I Think We Love Kerry
MF: You looked great!
KW: Thank you. Also, to his credit, I begged him to shoot the underwear scene at the end of the film so that I could start off heavier and then have time to get a little bit more tone by the underwear scene. I have two amazing trainers that I work with, because even when I'm putting on weight or losing weight, I always want do it in a way that's healthy because my body is my instrument and my craft. In New York I work out with David Kirsch and in L.A. Valerie Waters—they are the gurus of my body. I try to put them in charge so that I can be thinking about my acting choices and not my thighs.
MF: Do you turn down roles because you say it's a good role, but it's a bad movie?
KW: I turn down stuff all the time. It's funny because one of the questions I ask myself when I'm deciding to do a film is, will this something I'll want to go to the junket for. You know, is this something I’ll want to spend three days, sitting around chatting about with people, standing behind it, selling it, or will I want to hide under a bed? It's easy to think of the moment or think about the money, but it's really important to go—wait a second, am I going to want to stand behind this a year from now?
MF: Is there a role you wanted, but you didn't get and you look back and say -- I wish I would’ve got that one?
KW: There are roles that I wanted, very badly that I didn't get it, but looking back I never feel like it was the wrong decision.
MF: What’s one of them?
KW: I will not say! [Laughs]
MF: Talk about The Last King of Scotland, you were amazing in that — how was it watching Forest Whitaker transform himself into that role?
Kerry: It was incredible... The Last King of Scotland was a completely transformative experience. As for Forest, I know Forest—I was in Uganda for six or seven weeks and I didn't see my friend, Forest Whitaker there once—he was Idi Amin. There was somebody who kind of blurred the lines between being one foot in Forest, one foot in Idi. He never let himself completely detached from the spirit of Idi Amin the whole time we were there, which was incredibly inspiring and incredibly frightening. I was scared for myself and for him because as an actor I understood where he was going. I was like, how in the world is he going to come back from this. It was intense; you had to be careful about the things you said around him.
MF: You’re engagement recently ended. This movie puts a big question mark on the institution of marriage. Would you really consider getting married, rather than just saying—let's live together and have a great life?
KW: I don't know. I think I'm really young so we’ll see. I know people who are married, who are really happy. I know people who are married, who aren't. I know people who live together who are really happy and I know people who live together, who aren’t. So, I think it's such a personal decision. I think it's really about asking yourself, what do I really want—having the courage to ask yourself, what do I want at this point in my life and then doing it.
I Think I Love My Wife is in theaters nationwide.
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