Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:05 pm
LONDON — Jude Law feels his work options are widening as he gets older, and he revels in the complications.
The 41-year-old British actor — best known for his roles in "The Talented Mr Ripley," ''Cold Mountain" and more recently "Sherlock Holmes" — says there is now "less emphasis on playing romantic leads."
"You get over a certain age, and you're more complicated anyway," he said in an interview. "So, I guess characters written for that age are more complicated, you know."
Law said he likes to take risks by picking roles that terrify him, such as his much-acclaimed stint in "Henry V" in London's West End last year.
"There's this moment when you haven't quite learnt your lines, the play doesn't feel like it's coming together or at least you don't feel that you've fully understood the role or indeed the piece yet and everyone's looking around for a way out, an excuse," he said, recalling the rehearsal period.
"And yet you know that you have a set day ahead of you when you are going to open to the press — and indeed to the public — and it's nothing short of terrifying."
"It's usually at that moment you question yourself, your job, why you're doing this," he added, "but it's also an opportunity to sort of face failure and fear."