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Does celebrity mean anything to you?I feel very fortunate to have my job. I hate when actors complain, because the truth is, were pretty damn lucky to be able to create. There are a lot of talented people who dont get one opportunity, no less all those that Ive had. But there is an alienation and loneliness that comes with being a performer, like if youre in a band and on tour all the time. Being an actor is like being a gypsy. There are incredible ons and offs, and what I mean is theres an immense amount of attention and family when youre making a movie, and then that ends. Youre left without the rhythm of what the normal folk do. I dont go to The Village Voice and write a news story. I give it all in my movie, and then when theres no movie, Im sitting and waiting. Its a trying thing, and I understand Johnny completely, Im tapped into that isolation.
Had you ever before spent time at the Chateau Marmont? When I was 19, I finished a movie called Backbeat, and I was doing my first photo shoot with Bruce Weber at the Chateau. I remember thinking, This is the coolest place ever. Around my 21st birthday, I came back from a movie in Europe and checked in here because I didnt have an apartment. I stayed for six weeks and then my business manager called and said, Stephen, you cant really afford to live here forever. I said, What do you mean? I just made all this money. He said, No, no, you spent it at the Chateau. To come back years later and have Sofia offer it up for me during the film was the ultimate creative experience. Id leave my room, walk down one flight of stairs, and enter Johnnys bed.
Favorite Film of 2010:The Social Network. I thought that was a cool script, and Andrew Garfield is really talented. I hadnt seen his work before, and he stood out for me. But my favorite part was Trent Reznors fantastic score.
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