The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Is harder play someone who’s a real person?
No, not with Dicky [Eklund, my character in “The Fighter”]. I tell you, you meet Dicky, and you realize you can do anything. If I had gone to David [O. Russell, the director of “The Fighter”] going, “I’ve come up with this character. This is what he’s like,” he would’ve gone, “Christian, this is just way overboard.” But we all knew Dicky. All the other actors, everyone said, “You have to look at say, ‘It’s Dicky.’” So actually there’s an incredible freedom to play Dicky in particular. He such a complex [person], loud and shy, just an amazing character in the movie.
During your acceptance speech, you seemed to be happy to see Robert De Niro. Can you talk about that?
Oh, I just spotted him right there. I told him he was he sh*t. You see an actor of that character. I was looking out to see Robert Duvall. I don’t know if he’s here or not, but those guys, they’re the sh*t. I’m proud to be in the same room with them.
What did you think of Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais and his controversial jokes during the show?
It’s what he’s meant to do, isn’t it? It’s what comedy’s all about. You better do that. And thank God for comedians. For me, comedians and musicians are the ones I turn to when I need something, you know? And in many ways, I think they do the most important job out of us: the ability to make people laugh. And [Ricky Gervais] is fantastic. I remember when we were in Iceland before starting “Batman Begins.” I was watching his “The Office,” endlessly crying with laughter. The guy’s a genius.
Do you think Ricky Gervais went too far with some of his jokes at the Golden Globes this year?
No! I hope he’s going to keep going further throughout the night, you know? That’s what comedy is mean to be about, isn’t it? Everything is up for a joke.
Why do you have long hair right now? Is it for a role?
No, the long hair is unemployment. That’s what that is. I haven’t worked since “The Fighter.”
You seem to have a lot of family support for “The Fighter.” Can you talk about that?
Family support in two different families. To me, you cannot celebrate doing what we do, because it takes such obsession, it takes such an amount of time, that if your family is not absolutely loving and behind you and supporting you, it just becomes impossible to do. So I just appreciate my family, knowing my wife and my daughter. My daughter just inspires me with her little dress-up performances that she gives, and I tell her, “That’s exactly what I do. It’s no different.”
And then the family of the characters [in “The Fighter”]: Dicky and Micky [Ward] and Alice [Ward] and the sisters, and the whole family of the people in Lowell as well. We couldn’t have done it if they didn’t trust us and support us. We really felt like we became members of their family during it. It was a really unique and touching experience.
You seem so happy and light-hearted, which may surprise a lot of people. What’s the most fun about getting these awards?
You’re being spoiled rotten, and everyone likes that. I’m always very comfortable when I’m playing a character up in front of billions of people. But myself? I’m generally not comfortable. I’m just not somebody who’s good in front of a roomful of people. And a lot of people don’t get that. They can’t understand that some actors are bloody shy, and we have these issues of, “Oh, I don’t want to be in front of people.” And sometimes that can come across as hostility or whatever.
It’s something that I’m trying to learn. I make mistakes all the time, but I’m trying to get used to it. Hopefully, I’m starting to do it a whole lot better. But this is such a wonderful night because every single one of the main players in “The Fighter” has been nominated for something, so it’s a joint celebration. It’s just wonderful, regardless of winning or not, it’s just fantastic that they’re being recognized. I think the world of the rest of my cast members and director.
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