What’s the hardest thing about being a Hollywood hunk?
You’d have to ask one.
Do you get hounded by the paparazzi?
I try not to court them. Sometimes they can become a little overbearing, depending on the context you’re in. But on the whole, I tend to fly under the radar and steer clear of the kind of parties and restaurants they stake out.
Have you ever wound up with any weird stalkers or screaming groupies chained to your fence?
I’ve had a few cases of obsessive fans.
Is your wife cool with your status as an international sex symbol?
We’ve been together for a very long time, so she’s pretty use to it.
Does being in the spotlight make you overly concerned – or even paranoid – about the way you look?
Not particularly, no. There’s certainly something to be said about the fact that you get clocked as soon as you step out in the street.
To what extent is your success as an actor directly contingent upon your brooding good looks?
There’s no denying that looks are all-important in the film industry. But then again, it’s a weird thing, because in the last couple of years I’ve done a few films in which directors have been hell-bent on making me look as shitty as possible. Tom Tykwer, for instance, kept joking on my film, The International, the he wanted to make me look even worse than in Children of Men. If ever that’s possible.
Do you have your teeth whitened, chest waxed and forehead botoxed on a regular basis?
No. I do however go to the gym pretty regularly, which is fine because I’ve been working out at the same place for ages and they’re accustomed to seeing me there, which means that I can get about my business without people gawking at me.
Do you look anything like Matthew McConaughey in your tighty whities?
I definitely do not look anything like Matthew McConaughey in my tighty whities.
Which of your physical attributes are you most unhappy with?
I hate to say, but I don’t get that freaked out about the way I look. I’m not one of those guys who spends hours sizing themselves up in front of the bathroom mirror.