I have started looking at the age of my roles now: Geoffrey
He is one of the most celebrated character actors in Hollywood and after spending more than four decades in films and theatre, Geoffrey Rush says it is now that he has started looking for roles that are closer to his age. In the last few years, the 65-year-old Australian actor has played dowager Lady Bracknell, King Lear and Albert Einstein. The Oscar-winning actor says he is choosing such roles as he can identify with their stage in life.
"I have realised in the last five years that I am older. So, I look at the roles like that. I never thought about the age of the characters before. "In the last five years, I have played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear in theatre, Ra in Gods of Egypt and now Albert Einstein. These are the roles that I think I am in the right age group to do. I look at their landscape and what I can bring to them," Rush said.
The actor made his film debut with the Australian film Hoodwink in 1981. Since then, he has starred in Shine, for which he won the Academy Award for best actor, Les Miserables, Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love and Quills. He had nine releases between 2001 to 2003 during which he starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as Captain Hector Barbossa and appeared in all the sequels, including "Salazar's Revenge", the latest film in the franchise. Rush is returning to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sea adventure franchise for the fifth time along with Johnny Depp and several other members of the cast and crew.
The King's Speech star says he loves coming back to the Pirates fold as he enjoys working in the big family set-up. "I think that is something to do with me having spent a lot of time in the theatre where I was in companies for a very long period. With this franchise, which began from 2002 till 2017, we are still on the same thing. It has expanded."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge has been directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg.