Home > Lifestyle > Entertainment > Movies
Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday February 19, 2014 MYT 11:17:57 AM
by colin covert
The actor stars in Endless Love, which is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.
SO, who was Alex Pettyfer’s date on Valentine’s Day? It’s his mother.
“What can I say, mate?” he said during a recent publicity visit to Minneapolis. “I’m a boring bloke. What I miss most about England when I’m living here is my mum’s food. She does this pasta with this Arrabbiata with broccoli and bacon in it. Lovely! Her cooking’s got love to it.”
Endless Love is the first romantic film for the 23-year-old English actor. He plays David Elliot, a blue-collar boy with a troubled past, who falls for sheltered rich girl Jade Butterfield, played by fellow Brit Gabriella Wilde.
Pettyfer, who became a teen idol after playing a schoolboy spy in the 2006 film Stormbreaker, has quickly amassed a diverse resume. He played a space alien hiding among Earthlings in the young-adult sci-fi film I Am Number Four, and an aged gangster in the futuristic Justin Timberlake thriller In Time. His best-known role to date was as a handyman turned male stripper in the 2012 hit Magic Mike. The role, which memorably featured him being humped by Matthew McConaughey in a banana yellow thong, came his way when a casting director for a different project recommended him to Steven Soderbergh.
“I was just lucky” to land the part, he said. “I say I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Pettyfer, who divides his time between Britain and Los Angeles, came from an acting family, but it was never assumed that he would be a performer. His parents encouraged him to pursue a number of different opportunities in education, sports and entertainment. His brother went on to become a tennis professional and Pettyfer competed as a race driver for a time. But fate always seemed to be nudging him toward performing.
He started in commercials at age six after bumping into Ralph Lauren in a toy store. He went from playing Willy Wonka in a school production to starring in an English TV production of Tom Brown’s School Days.
In recent years he has had few acting opportunities that use his real accent. For Endless Love, Pettyfer and Wilde spent a month perfecting Georgia speech patterns. His role is physical, with some fight scenes and a daredevil sequence in a burning mansion, but it was an entirely delightful experience, he said.
“It’s not difficult work,” he said. “When I’m given an opportunity by someone to tell a story I think is meaningful, the preparation’s not hard. To create a movie is hard. And to get the role is hard. But once you’re attached, nothing’s hard. I’m one of the lucky people in this world that can say I’m doing what I love.” – Star Tribune/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
> Endless Love is currently playing in cinemas nationwide.
Tags / Keywords:
Entertainment, Alex Pettyfer, Endless Love, Movies, British
Jesse Eisenberg as a bald Lex Luthor in 'Batman V Superman' is cool
ScreenX, 4DX, Starium: Cinemas turn movie watching into a virtual experience
Perfect celluloid coupling – popcorn and movies
‘Captain America’ directors to work on new ‘Avengers’ movies
5 films and TV shows inspired by the Brothers Grimm
Prince wants us all to listen to Judith Hill
Indonesian veteran artist AD Pirous’ work shines at his first Kuala Lumpur exhibition in 12 years.
‘Odd Couple’ actress Yvette Nicole Brown left ‘Community’ to care for her dad
Nestlé rewards consumers with biggest promotion ever
The great South Australian adventure
Living away from Malaysia can trigger a lot of different longings
The US$50 device that symbolises a shift in North Korea
New Zealand's ride of a lifetime ends in defeat
Ten moving eulogies delivered at Lee Kuan Yew's funeral
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)