Absolutely. The whole time I was there it just sucked that I didnt have enough time to see the country for what it is. Its so vast. Its so interesting. I mean, its very hard to take a bad photo in India. Just point your camera and theyll be a cow on one end of the frame and theyll be some person with no arms riding a bicycle at the other end. Some big barrel of fruit that youve never even seen the color of before.
Its just that kind of reaction. Youre like, Wow. It really is so rich and I would want to spend at least three months going around catching planes and trains and buses and taking photos and getting to know the people. Every region is different and theres a different kind of person with a different ethnic background. The idea of what an Indian is is such an interesting debate because it is so diverse.
Do you consider yourself a risk taker when it comes to choosing your projects?
Yeah, I do. I mean, I try not to make stupid decisions, you know? (Laughing) I always feel like, for me, Im pretty easily bored, so I like things to be different or interesting somehow. I guess thats just my personality. Thats why Ive always traveled. Im curious. I want to go to new places; I want to see new things. I think Im at my happiest when Im learning something so the idea of something being new has always appealed to me.
This was certainly [a film] where people are like, Wow, thats risky and brave. I didnt see it as brave as much as its an opportunity to do something that I certainly had never come across. When you think about it, nobody in the West has really had an opportunity to do something like that. I mean, I guess its risky to some people. It will be interesting to see. Americans may not take to it, but I dont know. You cant make every decision because youre worried about what everyone else thinks. You can always run off and do something generic and formulaic (laughing).
But whats the fun of that?
Its not as much. Its not as interesting.
Does your desire to learn and discover new things make it so that when youre considering a script, anything thats similar to what youve done before gets an automatic no?
Well, its just that theres got to be some element to it. Often Ill call my agent and say, I feel like Ive seen this movie before. And often then its a conversation of your agent saying, Yeah, but, youve got to sit down with the director because his or her vision is blah, blah, blah. And then if that is compelling, if theres something original about that, or theres something original about the casting, you know? There has to be something that makes it interesting to do. Otherwise its hard to get enthusiastic and I dont think Im very good unless Im passionate about something.
You said you live in LA now. Do you prefer working in America?
I love America. Ive got to be honest. Theres many things I miss about New Zealand that I love and that you cant find anywhere in the world, but theres things about America that I truly love. For now Im really happy living and working here. Ive got a lot of great friends and its exciting. I really enjoy being in LA, the epicenter of our industry. Im constantly meeting really creative, interesting people. And theres obviously a lot of opportunity. For now it makes sense.
And next up youve got Little Fish with Cate Blanchett?
Yes, we just finished filming that.
Whats your role?
I play her little brother. I play Ray Heart who is her suburban drug dealing amputee brother.
Suburban, drug dealing amputee brother?
So, lets see. Youre riding motorcycles in Torque, dancing around in a Bollywood-style musical, and next up you're playing an amputee drug dealer. You do pick things that are dramatically different.
Its weird when everyone asks me that. I dont think its conscious like, Ive got to find something different.
It just comes up that way?
Yeah, I guess Im just interested in a lot of different things.
What body part are you missing in the movie?
My left leg is missing in the film.