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DA MAN: Beyond the two titles we’ve covered so far, you’re also set to appear in, among others, the sequel to “Maleficent” which has just been announced, “The God Four” and “Entry Level.” Which are you most excited about and why?
Brenton Thwaites: I’m excited about each of them in their own way. “Maleficent” was one of my first bigger movies that got me off the ground in many ways, so I have a bit of soft spot for the movie. “The God Four” and “Entry Level” are both opportunities for me to play completely different characters. One (“The God Four,” which also stars Jai Courtney and Michael Douglas) is a darker, behind-the-scenes look at the world of college rowing and how the pressures of training to be the best can sometimes be too much to handle, and the other (“Entry Level” featuring Thwaites playing opposite Karl Urban) is a fast-paced action thriller about a guy who thinks he is going for a high-level job interview but then ends up in the middle of a possible terrorist attack. Both are full of energy and exciting on the page, hopefully on the screen too!
DA MAN: Your upcoming movies alone include everything from fantasy to thrillers and dark fairy tales. Do you have a favorite genre?
Brenton Thwaites: I enjoy watching comedies. I like to laugh.
“When I connect with a story that is a little bit out of the ordinary, or unusual in some way, I’m interested to see who else agrees with me”
DA MAN: You’re also known for your roles in movies from more serious subgenres such as social science fiction (“The Giver”) and faith-based stories (the forthcoming “An Interview with God”). Is there anything you particularly enjoy from working on not-exactly-mainstream film projects?
Brenton Thwaites: They interest me. When I connect with a story that is a little bit out of the ordinary, or unusual in some way, I’m interested to see who else agrees.
DA MAN: Throughout your career, which titles were the biggest highlights?
Brenton Thwaites: It wouldn’t be fair to say. Each film has been its own stepping stone in helping me move forward in my career. I liked “Pirates of the Caribbean,” but that’s mainly because I got to live at home while working.
DA MAN: And the one that really solidified your place as an actor? Or perhaps your breakthrough role, if you will…
Brenton Thwaites: I don’t know if I’ve had it yet. Maybe “Maleficent” because it was my first studio movie, maybe [Australian crime drama series] “Sea Patrol” because it was my first job right out of college, maybe “The Giver” as it was my first leading role in a studio film. I’m not sure. I’ll have ask someone else for their opinion.
DA MAN: Ultimately, what do you see as the best part of doing what you are doing now?
Brenton Thwaites: I love the traveling, seeing new places and learning from different cultures all around the world.
DA MAN: It certainly looks like you’ve had a busy 2016 and that you’ll have a full plate in 2017. What do you usually do to unwind when time allows?
Brenton Thwaites: To unwind, I just go into the ocean. As long as there is an ocean nearby, I can unwind.