When Jude Law needed a rest from playing soldiers, his son was having none of it, he reveals here. He and his co-stars describe how scary it was filming the battle scenes in their new movie. By Eva Lawrence
Jude Law has just spent weeks facing the horrors of war.
As a Russian sniper in his new movie, Enemy At The Gates, heâ€™s lost sleep and traipsed through mountains of mud and muck.
But Jude is used to going short of beauty sleep - although it doesnâ€™t show.
And the horrors of muck in particular help him escape the pressures of fame.
â€œMy wife is also an actress,â€ he explains, â€œand we have a baby daughter and a son together, and my stepson.
When youâ€™ve got three kids you havenâ€™t got time to talk about work, youâ€™re too busy wiping bottoms.
Kids just expect you to be their dad and that makes it easy to hang up your boots at the end of the day and return home.â€
Although Jude, 28, didnâ€™t quite have the chance to relax as soon as he got home.
His four-month-old daughter Iris, and his stepson Finley, 10, from his wife Sadie Frostâ€™s marriage to Gary Kemp, may help him chill out, but his son Rafferty, aged four, wouldnâ€™t let him go off-duty.
Says Jude: â€œWhen you take your costume off you also take the character off. But Rafferty loved me playing a soldier.
â€œThe annoying thing was, when I got home, I had to be a soldier for him too.
So we were crawling around the floor and I was, â€˜God, I have to do this at work!â€™ but he didnâ€™t understand that.â€
At least Jude has a missus that acknowledges the pressure heâ€™s under.
Sadieâ€™s about to shoot Uprising opposite Jon Avnet and Donald Sutherland, and knew what the movie world was like before her hubby.
Did she tell him what he was letting himself in for?
â€œNo,â€ Jude grins. â€œNot at all actually, she just stood back and watched me, had a laugh! Sheâ€™s the kind of woman who can put her mind to anything - itâ€™s sickening sometimes.
â€œSheâ€™s been designing womenâ€™s clothes - scented underwear called Smelly Knickers - and theyâ€™re selling round the world,â€ he adds.
â€œItâ€™s great, but I have stacks of Smelly Knickers in my bedroom, boxes of them, which just drives me mad.â€
Jude says Sadie finds the media calling him sexy â€œa little bit boring, like I doâ€, but both have come to expect it. After all, he has got his kit off on screen several times . . .
â€œI donâ€™t really like sex scenes, I donâ€™t think they add much,â€ admits Jude.
â€œImagination is a lot more exciting, but if itâ€™s in the script, youâ€™ve got to enter into it as much as any other part of the role youâ€™re playing.
Any nudity Iâ€™ve done has been important for the story. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll feel the same in 30 years - maybe then Iâ€™ll stop doing it.â€
His new movie includes a sizzling spot of Enemy action - a steamy romp with the dark-haired and curvy Rachel Weisz.
Is she Judeâ€™s kind of woman, or does he prefer the Gwyneth Paltrow type?
â€œWhich is my idea of beauty in women? I have to say my wife, donâ€™t I? Sadie is very dark and petite, but all the women Iâ€™ve worked with are strong and beautiful in a very different way.â€
Jude is not just paying lip-service to Sadieâ€™s beauty. His arm proves it!
â€œOn my right arm I have a symbol that looks like a butterfly. On the left I have a quote from a Beatles song, Sexy Sadie, in honour of my wife.
â€œFor me beauty comes from within and beauty is what you choose to see and the best way to be beautiful is to love yourself.â€
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