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Mark Strong: I'm not a smiler

Published 13/06/2015

Mark Strong
Mark Strong

Mark Strong thinks chasing fame is bad for a person's health.

The British thespian is known for his hardman roles on the big screen, kicking ass in flicks such as Zero Dark Thirty and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

In real life he's a lot more relaxed than his alter egos, but doesn't let on while in the spotlight.

"I keep getting asked that by photographers, they're always at me, 'Smile! Go on, smile!'" he laughed to Total Film magazine. "That's just not my best look. If you play villains, and you've made a career out of playing heavy duty guys, you don't want to appear in pictures grinning like a loon."

Mark has been acting since the late 80s and has witnessed how the industry has changed over the years. He loves his career and feels blessed to have gained recognition in his art, but has no interest in being a celebrity away from the camera.

"I think chasing fame is bad for your health. Being an actor, no. Being an actor I absolutely love. I have a genuine affinity with trying to create characters and tell stories," he explained. "That's why I'm doing it. But if I ever felt it was more about the fame or being noticed, or anything like that, I'd give it up immediately."

Being well known means there are constant offers at Mark's doorstep, such as a Jaguar advert he appeared in. The theme was British Intelligence, with the British Villains campaign also featuring Tom Hiddleston, Sir Ben Kingsley and Nicholas Hoult.

Mark loved every minute of the job and admits he got "very well paid" for just a few days of driving, although looking back he does feel very guilty for doing it.

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