Robert Carlyle blasts American actresses
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 July 2015
'Trainspotting' star Robert Carlyle has claimed American actresses shy away from "monstrous roles"
Robert Carlyle thinks American actresses shy away from "monstrous roles".
The 54-year-old actor - who starred in 'Trainspotting' and 'The Full Monty' - has argued that Americans, unlike their British counterparts, are reluctant to take on such roles.
He said: "You don't see too many American actresses taking on monstrous roles. You offer that sort of part to a Hollywood actress and they wouldn't want to be seen in that light.
"But any actor worth their salt should look to confound audience expectations. It's why I asked Emma Thompson to play a crazy, psychotic part in 'The Legend of Barney Thomson' [which Carlyle stars in and directs]."
According to Robert, the actress' willingness to play the part exemplified the differences between British and American performers.
He told the Independent on Sunday newspaper: "I knew she was a brave actress - she was a beautiful woman until we got that make-up on her.
"I think that adventurousness is what differentiates Brits from Americans."
Meanwhile, Robert also acknowledged the importance of doing extensive research before assuming a role, but denied claims he's a method actor.
He shared: "I went homeless for a while, for 'Safe'; it gives you something extra, a little bit of knowledge you didn't have.
"I used to do a lot of preparation for roles, but once you reach a certain level of celebrity, you become the observed rather than the observer."