Clive Owen has recently grace the cover of GQ Magazine, October issue! Below are some new photoshoots and interview from the mag! Clive is looking hot as he age!
Who influences you?
David Bowie. I came across him at 14 and at one point wound up owning everything he’d ever done, including bootlegs, and just was totally blown away by him. And I’ve said before, and I mean it, that he probably had more to do with me becoming an actor than any actor.
Because he’s such a shape-shifter?
Yeah, and because there was just… You know, it’s very difficult later on. I took my girls to the V&A [Victoria and Albert Museum] exhibition, you know, and they got it then; they did get it a bit. They saw all the different phases he went through. It’s very hard, because so many people composed him. It was so derivative of what he was doing, the whole of radically going this way and this way—there was something about that, that I just found so exciting. The potential to do anything. And I sort of found that in his music. I loved the way he went everywhere. I thought there was nothing like him, and I found that inspiring.
How do you imagine yourself at 70?
Hopefully alive. [laughs]
It’s all uphill from there.
You’re not a guy who thinks, “I’ll retire”?
No. Whatever age you are, there’s a role that’s about who you are and where you are. There’s parts for that age that you’ll be rich, that you can bring things to. So unless I was incapable, I imagine myself still working, yeah.
When did you first feel grown-up?
Part of me still doesn’t. You know, if you’re the same age as me, 50…I never think of myself as that age, ever. I’ve got an age that I do think of myself. It certainly isn’t 50. [laughs] It’s an attitude, really. I’ve got friends who are older than me—a good ten, fifteen years—and I always look at them like, “I hope to God I don’t look like that.” I’ve done that the past ten, fifteen years, going, “God, I hope when I’m that age…” ‘Cause their spirit, their wit, their energy, is no different from… I don’t feel like I’m a kid, I just feel like, when it comes to things like work, I get set alight the same way as I did when I started, when that passion hit and I thought, “I want to do it.” I read a great script, or a really great project comes my way, I still get hit the same way. I’ve done a lot of different things now, and there’s been ups and downs all the way through, and I’ve been very lucky and had a really great time. But I still get that. What I always loved about acting—what some people don’t love about it—is the unknown. The fact that tomorrow I get the Hemingway script, and I’ve never read a Hemingway book in my life. Or a call from Phil Kaufman—I adore The Right Stuff, I adore The Unbearable Lightness of Being—and I think, “Oh, he’s such a special director.” He sends me this great script, and a year later I’ve read everything Hemingway’s done. Just set alight. That just comes, one phone call, one day. [snaps his fingers] I consume so much about Hemingway, I do everything everywhere he lived in Paris, I go to Cuba and go and look at his house there. It’s the beauty of the unexpected—even if it’s just a great script—that could come tomorrow.
Do you have any fear?
Every time I do a job, yeah. [Read more…] about Clive Owen Covers GQ October Issue Photoshoots and Interview