Интервью Джонатана (англ.)
Jessica Barrett
Monday December 12th 2016
‘I find it hard to trust people now’: Jonathan Rhys Meyers on alcohol, the paparazzi and being an outsider in Hollywood

A few hours after I meet Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a story pops up on my newsfeed in which he is described as “brooding”. It’s a story about his red-carpet appearance for his new film London Town, in which he plays Joe Strummer from The Clash. Meyers despises such events. “I’m not a fan of selfies,” he says. “I don’t carry a phone and I don’t InstaGoogleTweetFace.” He finds the endless filming and photographing of oneself “the height of narcissism”.

He doesn’t seem too keen on interviews, either. He walks into the London office where we meet with a face like thunder, unable (or unwilling) to look me in the eye. For the first five minutes that we’re together he sits, repeatedly lacing and unlacing his biker boots.

It is perhaps hardly surprising that he is reluctant to speak to the press. It has been nearly three years since Meyers has given an interview. This is his first since he was photographed looking bedraggled and drinking vodka straight from the bottle in the middle of the day on a busy London street last May. At the time it had been two years since he claimed to have quit drinking; he has been in and out of rehab six times since 2002. The photos were published around the world, and changed Meyers’ life permanently.

“It was really, really harsh. Hard,” Meyers says. “I left London. I’ll never live here again, under any circumstances.” He adds that he felt it was unfair, because he’s rarely papped normally. “The paparazzi couldn’t give a f*** about me unless I’m driving with a bottle of booze on me, then they’re all over me like a rash.” He says he spent a lot of time not realising he was famous until that moment when he was “on the front of some tabloid newspaper”.

“They don’t realise how much it affects you. And that’s why I don’t do social media, I don’t tell people where I am, I don’t have many friends, I find it hard to trust people, I would never live in London again – I sold my house very soon afterwards – and I don’t really talk to the press very much.”

Meyers’ problems with alcohol have been well documented. He was banned from a flight at JFK after allegedly turning up drunk, arrested at Dublin Airport in 2007 for drunkenness and in 2011 he was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined ¤1,000 for threatening to kill three French police officers while drunk. He said in 2013 that he had been “as wild as you can get”.
He now insists that doesn’t have a problem with alcohol – when he was papped in London it was a one-off. “I got wrecked for two or three days with some people that I know and then that’s it,” he says. He says that he is feeling a lot stronger than he was this time last year.

After that incident his fiancée, the actress Mara Lane, posted a message from Meyers to her Instagram account. It read: “I apologise for having a minor relapse and hope that people don’t think too badly of me. I stopped drinking immediately and I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my dishevelled appearance as I was on my way home from a friend’s and had not changed. I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I’m living a healthy life. Love and blessings. #Rebel #Angel.”

Having now met him, I say that it reads like an out-of-character response. He tells me simply: “I didn’t write it.”

He has now, aged 39, decamped to a “steel and glass” minimalist haven in Los Angeles with Lane (who is said to be pregnant). He has most definitely has not joined the A-list set there, he says, because he doesn’t ever get to work with them. “I don’t do big studio films, I don’t do big blockbusters,” he says. Is that intentional? “No. I don’t get them. People don’t see me as that. So I don’t do big summer blockbuster films, and I don’t hang out with movie stars and such because I don’t get to work with them. I’m off doing small, independent films. I just haven’t been given an opportunity to do one of those big films yet.” He adds: “I’m not saying I won’t do them, I’m saying I don’t get them.”

London Town may not be a blockbuster, but it is charming. The film, which also stars Natasha McElhone, is set in 1970s London and imagines a friendship between Strummer and an Essex schoolboy before The Clash hit the big time. When I tell Meyers I enjoyed it he replies: “Thank you. I haven’t seen it.” It turns out that he’s never watched any of his work.

Meyers has been acting since he was 17, a few years after being expelled from his Cork monastery school at 14 for truancy. Having got his break playing a David Bowie-style glam rock character in Velvet Goldmine, he hit the bigtime after appearing in Bend it Like Beckham alongside Keira Knightley. Since then Meyers has appeared mostly in independent films apart from a role in Mission Impossible III. His television credits for US shows are wide-ranging and much more mainstream, he’s played King Henry VIII in The Tudors, Dracula and Elvis Presley (which won him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2011).

“I’ve been in it now for a quarter of a century. And I’m only 39. That’s a long time,” he says. He still feels like an outsider in his own industry but he found a rare affinity with Antonio Banderas, his co-star in forthcoming film Black Butterfly. “I really liked him. He’s the same. He was like, ‘I never felt part of the club either. Maybe I’ve been to Leonardo DiCaprio’s house to play cards once or twice, but I don’t have a whole bunch of famous friends, I’ve always felt like an outsider’. But then he goes, ‘But I am an outsider because I’m from Malaga, I’m European’. He never felt part of things, he always felt separated, and I do, too. I don’t have a catalogue of famous friends, and I don’t keep in contact with people that I’ve worked with.”

“I don’t have a catalogue of famous friends, and I don’t keep in contact with people that I’ve worked with.”

He adds: “I’ve met a whole bunch of famous people and there’s only one famous person that I’ve ever seen in my life that’s the same on screen as they are in real life, and that’s George Clooney. The rest of them don’t look anything like it. They’re all much shorter, much fatter, with terrible baggy skin, but then you see them on Instagram with the right lighting. And it makes young guys and young girls be like, ‘I’ve got to be like that’. It’s an impossible goal.”

Meyers says he prefers to hang out on his own in LA (though presumably also with Lane on occasion). “I don’t ever leave my house. I’m happy at home. I don’t like driving.” That’s pretty unusual, I suggest. “I’m not that kind of social guy, never have been.” In fact he says the only thing that makes him happy is having a “clean house”. “Happiness is very momentary. Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m not. A clean house, where everything is in its place. There we go – happiness, bliss.”

“If I had my life to live again I wouldn’t have been an actor”
He says he likes to read instead (“Noam Chomsky, Adam Smith and George Orwell”). He writes his own music which he’ll never play to anyone else (“I just don’t think that I play music that’s good enough”) and he has started writing a screenplay (also not good enough).

“If I had my life to live again I would have gone to university and I wouldn’t have been an actor,” he admits. “But I am an actor and that’s the way it is. It’s all bulls***.”

‘London Town’ is released digitally on 26 December

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2016-12-13 в 09:24 

Вольфганг Шеффер
Матушка, отойдите, не мешайте крестить Антихриста! (с)
Как-то не слишком жизнерадостно выглядит. Хотя это можно списать на раздражение против папарацци и медийщиков. Трудно не понять его раздражение. Успокаивает его участие в большом количестве разнообразных проектов.

2016-12-13 в 10:20 

"Я не воюю на стороне добра — но для тебя, быть может, сражусь со злом"
Он не меняется)) каким был 12 лет назад, когда я только о нем узнала, таким и остался. Надеюсь, рождение малыша привнесёт в его жизнь много позитива. И очень хотелось бы, чтобы его взяли в какой-нибудь крупный голливудский проект. Кстати, он говорит, что не общается с другими звёздами, а я думала они с Колином Фарреллом друзья.

2016-12-13 в 16:22 

Скажу честно — я не знаю, как откомментировать это интервью.... Не с тем бездумным фанским обожанием с заламыванием рук — "ах, каким бы ты ни был , я буду восхищаться тобой вечно !" Бр-р-р, иногда читаю такое ... Нет, хочется выработать в себе разумную - и человечную точку зрения на все его нынешние процессы... Включая дитя, о котором он не сказал ни слова - это странно... Обычно отцы преисполнены чувств, и они всё равно прорываются... Бездумно восхищаться, в том числе и ребёнком, я не стану. Ребёнок — не шутка, не развлечение, и не отвлечение от проблем или способ их разрешения, и не объект для неглубокого умиления девиц, женщин и бабулек... Я точно знаю одно : все Люди Искусства ( с большой буквы ) фанатики своего дела. Это я знаю совершенно точно. Они преданны своему искусству — музыке ли, танцу, актёрству, писательству — душой и телом, и всем, что есть в их жизни. Собственно, кроме этого — ничего другого, как правило и нет ( разве что семья, у кого она складывается по счастливой случайности - чаще всего )... И, между тем, я, без сомнения , считаю Джонатана Человеком Искусства, он это доказал всей своей творческой жизнью... У творческих людей не редки кризисные моменты. Тем более, что Джонатану подходит к 40. Это весьма кризисный возраст. Есть так же понятие эмоциональная усталость, в актёрской среде... Но — я не спешу делать выводы. Да и вообще -- делать выводы - неблагодарное занятие... Подожду работ в кино )) Подожду его роли в "Викингах", и в "Чёрной бабочке", и других фильмов. Наверняка есть интересные проекты о которых мы пока что не знаем . К тому же Джонатан нередко берёт , видимо, необходимые ему тайм-ауты на отдых.

2016-12-13 в 22:37 

«Если музыка – пища любви, играйте её!» УИЛЬЯМ ШЕКСПИР
Люди Исскуства с большой буквы всегда сильно зациклены на своём творчестве и себе, состояние некоего недовольства собой и своим прекрасным трудом -тоже нормальное явление, творческий эгоизм! Так что образ "рыцаря" печального, недовольного образа вполне приемлемо для Джонатана, какой он был таким и остался! Позитивом никогда не отличался, мы следим за его творчеством, с удовольствием читаем все о нем в данном дневнике с прекрасной хозяйкой и это хорошо. Время покажет, что будет дальше, может дождёмся и более "мягкого' интервью с Джонни! Спасибо!

2016-12-14 в 16:07 

e-markel66, спасибо за добрую оценку моей работы ))... Пожалуй, в отношение этого интервью и Джонатана, соглашусь со всем ))


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