Ben Mendelsohn is just a cool cat. Not because of trying, but because he doesn’t have to try – and that’s what makes him into a true cool cat! Ben always plays a baddie in films or TV series, and does it so well. He is able to play the stereotypical baddie but also the likeable baddie or the back sheep baddie that you don’t know if you like or not. Which ever baddie is needed for the big screen, Ben will do it with a BAD ASS attitude. SO, was it a surprise when he rocked up to a possible cover shoot for Sunday Times Culture in grey tracksuit bottoms and a tired grey t-shirt? Not at all! If he’d made more of an effort I might have believe that he cared and that it was all an act and no truth to this BAD-ASS character we see on screen. And that’s where the difference lies in Ben’s acting and his actual persona. When you see Ben on screen you often end up disliking him, but in real life he’s that cool guy with a glint in his eye. The guy that has a definite edge, but is fun to be around. Not loud or rude, but calm and on point! Ben is the new Sheriff in town. He’s nonchalant and his demeanour commands respect, but he also plays the Sheriff of Nottingham in the new filmatisation of Robin Hood, and I bet he had the New Forest in Nottingham loosing its pines of fear.
Shot for The Sunday Times Culture