On June 9th, SkyNews posted an interview with Ben that he gave while he was speaking to the Australian Associated Press. Watch below:
‘The Australian part (of his career) has still got decades on the American part but you get more of a fuss made of you for the American part, there’s no doubt about it,’ Mendelsohn told AAP in Sydney.
‘You don’t have to look terribly far in my body of work to realise that playing loveable guys is not the first order of choice,’ he said.
‘I read that script and I was exhilarated. I hadn’t seen the play so I hadn’t been exposed to it before. I can remember reading that, and it’s a pretty intense psychological thriller first and foremost. The subject matter is really intense and it’s one of the reasons that it kind of can leave you so breathless.’
One of the main reasons he signed on to the film, he says, was to work with Andrews who had directed him in a Sydney Theatre Company production of Julius Caesar.
He remains, he says, indebted to many players in the Australian film, TV and theatre industry for encouraging his career. During a fallow period in the early 2000s he contemplated throwing it all away, but didn’t thanks to film critic David Stratton.
‘I was thinking quite seriously about leaving and David Stratton said ‘you’ve got something really worthwhile’ and he said some really nice things to me which have stayed with me and which I really treasure because I like being a part of the history of this thing we’ve done,’ he said.
‘There was a period of quite a few years where things were pretty quiet in my 30s and it just felt like ‘oh well, this is more or less over. I’ve had my run, it’s a good run’ and all that, but these things come to an end and this is looking like it’s come to an end so I’d better find something else to do’ and he was very, very good to me.’
He will return home to work on something again, he’s sure of it.
‘I have no doubt, everything else not withstanding, I have no doubt and I look forward to hopefully doing many many things here,’ he said.
Ben stopped by the current affairs show The Project and gave a hilarious interview, talking about Una, Star Wars, those meat pie paparazzi pics, and how to be a villain:
- TRIPLE R: Ben Mendelsohn on Breakfasters (radio)
- Breakfast with Robbie Buck: Ben describes the emotional strain of playing difficult characters (radio)
- Drive with Raf Epstein: Why Ben Mendelsohn is so good at playing bad guys (radio)
- Ben’s life on the dark side (Herald Sun)