reptiles and snakes, so I feel comfortable with them. And it wasn’t a venomous one, thank God. That’s what they told me."

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“I’m really thankful that it’s a profession that as long as I have my brain I’ll be able to do it forever. It’s not like I’m a sportsman and I gotta retire at some point and kick the dust and wonder what to do next, you know. If I have my capacity to think and behave, then I can keep going.”
— Joel Edgerton

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“I’m really thankful that it’s a profession that as long as I have my brain I’ll be able to do it forever. It’s not like I’m a sportsman and I gotta retire at some point and kick the dust and wonder what to do next, you know. If I have my capacity to think and behave, then I can keep going.”

— Joel Edgerton

"I’ve worked with some wonderful people, but I guess the most enjoyable experience I’ve had was working with my brother as he has somehow become Hollywood talent. It’s really awesome and I am so proud of him and where his career is going."
— Nash Edgerton

"I’ve worked with some wonderful people, but I guess the most enjoyable experience I’ve had was working with my brother as he has somehow become Hollywood talent. It’s really awesome and I am so proud of him and where his career is going."

— Nash Edgerton

When asked to name the best and worst parts of playing the ‘traitor’ Aaron Sherritt in “Ned Kelly,” the story of Australia’s famous Robin Hood/Jesse James figure, Joel responded:

Best part - “Loved it! Loved the character.” 

Worst part - “I wanted to be part of the gang.”

"Working on ‘Ned Kelly’ was one of the best experiences I think I’ll ever have. Dressing up and the whole adventure side of it, as you say, was cool, but also just being part of telling the story of Ned Kelly is awesome."

"I’ve got a soft spot for Aaron Sherrit now. You know, I played the guy and got to understand him, and I think he’s not so much a traitor or a Judas as much as a man who was suffering, being the victim of circumstance."

 

“I’ve been around for awhile. I’ve been doing my thing for awhile and I always used to have big expectations when I was young…I don’t have any expectations anymore because Hollywood can be falsely kind of inviting and cruelly fickle at times, so I just don’t try to buy into either one of those energies – just concentrate on the work and see what happens.” 
— Joel Edgerton on the long, hard road to success

“I’ve been around for awhile. I’ve been doing my thing for awhile and I always used to have big expectations when I was young…I don’t have any expectations anymore because Hollywood can be falsely kind of inviting and cruelly fickle at times, so I just don’t try to buy into either one of those energies – just concentrate on the work and see what happens.”

— Joel Edgerton on the long, hard road to success

Joel mentioned in a recent interview that he was quite upset once when he was passed over for a role he desperately wanted because he didn’t look aristocratic enough. The film was “Amazing Grace” and the actor who ultimately snagged the role was his “Black Mass” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch:   :-)

“I did a really good audition and I worked really hard to get the job. The director ummed and ahhed on me for weeks. Finally, he said, ‘My issue with Joel is that he doesn’t strike me as blue-blooded enough.’…When he looked at me, I didn’t seem like the upper-class, silver-spoon type. Inside, I was like, ‘No, no, I can be that!’… Now I’ve completely given up all those feelings of  ‘Arghhh!’ because if I was the director, I would’ve picked the other guy too!” 

“[They wanted] someone who’s supposed to be, you know, blue-blooded, Eton-educated, British, playing the youngest Prime Minister of Britain.” When Joel saw the Harrovian Benedict in the part, he had to resignedly admit that he understood why Benedict had beaten him out for the role: “Of course, I didn’t get the job. I could ACT the part, but the kid that came along and did the part, he’d been there. He WAS that kid.”

So whilst Benedict was elegantly gliding around in Parliament being erudite and aristocratic in silk stockings and wigs, poor Joel had to accept his plebian roots and was relegated to clumping around in Vegas in a hideous haircut and oversized tracksuit as the comically inept, dim-witted bodyguard Hugo in “Smokin’ Aces.”  :-)