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Sunday 23 November 2014

Jude Law: Speculation is shallow

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Jude Law
'Side Effects' film press conference at Apple Store, Regent Street, London, Britain - 27 Feb 2013
British actor Jude Law, known most recently for his work on Anna Karenina and Sherlock Holmes, discusses his latest film Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh, about a woman seeking psychiatric treatment to cope with her husband's imminent release from prison, released March 8
Jude Law

Jude Law learnt to live with a "dichotomy of who [he was]" during the time his personal life was publicly scrutinised.

The British actor was a headline regular in the early 2000s thanks to his rocky romantic life. Jude's marriage to Sadie Frost broke down before he started a high-profile relationship with Sienna Miller. The actress was later left publicly heartbroken after Jude had an affair with his children's nanny.

Jude - who rekindled his relationship with Sienna before splitting again in February 2011 - has blasted the media for their unfair assumptions at the time.

“I don’t really want to get into this, but in this country certain parts of the media have written things, sometimes true, mostly untrue, about me that have portrayed me in a certain way. People assume that I’ll be like that. You have to separate it and say, ‘Well I know it’s not me,'" he told Shortlist magazine.

"You learn to live with this dichotomy of who you are and who they’re saying you are. But that period was horrible. It was just boring. Boring, shallow and infuriating, because I couldn’t get my revenge.”

Jude thinks his celebrity overshadowed his film work at one point. The 40-year-old hunk didn't want to lose his focus at the time, which he feels has paid off.

“I think it managed to for a little while, unfortunately. I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the swamp, the mire. To me it’s the shallowest form of judgement and analysis. I’m not interested in gutter-sniping; there’s too much good stuff going on. I was hoping to contribute to the good stuff and I felt as though I was suddenly pulled into this level of nonsense," he explained.

"I realised quickly I’d have to keep my head down and hope that the work would win out. It seems to have so far.”

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