Clive Owen was talking with great confidence about how, when he’s not working, he is a hands-on dad to his two daughters.
I’m listening to him, then I pounce. OK, I say, do you know which aisle is which at Waitrose or Sainsbury’s? He roars with laughter – then sets me an aisle challenge at Waitrose on the Holloway Road in North London.
I was chatting to Clive about his Oscar-worthy performance in Scott Hicks’s great movie The Boys Are Back. Clive plays a father left to raise a young son when his wife dies of cancer. Later, they’re joined by a lad from an earlier marriage.
The picture is based on British newspaper columnist Simon Carr’s moving memoir.
The film shifts a lot of the action to Hicks’s home state of Adelaide and Clive plays Joe Warr, a sports columnist. He told me he read the screenplay years before filming began. He told his agents there was something special about the story – and he’s so right.
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