Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Jason Clarke: Wool is the one

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke enjoys the feel of woollen clothing.

The Great Gatsby actor grew up in a small rural town in Queensland, Australia. The son of a sheep shearer, the 44-year-old recognises the effort that goes into producing a woollen piece of clothing.

"[It's] tough work, and I joke about it with dad that he's probably shorn some of the sheep that made a lot of the wool suits I wear," he told the US edition of Esquire magazine. "I love a good wool suit, and I appreciate the fact that it's a natural fibre. I know where it comes from, and I know how it's bred."

Jason has just finished filming Everest, which is based on the 1996 disaster where eight people died in a blizzard on the world famous mountain. In preparation he did a lot of hiking, and he found that wool was the best material for his climbing outfits too.

"It's built to last. It breathes and it feels good," he explained. "A lot of my climbing and hiking gear is all wool, because I can wear it for a week straight and it doesn't smell. And when you get hot and sweaty in a cold temperature, it stays warm. So your body temperature stays at a good warmth rather than freezing your ass off."

Jason knows firsthand what it takes to shear a sheep as The Zero Dark Thirty star used to help his dad remove the fleece from his flock.

"[It's] one of the hardest jobs you can ever do, wrestling rams to the ground, them kicking and head-butting," he recalled. "The last time I worked with my father in the sheds I think I was 19. At that point, my dad was getting older, so I'd go and pull the sheep out of the pen, bring it around, push it around, sit it on its ass. Then you tuck its legs under your arms, and often with a big ram its head and its horns are sitting up around your face."

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