Dating the enemy 1996
But I thought, why do I have to go and do something butch?
I spoke to a lot of people, and ultimately, it was a big challenge, and I believe it is very different.
"And we were generous with each other." So much so, they even corrected each other on occasion, about the intonations of a line, "the biggest no-no for actors," says Claudia. But ultimately, I can't look at it from the point of view of what people may think.
Of course, during filming, Guy was acutely aware of the irony of making a film about a relationship in danger as a result of a lack of communication, of understanding the other's point of view. And then there was the Priscilla factor: "My initial reaction was, oh god, they're going to see this and think 'Priscilla... I was also aware of the marketing aspects, the image...ooh, I can't be seen in a dress again, I must go and do something butch.
"It was what needed to happen, but I just felt sort of flushed out, empty..I remembered, while lying on my bed bawling my eyes out, that I was supposed to get on a plane the next morning to Sydney and do this audition for Dating the Enemy and be funny." He felt like doing nothing of the sort. He didn't play it for laughs, but that was just the right thing to do.
So I latched onto Claudia." As for Claudia, she felt she depended on Guy more than she had ever depended on another actor.
"We developed the characterisations more than even [the scriptwriter and director] Megan [Simpson Huberman], so we really needed each other," says Guy. Then I got the part, and I was thinking 'Oh fuck, now what?
Guy Pearce stars with Claudia Karvan in the Australian romantic comedy, Dating the Enemy - and the enemy is/are him/her/self/ves.
As the shoot wrapped, he/she (and Claudia) talked to Andrew L. It was a sad sort of Friday night; after a serious and relatively long relationship, Guy Pearce was alone.