Just a Minute With: Guy Pearce for "Traitor"

Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:49pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Australian actor Guy Pearce first grabbed the spotlight playing a demanding drag queen in the cult classic "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

The versatile actor quickly parlayed that starring turn into an international career with such hits as "L.A. Confidential," "The Time Machine" and "Memento."

In his new film "Traitor," a spy thriller which opened in the United States on Wednesday, Pearce portrays an FBI agent hot on the trail of a mysterious terrorist (Don Cheadle).

Pearce, whose credits include "The Proposition" and "Two Brothers," spoke to Reuters about the film and his struggle to find balance between work and life:

Q: Is it true comedian Steve Martin came up with the original idea for "Traitor?"

A: "Yes, but I wasn't that surprised. We all know that comedians have a dark side and are a bit screwed up (laughs). He's obviously a very clever man and he's written a lot."

Q: "Traitor" tackles some very controversial issues, including terrorism and religion.

A: "And I think there's a lot at the heart of it. In this age of fear and the war going on, we can get a bit flippant about the number of deaths. Everything becomes technical, and you can forget that there are people at the heart of it -- people who are conflicted and struggling with their beliefs. The idea of communication going wrong is at the center of so many problems in the world generally. And in this film you have my character with the FBI, and then the CIA have another agenda. And they're not communicating.   Continued...

<p>Actor Guy Pearce who stars in the upcoming movie "Traitor" poses for a portrait in Los Angeles August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>