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Edward first, Charlize later

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh’s fans and colleagues might be over the moon with the news that Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron is coming to India along with Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton to promote Mukesh’s upcoming film Players, a remake of their 2003 flick The Italian Job but the 29-year-old has different plans.

entertainment Updated: Sep 28, 2011 19:04 IST
Robin Bansal

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh’s fans and colleagues might be over the moon with the news that Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron is coming to India along with Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton — to promote Mukesh’s upcoming film Players, a remake of their 2003 flick The Italian Job — but the 29-year-old has different plans.

“More than Charlize, I’m looking forward to meet Edward Norton. I’m his huge fan and have been inspired by his films. He is a brilliant performer,” says Neil, as he chats with us during a recent visit to the Capital.

However, he wouldn’t mind taking Theron out. “Charlize is a gorgeous woman. If I get a chance, I’ll probably take her out to one of our Indian styled restaurants to make her have some delicacies here,” says the actor.

On Players
You have to watch it to realise what I had to go through for this movie. We had to be physically fit. We were shooting in North Pole at minus 10 degrees. I had a fracture in my left hand. It was immense hard work, but good fun in the end.

On rifts with Sonam
These are just rumours. Sonam Kapoor is a darling. She is a good friend of mine. We have a great equation and we respect each other as actors and performers. None of this ever happened. I won’t fight with a gorgeous woman like her.

On producing Paidaar
It’s a tribute for my grandfather. I just hope that people like this movie. It’s just a gesture to complete the cycle that my grandfather started. It’s not a biopic. It’s a completely fictitious film and an out and out romantic thriller.

On acting technique
After every film, I take a minimum one-month break as a preparation for the next. I live with all my characters. I mould my body and my personality depending on that. You’ll never see Neil as Neil in any film, but the character that I play.