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Laurie Brown: Callum Keith Rennie is known for his relatively late start in the business. You may know him from his film performances in Hard Core Logo, Curtis's Charm, Double Happiness. On television, you may remember him as the convenience store guru in Twitch City, and he was on Due South. But first, his Gemini-nominated role in this CBC movie [For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down]. Not bad for a late starter.

(clips from FTWHTWD, Due South, Twitch City are shown)

Laurie Brown: For someone who started as late as you did, you had some incredible successes.




Laurie Brown: You've had some good roles, some good films and you've done some really good work. What was it that made you decide to focus so hard on acting. Like after so long to say, this is it and I'm going to work incredibly hard to do this.

CKR: Food, clothing and shelter

Laurie Brown: ...Paying the rent?

CKR: Yeah.

Laurie Brown: So now you've got this career. What do you want to do with it?

CKR: What do I want to do with it? Um, how do you... I want to continue. But I want to continue in... you know.



CKR: I want to do the best work that's available. And I mean... and there's certain things that the U.S. has to offer but I... I've been given an opportunity because I'm from Canada. Because I was given this opportunity here and so I respect that.



CKR: When there's opportunities that come up here which may be, you know? That aren't the biggest money. They aren't the biggest thing. But there's a certain respect with working with Bruce McDonald. (clip from Hard Core Logo) And working with Don McKellar. This is where I'm from. So this is where I think I have to... to tell my stories. Or the stories that are from our country.

Laurie Brown: There's been a lot of press and media about the fact that you used to drink and you don't drink now.

CKR: Really?

Laurie Brown: Is that still true?

CKR: Yeah. We did a scene on Due South in a bar and... it was just like the bars I liked. And it was a bad day. It was just like a bad day because you're getting the smells, you're getting the atmosphere, you know? This wasn't that long ago so, I mean, that's a bit hard.



CKR: Through, I don't remember... the party scene, maybe. That was a bit hard, where you get caught up in... you know, a time. It was another time. And it's a bit... you know, you just have like a weird day 'cause it's around and... and... you realize there's a certain amount of willpower still being used to stop you from doing... things.



CKR: It was... I mean, after the incident of why I quit drinking, it was... 'what do I like to do? Now I'm focused. I'm clear. What do I like to do? I'll try that. If it doesn't work, I'll do something else.' But I touched base with it a couple times before and it always worked out and I liked it and I think I had sort of been running from it because it had worked out and I did get a kick out of it so... and I was focused on it and I enjoyed it. And it... yeah, if it didn't work out, I mean, there was a time limit. I made a time limit that if it doesn't work then I really don't want to... struggle forever doing this.

Laurie Brown: Nice way to make a living?



CKR: Um, there's the good and bad, like anything, you know? Some of this stuff [interviews] I'm still not used to and, uh... but I still have those moments like once a month, I say, geez, I'm a working actor. This is... this is good. I like this.


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andeincascade
Apr. 17th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Look at how pretty he is!
c_regalis
Apr. 17th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
I know. Lots and lots of pretty. Plus, his voice.
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c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
His voice is just... yeah. The storytelling? With his kid? ♥
neu111
Apr. 17th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Cutestest thing ever! ♥♥♥♥
Like at the end, from insecure ::Some of this stuff... I'm still not used to:: to the big shiny smile ::I still have those moments like once a month, I say, geez, I'm a working actor. This is... this is good. I like this::
c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
He's VERY cute. And unhurt and I decided that we really, really don't like the interviewer. I think she treats him like a demented 12 year old and unhurt thinks she tries to come on to him. Probably both, eh?
gammaraychick
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
You know what I think of whenever I see Laurie Brown?

She was the model/jailer in Corey Hart's Sunglasses at Night video. It's one of those "WHY do I know that?!" things.
green_grrl
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Aaaaw, so CUTE! *pets*
c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't he? He knows it though. He totally does.
bluebelle789
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Interesting interview! He seems so young, and yet that was when? 1998? *pets him*

He is also pretty. Ahem. *runs away with pic #5*
c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
It is! And, yeah, he seems very young. As one does in the end-thirties. Oh, wait.

And HEY! Come back! Come back and give... ah. Well. *takes more screencaps*
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c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
*CKR shmooshes you back*

...what? He totally would! He's affectionate like that. IN MY HEAD. Ahem.
zabira
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
awwww, i love this interview! he's so adorable, yet also SNARKY. \o/
c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
See... I think he's more snarky than adorable. I mean, okay, I guess he wants to be more snarky but is adorable anyway?

...um, no. Never mind. I am pretty sure he knows what he does there. Um. Yes.
kristadarky
Apr. 20th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
thanks to post this ,those of us fans in latinamerica don't have the chance to watch these interviews. And yes, he's too good looking to be real. As I always say: he's impressive.
c_regalis
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
He's awfully pretty in this, isn't he? Yeah. I kind of like him better now? Not that unreal prettiness anymore, but still very, very hot. Actually, hotter. And yes, I guess impressive is kind of fitting. :)
kuonji14
Jun. 17th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Dies Of Cute

Thanks for this and the pics and all. :D
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