Photographed by Michael Muller for a spread entitled Quantum Mechanic, the 31-year-old actor chats about his new film, Looper, and his thoughts on being labeled a leading man.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below, as well the full photo spread. Also watch an exclusive video clip from the shoot presented by Dita Eyewear.
On the leading man label:
“Leading man is not a term I would use to describe myself. I’m lucky enough to play parts I enjoy. Here in L.A., they like to distinguish a ‘leading man’ from a ‘character actor,’ and I don’t like that. I think a leading man is someone who simply plays themselves and who also happens to be handsome. Someone like Cary Grant. And I love Cary Grant. But I’m not him.”
On having his Looper role written for him:
“That’s the first time that’s happened in my career. And obviously, it’s a real honor, coming from a filmmaker I admire so much. Not long after we shot Brick together, [director] Rian [Johnson] started telling me about this time travel idea he had. That was in 2003. A couple years later, he wrote the script and we took it from there.”
On his Looper character:
“He’s a sad guy. On the surface he looks like a badass and a killer, but in reality, he’s not living the life he wants to live. He doesn’t have anyone or anything he cares about.”