In a way, you might say that Guy Pearce is one of the greatest comedic actors alive. At least, when it comes to acting, and in particular, comedy. So many actors try to be a tough guy or they play the “comedian” role instead of the actor. They do this because it makes them look tough.
On stage or in movies, he doesn’t take himself too seriously and he keeps his intelligence and wit out on the stage or in the movies. However, it is interesting to read about his time with children.
He did a lot of radio and TV shows to plays and movies and was also quite adept at playing kids. He was a keen observer of what made children tick, and when it came to entertaining children, he kept his cool and was always as funny as he could be.
He could be incredibly entertaining with his cute bits and other strange comments that were just so endearing. It was always good to hear him get a little more off-topic and tell the kids jokes, but otherwise, he was very patient with them.
He was able to make their schoolwork fun and he was very good at finding some child’s acting talent. He could be naughty but at the same time, he wasn’t crude, just playful. There are many moments in the book where the kids would have been seen to laugh at something, but for whatever reason, they didn’t, and that was because Guy Pearce himself didn’t share that humor.
When I read the book Curious Eyes, I realized that there was a little bit of me in all of these characters. He himself had a bit of me in each of them, but he gave each of them a real-life and not some made-up character.
The bit that really struck me as he drew the line was when he said, “I’m one of those actors who keeps his character in mind. If they’re happy and normal, I play them, if they’re sad and miserable, I play them.”
What I didn’t realize is that in an interview he did after the book came out, he said that the book was based on a true story that he had heard from a friend, and so as a realization of how much work there is to be done as an actor, and how much of it comes from how you play the part, he found it hard to keep himself happy by trying to be one thing or another. His reason for doing so was that he didn’t want to get stuck in that “butterfly” mindset. He did find that he enjoyed those parts, and those were the parts he continued to like the most.
In a way, this isn’t new news, but it is surprising to me to see it said in this way because a few years ago, the two of us read a couple of funny books together and he told me how he kept his ability to be one thing or another by thinking about the character that he played. He also admitted that some roles were easier than others.
Actors should avoid playing what you want to do and look at roles they don’t want to do and play that instead. This applies to every aspect of life, not just acting.
Rebecca is one of those characters who had some difficulty being one thing or another. I did think she was a little over the top sometimes, and she came across as something of a diva, but in the end, it didn’t seem to bother her at all.
She was a lovable character, and she was hilarious, and it was so good to see Guy Pearce at the wheel. I think all children will enjoy this book, and maybe someday we will see him do the James Bond character!