Hans Matheson plays Marius in Bille August's Les Miserables, which is on general release
By Madeleine North guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 November 1998 19.05 GMT Article history
What is the first film you saw?
First Blood. When Sly Stallone fell off the cliff top I remember being impressed because he did his own stunts. I was only eight.
What's your favourite film?
One of my favourites is the Swedish film Pelle The Conquerer. I love to feel raw emotion in a film.
When did you last walk out of a film?
I've never walked out of the cinema. I like to give films a chance.
Your most erotic moment in a cinema? Watching Jessica Lange on the kitchen table in The Postman Always Rings Twice. I was very young at the time but I've had something about her ever since.
Favourite snatch of dialogue?
Andy Serkis in Mojo: 'He's my best friend, but he's a thingy.'
Which actor/actress would you like to be?
None. There are lots I admire, but I like taking on the challenge of myself!
When was the last time you cried watching a film? I haven't cried for a long time, but I felt deeply disturbed by Saving Private Ryan. I know the ending was terrible, but the supporting roles were touching.
What was it like having Harold Pinter crack on to you in Mojo?
Frightening. They used the first take where Harold got most of his lines wrong. The scene consequently has a real edge to it which people have picked up on.
How big a part do your good looks play in securing you a role?
I do feel looks play a part because cinema's about image and photography. I'd be lying if I said otherwise.
Have you read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables?
I did attempt to read it, but even though the writing's good I found it boring. Victor Hugo will probably kick me for that.