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Posted By: Eli // On: 23 Oct 2013 // Category: General News, Interviews // Comments: 0 »

Lost_star_Matthew_Fox_on_his_new_film_Emperor__supporting_Arsenal_and_why_he_won_t_return_to_TVLost star Matthew Fox on his new film Emperor, supporting Arsenal and why he won’t return to TV
“The only reservation I would have about going back to doing television would be that structure again and that freedom being taken away from me”

It’s been a while since Matthew Fox was a regular feature on our television screens, gazing broodily into the camera as hunky doctor Jack Shephard in Lost. Three years on and he’s added a string of film roles to his eclectic CV, including his latest movie, Emperor.

Set in Japan at the end of the Second World War, Emperor sees Fox play military attaché Bonner Fellers, who arrives in the bomb-stricken country with General MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) and is tasked with determining whether Emperor Hirohito should be charged with war crimes.

Given just ten days to make his decision, Fellers’ choice had the potential to change history: under pressure to assign responsibility for Japan’s part in the war, he knew that the Emperor’s indictment and likely execution could have serious consequences among a people who believed their leader to be sacred.

Filmed last year in New Zealand and Japan, the film offered Fox the chance to bring the little-known Fellers back to life during a period so often omitted from our history lessons. RadioTimes.com found time during his fleeting visit to London to sit down for a chat about his experiences in Japan, why he’s avoiding a return to television and, er, Arsenal Football Club.

In Emperor you’re playing a real-life person, albeit one who is relatively unknown – did that change the way you approached the role?
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Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 19 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews, Television, Video Clips // Comments: 0 »
Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 19 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews, Television, Video Clips // Comments: 0 »
Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 18 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews // Comments: 0 »

In addition to training for months to develop the sinewy, lethal physique of his ruthless character (who sports the actor’s own semi-recent array of body tattoos, which make quite an impression in the film’s opening MMA fight scene), Fox underwent an unusually severe emotional preparation for the isolating role, partly by design and partly due to overlapping schedules with World War Z which required him to fly back and forth for a period of time filming two movies at once. As a result, Fox and co-star Tyler Perry barely interacted with one another on the Alex Cross set, save for when they came face to face for the film’s fight scenes. (Director Rob Cohen would deliver Fox’s and Perry’s lines to the other during the majority of their characters’ telephone conversations.) Subsequently, Fox told Movieline, he only felt like he really got to know Perry the day they reunited with Cohen and their cast mates in Los Angeles to speak with press: “I felt like I was really looking at Tyler with my eyes, and he was looking at me with his eyes, and we were friends who’d been through this kind of crazy experience together.” Fox spoke further with Movieline about the emotionally taxing job of playing Picasso, one of the darkest and most unhinged villains of the year, how much of the cold-blooded killer’s severe nature lives inside of him (and how he shook him off), and what compelled him to stay so busy following the end of the long-running LOST.

You filmed World War Z and Alex Cross at the same time, then started Peter Webber’s Emperor just three months later. Why pack it in so much? When you find the things you want to be a part of, you want to be a part of them. You get to the point, for me anyway, where once you click over to a certain point you’re like, I have to do this, and I felt that way about both World War Z and Alex Cross. I was bummed that there was so much overlap just because of how crazy it was going to be to travel. But it didn’t end up being too bad, it was doable.

Picasso is such a clearly strenuous character to play. There’s so much energy coming out of you off the screen in every scene. That must have taken such effort to even prepare mentally for, but how exhaustive was it to add the travel back and forth and switching out of Alex Cross into your World War Z character? It was, and I had moments where I was a little like, oh my god. But I don’t know – I kind of enjoy that kind of intense load. I think I get excited by it and inspired by it. I’m not going to lie to you, I was very excited when I was done with both of those projects and got to go home and be with my family again and not get on an airplane again for a while. But both of the experiences were amazing. The World War Z experience with Marc Forster and the whole crew over there, that whole cast, and the kids in that movie, and Brad [Pitt] and Mireille [Enos], everybody – it was just great. And then the Alex Cross experience, my experience with Rob [Cohen], was one of the best I’ve ever had. Our collaboration on this guy and how much I felt like he was in it with me – how much he had my back in the whole thing. It was a very lonely role to play.

It seems fairly emotionally isolating, to live in the mind of this guy. Yeah, it was. I mean, the character of Picasso creates that for himself. He’s the most supremely arrogant person and holds himself above everyone, so he creates that emotional isolation. So to walk in that and try to figure that out… but I always felt like Rob was right there with me.

Rob explained that while filming, you and Tyler actually didn’t interact very much on set, including the telephone conversations your characters share, mostly due to scheduling. At what point do you feel you actually got to know Tyler?Right downstairs after the press conference when we hugged each other and we both were a year away from the characters we were playing, and the circumstances, and those two guys and how they were trying to kill each other. That was the very first time I felt like we’ve both hung out in a moment when were getting to know each other. I felt like I was really looking at Tyler with my eyes, and he was looking at me with his eyes, and we were friends who’d been through this kind of crazy experience together.

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Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 17 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews, Television // Comments: 1 »
Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 17 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews // Comments: 1 »

It’s safe to say Matthew Fox didn’t have the best of luck in the past year…and he’s making no qualms about it.

Prior to getting busted for DUI in May, the Alex Cross star was detained after allegedly getting into a fight with a woman in August 2011.

And Fox opened up about both incidents during a sit-down on Ellen, scheduled to air Wednesday.

“There is a woman in Cleveland who claims that I hit her,” Fox said. “I think she specifically says that I hit her in private part of her body actually. This was in Cleveland. I was making this film [Alex Cross] there, and it’s been a very tough year for myself and my family.”

“It’s difficult to be accused of something that you did not do. I’ve never hit a woman in my life. Never have, never will. That’s not a part of who I am as a man and hold that very dear to how I define my character. So that’s been very difficult.”

The woman, a party bus driver, previously told police an altercation went down when Fox tried to board her bus after leaving a local bar.
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Posted By: gertiebeth // On: 16 Oct 2012 // Category: Interviews, Video Clips // Comments: 0 »
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