So there’s no Saturday Night Fever remake in your
The other very
noticeable thing about Nathan is his beard. How long did it take you to grow it
Not that long, a few months, maybe three or four months.
Your facial hair has
had quite the evolution on screen. How much of that is you and how much of it
is the film?
Generally, it’s part of the film. But I guess I’m one of
those faces where facial hair changes it drastically as well. With this, Alex
[Garland, Ex Machina’s writer and
director,] did say, “I see him with a beard.”
Very shirtless. That’s another Bobby Fischer thing too. He
had an Olympic trainer when he was preparing for his chess battles, which is
wild because you think, ”Why would he need that?” But that connection between
body and mind is fascinating. Also, Nathan needed to be such a formidable
opponent for Caleb, not only intellectually superior but physically superior as
Domhnall Gleeson, who
plays Caleb, is also going to be in Star
Wars. Did you know thatwhile filming Ex Machina?
Nope, no clue… We didn’t know either one of was in [Star Wars] until we showed up for the
Now that you’re a part
of two large ensemble franchises, do you worry at all about standing out among
the sea of actors?
Not really. No. I can just do justice to the character and try
to make it interesting for me, but how it comes across ultimately really isn’t
in my control. That’s more about the nature of the story and how the
You’re getting so
many questions about spoilers, how many lies have you told the press?
Not too many. I’ve been pretty forthwith I would say… You
really can’t answer stuff. You can’t give away some stuff that I can, as
honestly as I can.
Based on the trailer,
your character, Poe Dameron, doesn’t have any facial hair. Is it safe to say Star Wars is your first clean-shaven
role in a while?
I can’t even say. Maybe a beard suddenly appears -- maybe
thousands of years go by, I don’t know. Maybe there’s flashbacks, who knows? Maybe I play my own dad. You never
know! [Laughs] There are so many
questions. Maybe I’m playing twins. I could be twins -- one with a beard or just a
mustache or some alien hair, like I’m an alien of some sort.
It would be great if
the twin was a bearded, shirtless guy who dances.
Exactly -- [Laughs] -- does
Ex Machina opens in theaters on April 10. Watch the trailer below: