Avatar is still playing in the theatres in India and now Clash Of The Titans, another big ticket movie, is coming up. As ‘star of the year’, what can you tell us about James Cameron that no one knows?
Most people don’t know that it was James who referred me for Terminator Salvation during Avatar. I’m happy to hear that Avatar has also done really well in India, but I’m not here to be a star. I’m here to help tell these escape stories. If you want to be a star, go on Big Brother.
Given its hype, technical excellence and box-office performance, were you disappointed that Avatar did not pick up more Oscars?
I’m happy we have won three Oscars and nine nominations for a single movie. How often does this happen? Jury members have their own parameters and one should let them do their job.
Growing up, did you read Greek mythology and imagine that one day you would play son of Zeus?
In Australia, we grow up learning myths like the Minotaur and the Maze. I have utmost faith in the Ayers rock as well. But my acquaintance with Greek Gods was minimal when I started filming.
What was your equation like with your ‘father’ Liam Neeson?
I remembered Liam from The Schindler’s List. His goodbye scene when his factory workers gift him a ring made from a worker’s gold dental bridge, touched my heart. Unfortunately, in Clash Of The Titans, Persues’ equation with his father Zeus is not too good. He is half God, but wants to change his destiny after the death of the human family that raised him. Reluctant to accept his birthright, he sets off on a perilous journey with a band of warriors to battle the evil demons and fearsome mythical creatures, in an attempt to defeat Hades.
Hades is played by another legend, Ralph Fiennes. Did you get to discuss his Academy Award-winning performance in The English Patient with him?
Ralph never speaks about his legendary roles, so, there were no discussion on The English Patient. He is not a physically imposing man but has the ability to convey rage and strength. Hades and Zeus have a complicated on-screen relationship because they are brothers who become adversaries. Ralph and Liam’s friendship added to that dynamic.
Would you consider if Bollywood filmmakers offer roles?
(Laughs) Give me a single reason for not considering the offers from Bollywood filmmakers. I have heard a lot about the Khans here.
In India, there’s been a lot of concern over racial attacks in Australia. As an Aussie, what’s your take on the subject?
Whatever happened was not good for either countries. I just hope there won’t be any more attacks henceforth.