Clive Owen

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Clive Owen

Born

10/3/1962, Keresly, near Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Birth Name

Clive Owen

Gender

Male
  • Clive Owen is interviewed on Friday Nigh...
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
88 votes

Biography

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Initially, Owen carved out a career in television: in 1988 Owen starred as Gideon Sarn in a BBC television production of Precious Bane and the Channel 4 film Vroom before the 1990s saw him become a regular on stage and television in the UK, notably his lead role…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Admitted in a Newsweek interview to promote his movie The International that he has considered submitting false trivia about himself (Clive: I once talked to someone about putting something on IMDB) and he was surprised at how seriously people took it.

    • Clive was voted #5 in Elle (France) Magazine's 15 Sexiest Men poll (June 2007) and as well he was named Empire Magazines #25 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars (2007).

    • Clive Owen was ranked No.12 in AskMen.com's Top 49 Men of 2007. He was ranked No.11 the previous year.

    • Clive was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • Clive Owen starred as the main character "Ser Lev Aris" in the 1996 game "Privateer 2: The Darkening".

    • In November 2006, Clive became patron of the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, England and launched an appeal for funds to repair deteriorating elements of the fabric.

    • January 2007 - Clive has signed on as the face of a new Lancome anti-aging cream for men. He will also be named the new spokesman of the cosmetics firm's new Hypnose Homme fragrance.

    • In a 2005 poll, Clive was voted the top choice to play James Bond in "Casino Royale" (2006).

    • Clive was voted "Best Dressed Male" by GQ Magazine in 2006.

    • Clive was raised by his mother and stepfather.

    • Clive has four brothers.

    • Clive was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984. After he graduated, he joined the Young Vic Theatre.

    • Clive and his wife have two daughters: Hannah and Eve.

    • Clive is 6'2 1/2" tall.

    • In 2004, Clive won the TFCA Award for Best Supporting Performance, Male for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2002, Clive won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Gosford Park (2001).

    • In 2002, Clive was nominated for the PFCS Award for Best Acting Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).

    • In 2002, Clive won the OFCS Award for Best Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).

    • In 2005, Clive was nominated for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2004, Clive won the NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2004, Clive won the NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for: Closer (2004/I). It was shared with: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Julia Roberts.

    • In 2005, Clive won the Sierra Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2002, Clive won the Golden Satellite Awards Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble
      for: Gosford Park (2001). It was shared with: Eileen Atkin, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Ryan Phillippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, and James Wilby.

    • In 2005, Clive was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Clive won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2002, Clive won the FFCC Award for Best Ensemble Cast for: Gosford Park (2001). It was shared with: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Ryan Phillippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, and James Wilby.

    • In 2002, Clive won the BFCA Award for Best Acting Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001). It was shared with: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hollander, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Ryan Phillippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Geraldine Somerville, Sophie Thompson, Emily Watson, and James Wilby.

    • In 2005, Clive was nominated for the BFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).


    • In 2005, Clive was nominated for the BFCA Award for Best Acting Ensemble for: Closer (2004/I). It was shared with: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Julia Roberts.

    • In 2004, Clive won 2nd place for the BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Clive won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for: Closer (2004/I).

    • In 2005, Clive was nominated for the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for: Closer (2004/I).

    • Clive appeared in a Masterpiece Theater presentation of Precious Bane. He starred with Janet McTeer, as her brother, Gideon.

    • Clive played Bri in Peter Nichols' play A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg on the London stage (New Ambassadors).

    • Clive is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

    • When Clive's Beyond Borders (2003) co-star Angelina Jolie told him he looked sexy, she says, he "fell over laughing."

    • Clive met his wife at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art while doing Romeo and Juliet. Sarah-Jane was the Juliet to his Romeo. They have 2 children.

    • Clive's brothers, Alan and Lee, became musicians and released a single called "Heartbeat."

    • Clive turned down the role as "The Driver" for BMW twice. He was sent a copy of the script for the first ad, read it and was impressed by its presentation. He immediately accepted the role, jumped on a plane to LA, and was whisked away to the set of the first ad as soon as he landed.

    • Clive is a huge David Bowie biggest musical influence on my life." He says, "I don't know why, but no one else has ever had such an effect on me. I didn't have most of his work. I had everything." In the 70s, when Bowie was changing his appearance and style with every album, Owen would re-dye his hair whatever colour Bowie's was at the time.

  • Quotes

    • Clive (on James Bond): It's easy to keep saying no to a role you're not being offered. If they really had offered? I don't know. It's possible I would have said yes. It's possible. But they never asked so we'll never really know.

    • Clive: Bond was the best thing that never happened to me. I was never in the running but the more I said so, the more people thought I had it in the bag. What's so funny about it all is my career in Britain was in really bad shape at the time, but my agents pretty much built me a new one in America by playing up all the Bond stories. All I had to do was keep on telling people I was never going to be Bond. I'd like to think I made it on talent, but it's really just dumb luck. If I hadn't worn that tux in Croupier, I'd still be begging for the parts Robson Green turned down on cop shows.

    • Clive: I don't do emotion. Emotions are overrated. I'm more interested in creating a presence.

    • Clive (on his fear of badgers): I've never been bitten by one or anything like that, they just look evil to me. Even watching The Wind in the Willows they scared me. It was like the Devil staring straight into my eyes. It's something I've never outgrown. Even today, just the thought of badgers absolutely terrifies me. Hell to me is a room full of badgers.

    • Clive (on Daniel Craig): I think when Craig first took the (James Bond) part he got a pretty rough ride, which to a certain extent is inevitable because there are so many different people who have so many different ideas about something like that. You are never going to please everybody. The thing that is really exciting is that he is a proper actor. He is not shallow or posing, they have cast a really serious actor and I think that when the film comes out everyone will see what a great choice he was.

    • Clive Owen: Theatre uses a different energy. It's like going to the gym and having a vigorous workout. But every few years is enough because I love filming. I am a real film animal.

    • Clive: I've never felt the need to up sticks and relocate to Hollywood. So many films are made in Europe now, and that allows me to stay in the UK. I have my home in London and I have a weekend house in Essex. It means that I'm never that far away from the family. They can visit me on set. For me, London is, and always will be home. I've been there for 20 years, ever since I went to drama school. I can't really imagine living anywhere else.

    • Clive: I've never felt the need to up sticks and relocate to Hollywood. So many films are made in Europe now, and that allows me to stay in the UK. I have my home in London and I have a weekend house in Essex. It means that I'm never that far away from the family. They can visit me on set. For me, London is, and always will be home. I've been there for 20 years, ever since I went to drama school. I can't really imagine living anywhere else.

    • Clive Owen: (on how his career has taken off in Hollywood) I am amazed but I am also working hard and working a lot. I'm going to take a very sizeable break soon because I ended up in this situation where I made four films back to back. There were always things I wanted to do, like go on holidays, but there were these projects and people I wanted to work with which kept cropping up. I do need to take a long break after this because it's not an ideal way of working. I am one of those actors who really likes to prepare for their films. I don't like them to come at me that fast. But I really wanted to do this one.

    • Clive Owen: (on working with Denzel Washington in "Inside Man") For me, he has the massive stature of a full-blown movie star and he's a really good, fine, intelligent actor. He's got the whole thing. For a long time, he's been one of the main serious leading men. He's been around in movies for a long time and I've always respected and liked him since I first saw his work. He has always had this presence and intelligence in everything he does.

    • Clive Owen: (on working with Spike Lee) I have never encountered shooting in both directions at the same time. It's like making six movies at once. And it makes the whole process much more alive somehow. The rhythm becomes unpredictable. He shoots two actors in a scene at the same time even if one is off-camera so the material can be used later, like for the DVD. The phone calls between Denzel Washington and I, for example, were both shot live as we were literally on the phone. We had two cameras, one shooting him, one shooting me. It's faster as well. Spike is very dynamic on the set, and very sure about what he wants. We shot the whole film in 31 days I think.

    • Clive Owen: (on why he decided to appear in "Inside Man") Well, I am a huge fan of Spike Lee's, so I was really thrilled to be in his movie. I think he's one of the most distinctive voices in movies. And he put together such an incredible cast. I had a great time.

    • Clive Owen: Theater is like exercise. I feel it's healthy. But I don't love it as much as movies. A bad experience in the theater can be so depressing. You've got to do it every night, even if the production is not working.

    • Clive Owen: When I was 10 or 11, I played the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver. From that point forward, I said I wanted to be an actor. Nobody in my family took it seriously, but I saw no other path. I was a cocky little kid. This one teacher said: 'You're a working-class kid from Coventry. What do you know?'

    • Clive Owen: Theatre uses a different energy. It's like going to the gym and having a vigorous workout. But every few years is enough because I love filming. I am a real film animal.

    • Clive Owen: I've never been interested in playing good guys. I'm always attracted to dangerous characters. Those roles are usually far more interesting and I hold no fears about doing them. With my character in Croupier, you're never really sure where he's coming from. He's not really a good guy or a bad guy. But people generally aren't, are they?

    • Clive: When i think about the future of my children, i sometimes wonder where this world is going to.

    • Clive Owen: You go back to those films of the '40s and '50s and hear the dialogue, the way the people played off each other, the wordplay. I think we've really lost that in movies.

    • Clive Owen: One of the things I'm most proud of about my career is the fact I've managed to keep options open.

    • Clive Owen: I don't think you necessarily identify and believe in the motifs of the character, but you have to want to play it and want to commit to the lines.

    • Clive Owen: I think it could definitely be disturbing. It's taken the central theme and it's definitely the same story, but the elements of the book have been changed quite a lot. It's still set 30 years in the future and the conceit is still the same, that no one has had a baby anywhere for eighteen years and our reluctant hero has ended up linked with the only pregnant girl on the planet. That's still the same, but Alfonso's done a really fascinating, unusual exploration of where things could be going, and that's still very, very strong in the movie. It's a very unusual take. People are assuming it's a sci-fi movie but it's almost the opposite of that. It's like now, but worse. It's the environment we're living in. It's not futuristic. It's like things have not ended up that great and we're in a world where there are no children, which is a pretty bleak place. Half the movie's a chase movie, really, but it's in a really extraordinary vision of the future.

    • Clive Owen: Oh no, we definitely weren't there together. In fact, much as I would have liked to, I didn't even get to meet the guy. But I do understand that he was there at the show.

    • Clive Owen: He's a very inspired choice for a movie like this because he's very specific and precise and he's very psychologically clear, ... And for a movie like this, which you could do very bombastically -- a big, crash-bang-wallop thriller -- you knew that he would pitch it so that everything would be very objective and clear.

    • Clive Owen: I never saw it coming. You know, you very often read a thriller and you can see where it's heading or things are spelled out too clearly or they're so clever in their twist and turns that it's all a bit contrived and you really don't buy the situation.

    • Clive Owen: A terrible thing happens and it's a nightmare that begins and just seems to spiral out of control.

    • Clive Owen: often attracted to people with conflicts or flawed people because they're more interesting. There's something very attractive about playing an ordinary guy trying to cope with extraordinary things. He's a flawed human being struggling.

    • Clive Owen: I think it's the most successful bedding in of computer technology and people I've ever seen in a movie.

    • Clive Owen: Julia Roberts couldn't be nicer.

    • Clive Owen: Frank Miller was worried it would be tempered down; it wouldn't be quite what he originally intended. Robert Rodriguez went to him and said, 'I'm going to be incredibly faithful to your original material,' shot a five-minute test. Frank said, 'I'm in. Let's do it.

    • Clive Owen: I think I am more attracted to characters with a subtext, whatever that is and they don't necessarily have to be virtuous, but they have to at least be human.

    • Clive Owen: The sexiest part of the body is the eyes. That's what I believe.

    • Clive Owen: Parenthood and family come first for me, and when I'm not working I'm cool with the Teletubbies.

    • Clive Owen: My gardening skills are awful.

    • Clive Owen: I'm not the kind of actor who goes into exhaustive research for each role.

    • Clive Owen: I'm not normally one to commit to a long-running series.

    • Clive Owen: I love to mix it up. I love to keep doing different things.

    • Clive Owen: I just like to keep challenging myself, keep it varied. It's a craft, and I'm constantly trying to learn and get better at it.

    • Clive Owen: I don't think you necessarily identify and believe in the motifs of the character, but you have to want to play it and want to commit to the lines.

    • Clive Owen: For several years I did have the Chancer label around my neck, but it's never really worried me.

    • Clive Owen: The sexiest part of the body is the eyes. Corny, but that's what I believe. They're what connect us as human beings.

    • Clive Owen: The lighter stuff has got to be really well written for me, or it just doesn't get me going. There's something to play if there's conflict going on. Whatever that conflict is, that's where drama is; if the character is grappling with something you've got something to play, there's layers to it. And when that isn't there it's ... less interesting.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • =)

    9.5
    First off, why does this man not have a picture up there?



    Secondly, this man is fine as all hell.



    Thirdly, he's actually talented.



    The last part of this counting habit I see to have developed, he's got the sexiest accent ever.



    So, all this adds up to Clive Owen being one gorgeous, talented, sexy son of a b*cth, and that makes me very happy.



    Call me a sap, but that scene he did in Shoot Em Up with Monica Belluci, you know which one I'm talking about, that scene was HOT.



    All in all, there is just a presence he has, something that lights up the screen, and when he gets there, the audience just goes - Clive Owen!



    THAT is star power.moreless
  • never a dull moment with Clive starring

    9.5
    Shoot em up, Children of men, Inside man, sin city, and even the pink panther. There is never a dull moment with Clive! I have yet to see him on the big screen when i don't absolutely love his role. He kicks A-- in every movie he is in. My personal favorite role for him was Children of men, that movie was spectacular, the cinematography was incredible, and the acting was phenomenal. He MADE the movie Shoot em up, and along with Denzel Washington, brought Inside Man into my list of favorites. The acting he and Denzel both exhibited in that movie was very intense, believable, and incredibly deceptive (i didn't see the ending coming, they hid it well, often movies become predictable when the actors are sub par, but clearly Clive is not sub par) He is in fact well above average, and in my book, one of the greats.moreless
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