Tuesday, January 20, 2015


'I'm a trunks guy': Jai Courtney

By Laura Evans and Bella Brennan For Daily Mail Australia

With his ripped physique, natural charm and intoxicating good looks, Australian actor Jai Courtney looks every inch an underwear model in the latest Bonds campaign.
However in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Australia the 28-year-old star has admitted the experience was unlike anything he’s ever done before.
‘It’s very different from being in front of a camera the way I’m used to. For me it was a chance to do something fun - I haven’t really done this modelling caper before Bonds,’ the Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor revealed.

When it came to getting prepared for the big shoot, the Unbroken actor says he stepped up his work-out routine and cut out booze and carbs.
‘For the past few roles I’ve done, I’ve had to stay in shape so luckily it wasn’t too much of a challenge,' Jai said.
‘But when I knew I’d be in my jocks I gave my diet and exercise more of a focus, and the last four weeks have been pretty intense.’
Indeed baring all for Bonds would no doubt be a walk in the park compared to starring alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Genisys. 
But Jai says Tinseltown's leading men have been nothing but 'supportive.'

'I’m at the point now where I’m still a fan of these people, but it’s less about "Oh my God, I’m working with so and so" and more that it’s just cool that they’re your castmate.'

Jai’s also had the chance to recently work alongside Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner and Angelina Jolie in Unbroken but he says their directing styles are ‘very different.’
'It’s interesting and coincidental that I was working on projects with them simultaneously,' Jai said. 
Adding: 'It’s cool to see both of them doing it – they’re both very passionate. I actually haven’t seen either movie, I've been on the road – but I guess the proof will be in the pudding!'

‘Russell’s experience in acting makes him a really supportive director. We had a great intensive boot camp before this film, where we had history lessons, learnt about things relevant to the movie.’
‘It was really cool, and an inspiration to see Russell throwing himself into a leading role, as well as directing actors, and extras, and adjusting his own performance all before going again into another take.’

Jai went on to describe Angelina as 'really fantastic' and a 'what you see is what you get' kind of woman.
'She’s genuinely in touch with the truth and storytelling and she was able to guide me in portraying my character in the most authentic way that I could,' he mused of the Oscar Award-winning actress. 

Next up, he'll be heading back to Perth to star in the theatre production Of Mice And Men. 'I’m really excited to come back to Perth and get on stage again. Of Mice And Men is such a timeless text and story, and the vision for this production is something I can’t wait for audiences to see,' Jai concluded.

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