What was it like working on this big huge budget film?
M.G. It was great. The first two weeks, I wasn't actually
involved in the filming, so I started getting a little bit tense.
After the first scene was out of the way, which was actually the
very last scene in the movie, it was okay. We got to go to Prague
and these amazing places and there were some good watering holes
in the evening. It was a blast, really good fun.
B.L. How did
the role come to you?
M.G. Well, I went to a general meeting with Priscilla who was the
English casting director and we had a couple of bottles of wine
and got along famously. She asked me to come in the next day and
meet Andy Cadiff who is the director. She thought I was quite suitable
for the main part. I went to see Andy and we got along very well
and the audition went pretty good. Then two weeks later I was flying
out here to lovely L.A. and did the screen test and it made me sweat
for a couple of weeks. He then told me I got the part. I was like,
B.L. You must
have been a little bit freaked out.
M.G. I was. But it was nice because at the end of the day there
were bigger names involved with the casting choices. But David Parfitt
who is the English producer really fought for me. It was nice that
they took a bit of a gamble.
B.L. Tell me
what it was like working with Mandy Moore. I've met her a
few times and she is very sweet.
M.G. She's not really that well known in England. She's
known by the women from fashion magazines but the guys were like,
'Who is she? I don't know anything about her.'
That probably helped when I first met her because I wasn't
starstruck or anything. I think I was expecting a slight diva, but
she's not. What you see is what you get. She's very
sweet, very professional, incredibly grounded and not bad on the
B.L. When I
was watching the film, a lot of people were saying, 'He's
a little like Hugh Grant and a little bit like Rupert Everett.'
Have you started to hear things like that?
M.G. I have started hearing that. It's nice to be compared
to those guys because they're incredible.
B.L. Do you
have any British actors who you really admire?
M.G. There is a plethora of English actors that I love. Mr. Hopkins
is Welsh, but he isn't exactly the worst actor in the world
is he? There are a lot of American actors I love as well, like Sam
Rockwell. I think he's fantastic. There is a huge amount of
actors that I have great respect for.
B.L. Was there
anything that surprised you about Mandy once you started to get
to know her?
M.G. People have been banging around the word chemistry a lot, and
if there is any chemistry between us onscreen it's because
of how relaxed she makes everyone feel. Plus her professionalism.
But she's just an awful lot of fun to hang around with, and
that's what translates on the screen.
B.L. Now, you
play a young secret service guy. Did you do a lot of research for
this role? Are there really a lot of 23-year-old secret service
men out there?
M.G. I've actually researched this. 23 is the youngest you
can be to enter the secret service. It didn't really call
for massive amounts of arms training or in-depth knowledge of the
field. I did have a couple of conversations with a guy who looked
after Clinton for a bit. He gave me a good number of tips, which
I can't tell you. It's more of a romantic comedy and
there weren't really any S.W.A.T. moments. But it was interesting
to speak to him about it.
B.L. You guys
looked like you had a lot of fun on this film. Even off set, it
must have been a riot.
M.G. It was, especially when you have Jeremy Piven around as well
and Annabella Sciorra and Mark Harmon. He looks about 25 and Christ,
he's a good-looking fella. It was a blast. The whole crew
were just amazing as well because obviously we were traveling around
a lot. We had a Czech crew, Italian crew, a London crew. We had
Henry Forsyth who is one of the funniest Assistant Directors. It
was a blast.
B.L. Was it
intimidating doing the big kissing scenes with Mandy Moore?
M.G. It would have been intimidating if her boyfriend Andy Roddick
had been there. I would have said 'It's okay, we're
just pretending.' That was also very relaxed as well at the
end of the day.
B.L. Did you
get any tennis tips from Andy?
M.G. We just never played. I'm terrible at tennis. I used
to be quite good, but now I'm bigger. I just want to hit it
as hard as possible and it always flies left, right and center.
B.L. What about
the nude scenes? Was that kind of embarrassing seeing Mandy's
body double naked?
M.G. Well I don't want to exploit the myth, but it's
not the first time I've seen a girl naked, so I was kind of
fine. But I've done movies before where there have been sex
scenes and it's kind of uncomfortable. It was very comfortable.
B.L. I think
you're going to explode big time over here in North America.
Are you ready for this?
M.G. I think I'm ready for it. I imagine I'll probably
be a bit paranoid if people start chasing me around with a camera.
Although I think, I will probably find it more than amusing.
B.L. Did Mandy
give you any advice on that kind of stuff?
M.G. Not yet, but I might ask her for a few tips.
next for you?
M.G. Nothing is green lit yet and nothing that I can really talk
about, but there are some really interesting projects coming up
which I would be more than happy if someone offered to me.