Interviewer: Now. Alexander, did you know anything about him before you started this project?
Farrell: No, very little. As a child I knew there was someone called “Alexander the Great” who conquered the world, and then, meeting Oliver(即Oliver Stone,奥利弗?斯通《亚历山大大帝》的导演), he talked to me, honestly, over dinner about it, and then I screen tested for Oliver.
Interviewer: Uhm humm.
Farrell: And, then when I finally realized that I was going to get the chance to do it, I …I hit the bookshop.
Interviewer: Right. And the books just kind…
Farrell: …the books they help me kind of…it, from me, they kind of just help me feel like you're actually going forward.
Farrell: It doesn't actually matter that you're, …that, doesn't … look, you could not read the books and just take Oliver's script and you could do, I think, just as good a job.
Farrell: Just you feel like you're making an effort, like you're committing yourself, like you're… and then it just helps you, I suppose, it does open up avenues of thought in your mind, and maybe it does help you poke(引起) more questions and prod more questions.
Interviewer: What helped you get there?
Farrell: Ehm, all of the above. You know, reading and, some of those reference points were working out. You know, I did protein shakes (蛋白质混合饮料) and lifted weights, or whatever for three or four months, which I hated. And I put on a few pounds, and so physically and mentally I was, by the time we got to camera in Morocco, I was pretty read to go. There was also three weeks in boot camp(训练营) in Morocco. So there was like 170 guys in tents in the desert about an hour's drive, two hours' drive outside of Marakesh(马拉喀什,摩洛哥中西部的一个城市)
Interviewer: Some of the scenes you had were really intense. Were you at all intimidated (被威胁,被吓的)?
Farrell: Ehm, I don't know if I was intimidated. I was…I was very wary (谨慎的). I had a very nervous energy about me and I was hungry to get in and try and find what the gut of each scene, the core of each scene, the soul of each scene, and each beat and each emotion and each thought was. And I had an incredible director in Oliver, to pull me in the right direction or push me in the right direction, and maybe that was the wrong direction and go in another one, and… But I don't know, I would have probably been apprehensive (忧虑的), I would have been apprehensive a lot of the time, yeah, about just doing it justice (尽力做好,恰到好处地处理). I mean it's such an incredible script and such an incredible character.
Interviewer: what are you doing in between movies with yourself?
Farrell: Ehh, uhh, getting ready for the next one usually, I haven't had that much time in the last year since I did Alexander. I've done two more pieces and I've had abut, I think, about seven weeks off since I started Alexander.
Interviewer: Yeah. and what'd you do?
Farrell: I went home.
Interviewer: Went home?
Farrell: I hadn't been home in a year and a half, which was the longest. I'd done three jobs back to back (连续的), 'cause I have a son now, who's in Los Angeles.
Farrell: … so as usually I'd shoot home to Dublin straight away. I'm coming here now more, of course, to spend time with him. And, but I got to go home for ten days. Which was nice.
Interviewer: Yeah. Did you even recognize the place?
Farrell: Yeah, it's, I mean it's changed, Dublin's changing, man. I don't know if you've heard, but it's changing. It's becoming quite…quite the…you know a European, a big, big European city, something akin (类似的) to London.
Interviewer: What's next?
Farrell: Don't know, man. Do this for five weeks and then home for Christmas.
Farrell: Yeah, I get to bring my boy home this year for Christmas so that'll be cool.