Wednesday 29 January 2020

Pearce: My King's Speech nerves

Guy Pearce will hit our screens later this year in Prometheus
Guy Pearce will hit our screens later this year in Prometheus

Guy Pearce has recalled how he felt sick with nerves when he started working on award-winning movie The King's Speech.

The former soap actor turned Hollywood star played King Edward VIII to Colin Firth's stuttering Bertie in the massively successful Tom Hooper film.

"You never know how a film's going to be perceived but Tom made an extraordinarily beautiful movie," the Melbourne-based actor said.

Guy recalled feeling nauseous at the first read-through. "I was at the end of the table and looking up there was Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi and all these amazing people and there I was, this lowly Australian sitting at the end thinking, 'What am I doing here?'."

The modest actor, who found fame with TV audiences when he starred as Mike Young in Neighbours, has another major role coming up in the hugely anticipated Prometheus - the "not quite" prequel to Alien.

"The ideas and philosophies go beyond the limitation of it being a prequel, so I think people will be surprised when they see it," he said.

His driving force for signing up was the opportunity to work with Ridley Scott.

"Ridley was a delight. He makes sure you, as an actor, don't feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it all," Guy said.

"Instead, there's a just a small group of you in a room working together as you would on a low budget, independent film."

:: Guy Pearce's latest film Lockout is in cinemas from Friday April 20.

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