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Jude Law: ‘Fear of failure turns me on as an actor’

Jude Law gets a kick out of the fear of failing.
The 43-year-old star has had an illustrious career on the silver screen, playing everyone from a robot gigolo in A.I. Artificial Intelligence to a psychiatrist in Side Effects. Despite having two Oscar nominations and a BAFTA win to his name, among other accomplishments, Jude still pushes himself to deliver when acting in front of the camera.
“That pressure is quite what turns me on in a way,” he told Total Film magazine. “The fear of not getting something right and the feeling of exposing yourself is, because obviously it’s a public job, one of the thrills. It pushes and motivates me.”
Money plays a part in the roles he picks, and he reasons he has “kids to bring up”. But Jude also focuses on the script and director when choosing his next project.
The British star has worked with some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers over the years, including Guy Ritchie, Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese, but there are others he still hopes to tick off the list before it’s too late.
“The Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan),” he stated. “I love their films! And have done, for the last 20 years. I mean I’d love to work with them! And there are several others.”
Jude recently reunited with Sherlock Holmes director Guy on upcoming action flick King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a retelling of the classic King Arthur story. Also starring Charlie Hunnam, Annabelle Wallis and Eric Bana, Jude loved being back on set with the director.
“There was a lot of very funny off-the-cuff humour and re-writes and endless improvising,” Jude smiled. “Having spent two months preparing for one thing, we ended up doing something completely different – which is very Guy!”
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits cinemas in March 2017.

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