Clive Owen hates being famous

Clive Owen Clive Owen hates being famous. The 47-year-old actor insists he didn't get into Hollywood for the fame and admits it was difficult to adjust to his newfound celebrity status when he first rose to notoriety in 1990 with the ITV drama Chancer. Clive told the Mail on Sunday's Live magazine: "I never wanted to be a movie star. And I didn't become an actor to become famous. I genuinely didn't. It was always theatre for me. 'Chancer' was a baptism of fire. It's very weird to go from obscurity to suddenly being in newspapers. When somebody is hot, everyone wants a piece of it. If you explode onto the scene at a very young age, there are so many people pulling you in different directions. It takes time to recalibrate and see what's important." The down-to-earth Closer star - who has worked with an impressive list of A-list leading ladies including Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman - maintains that he doesn't get star-struck by famous actors, only his sporting heroes. The football fanatic mused: "I never think of meeting actors. I think of the times I've met footballers." He added that the biggest star of all in his eyes is rock legend David Bowie, who he has met several times. Clive said: "I got very tongue-tied. It's like meeting somebody that you feel you've known for so long - it's difficult. I often think he inspired me to get into acting as much as any actor."

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  1. Joey • August 13, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

    What actor will ever admit that he got into the business just for the fame. Although this just sounds like something his rep told him to say, Clive is a pretty good actor!

  2. Olive • August 13, 2012 @ 5:07 PM

    Some actors may be in it for the fame, but there are a few that are not in it for the publicity. I can name a few, but Id rather hear what everyone else has to think

  3. C-Dub • August 13, 2012 @ 9:56 PM

    Take away the fame and he will want it back.

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