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On the windswept south side of Jonathan Palmer’s Bedford Autodrome, Clive Owen is pounding around in a track-tough Jaguar XKR. This particular circuit has some complex corners and a high-speed fourth-gear number, during which the driver’s cojones – not to mention the Jag’s tyres – are severely tested. But it seems that Clive is not in the mood to back off.
“On a group day,” one of the instructors tells me, “a 1min 9sec lap would win the event. He’s doing 1min 10s right now. Clive clearly doesn’t have issues with speed. Or commitment.” Or, for that matter, changing gear. It’s a metaphor he himself has used to describe the twists and turns his career has taken on the road to his current, undeniable status as a leading man.
Five minutes in his company is all it takes to establish that this is an unusually grounded Hollywood player. The tan is not easy to come by in the British Isles, but the attitude is definitely closer to Coventry than California.
And no wonder. His success has been hard-won. Like Michael Caine before him, his is a tough, working-class background. His father abandoned his mother, him and his brothers, when he was just three. He was educated at a Coventry comprehensive and spent two years on the dole before being accepted at RADA. The breakthrough, in Mike Hodges’ The Croupier, only came after American critics picked up on a film roundly ignored on its initial release.
Fair to say that he hasn’t looked back since. The Bourne Identity, Closer, Sin City, Inside Man and Children of Men have all followed. This month, he is starring in the new action adventure film Shoot ‘Em Up. In it, he plays the mysterious Mr Smith, entrusted with protecting a new-born baby from an army of assassins. [Read more…] about Clive Owen In Jaguar XKR
Clive Owen admits he is “vain”.
The heartthrob actor, who is the face of the Lancome Men skincare line, makes sure he keeps his face and body in top condition because his good looks helped him become a Hollywood star.
He said: “I have to admit I am vain, but it’s because I have to go out in front of the camera. But I wouldn’t say I was excessively vain.
“Most guys I know use moisturiser. In theatre and film, looking after your face is a pretty normal thing. It’s just business.”
The 43-year-old star believes all men should take more care of their skin, but accepts some guys will never incorporate beauty products into their daily lives.
Clive – who has two daughters, 11-year-old Hannah and nine-year-old Eve, with his wife Sarah-Jane Fenton – said: “I’m only talking about skin creams and aftershaves – not plastic surgery.
“Guys attitudes to male products are changing, but men have very strong opinions on other men, and it can still go either way.”
Source: Monster & Critics
Clive Owen was spotted out and about enjoying the night in Soho on March 5, 2008.
– Out and About from 2008: In Soho – March 5
Giamatti will join Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Tom Wilkinson in Duplicity.
Giamatti will play an industrialist engaged in a fierce game of corporate one-upmanship against a rival titan, played by Wilkinson (who plays Benjamin Franklin in John Adams). Roberts and Owen play two spies-turned-corporate operatives who work on opposite sides but are having a clandestine love affair. Billy Bob Thornton had been in talks for the businessman role.
Tony Gilroy will direct Duplicity off a script he wrote.
Source: Can Mag
For more new-to-you scripted entertainment, check out these British imports from Silver Spring-based Acorn Media (which specializes in bringing Brit television DVDs to the U.S. market).
Chancer– Before Clive Owen was Clive Owen, he was Derek Love, the arrogant, rogue con-man star of this short-lived British hit crime series. (1990-91; out now)
Suburban Shootout — Rival gangs of gun-packing housewives battle over a Stepford-like village in what sounds like really “Desperate Housewives,” but what the San Francisco Chronicle called “a little David Lynch lite.” (2006; coming March 25) [Read more…] about Clive, Is That You?