Luke is on the cover of HOT – Hands On Time, India’s Premier Luxury & Lifestyle Magazine:
So the blonde hair, it’s a new look for you. How are you feeling about it?
I like it! I mean, it’s just nice to do something a bit different, and I guess when you’re an actor, you have the license to do that. And then if you look weird, you can blame the role, you know? So no one’s going to tell me I’m having a mid-life crisis.
But the Luketeers, how are they taking it?
I think most of them like it.
You never know who is gonna have these crazy online cohorts of followers―people who have given themselves a nickname. What do you think it was?
I don’t know where it came from! I think I sort of realized it was an international thing when we went to South Korea for The Fast [and the Furious] 6 premiere. We knew nothing about South Korea, and we came through the sliding doors [at the airport] with my luggage and there were like 60 fans with Luketeer banners: “We’re your Korea Luketeers.” It was like, wow, this is amazing.
So you had your birthday party in Rome. Seems that you’re a big traveler?
When I started doing this for a living, no one really warned me about the amount of traveling I would do. I always thought everything was shot in Los Angeles. So I’ve traveled everywhere, and it’s been amazing. I used to think taking a flight was kind of a big deal, you know? I’m from the valleys of South Wales and when my family used to go on holiday, it was a big thing. Packing the bags, checking in, not losing your passport, going through customs, the X-ray machine, all that stuff used to be quite an intense thing. Now it’s like catching a bus, I don’t even think about it.
Actor Luke Evans stars in thriller The Girl On The Train, which was released this week. We spoke to the Welsh actor and Audi driver about what he gets up to when the cameras stop rolling
He’s slain a dragon in The Battle Of The Five Armies and played the vampiric Count in Dracula Untold, now Welsh actor Luke Evans is hitting cinema screens in blockbuster The Girl On The Train – an adaptation of the best-selling thriller that got commuters everywhere totally hooked. Audi and partner Curzon were delighted to host an advanced screening and exclusive Q&A with script editor Kate Leys and Oscar winning producer Mia Bays a few days ago, and we even managed to sit down with Luke before his Audi A8 picked him up for the airport…
London or LA? London is my home, it’s been my home for 20 years. I’ve wanted to live here ever since I was a child.
Heroes or villains? Both heroes and villains are fun to play as they both come with their own challenges. The Girl On The Train was a thoroughly rewarding experience, and getting to work with Emily Blunt was a bucket-list moment for me.
The book or the film? I’m not a huge bookworm, although I read a lot of scripts, which are like mini novels! If I’m shooting a film that is an adaptation of a book then of course I will read the book.
Rugby or football? Rugby has always been a family favourite sport in our household. We were brought up playing it, we were brought up watching it, and I still think one of the most amazing experiences you can have is watching Wales play at the Millennium Stadium.
Instagram or Twitter? Both are interesting platforms – Instagram is more arty but Twitter is more immediate.
Home or away? People ask me where I go on holiday, and my usual answer is home, because I spend so little time there.
Stage or screen? I don’t prefer one to the other, they are both incredible mediums. Theatre obviously is live and you have an audience but with film you’re able to tweak and redo scenes as you go along. They are too different for me to be able to choose one.
Drive or be driven? Probably the most rewarding experience in my life as a driver has been to drive an Audi car – from the R8 to the SQ5. Also, being driven in an A8 to a red carpet event always makes you feel a little bit royal!
Technophile or technophobe? I love technology and gadgets. It sometimes takes me a little while to get my head around some of them, but they’re amazing. Most of my house is digital and I can access most things from my iPhone.
Half-full or half-empty? Always half-full. I had a teacher who used to say, ‘Some people walk in the rain and others get wet.’
Cats or dogs? I don’t have any pets now but I had cats during my childhood. I’d love a dog, but sadly with all the travelling I do it’s too impractical.
Rule keeper or rebel? I think I’m probably more of a rebel than a rule keeper. Let’s just leave it there…
Beach or backpack? I backpacked around Southeast Asia for three months when I was 23 and I loved every second of it.
Night out or night in? I can enjoy a great night out as much as I can enjoy sitting in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn and the fire on.
High culture or pop culture? I like to mix up culture. Through Audi I’ve been to many ballets and operas which I have loved, but I quite like a bit of pop culture now and again too.
Written by Emma Barlow. Photographs by Alexander Rhind.
Here is the full video of Luke on ‘Harry’. Sorry about the bad sound quality, but at least you get to see it:
Luke Evans, Bella Heathcote and Rebecca Hall are starring in a biopic about the creator of Wonder Woman “Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman,” which has started production.
Topple Productions and Boxspring Entertainment are the production companies and Angela Robinson is directing from her own script. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights on the project.
The story focuses on Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector and creator of Wonder Woman, who defends his feminist superhero against charges of “sexual perversity.” Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman was his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women in the field of psychology.
Robinson has acted as consulting producer on “How To Get Away With Murder” as well as executive producing the final season of “True Blood.”
Amy Redford, Andrea Sperling and Terry Leonard are producing. “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway is executive producing as well as Boxspring Entertainment co-founder Clare Munn.
Sperling and Soloway recently formed Topple Productions. Their latest series is “I Love Dick,” starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn.
Luke Evans will be next seen in “Girl On The Train” and recently wrapped production on Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Hall was most recently seen in “The BFG” and will next be seen in “Christine.” Heathcote will be seen in “Fifty Shades Darker.”
WME Global packaged and represented the project.
Robinson is represented by WME. Evans is represented by WME and United Agents. Hall is represented at WME and Julian Belfrage & Associates. Heathcote is represented by WME and in Australia by Joanna Milosz and managed by Brian Medavoy. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Starring with Emily Blunt in Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a long way from the West End – or the tiny Welsh village where Evans grew up.
Dressed casually, and speaking with that musical Welsh lilt, Luke Evans cuts a pleasingly languid figure. Well, he can afford the effortless demeanour: it’s not as if his new film – a big-screen adaptation of the monstrously bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train – could be anything other than a monstrous box office hit.
As the new movie opens, Rachel (Emily Blunt), a lonely alcoholic, fantasises about a hot, young couple she observes on her daily commute. She believes that Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) have a perfect marriage. But then Megan goes missing. And between blackouts and half-remembered drunk calls to her ex-husband, Rachel may or may not be a suspect.
Luke Evans as Scott broods and rages accordingly.
“I guess he’s a man of few words. When he gets going he has plenty to say. But by then he has all these questions and he doesn’t trust anybody.”
As with Evans’s role in Stephen Frears’s 2010 drama Tamara Drewe, starring Gemma Arterton, we are quite a way in to the movie before he gets to wear a shirt. He recalls reading the script for the first time: “Okay. Sex here. Then sex. Then more sex. Lucky I had been going to the gym.”
Physicality is something of a specialty with Evans. His swagger allowed him to pass as Jason Statham’s kid brother in Fast & Furious 6 and 7; his deranged filmmaker was the best and scariest thing in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
“I didn’t think I was going to be covered in blood for most of High-Rise,” says the erstwhile star of Dracula Untold. “Another film covered in blood. What the hell is going on?”