Quotes by: Ben Mendelsohn
Mendelsohn at a screening of Killing Them Softly in 2012
||Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn
3 April 1969
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
||Emma Forrest (m. 2012)
'Star Wars' is populated by so many great types; who wouldn't want to be a Han Solo kind of dude?
In Australia, even the darkest subject matter has a little pinch of humor. A little sweet to make the sour go down.
I don't have memorabilia but try to take a bit of wardrobe, usually because they dress me better than I dress myself.
I had a pretty good career at home. What keeps you going is not having a plan B. It's a very good thing. I think if I had a viable plan B, I might not have kept going.
When you're a young boy, you're looking at older men for role modelling. Before I loved De Niro, I loved Clint Eastwood; I loved John Wayne. And James Bond.
I like to call up ghosts of things past for myself when I'm working a lot.
As an actor who has spent twenty years trying to crack America, the day I reached the 'Bloodline' set and found my name on a chair next to Sissy Spacek's was the happiest of my working life.
It's got a lot more room for nuance and an assumption that people have started from the beginning. 'Bloodline' ends up being like a really good novel.
The people that impress me are Bob Dylan. The ones who keep working, year in and year out, and keep coming up with stuff.
I think I've benefited from not being hugely known. It means I have to do something really effective to be noticed.
Typically, I'll wake up at 4:30 in the morning. It's just the continual jet lag residue, just weird sleeping hours.
You can certainly extend your adolescence. There's people that are very good at extending it indefinitely.
I think there's a lot of mythos about what's required in acting. The way that actors talk about acting is generally quite punishing, and I think actors want to put forward the idea that they do all of this work because, you know, it's a post-De Niro world, when, largely, in fact, it's almost never true.
'Slow West' is a western, and it's sort of a twist on the genre stylistically, I think, from what I understand going in.
One of my earlier films is 'Quigley Down Under.' That was early on in my career, and that was horsey.
I suspect, for a lot of people who become actors, there's a feeling of wanting to be someone other than who they actually are.
I don't believe in the transformation myth, where if you have more success, life changes for you.
It's a tougher gig than what people think it is. The proper, real, genuine, worldwide movie stars don't get a lot of downtime from the world outside. That's a tougher price, I think, than what people's fantasy of fame account for.
I think difficult characters are very rewarding to do. They often have facets to them and this and that.
I came from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, so you do learn how to survive in that environment.
I don't know that it exists, the perfect family. It's always complicated.
My general feeling about approach to work is that anyone that's there, they're all there to do the best job they can.
I think now there's much more of a confessional culture. That's not my bag. I come from a slightly older school of thought: 'give 'em nothin.' You don't plead guilty.