Daniel Craig opens up in the new issue of Vanity Fair about the troubles of being famous. The Bond actor talks about his disappointment in not having a normal life anymore, and being under the ever-watchful eye of the public.
“You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s got a camera,Ã¢â¬Â Daniel Craig tells Vanity Fair writer Juli Weiner of the challenges of being Bond. Ã¢â¬ÅNot that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but thatÃ¢â¬â¢s an example. So you canÃ¢â¬â¢t live a normal life anymore. Because it will become public knowledge that youÃ¢â¬â¢ve whateverÃ¢â¬âgotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way thatÃ¢â¬â¢s kind ofÃ¢â¬âIÃ¢â¬â¢ve got to be high-class. IÃ¢â¬â¢ve done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars.Ã¢â¬Â
On the eve of the release of his third turn as Bond in the upcoming Skyfall, Daniel Craig reflects on the iconic character and how the franchise has matured. Ã¢â¬ÅWhat IÃ¢â¬â¢m doing is not what Pierce was doing, and Pierce wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t doing what Roger Moore was doing, or what Sean was doing, or what Timothy [Dalton] was doing. Things have changed. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s just kind of the ride of it. Pierce used to say that itÃ¢â¬â¢s like being responsible for a small country. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s kind of like you have to look after it diplomatically. I kind of get that, but I canÃ¢â¬â¢t really say thatÃ¢â¬â¢s my deal. IÃ¢â¬â¢m not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s amazing how many times IÃ¢â¬â¢ve sat in interviews like this in a bar or a hotel, and itÃ¢â¬â¢s 11 oÃ¢â¬â¢clock in the morning and someone sends a martini over,Ã¢â¬Â he says, laughing. Ã¢â¬ÅAnd itÃ¢â¬â¢s like, Really? ItÃ¢â¬â¢s 11 oÃ¢â¬â¢clock! Cheers! IÃ¢â¬â¢m not going to drink it.Ã¢â¬Â
Of the controversy first kicked up in May over SkyfallÃ¢â¬â¢s featuring of Heineken, meanwhileÃ¢â¬ânotably not a martiniÃ¢â¬âCraig says: Ã¢â¬ÅNow, product placement, whichever way you look at it, whether you like it or you think itÃ¢â¬â¢s disgusting, or whatever, itÃ¢â¬â¢s what it is. . . . Heineken gave us a ton of money for there to be Heineken in a shot in a bar. So, how easy is that? Just to say, O.K., thereÃ¢â¬â¢s Heineken. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s thereÃ¢â¬âitÃ¢â¬â¢s in the back of the shot. Without them, the movie couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t get sold, so that all got kind of blown up. Ã¢â¬ËBondÃ¢â¬â¢s new drink is a Heineken.Ã¢â¬â¢ He likes a lot of drinksÃ¢â¬âHeineken, champagne; itÃ¢â¬â¢s all in there.Ã¢â¬Â Craig explains that Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢ll drink a beer in the shot, IÃ¢â¬â¢m happy to, but IÃ¢â¬â¢m not going to do an Ã¢â¬ËAhhhhhÃ¢â¬â¢ [pantomiming an actor looking refreshed]. And I would say this because theyÃ¢â¬â¢re paying, but theyÃ¢â¬â¢re kind of respectful about it. They donÃ¢â¬â¢t want to screw the movie up.Ã¢â¬Â
Of seeing some of BondÃ¢â¬â¢s softer side in Casino RoyaleÃ¢â¬âone scene in particular where he sheds a tear for his deceased girlfriend who betrayed himÃ¢â¬âCraig charmingly defends the machismo of his character: Ã¢â¬ÅHe didnÃ¢â¬â¢t sob. There was, like, a tear in his eye. No snot coming out of his nose, you know.Ã¢â¬Â This sense of humor is, co-star Judi Dench says, crucial to playing Bond: Ã¢â¬ÅThe glorious thing about [Craig] is he has a great sense of humor. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s essentialÃ¢â¬âthe whole essence of Bond is that he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t take himself so seriously.Ã¢â¬Â
Daniel Craig has looooooooong been one of my favorite celebrities. He seems so down-to-earth, and this interview really proves that. He’s just very open and honest about things, in a way I find refreshing. You don’t get the impression that he’s saying things just to “say the right thing”.
I can’t wait to see ‘Skyfall’!