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Jude Law: Roles better now I'm 40

Jude Law has said that there's an upside to getting older in Hollywood - his roles have become less predictable.

The actor, 40, who currently plays a psychiatrist in Side Effects, the Steven Soderbergh movie about the pharmaceutical industry, feels that he is approaching his most productive decade.

Sherlock Holmes star Jude told the BBC: "There's a certain amount of minefields you have to tiptoe through in your 20s and 30s as an actor."

"The roles tend to be more, not two dimensional, but maybe a little bit more predictable - it's the dashing young lead or the romantic interest."

Asked if he had to battle against the "pretty boy stereotype", the Cold Mountain and Alfie actor said: "I wasn't in it just to tip up and look pretty. I was in it to play parts."

Jude, who has been nominated for two Oscars in his career, added: "The funny thing, looking back, is the older you get your hair starts to go and you start looking a little rougher around the edges, and you think damn why didn't I just enjoy that?"

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