What do Angelina Jolie and Joel Edgerton have in common? Well, with the release of Joel’s directorial debut, The Gift, you can say that both Hollywood stars belong to that small group of actors who are also directors. Joel talks about his directorial experience in this interview with Entertainment Weekly:
EW: How was your experience directing yourself?
I was a very, very obedient actor. I loved working with myself. To be very honest, though, the trickiest days on set [were when I was] wearing two hats, but I have the luxury of having a brother [Nash Edgerton] who’s a very accomplished director. The arrangement I had from the onset from both the actors and the production was that on the days that I was doing double duty, my brother would be there as an outside eye. One, because I trust him, and two, for practical reasons. When you’re moving so quickly on a small budget, there’s not a lot of time to break the momentum by coming back behind the monitor and checking your own work. So my brother, who in many ways is just an extension of myself, he and I could look at each other and just with a look could agree to move on, or that we needed another take.
That made things easier. It’s definitely the hardest I’ve worked my brain in the last number of years and therefore the biggest challenge I’ve had in a long time, but I was the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. I love being an actor but there tends to be a lot of downtime and I have a brain that goes a bit crazy if I’ve got nothing to do. Acting, as wonderful as an experience as it is, and as privileged as I am to be able to do that, it tends to be a thing where it makes you feel like you’ve done something great for an hour of the day, or five minutes here and there. You’ll have moments between action and cut and you’re like, ‘Wow, that day was worthwhile, that made my week.’ There was something about biting off the responsibility of making the movie. I realized how much stamina is involved in filmmaking on a cerebral level and how switched on you have to be and how communicative. I really enjoyed that part of the process.
The Gift, is coming out this weekend. It might become the surprise hit of Summer 2015 because its been getting great reviews from critics. So far, its Rotten Tomatoes average rating is sitting at a very high 94% (with 17 reviews). If this trend continues, Joel might turn out to be a better director than Jolie (who’s Rotten Tomato scores are middling).
Joel Edgerton Underwear. Does our Aussie hunk wear boxers or briefs? Well, the photo below tells us that our Joel is a briefs underwear kind of guy. Can you ID the label? We zoomed in but can’t decipher it yet.
Can you believe that the peepz at Daily Mail called his grey briefs unsexy? You can’t say that until you see the man actually wearing it!!!
Joel Edgerton Shirtless. Still pic from Warrior, Joel’s boxing movie with Tom Hardy which was released in 2011.
Joel Edgerton Gay or Straight. He is very straight according to the voting netizens of gayorstraight.com. Here’s their rating for the Aussie actor: “According to 356 visitors Joel Edgerton is 49% gay. However, the average gay-rating on gay-or-straight.com is 69%, which means Joel Edgerton is very straight in comparison to other celebrities on this website.”
To his credit, Joel is the kind of guy who didn’t turn his back on playing gay roles. Joel and Damian Walshe-Howling play gay lovers in the 2001 short movie, Saturn’s Return.
Some images we captured from said movie.
Joel Edgerton Girlfriend. According to a “friend” quoted by the Daily Telegraph, Edgerton is apparently that kind of guy who “falls in and out of love quickly”. His “exes list” according to dating history website, famousfix.com, include the following: Isabel Lucas, Cathy Freeman, Robin McLeavy, and Alexis Blake.