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Rennie Gets His Due (interview)

by Steve Tilley, The Edmonton Sun, March 25, 2001

He's been compared to both James Dean and Brad Pitt, but Callum Keith Rennie is his own man, plain and simple. The Edmonton-raised actor has worked with nearly every Canadian director of note, from Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo) to David Cronenberg (eXistenZ), though he's probably best recognized for his role opposite Paul Gross on the Mountie-out-of-water dramedy Due South.

Rennie popped up on screen twice during last week's Local Heroes International Film Festival, appearing in Memento and co-starring with Molly Parker in Lynne Stopkewich's Suspicious River. We grabbed Rennie for a minute and subjected him to our 20 questions.

1. What was the last movie that you saw and loved?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2. What was the first album you owned?
The Beatles' Revolver.

3. What was the last book you read?
Disgrace.

4. What's your favourite hangout?
Europe.

5. Do you have a pet peeve?
Yes.

6. What's your idea of the perfect Sunday?
Sex.

7. What's your favourite junk food?
Licorice.

8. What was the worst job you ever had?
Extra.

9. What gadget or gizmo can you not live without?
Leatherman tool (Multipurpose tool: "One tool, a couple thousand uses").

10. Do you have a hobby or habit that you think would surprise people?
How would I know?

11. What's your favourite piece of clothing?
Ironhead hockey hat.

12. What would you change about yourself if you could?
Everything and nothing.

13. Whom do you most admire?
Heroes.

14. What is your greatest extravagance?
Therapy.

15. Have you ever been mistaken for another celebrity?
(Da Vinci's Inquest star) Ian Tracey.

16. Do you have a favourite quotation? If so, please share it.
"The punishment of the fool who pursues the better before securing the good."

17. What is your greatest weakness?
Knees.

18. If you were reincarnated, who or what would you be?
Huh?

19. If you had to go back in time to live in another decade, which one would you choose?
The '80s.

20. Is there a Canadian filmmaker or actor you've always wanted to work with but haven't?
Gary Burns, Sarah Polley, William Shatner.


Found here.

Comments

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akite
Mar. 5th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Hee! I have a feeling that the complete answer to 5. Do you have a pet peeve? is Yes, reporters asking me stupid questions. And he wanted to work with William Shatner???
c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
And he wanted to work with William Shatner???

Who knows? That's what he said (apparently). Doesn't need to mean much though. ;P
green_grrl
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, Callum!

5. Do you have a pet peeve?
Yes.
13. Whom do you most admire?
Heroes.


I love when he does really short non-answers to interviewers' questions. Such a head-fucker! He did that a lot with the European interviewer asking about BSG, too.

6. What's your idea of the perfect Sunday?
Sex.


*volunteers* :-D

8. What was the worst job you ever had?
Extra.


Oh, perhaps he will be sympathetic when Vixen finally meets him!
callumvixen
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, perhaps he will be sympathetic when Vixen finally meets him!

I just hope I meet him on a perfect Sunday *g*
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callumvixen
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
*giggles* This is priceless!

8. What was the worst job you ever had?
Extra.
Baahahahaha.
c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I thought you might like that one. *g*
cysefin
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
He can be just a jack-ass.... a very cute, very lovable jack-ass.

I'd seen a few of these somewhere else, but not all of them. TY for sharing!
c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Apparently so, yes. And you're welcome! :)
scriggle
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
4. What's your favourite hangout?
Europe.


Way to be specific, Callum. At least he didn't answer "golf course."


c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I think he didn't yet play golf back then. *points to last post*
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meresy
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
&hearts
c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
*g*
malnpudl
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, Callum, you snarky bastard. *hearts*

And yay, one I hadn't seen before. Coolness. :-)
c_regalis
Mar. 5th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yaaay!
bluebelle789
Mar. 5th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Cool! I hadn't read all the questions before, I love his answers. ♥ But I was thinking, maybe he gave short responses like that because they'd only 'grabbed him for a minute' ? Think fast, Callum! *g*

I'd like to grab him for a minute... *coughs*
c_regalis
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Possibly? Then again, what can you answer when the question is: "If you were reincarnated..." I mean, um, yeah.

And what on earth would you do with him? O.O

;P
neu111
Mar. 5th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
16. Do you have a favourite quotation? If so, please share it.
"The punishment of the fool who pursues the better before securing the good."


Was wondering about this and found it came from George Bernard Shaw's play "Man and Superman" - in which Callum played in 1989. Sure took him some time to secure the good... Hope he keeps pursuing the better though.

5. Do you have a pet peeve? Yes.
Can't help loving this!
c_regalis
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hee! You just had to check it out, hm? Um, yes. me too. Ahem. But I didn't know that he played in that? Really? And who did he play? The Devil?
And yeah, seems like it did take him a while.
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c_regalis
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Nope. But it seems like it, doesn't it? It's from this: But if you are naturally vulgar and credulous, as all reformers are, it will thrust you first into religion, where you will sprinkle water on babies to save their souls from me; then it will drive you from religion into science, where you will snatch the babies from the water sprinkling and inoculate them with disease to save them from catching it accidentally; then you will take to politics, where you will become the catspaw of corrupt functionaries and the henchman of ambitious humbugs; and the end will be despair and decrepitude, broken nerve and shattered hopes, vain regrets for that worst and silliest of wastes and sacrifices, the waste and sacrifice of the power of enjoyment: in a word, the punishment of the fool who pursues the better before he has secured the good. Spoken by The Devil.

All Canadians don't look alike, you know!

Uh-huh. It's pretty weird, isn't it? And.... I mean, why would someone go and say, like, 'Hey I know you, you are in that show. You are Ian Tracey, right?' if they can't even remember his face? Or his character? Or anything? Strange.
_unhurt_
Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
"europe"?

oh, callum. (hee!)
kuonji14
Jun. 17th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yay for the Leatherman!! Oh, to meet CKR in Europe on a Sunday. I would even eat licorice for him.

And what an intriguing quote, amidst all the noninformative quick answers.

Thank you for this!
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