Friday, May 23, 2014

Fierce Friday: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Covers Men s Health (May 2014 issue)

Gearing up for the premiere of his new action-packed film ‘Godzilla’, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s guns cover the May 2014 issue of ‘Men’s Health’.

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The actor discussed his rise from child actor to indie darling to blockbuster star. He also gave us some interesting insight into his character as well as his love for his older wife.

His Godzilla character: “He’s in the military and he’s usually away on tour. He’s running away from problems at home. It mirrored what his father did. There’s this acting method, I think it’s Lee Strasberg’s or whatever, where you use a memory from your own life to create an emotion. So if you’re looking up at Godzilla and youre supposed to be scared, you just imagine something from your life that’s scared you I didn’t f—ing do that. It’s f—ing bullsh-t.”

How he chooses projects: “Most people would say ‘Script first.’ Always script, script, script. But, I beg to differ. I think it’s about the filmmaker. I don’t know if I really care so much about the end product anymore.”

His youthful rebellion: “It was a lot of crazy sh-t I got up to for a couple years. I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 [cigs] a day, used to f—ing drink nonstop. I’ve always been able to be on the f—ing edge — be on the line, but then pull myself back. It was kind of like learning how to pull. It was like, how do you go into a bar and point out the fittest girl and then just go, ‘I’ll have her by the end of the night’? I was at that age where that was kind of — I stopped when I met Sam.”

On having a much older wife: “It doesn’t seem like it. She’s such a young, beautiful soul that you wouldn’t even know.”

On “the challenges of a growing family”: “That’s bullsh-t. They’re not challenges. People are like, ‘Don’t you have to work really hard?’ And I’m like, ‘If you think it’s hard, you must be in a sh-t marriage.’ Everything in my life before them was an escape. I went from one job to the next, film after film, just trying to escape. I grew up working in this industry. I did my first commercial at six. And from about the age of 10, I was doing films. I was a kid, but I was working around adults.”

Switching from indies to blockbusters: “There are some actors that are so conscious, like, ‘I only pick the really quirky weird films ’cause I wanna be looked at as a serious actor. The work is just as interesting as, you know, playing a f—ing crackhead in some rough indie Detroit movie.”

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