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Friday 30 January 2015

Cave: Guy Pearce scared my kids

Nick Cave was keen to have Guy Pearce in Lawless
Nick Cave was keen to have Guy Pearce in Lawless

Nick Cave has revealed Guy Pearce terrified his children by sending him a picture of himself in character as the villain in his new film Lawless.

The singer-songwriter wrote the screenplay and music for the new film directed by John Hillcoat and starring Guy, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman. It is based on the true story of the Bondurant brothers who ran a bootleg liquor business during the prohibition era in Virginia.

Guy plays Special Agent Charlie Rakes, who is determined to catch the brothers for the crimes.

Nick revealed: "We made him a much more eccentric character and a lot of that was with Guy's help actually.

"He sent a picture of himself how he wanted to look, with the hair and he'd shaved off his eyebrows and he just sent it on my phone and it was really terrifying. It didn't look like Guy.

"My kids looked at it and it and were disturbed by this character which is always a good sign because they can watch anything my kids, they're little kids."

The musician and writer revealed he and John, who had both worked with Guy before, were keen to have him in the role, but he insisted on making the police officer character more "memorable" before he agreed to do it.

John said: "He is a dream actor and we're always trying to get him into whatever we do. Luckily he's that versatile."

Nick added: "We sent him the script and he said he would do it if Rakes was a more memorable villain, so that's one of the things we played around with a lot."

:: Lawless is released in cinemas on Friday September 7, 2012.

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