Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951), is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the few people who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting”: an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.
In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement and theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to resume his stage career with QTC. In 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot.
1. I ALWAYS HAD A FANTASY OF BEING A CHEF, BECAUSE I LIKE KITCHEN LIFE.
2. PEOPLE ARE INTRIGUED AND FASCINATED, ALMOST OBSESSED WITH THE PRIVATE LIVES OF GREAT PUBLIC PERSONALITIES.
3. YOU HAD TO BE INTO SPORT AND, SAD TO SAY, I’M A TRAITOR TO MY COUNTRY BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A SPORTING BONE IN MY BODY.
4. YES, ANALLY RETENTIVE MEN ARE MY FORTE!
5. I KNEW ALL ABOUT EDWARD VIII’S ABDICATION, GEORGE VI BECOMING THE KING AND HAVING A STAMMER, BUT NOTHING ABOUT HOW HE GOT RID OF IT.
6. I DID NOT WANT TO PUT MYSELF ON THE LINE, AS AN AUSTRALIAN PLAYING BRITAIN’S GREATEST COMIC ACTOR. THE FANS OF SELLERS ARE OBSESSIVE, POSSESSIVE – AND AGGRESSIVE. I DID NOT WANT TO RISK THEIR ANGER – OR MY OWN REPUTATION.
7. I WENT TO ENGLAND IN THE ’70S, AND I WAS IN MY EARLY 20S. THERE WAS STILL A RESIDUE OF THAT ERA OF BEING AN UNDERCLASS OR COLONIAL. I ASSUME IT MUST HAVE BEEN A MORE AGGRESSIVE AND PROMINENT ATTITUDE 40 YEARS BEFORE THAT, BECAUSE AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONALLY WASN’T REGARDED AS HAVING MUCH CULTURAL VALUE. WE WERE A COUNTRY FULL OF SHEEP AND CONVICTS.
8. WHEN PEOPLE COME TO ME AND TELL ME I WAS TERRIFIC IN THIS OR THAT, I DO NOT WANT TO FALL FLAT ON MY FACE THE NEXT TIME. BUT, TOUGH, I HAVE FALLEN FLAT BEFORE. YOU JUST GET UP AND DUST YOURSELF OFF.
9. I ALWAYS FELT THRILLED AND AMAZED THAT I COULD PUT ACTOR ON MY TAX FORM.
10. I DIDN’T KNOW THE GREEN LANTERN COMICS AT ALL. I WAS A SUPERMAN READER.
11. IT’S THEIR STORY, AND I GOT TO BE THE GUY IN THE BACK WHILE THEY WERE IN THE FOREGROUND.
12. I ASKED, ‘WHAT IS THIS GUY?’ THEY SAID, HE’S PART-FISH, PART-BIRD, MAYBE A BIT OF LIZARD, AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH FIVE HOURS OF MAKEUP TO PLAY HIM. THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.
13. BUT AS MY VOICE COACH KEEPS SAYING, IF WE ACTUALLY SPOKE THE WAY THEY IMAGINE THE ELIZABETHAN VOICE MIGHT HAVE BEEN, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND IT.
14. I GUESS I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE IN HAVING AN ONGOING FILM CAREER WHILE BEING BASED IN MELBOURNE. I’M HAPPY TO COMMUTE. A DAY ON A PLANE. COME ON. IT’S EASY.
15. I WOULDN’T MIND MEETING SOME OF THE PEOPLE I’VE ATTEMPTED TO PORTRAY FROM THE OLDEN, OLDEN DAYS. THEY PROBABLY WOULD ALL HAVE REALLY TERRIBLE SKIN AND HORRIBLE BAD BREATH, AND I’D HAVE TO GIVE THEM AN ALTOID.
16. WITHIN OUR CULTURE, EVERY SCHOOL HAS A SWIMMING POOL. WE LIVED ON THE COAST. PEOPLE SWAM IN THE SURF. IT’S A VERY SPORTY NATION AND AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME ANYONE WHO HAD AN ARTISTIC BENT WAS VERY MUCH AN OUTSIDER. SO IF YOU LIKED READING OR IDEAS OR PLAYING THE PIANO THEN YOUR DAD VIEWED YOU AS A SISSY, BASICALLY.
17. I LIKE ROLES THAT ARE ON THE EXTREME ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM, AND THERE’S SPECIAL APPEAL IN EXPLORING THESE SLIGHTLY FORGOTTEN PLAYS THAT PEOPLE MIGHT THINK OF AS SUBJECTS FOR ACADEMIC TERM PAPERS INSTEAD OF LIVE THEATER.
18. SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT THERE’S A CONNECTION TO SUPERMAN, THAT IN AN EARLY EDITION OF THE GREEN LANTERN COMICS, TOMAR RE WAS THE ENVOY TO KRYPTON. THAT WAS FASCINATING TO ME.
19. MY KIDS STARTED SCHOOL, SO HAVING A STRONG BASE IN MELBOURNE HAS BEEN A KEY PRIORITY. I’M NOT DAUNTED BY THE TRAVEL. PEOPLE SAY, ‘IT’S SO FAR TO AUSTRALIA,’ AND I SAY, ‘YOU GET ON THE PLANE, YOU EAT WELL, YOU SLEEP, YOU WAKE UP – AND YOU’RE THERE.’
20. SOMETIMES YOU DO FEEL A SCRIPT THAT GLOWS IN YOUR HAND THE MOMENT YOU START READING IT. BY PAGE FOUR OF SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, I SAID, ‘I HAVE TO BE IN THIS MOVIE.’
21. THEY WERE SAYING, ‘KEEP THIS UNDER YOUR HAT, BUT JACK SPARROW’S GOING TO DIE IN THE SECOND MOVIE.’ I WENT, ‘YOU’RE KIDDING ME. THE FANS ARE GOING TO GO BERSERK.’
22. I OFTEN THOUGHT I WAS IN THE WRONG BUSINESS. I WAS PRETTY SERIOUSLY THINKING OF TOSSING IT IN BEFORE I SHOT SHINE. I DO NOT KNOW WHY. I WAS PRETTY RESTLESS, I HAD BEEN THROUGH A BAD PERIOD OF STRESS INDUCED ANXIETY – PANIC ATTACKS – AND I WAS NOT SURE OF WHAT I WANTED TO DO.