Matthias Schoenaerts: how the Belgium Brando made it in Hollywood
Actor Matthias Schoenaerts has just dropped his bottle of Evian on the all-white shag rug under his feet. âItâs only water,â I shrug, blithely. âActually I mixed it with a bit of vodka,â jokes Schoenaerts in a pronounced American accent, sticking his tongue out of the side of his mouth and throwing his pupils in opposite directions. âThen it becomes more fun,â he spits, enunciating the last word like Jack Nicholson chopping down a bathroom door.
The Belgian is currently onto his last day of promoting new movie Red Sparrow at Claridgeâs in London. As any actor will tell you, the tedious repetition of these promotional activities can catch up on you. But Schoenaerts is dealing with it in good humour. âIt freezes your brain, but I donât want to moan.â Anyway, the contracted engagements are nearing an end â" he is set to leave London straight after our meeting and journey 50 minutes by plane to his home in Antwerp.
In Red Sparrow, Schoenaerts plays Ivan Dimitrevich Egorov, the bureaucratic uncle of Jennifer Lawrenceâs lead, who notices her âpowers of seductionâ and thusly coerces her into joining him in the Russian secret service. Itâs a proper spy blockbuster, i.e. the Americans are good and the Russians, for the most part and especially in Schoenaertsâ case, are bad. Red Sparrow has lashings of gore, gratuitous nudity and Bourne-esque grit.Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium