How do you feel about
tuxes? They're sort of a cop-out, but there's a marvellous simplicity in
putting on a dinner jacket, singlebreasted with three buttons. Women go through
torture about 'What am I going to wear?' and 'Does my bum look big in this?'
Men don't have to worry about any of that stuff, which is very liberating.
Is there anyone whose
style you admire? I can't think of anyone whose got style any more. You've
got to be suspicious of people on best-dressed lists. Some bloody stylist has
got hold of them. They have consultants who come along and buy their suits and
ties. What sort of world is that? It's the kind of world where you have a dog
and someone else walks it for you.
Do you find you dress
differently abroad? Yes, you'd wear something different in LA than you
would in London or Paris.
Then again, I tend to wear a jacket if I'm in LA out of sheer
bloody-mindedness, to sort of set an example for the natives. They're just too
bloody casual. In London, I'll make
a point of dressing more casually than the natives.
Do you know what
you're going to pack before you start? No, I throw stuff in and hope for
the best. But you don't want to travel with too many things you value. I got my
travel wallet stolen once, and a whole section of my life was gone-passport, my
grandfather's gold cufflinks.
What can't you be
without? I've got to have a razor, a comb, my Filofax-I'd be dead without
my Filofax. Travel clock. You need one dark jacket; you can't get away without
one. My trainers. I go to the gym everyday. I do about 35 to 40 minutes on the
runner, some weights, a lot of
stretching. I feel like a slug if I don't.
I was reading some
articles about you . . .They're all lies . . .
I read that art is
one of your passions. I'm a serious collector of art. When I say serious,
it's more like a serious gambler. It's kind of an affliction-I lie about it, I
sneak off and buy things without telling anybody. I need therapy. I think I
have a very good collection of New Zealand
painting and a smaller quite good collection of Australian painting. I tend to
buy contemporary art.
You paint as well, don't
you? I do. I am a really bad painter. I paint the sort of watercolours I
would never buy. But it's a good thing to do when you're on a movie set waiting
And you own a few
vineyards. I'm on to my third now. If you go to the site
(www.twopaddocks.com) you can see photos of it. The grapes are planted from
scratch. I'm a fan of pinot noir and [Central Otago] is
really one of the two main pinot areas in New
architecture? I'm sort of addicted to architecture and I'm always building
something. For my house in Queenstown, the brief to the architect was to be
contemporary, but absolutely timeless. I told him the things I like-Georgian
architecture, Italian farmhouses, Irish cottages. It's a completely modern house, but it has those
You are often in LA.
How do you feel about living there? If you spend too much time there you
start thinking all that matters is show business, and nothing could be further
from the truth. It's of little consequence in the world wide scheme of things and in the map of your own happiness.
But it's fun to go there and dip your toe in once in a while. If I'm around, I
like to go to the Oscar parties: put on a bow tie and step out.