Robert Carlyle blasts American actresses

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 July 2015
Robert Carlyle and Anastasia Shirley

Robert Carlyle with partner Anastasia Shirley

'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."

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