Jude Law never wanted to play a “pretty boy”, and almost turned down the role of Dickie Greenleaf in Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999). He starred alongside Matt Damon, who played the murderous Tom Ripley, and late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
This role brought Jude Law his first Oscar nomination and world-wide critical acclaim. Law revealed he wore a prostatic facial mask in the scene when Tom Ripley killed him, which was timed to split open and release blood.
The actor also discusses some of the injuries he and Damon sustained during filming.
“We busted each other up badly on that: I did his rib in, he did my rib in, and I gave him a bruise around the neck.”
In “Cold Mountain”, Law starred opposite Renée Zellweger, where he played a Civil War veteran.
He also recalled what it was like to work with Seymour Hoffman again.“He was just fearless and antagonistic, always great at provoking you to get the best out of a scene.”
Law recounts dragging Seymour Hoffman’s preacher down a road and tying him to a tree. “A lot of actors would kind of make believe, pretend. He just would not move. So I had to kick his ass down this street. And it was hard work. What I now look back and realize is that that was Philip making something utterly real.”
In “Holiday”, a Christmas movie Law did with co-stars Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, Jude revealed his skin had a mind of its own.
Exterior scenes where shot in the UK during the winter, and the actor said his skin looked “white and pallid”, while the interior scenes were shot in L.A., which gave Law’s skin a “healthy glow”. The actor comments “it’s really noticeable if you know. Makes me laugh every time I see it.”
One of Law’s latest movies, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, has been nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and we all remember him from Sherlock Holmes, so it’s pretty clear he’s one of those actors who simply know how to pick great roles to play.