Daniel Craig has always been very open about how much he resents playing the celebrity game, particularly in a context in which being famous also means losing the privacy he values so much. He’s doing the same in his brand new interview with Vanity Fair.
Though the cover of the latest issue of the mag leaves a lot to be desired, as voices online are pointing out, the interview is, as expected, a gem.
Craig, who will be seen again on the big screen as James Bond in “Skyfall” at the end of the month, talks about what being an actor today entails in terms of the changes it operates on your personal life.
For instance, he muses, he could never go out and get drunk in a bar because the media would be all over him within hours.
“You talk to people in the movie business who have been doing this 40 years and they all say the difference is that, back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it,” the actor says.
“Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that’s kind of – I’ve got to be high-class,” Daniel adds.
There’s some regret in his words.
“I’ve done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars,” he says.
With the James Bond role, Craig also had to learn to get accustomed to some of the most bizarre proposals ever, like being offered Martinis at 11 o’clock in the morning, which he naturally turns down.
As for how the James Bond franchise has changed throughout the years, it’s clear that Craig still has mixed feelings about taking on such an iconic character.
“Things have changed. It’s just kind of the ride of it. Pierce [Brosnan] used to say that it’s like being responsible for a small country,” he explains.
“It’s kind of like you have to look after it diplomatically. I kind of get that, but I can’t really say that’s my deal. I’m not going to be the poster boy for this. Although I am the poster boy,” he adds.