Olivier Martinez

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Olivier Martinez

Born

1/12/1966, Paris, France

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Olivier Martinez was raised in the suburbs of Paris. He was born on January 12, 1966 to a Spanish-Moroccan father and a French mother. He had a stint as a professional welterweight boxer and was even a jeans salesman. Through the encouragement of his friends to try acting,…more

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    • Olivier: If you want to be happy, live discreetly.

    • Olivier (on getting married): I don't know. I don't have goals in life. I want just to be happy and peaceful. And that's not always the case when you're married.

    • Olivier: I don't judge things in terms of 'art.' In France, they decide something's an 'arty' movie because no one's going to see it and it's boring. A lot of commercial movies are very arty. If something's done well, it's art.

    • Olivier (on talking about his relationships): I think it's bad for an actor to become so public. For me, I want people to look at my work. I try to be as good as possible and I work very hard to be convincing to the world. I don't want to have a mix-up with my life. I am here to talk about my acting and the people that I'm working with and not the people who I'm being with.

    • Olivier (on talking about his relationships): I think it's bad for an actor to become so public. For me, I want people to look at my work. I try to be as good as possible and I work very hard to be convincing to the world. I don't want to have a mix-up with my life. I am here to talk about my acting and the people that I'm working with and not the people who I'm being with.

    • Olivier (on his role in SWAT): I wanted to be 'S.W.A.T.' and they said, 'No,' so I became the bad guy.

    • Olivier: I don't have a problem with not working. For me being an actor is a job. It's a pleasant job, but it's a job. If I could do nothing, I would do nothing.

    • Olivier (on morality and marriages in France): I don't know a lot of people who are very happy to be betrayed by the people that they love. It's all the same. Maybe the difference is the way they behave, the way they seduce. This kind of 'date' concept doesn't exist in France. An American woman never dates a guy to go to the restaurant in France, because it's a big step in your relationship with a guy. When you kiss a guy in France, it means that you want to make love with him - not, obviously, here. I learned this by myself.

    • Olivier (on fame): I'm not a movie star like other actors in the way that I need to walk with a bodyguard. My goal is just - and I know it seems very cliché - to get some interesting parts and make enough money to live free. Otherwise, to be a movie star, it's a lot of compromise and also a lot of headaches. You can't do what you want. You become a prisoner of your fame. This happened to me in France and I don't want it. I want to go to the terrace [of a café], have a coffee. I have no problems with the fact that people recognize me, I'm very glad about it, but to be a movie star is kind of unreal for me.

    • Olivier (on being a sex symbol in France): The concept of sex symbol in France is different. They don't like the 'sex symbol' in France. I don't consider myself a sex symbol because all my cousins would laugh at me. So, no, I can't be a sex symbol. I'm glad people think I'm good-looking or handsome, I don't take that like a cheap compliment. I think beauty is important in life so if some people like me physically, I'm very happy - even if it's superficial.

    • Olivier: I'm the son of a champ and I have a lot of real serious boxers in my family, professional and very high level. I don't consider myself a boxer. If you compare me to an actor, I'm probably one of the best boxers in the profession. But if you compare me as a boxer, I'm probably one of the best actors.

    • Olivier (on doing the sex scenes in Unfaithful): I was not very comfortable. I always say I'm not very comfortable in love scenes because I'm shy, because I don't play naked. It's very rare for a French actor. I have an issue with that. But as I've said, when I punch somebody in a movie, I don't do it for real. [It's] the art of lying and we try to lie very well, in our love scenes also.

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