Guy Pearce for GQ Australia Magazine

Posted on July 18, 2014

Guy doesn’t look like he’s thrilled to be posing for pictures, does he?

Guye-Pearce-GQ-Australia-Magazine-August-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Guy Pearce covers the August 2014 issue of GQ Australia magazine photographed by Mick Bruzzese.


That cover just screams “FINE. Just get it over with.” Nice outfit, though.

Inside, he says things we didn’t expect Guy Pearce to say:


On his marijuana addiction: “There was no conscious reason to my all-day, everyday pot smoking other than I was overworked and thought being high was great fun. It’s a terrible thing to advocate, but I’m not the first person to talk about drug taking and creativity in the same sentence and the fact is, I was hooked on it. I loved the altered state marijuana brought me and I really enjoyed making music and delving into films through the prism of pot.”

On Nick Cave coming to his rescue: “Strangely, it was Nick Cave who got me out of it. The phone rang at home and of course I was stoned and didn’t answer. This big baritone voice started on the answering machine: ‘Look I’m sorry to be calling you at home, Guy. It’s Nick Cave. We’ve sent you a script [for the movie The Proposition] and I dunno if you’re interested…’ By now I was giggling under the sofa going, ‘Faaaark man, it’s Nick Cave’.”

On crediting his success to director Stephan Elliot for his breakout film role in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”: “Thank god Stephan Elliot cast me. It was the first time I felt, I have some chops here, some skills I can take somewhere.”


Hunh. Colorful.


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Man, there’s not one picture here we like. He looks fussy or mildly annoyed in all of them.

In other, slightly random news, Lo just happened to tell T last night that he never could stand Guy Pearce as an actor. Tom was shocked in that wholly irrational “How can we have been together this long and you never told me this?” way. Then he had to admit that, aside from Priscilla, Memento and L.A. Confidential, he can’t really name any other memorable performances. What’s the Bitter Kitten take on this actor?




[Photo Credit: Mick Bruzzese for GQ Australia]

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  • Thomas

    Wow. He looks really good in those glasses.

    • e jerry powell

      Yes. Yes, he does.

    • kmk05

      They give him a whiff of sophisticated RDJ.

      • It’s Kimmy


  • Amy Hernandez

    I don’t know, I have always liked Guy Pearce

  • ShaoLinKitten

    He is smokin’ hot and I can’t wait to see The Rover.

  • JauntyJohn

    Like him.
    Like the clothes I think (such gloomy lighting!)
    Really, really stupid pictures.

    p.s. Memento is a completely different movie if you watch it backwards — that is, it’s just a movie that way, but it’s kind of cool. That is one of the few films (frontwards, that is) where I believe and audience has absolutely no idea what will happen next, and THAT is some genius film making, imho.

  • Judy_S

    I have always liked him, but especially after I saw him in LA Confidential because I realized he looks like my Dad (when Dad was a young man). I like these pictures because he looks like that, like Guy Pearce looking a bit like my Dad.
    I think of him as a really good actor, though he doesn’t always get the showy leads.

    • Ali2044

      So….is your dad single?

      • Judy_S

        Um, the reason LA Confidential reminded me of my dad was because Dad was in his prime in the 40s and 50s…

    • Kikishua

      I’ve liked him since his Aussie soap days on Neighbours and Home & Away. Which dates me, and reveals my guilty tv secrets simultaneously.

    • paginatrix

      Wow — I always love LA Confidential because Kevin Spacey looked just like MY dad in it. My dad was an aerospace executive in L.A. in the ’50s and ’60s and even had some ties identical to the ones Spacey wore in the movie. Maybe someday, in the afterlife, our cool dads will meet their Doppelgängers…

  • traceyishere

    He annoys me too.

  • Sherrie

    He’s an okay actor I guess. But my impression of his is… Bland. Nothing stands out about him, and these pictures are typical. Bland.

  • berkeleygirl

    The Proposition is an incredible movie.

    • Agent Sculder

      It really really is. But it’s also one of those movies you really only want to watch once, even though the movie itself is excellent.

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      Yes, and Guy Pearce’s performance helped make it so.

    • Morgendorffer


  • sleepycat

    He is an actor?! lol I always thought he was a director (and Madonna’s (now ex-)husband). every gay man should watch Priscilla. not a big movie buff (sorry T, but not) and was too young to see Memento and L.A. Confidential and don’t usually veer into thrillers. (Think The Great Gatsby or Black Swan or even American Hustle). lol I’m a spaz.

    • Freynika

      Was he the “cock in a frock on a rock” with the ABBA turd pendant?

      • sleepycat

        I believe he was the one married to the lesbian

        • Freynika

          I just wiki’d it. Hugo Weaving was the one married to the lesbian, Guy Pearce was the younger obnoxious one that wanted to climb that rock. And of course Terrence Stampp is Terrence Stampp being fabulous.

          • sleepycat

            god I really am not a movie person

    • rh33

      Wrong Guy. You’re thinking of Guy Ritchie. Mr. Madonna.

      • sleepycat

        god if there was any indication that I don’t follow movies and its stars. While I would like to say I don’t follow the “star”‘s lives, I read D Listed as my guilty pleasure, hence why I know Mr. Madonna rather than Mr. Pearce.

    • Violentcello

      He’s also in The Count of Monte Cristo and HBO’s wonderful Mildred Pierce.

      • cowper

        Too campy in Count of Monte Cristo–he was doing a Johnny Depp imitation and it just didn’t work in that film.

  • heather adair

    I”m in the “Lo” camp on this one. Also never liked him. Actually — specifically DIS-liked him in LA Confidential (one of my 5 all-time favorite “campy-noir” movies). The vein that was constantly ready to bust in his forehead DISTRACTS like mad.

    • Denise Alden

      With you. He always struck me as immeasurably creepy.

  • elirt

    I loved him in all 3 of these movies. I also can’t name a 4th… Also, very annoyed here – I wonder if that was the point or if he truly was. Seems intentional to use these photos. I like his quotes – sounds like a person I would actually know and coming from someone trying to sell me something.

  • rkdgal

    Memento? How can you not find him mesmerizing as Leonard? That movie alone gives him a spot in my heart.

    • lunchcoma

      Exactly what I was going to say. I actually felt his performance was what carried me through all the complicated plot twists.

  • Karen Belgrad

    He’s number one on my “hall pass” list. Ever since LA Confidential… But these are not good pics. But… le sigh.

  • maygoon

    He was excellent in The Proposition. Proceed with caution though…

    • gorghast


  • gorghast

    After his breakout with Priscilla, Memento, & LA Confidential, Pearce led a few Hollywood blockbusters that tanked and kind of ruined his love for acting. He made a conscious decision to do most of his work in Australian independent film or supporting roles in American movies, which is why he’s been kind of under the radar for ages. His highest profile work in the last decade was in Prometheus (where he’s misused), Iron Man 3 (on autopilot), and Lawless (Razzie-level terrible). I think he’s been quite good in his small supporting roles in The Road, The King’s Speech, and Animal Kingdom. I really want to see The Rover but haven’t had a chance to.

    • Tanya Wade

      What you said.

    • VioletFem

      His career trajectory makes a lot more sense to me now. It also seems like his movie role choices have worked out for him in the long run.

    • Verascity

      Excellent summary. I’ll always love him for those first three, though. All three are truly great films and he’s phenomenal in them.

  • saintebeuve

    I’m willing to give a lot of credit just based on Priscilla, Memento, and LA Confidential, I guess. He was a scene-chewing delight in Iron Man 3 and quite good as Edward VIII in The King’s Speech.

    • MRC210

      After The King’s Speech, I wanted to see him star in his own movie as Edward VIII. It would had to have been better than “W.E.”.

  • Julie Chase

    The Proposition is also fantastic. And he is just SO good in LA Confidential.

    Also, I weirdly love the Count of Monte Cristo where he’s all villainy with bad teeth. Bonus young Henry Cavill helps.

  • International Model

    My favorite Guy Pearce role is in “The Count of Monte Cristo” which is teeming with so much hoyay, that in the end sword fight between Guy and Jim Caveziel, there is a rainbow arched over them because Mother Nature said so.

    • kimmeister

      That is the only movie of his that is memorable to me. He is deliciously EVIL in it. It’s one of my faves just because Jim Caviezel is so gorgeous in it.

      • MRC210

        One of my faves on both counts, too. It didn’t hurt to have Henry Cavill as a little extra eye candy.

        • kimmeister

          I hadn’t seen Henry Cavill in anything since that movie until the Man of Steel movie was coming out, and I was SHOCKED that it was the same person. Went from a cute teen to a full-out stud.

  • MilaXX

    I like him, but I think I developed a soft spot for him having seen Priscilla first.

  • hughman


    • H2olovngrl

      I lol’ed. Thank you.

    • paginatrix


  • Danielle

    Huh. I enjoy the glasses.

  • AlexisPayne

    He’s ok enough, he has no problem playing unlikable characters and I appreciate that.

    • quiltrx

      Terrific comment! It’s not easy to play those characters and make the audience not only interested in you, but also make them *feel* something for the character. Guy has that; Ralph Fiennes jumps to mind too.

  • decormaven

    Gosh, if you’re going to look so gloomy, maybe it’s time to revisit your decision on marijuana. (Just kidding, kids!) These pictures are seriously sad. An aside: He always gets a high-five from me for LA Confidential; I love pretty much everything about that movie.

  • MinAgain

    He’s so good in Memento and L.A. Confidential that I’m willing to cut him some slack.

  • almondemy

    I adored him in Priscilla. I don’t need him to make another movie ever again, I can just watch him be gorgeous and amazing on repeat forever.

  • Let it out

    I get him confused with Alexis Denisof, who played Wesley on Buffy and Angel. Denisof is waaaaay more talented.

    • Verascity

      “Denisof is waaaaay more talented.”

      Objectively false.

      • Let it out


  • greymain



    I really enjoyed his portrayal of Edward, Prince of Wales in “The Kings Speech” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” was light hearted fun. The thing about Guy is he does a wonderful job inhabiting a character to the point you don’t think of him, he is a character.

    • RohanMBN

      Spot on. I prefer actors this way. I want to get lost in the story.

  • Frank_821

    I always felt he was a good actor. He was a promising star who made some bad decisions about roles that proved irrevocable. I recall when The remake of the Time Machine came about. I did a major eyeroll since I felt that was pointless and gut said Guy was making a mistake tackling that project

    Those early roles produced memorable performances. Granted I was never a big fan of Priscilla. I recall really not having that great of a time watching the film when it came out

  • another_laura

    Funny, I just saw the last bit of “Priscilla” the other night whilst surfing Comcast. I have to say that I don’t go to tons of movies. I thought he was pretty good in “King’s Speech.” IMDB tells me he was in “Hurt Locker” but I don’t remember him being in that. hmmm, maybe T Lo are right. Seems like he is not doing leading roles these days. However, he built up a ton of good will from the three you mention.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Memento and LA Confidential make him worth the effort to like.

  • Ashleigh

    <3 <3 <3

  • jonnyf8

    He kinda creeps me out. He doesn’t seem like much fun either.

  • little britches

    I’m terribly concerned how our Australian GQ comrades will survive the female century. It just seems so stealthy! I mean are we living that like, now? Guy Pearce: I hereby offer you refuge in my welcoming arms. Several sisters, brothers and others will assist. It won’t be easy, but it will be fun.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    I was amused that TLo describe his interview as ‘colorful’ when the photospreads are so much the opposite :) Enough grey to inhabit the bleakest end-of-world scenario, though with less mud.

    On the acting score, I think he’s fantastic, even though he hasn’t gone all out for the blockbuster films. His turn in “Lawless” (the film version of “The Wettest County in the World”) was truly chilling; and I was deeply annoyed to miss “The Rover” when it breezed by the cinemas recently; will be looking for that one on DVD. He’s always intense; he always holds the screen.

  • Tierney

    It seemed to sort of fall off the radar when it came out, but he was terrifying and fantastic in Lawless, which is a surprisingly great movie.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Too much photoshop on Guy’s face on the cover, he doesn’t look like himself. That photo of him leaning on the ladder makes it clear there was no magic happening between him and the photographer.

    I think he’s been pretty open about his drug abuse in his young and single days. I didn’t know that Nick Cave was his motivation for cleaning up-that’s surprising. Of all people!

    I like Guy as a character actor. Hated Mildred Pierce, but I can’t fault him for that.

  • VioletFem

    Whaaaaat!? He is an amazing actor and so underrated! His best work is Memento and Priscilla, but he always puts it consistently strong performances in all of his films (granted I have not seen all his films, but he has always blown me away in the ones I have seen). The pictures are ok, the inside ones have a bit more personality than the cover.

  • Caaro3

    In 2011 he won an Emmy for “Mildred Pierce” (no relation) for HBO with Kate Winslet as Mildred. I think he’s a terrific actor with a unique face and well-maintained physique. I said that all lady-like, didn’t I?

  • frannyprof

    I’ve always lived him and I always will.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m not enough into Actors & Their Work to steer anyone on anything. That said, when I see him in a film, I don’t think “oh! Guy Pearce!,” I just see the character. Which means either he’s a decent actor or he’s unmemorable as a person?

    • Qitkat

      I have seen all those films and I cannot generate his characters in my mind, at all. So I guess he’s unmemorable to me too.

  • Liliter

    At least those are 3 great roles there, more than I can say about other actors

  • LiterateWonderful

    Snowy River! It was kind of a cult classic TV series from Australia. My parents watched it. He wasn’t bad in that.

  • vahtel

    I have irrational love for him. He was good in Animal Kingdom, though that was admittedly a small part.

  • SugarSnap108

    Huh, I think he’s a great actor — his performances in LA Confidential and Memento alone are enough for me.

    I also think that third shot is one of the dumbest photos I’ve seen a dog’s age.

  • Nopinkertons

    I once spent a happy 45 minutes rewinding (on VHS) and replaying the scene at the end of Priscilla where he dances shirtless in the bus (mind you, this scene is perhaps 15-20 seconds long). I will love him forever for that scene alone.

    Seeing him in The King’s Speech did freak me out though. When did he turn from “my age” to “older than Colin Firth”???? (For the record, because I had to check, Firth is 6 years older than Pearce :-)

  • MM4321

    Sorry Lo, but he’s a great actor!

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    he is so utterly underrated.

  • LJCdoc

    Well ,I love everything Tom was able to name, but couldn’t name a single other film of his to save my life so, tossup?

  • msdamselfly

    I really like him as an actor

  • Kimberlini

    Great in his role in the Mildred Pierce remake and his small role in The Hurt Locker.

  • H2olovngrl

    He’s my husband’s “if I absolutely have to choose someone” fence jumper.

  • Gaby

    The picture with the glasses reads like a Lens Crafters ad to me.

  • conniemd

    Indifferent to Guy Pearce one way or the other. Enjoyed LA Confidential, but not enough to become a fan of his.

  • Tee

    He had me at “L.A. Confidential”.

  • Loladog10

    Maybe you and Lo have moved on from this but I’d say those 3 films cited are enough for the hall of fame. James Dean only made 3 films (and I’d add that only East of Eden stands the test of time) and here we are, still talking about him. The right 3 films are plenty!

  • Henry Maler

    He’s great in Animal Kingdom, but that’s really Jacki Weaver’s movie so I’m not sure if it really counts.

  • quiltrx

    I think he’s a really talented actor. I’m a major film addict, and Memento is my favorite modern-era film.
    He first *really* caught my eye in L.A. Confidential–he and Big Russ were perfect foils. I saw Priscilla later and he was a marvel (hey Guy, I love you as you are, but we’ll take that body back!). They definitely screwed up what was supposed to be his contribution to Prometheus, but he was fine in what little they kept. Haven’t seen Factory Girl but I hear he’s good. I really enjoyed him in The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Time Machine wasn’t very good but he did his best with the mess they handed him.
    He has the most important quality I want in an actor/actress–he BECOMES the character. I don’t see “Guy Pearce AS Whoever”…I just see the character.
    Go. NOW. Guy and Robert Carlyle. Awesomeness from them both.

    • smallgirlsaretrouble

      I think I’m still recovering from Ravenous!

  • MartyBellerMask

    He’s a great actor when he gets a great script. A lot of his movies have been so-so, but they’d be so-so without him.
    I saw “Memento” in the theater and my boyfriend (at the time) said, “Yeah, he’s okay I guess, but they should have gotten Val Kilmer to be in it.” I re-state, boyfriend *at the time*. I think this was the beginning of the end. Val Kilmer, seriously. No. Not in that movie.

  • ankali

    Um, does he need more than Priscilla, Memento, and LA Confidential?

    • Ali2044

      For real, most actors don’t even get ONE movie on their resumes as good as those.

  • demidaemon

    He’s cute. I really liked the shot with the glasses. It’s too bad he couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for the other pics because he wears clothes pretty well.

  • Salazar

    I first knew him from this Australian TV show called “Snowy River”. I remember preferring his brother on the show… but then again his brother was played by Hugh Jackman.

  • Man Dala

    I completely agree, Priscilla, Memento and L.A. Confidential were his highlights, all the rest was forgettable. I haven’t watched Mildred Pierce though, he had good reviews there.

  • mila_8

    Who leans their ear onto a corner of anything, let alone a wooden ladder? I’m perpetually surprised he’s an Aussie, seems so uptight in everything. A convincing arrogant prick in the King’s Speach.

  • PinkyK

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Priscilla! I keep it on my TiVo for whenever I need a pick me up. However, I agree; he’s sort of flat in everything else, especially in that HBO remake of Mildred Pierce!

  • HeyMrPhipps

    The Proposition? Animal Kingdom? I thought he was a fabulous louche scumbag in the Mildred Pierce miniseries. That said, if I ever meet him, I’m going to demand my money back for The Time Machine.

  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    Well he was really fucking hot in Priscilla. That’s about all I have to say about him.

  • allisankelly

    He barely registers on my radar these days, though I do love L.A. Confidential. I think I sat through Prometheus with my husband a half dozen times before it stuck that he is the “old guy”.

    • Shawn EH

      Prometheus did no favors for any of its actors; maybe Idris Elba was unscathed.

      • Ali2044

        Literally nothing will ever scathe Idris Elba. He is perfection.

        • Shawn EH

          Excellent verb usage!

  • Shawn EH

    Also Mildred Pierce and Iron Man 3; but the three you mention are really excellent films, so he’s been in some real winners. I like him, I think he thinks of himself as more mercurial than he really is. I’d rather he look healthy and play a hero; or look slimy and play a villain.

  • julnyes

    Movies with Guy Pearce in them that I have seen:
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert- loved it and loved him in it
    Iron Man 3 – loved it, he was inconsequential to my enjoyment of the film

    So I have to say I don’t have a strong opinion of him one way or the other, since I clearly haven’t sought out films he is in.

  • Corsetmaker

    I’m old enough to remember him in Neighbours! I like Ravenous though, more for Bobby Carlyle, but Pearce is good in it.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I’ll take Carlyle in anything. Well, except “Angela’s Ashes”. Man was that disappointing.

  • deech_sea

    I loved almost everything about Ravenous. Prometheus was disappointing, but that wasn’t Guy Pearce’s fault. Other than what TLo mentioned above, that’s all I’ve seen. I enjoy his performances.

  • Sally8cr

    Check him out in the Australian mystery series Jack Irish. He’s terrific and the series itself is a load of fun.

  • Lisalady161

    I just think big studios don’t know what to do with him. He was unforgettable in Memento.

  • ChrisP

    Amazing in Til Human Voices Wake Us with HELENA B-C ( tho film made no sense…)!

  • Elizabeth Szubert

    He was good enough in IM3. That’s all I got outside of what you mentioned.

  • terpsichory

    I love him. So much, in fact, that I watched 33 Postcards . Oh boy!
    That movie is the definition of a hot mess. Took me a while to forgive him for that.

  • NurseEllen

    The Count of Monte Cristo—he was wonderful. Loved him in LA Confidential too. Other than that–not memorable. Kind of like these photos.

  • TLJezebel

    Memento was amazing. Didn’t he play Andy Warhol in Factory Girl?

  • Janet B

    He really isn’t into this is he?
    I have seen LA Confidential, but otherwise he’s not someone on my radar.

  • TigerLaverada

    I’ve always liked him a lot. Those three performances you list are pretty terrific ones in my book. Plus he’s got a purty mouth.

  • J. Preposterice

    I actually really liked him as Killian in Iron Man 3. Where he plays a serious creep, which — I don’t know, he plays creeps really well!

  • Laura Renee

    Don’t we all want to lend our ear to a ladder?

  • Frank Lithium

    I love the camp interior designer look!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    He’s a marvelous “character” actor, if not a “movie star” type!

  • HobbitGirl

    He is fantastic in The Proposition.

  • mmebam

    Priscilla, Memento, and LA Confidential…

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I sorta agree. Those three films. That’s it.

  • ChelseaNH

    On the plus side, he has more than one expression…

  • EEKstl

    He’s a better actor than he is a model. Loved him in L.A. Confidential – just the right balancing act between Dudley Do-Right and ambitious political animal.

  • Jane Donuts

    I thought he was great in Mildred Pearce.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Meh. He was tremendous in Memento, but I’m lukewarm about him in general.

  • Sofia

    Love Guy Pearce. He is sexy, esp w/ glasses, has great style and is one of the few actors whom I have never seen give a bad performance.

  • Imasewsure

    Three memorable performances in enough for one life I think… always liked this one because of Priscilla so nothing else matters… love his candor too although the photos… not so much

  • crashtestbonnie

    Honestly, I have no idea who this guy is even though I’ve seen all of the movies listed above – LOVED PQOTD & LAC, But Memento is a very black mark against him. Not for him, obvs because I had zero recollection he was even near it, but because I just truly loathe that flick. Anyhoo! John Leguizamo is another actor that is in EVERYTHING and I’m always, “Who’s that? Why is he familiar?” And these pix do nothing for him, which is sad because he’s quite pretty.

  • LeelaST

    Way late on this but I LOVE, ADORE, and WORSHIP at the altar that is Guy Pearce. He is magnetic and mezmerising on screen in everything he’s ever been in. Even if the film is crap he’s captivating. He’s on my list with Kevin, Meryl, Cate, Helen – that level.

  • JynxTheCat

    I lurve him.

  • Mary Lauer

    I can’t look at him without getting annoyed again at his David (Edward VIII) in The King’s Speech.

    • Mary Lauer

      So I guess that means his acting was successful?!