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Quotes

On being called the next Orlando Bloom:

“I am not in that league of action heroes but if you have to put some tag on me then the new Orlando is as good as any.”

On Hyrise’s (his ex-band) ‘Leading me on’ performance being on Youtube:

“I’ve done so many musical projects but it’s just unfortunate that the worst and the shortest one is the one that ended up on YouTube. It was just something amusing to do while at college. It was kind of funny at the time, but not so much now.”

On auditioning for the role of Prince Caspian:

“I got involved [in “Caspian”] very late, very late, literally a couple of weeks before they had to start shooting. I think they were desperate, at this point. ‘Whoever walks in the door next, THAT’S the guy.’ And it was me.”

On being recognised:

“Not on a regular basis. You’d be surprised how people don’t put two and two together. I was on a plane from New York to L.A. and the only movie that was playing was ‘Stardust’. And the first 10 minutes of that movie is pretty much just me. I was thinking, “Oh no, this is embarrassing, everyone’s going to be looking at me.” And … nothing! Nothing … so maybe no one will recognize me in ‘Caspian’ either.”

About the wardrobe in “Prince Caspian”:

“I felt awkward when they first gave me the shirt and it had like flowers on it. And I was like, ‘Really? Flowers? Flowers on the shirt?’ But then when they gave me – when they showed me, ‘Yeah, but later on you get the big armor with the lion on it.’ I was like, ‘Okay. Cool. Trade.'”

On his reaction to the “Prince Caspian” posters:

“I don’t know. It’s a combination thing. Mostly it’s just weird. Mostly it’s just surreal. I mean you walk, you know, you drive down Sunset Boulevard and there you are, you know, fifteen stories high. And it is surreal. And it’s a little bit … it’s embarrassing. But it’s flattering at the same time. You know, a big part of you thinks it’s really cool and then another part of me worries that, you know, this is kind of an ensemble film why is there not, why haven’t they got a busy poster like they had for the last one? You know, it’s starting to feel like pressure to be this kind of action hero, which is not the character at all. But, you know, it’s great and it’s scary.”

When asked if he has Googled himself:

“Have I Googled myself? Yeah, well, a little while ago. I don’t like it; I don’t like the Internet. No. It’s not a healthy place to go if you’re in the public eye. Because there’s too many people who have too many opinions about you, and about your acting. And, you know, everyone wants to be a critic. I just don’t really approve of it. I’ve never been on the Internet saying what I think of somebody else’s performance in something. [How do you deal with that?] Well, you have to ignore the really over the top good stuff and you have to ignore the really over the top bad stuff. And kind of be confident in the fact that you know it’s probably somewhere in the middle. And that’s sort of what I’m trying to do at the moment.”

What he looks for in a girlfriend:

“One of the most important things is finding someone who understands your sense of humour. I also think they should be a friend first and should be independent and have their own interests. “

On his bedroom secrets:

“I don’t wear underpants in bed. They are really uncomfortable. I don’t wear anything in bed. I like girls to wear the same as me. His ‘n’ hers matching invisible outfits. But I think I am a gentleman in bed.”

On which Spinal Tap moment would he rather have: being caught in a giant cocoon prop onstage or being caught with a giant cucumber down his pants:

“The giant cucumber. Not that there’s any need for it.”

On playing the wannabe rock star in “Killing Bono”:

“I read it and thought, ‘This is the part for me,’ screeching around pretending he’s Bono when he clearly doesn’t have the talent. The man is a buffoon. It’s the first thing I’ve read that made me laugh on every single page. I thought, ‘It really is time that I start to play the joker a little bit and sort of take the piss out of myself,’ because that’s the role I play much more readily in real life than a sword-wielding king. “

When asked if he ever questioned his choice to become an actor:

“All the time, I think all actors do. We’ve been cursed with a lack of self-confidence. I think most actors go home and have massive crisis of confidence and think, ‘Why am I special? Why do I get to tell this story?’ I hide behind other people’s words, and people dress me up. I’m basically a glorified Ken doll.”

Random Quotes:

“Obviously, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t get a disposable camera and try and get a picture of yourself by your own movie billboard.”

“The audition was to play a Los Angeles lifeguard. So I turn up, pasty, skinny, off the plane, black shirt. I walk in, there’s like ten guys in there, blonde, tanned, enormous. And I kid you not, one of them had his pant leg rolled up and was going, “Dude, I just don’t know how to get the definition in my calves. I can’t do it.” And I thought, I’m in the wrong place.”

“I played a rock star alien. I even made my own guitar — out of cardboard. It was spectacular, if I may say so myself.”

“My favorite one to eat pizza with is Anna [Popplewell]. My favorite one to go to the gym with is William [Moseley]. My favorite one to mock and be mocked by is Skandar [Keynes] and my favorite one to hug is Georgie [Henley].”

“I still see myself as the skinniest boy in class.”

“Fame is the weirdest thing. One minute you’ve got thousands of people screaming your name on the red carpet, the next you’re sneaking out the back and walking down the street with no one noticing you.”

“I didn’t want to be a little fish, there are those extrovert show-off people who have to have that attention and then there are people who step into the spotlight because it’s almost the easiest place to hide. I think my reality is somewhere in between.”

“I am still looking for parts that will define me as an actor, with which I can create my screen persona. Something with substance, something that even brings the innermost out of me.”