Video Interview: Actor Jason Clarke on 'Zero Dark Thirty' & His Career
by Alex Billington
December 19, 2012
"She loves her characters." I'm lucky to have been able to interview some of my favorite actors from the big screen (and small screen). While he has been on the rise in a number of films recently, I came to be a big fan of Australian actor Jason Clarke watching the Fox show "The Chicago Code." It wrapped after one season, but since then he's been getting big feature roles, from John Hillcoat's Lawless and Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, to Roland Emmerich's White House Down and two Malick films, plus of course Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. I recently chatted with Jason on Flipcam about his challenging character, and career.
As always, it's tough to setup everything perfect in interviews on the fly, but I did my best to get the Flipcam placed for my chat with Jason Clarke. It runs nearly 18 minutes covering Zero Dark Thirty and much more.
Here's my full interview with Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke, recorded in person in New York City:
Thank you again to Jason Clarke for speaking with me, and Columbia Pictures for arranging. He plays a very important character in Zero Dark Thirty, and I was intrigued to talk with him about that role as well as his growing career, as I think Clarke is one to follow. The attention films like Zero Dark Thirty and (eventually) The Great Gatsby will bring to him will only help him get more opportunities, though I think working with Terrence Malick is pretty much the cream of the crop anyway. I'm going to keep a close watch on his work.
Born and raised in Australia, Jason Clarke is a 43-year-old actor who first appeared in small bit roles. His filmography includes Death Race, The Human Contract, Public Enemies, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Trust, Texas Killing Fields, Lawless, as well as The Green Blade Rises, The Great Gatsby and White House Down coming up. Zero Dark Thirty, which has gone under the title Kill Bin Laden, is directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, of Near Dark, Blue Steel, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19, Mission Zero and The Hurt Locker previously. The screenplay was written by her partner, Oscar winner Mark Boal.
Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow from a screenplay by Mark Boal, is being released in limited theaters December 19th. Columbia Pictures will then open wide release on January 11th. Worth seeing.