Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash)
Exciting news!  After receiving excellent reviews in Australia, “Felony” is scheduled for theatrical release in the US (and I believe Canada as well) on 17 October. No word yet on European or Asian dates, but I will post the information here as soon as it becomes available. 
Whilst you wait for “Felony” to arrive in your area, I can highly recommend watching Matt Saville’s first feature, “Noise,” to prepare the way. “Noise” is another small masterpiece and mirrors “Felony” on many levels. After seeing the film, Joel was determined that Saville was only director he wanted for his film. Like “Felony,” “Noise” focusses on a policeman struggling with some serious internal and external ‘noise’ issues in his life. It’s a wonderfully tense, beautifully constructed film with many layers. It’s been awhile since I last saw it but I remember very well how it frightened me, made me cry, and still has me pondering the true meaning of self-sacrifice and redemption.  I love this film.  :-)  You can watch the trailer at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u8KxEf4A3M 

Exciting news!  After receiving excellent reviews in Australia, “Felony” is scheduled for theatrical release in the US (and I believe Canada as well) on 17 October. No word yet on European or Asian dates, but I will post the information here as soon as it becomes available. 

Whilst you wait for “Felony” to arrive in your area, I can highly recommend watching Matt Saville’s first feature, “Noise,” to prepare the way. “Noise” is another small masterpiece and mirrors “Felony” on many levels. After seeing the film, Joel was determined that Saville was only director he wanted for his film. Like “Felony,” “Noise” focusses on a policeman struggling with some serious internal and external ‘noise’ issues in his life. It’s a wonderfully tense, beautifully constructed film with many layers. It’s been awhile since I last saw it but I remember very well how it frightened me, made me cry, and still has me pondering the true meaning of self-sacrifice and redemption.  I love this film.  :-)  You can watch the trailer at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u8KxEf4A3M 

"In Hollywood, you get momentum if your film makes exceptional amounts of money. Then the offers and opportunities become much bigger. ‘King Arthur’ made its money back, but wasn’t a box-office hit. That meant my name didn’t mean something. Plus I was covered in hair."

— Joel Edgerton semi-joking about how he didn’t receive more job offers after ‘King Arthur’ because no one knew who he was hidden under all that Gawaine-hair.  :-)

"Joel Edgerton is developing a nice line in brittle tough guys. Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ sad Stanley Kowalski in the Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and now Detective Malcolm Toohey in Matthew Saville’s taut, unpredictable and quite excellent new film ‘Felony.’"
— ‘The Australian’
Photo credit: GQ Australia

"Joel Edgerton is developing a nice line in brittle tough guys. Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ sad Stanley Kowalski in the Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and now Detective Malcolm Toohey in Matthew Saville’s taut, unpredictable and quite excellent new film ‘Felony.’"

— ‘The Australian’

Photo credit: GQ Australia

"I wish there were more hours in the day to do it [writing and directing]. I never want to not be an actor, but I don’t want to just do that."
— Joel Edgerton
Photo credit: GQ Australia

"I wish there were more hours in the day to do it [writing and directing]. I never want to not be an actor, but I don’t want to just do that."

— Joel Edgerton

Photo credit: GQ Australia

“I suspect the future for me is not all that happy if all I am doing is being an actor, because eventually I won’t be the young hero, I will be the guy who is sitting around on set doing bits and pieces.”
— Joel Edgerton on his desire to do more writing and directing
Photo credit: GQ Australia

“I suspect the future for me is not all that happy if all I am doing is being an actor, because eventually I won’t be the young hero, I will be the guy who is sitting around on set doing bits and pieces.”

— Joel Edgerton on his desire to do more writing and directing

Photo credit: GQ Australia

Joel checking out the action at Sunday’s Red Bull Cape Fear big wave surf challenge at Botany Bay…
"I’ve been waiting for this ever since I talked to a couple of these guys about it months ago. I’m stoked that I was in Sydney at the time that it actually happened.”
Joel became mates with Mark Mathews who organized the event back when he narrated “Fighting Fear,” the multi-award-winning documentary about Mark’s and his friend Richie Vaculik’s struggles and redemption through MMA and big wave surfing. Joel helped with the Cape Fear competition by narrating the promotional videos for the event:
"It’s my nice way of pretending like I really know a lot about surfing and that I may actually be a really tough guy myself," he joked, "but it’s totally not true."
[Go to http://15milestation.tumblr.com/post/83138847185/listen-as-joel-narrates-a-cool-promotional-video to see one of the videos which makes abundantly clear what a terrifying challenge attempting this break is.]
The day ended well with Aussies making a clean sweep of the prizes over their Hawaiian and US competitors, with Mark Mathews taking the top prize of $10,000.  Well done! 
Photos: Top: Joel enjoying a bit of lunch whilst watching both boards and bodies getting badly bashed as some of the world’s top surfers attempt the break
Bottom: Joel with TV commentator Mitch Tomlinson at The Red Bull Cape Fear challenge

Joel checking out the action at Sunday’s Red Bull Cape Fear big wave surf challenge at Botany Bay…

"I’ve been waiting for this ever since I talked to a couple of these guys about it months ago. I’m stoked that I was in Sydney at the time that it actually happened.”

Joel became mates with Mark Mathews who organized the event back when he narrated “Fighting Fear,” the multi-award-winning documentary about Mark’s and his friend Richie Vaculik’s struggles and redemption through MMA and big wave surfing. Joel helped with the Cape Fear competition by narrating the promotional videos for the event:

"It’s my nice way of pretending like I really know a lot about surfing and that I may actually be a really tough guy myself," he joked, "but it’s totally not true."

[Go to http://15milestation.tumblr.com/post/83138847185/listen-as-joel-narrates-a-cool-promotional-video to see one of the videos which makes abundantly clear what a terrifying challenge attempting this break is.]

The day ended well with Aussies making a clean sweep of the prizes over their Hawaiian and US competitors, with Mark Mathews taking the top prize of $10,000.  Well done!

Photos: Top: Joel enjoying a bit of lunch whilst watching both boards and bodies getting badly bashed as some of the world’s top surfers attempt the break

Bottom: Joel with TV commentator Mitch Tomlinson at The Red Bull Cape Fear challenge

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"I steer clear of things that I feel just aren’t acting, or if I feel that any number of people could do the job, like it could be me or any one of a hundred guys. A gauge for me is - would I want to watch this movie? There’s nothing worse than playing a morally upright, all-round good guy - you know, the handsome, romantic type - unless there’s something ballsy in there as well, a problem or a character flaw.”
— Joel Edgerton on choosing film projects

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"I steer clear of things that I feel just aren’t acting, or if I feel that any number of people could do the job, like it could be me or any one of a hundred guys. A gauge for me is - would I want to watch this movie? There’s nothing worse than playing a morally upright, all-round good guy - you know, the handsome, romantic type - unless there’s something ballsy in there as well, a problem or a character flaw.”

— Joel Edgerton on choosing film projects

As a young boy, Joel loved to watch action movies and television shows, and often pretended to be one of his heroes (Mr. T, Rambo, or Indiana Jones) whilst playing. ‘The A-Team’s’ Mr T was a particular favourite as you can see by one of Joel’s early Halloween costumes. "I loved ‘The A-Team’ big way!” he declares, and even jokes that "Mr. T was “the basis of my character for ‘Zero Dark Thirty:’ [demonstrating in his best Mr. T voice] - "I ain’t gettin’ on no plane, fool!"   :-)

“Joel was particularly interested in exploring the dynamic of relationships, and the dynamic of men. You can see this through his choices of work both in terms of his acting and as a writer. I read his script and fell in love. It was extraordinary and just beautifully written, deeply emotional and engaging.”
"This is a morality thriller" that explores the ‘three stages of man’ through the three main detective characters. “There’s the young detective played by Jai Courtney who pursues the truth, because everything seems black and white when you’re young. Then there’s the middle detective, played by Edgerton, who’s had some life experience and knows there’s some grey areas. Finally, there’s the older detective, played by Wilkinson, who has seen it all and knows that right and wrong isn’t always so concrete and that every circumstance is different.”
— “Felony” producer Rosemary Blight, Goalpost Pictures

“Joel was particularly interested in exploring the dynamic of relationships, and the dynamic of men. You can see this through his choices of work both in terms of his acting and as a writer. I read his script and fell in love. It was extraordinary and just beautifully written, deeply emotional and engaging.”

"This is a morality thriller" that explores the ‘three stages of man’ through the three main detective characters. “There’s the young detective played by Jai Courtney who pursues the truth, because everything seems black and white when you’re young. Then there’s the middle detective, played by Edgerton, who’s had some life experience and knows there’s some grey areas. Finally, there’s the older detective, played by Wilkinson, who has seen it all and knows that right and wrong isn’t always so concrete and that every circumstance is different.”

— “Felony” producer Rosemary Blight, Goalpost Pictures

"As an actor I’m constantly striving to find the darkness in the lighter characters and the lightness in the darker characters. [‘Felony’ is about] understanding that every human being has the possibility of toeing the moral line or straying from it, and that we shouldn’t be viewed as just good people or just bad people. We are people in circumstances who make choices that we think are right at the time."
— Joel Edgerton
Photo credit: Nigel Lough

"As an actor I’m constantly striving to find the darkness in the lighter characters and the lightness in the darker characters. [‘Felony’ is about] understanding that every human being has the possibility of toeing the moral line or straying from it, and that we shouldn’t be viewed as just good people or just bad people. We are people in circumstances who make choices that we think are right at the time."

— Joel Edgerton

Photo credit: Nigel Lough