He IS the “Sexiest Man Alive”.
“I think we ran a very strong campaign, and I’m not proud of it – I can admit it now. We’re the first ones to run a negative campaign and we spent years bringing Clooney, Pitt, Damon, McConaughey all down to size. I was prepared to do absolutely anything.”
But his son’s not impressed.
“My son Oscar, who is 8, goes ‘You? You’ve got to be kidding!’”
His time on the set of Australia honed his parenting skills.
“I learned a lot about parenting from riding a horse. You can whack a horse, I’ve seen people do it. They whack ‘em, they kick ‘em, they do all that and you can get a horse to do something [that way], but I was very lucky to have two trainers who taught me how to make the horse feel it was their idea. I tell you, as a parent it was the greatest thing I’ve ever learned.”
Kissing Nicole was all about size.
“It’s really amazing for me to kiss someone where I don’t have to have my shoes off or be in a ditch or have the other actor stand on a box. I think Nic said the same thing. She said, ‘Oh, I get to look right at him.’”
He got his wife’s stamp of approval.
“I saw the movie for the first time, my wife was next to me and that very first kiss, which is a very long, lingering, slow kiss – and just after it, Deb leaned over to me and said, ‘That – was – great!’ So if your wife can give you the thumbs up, you know you’re on the right track.”