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Monday 24 November 2014

Jude Law: Roles better now I'm 40

Jude Law says he is offered more interesting roles as he gets older
Jude Law says he is offered more interesting roles as he gets older

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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