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Jason Clarke: Success is a surprise

Jason Clarke enjoys the challenge of acting.

The 44-year-old grew up in a small rural town in Queensland, Australia. Although he knew he wanted to be an actor, Jason could never have predicted he would be starring in films like Zero Dark Thirty and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

"That's one of the challenges of acting," he told the US edition of Esquire magazine. "You can't expect that you're going to be successful, but you've got to put your heart and everything you have into it. Look at a guy like Ian McKellen, who is 80 or whatever, and he's just loving his work and you can see that in the work. That defines what type of actor you are. And what kind of people want to work with you. And whether you can do this job for a long, long time."

Jason certainly has worked hard to get to where he is now. From TV shows like The Chicago Code and Brotherhood, he progressed onto film roles including The Great Gatsby, White House Down and Public Enemies. But his biggest roles are yet to come, as he will play John Connor in the Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis and will also star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin in Everest in 2015. The movie focuses on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster where eight people were caught in a blizzard and died. Jason had to do a lot of climbing preparation for his role as expedition leader Rob Hall.

"I hadn't done the level of what we did on this film, but I went and trained in New Zealand," he revealed. "I did two climbs late last year and the very beginning of this year on some intense mountains with a guy called Guy Cotter, who was one of Rob's best friends. He also climbed a lot with Rob and was there for the '96 disaster."

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