HE CITES Gene Hackman as his role model and – if all goes according to plan – could become Australia’s most unlikely leading man since Geoffrey Rush and his Oscar-winning turn in SHINE. He is Joel Edgerton: Australia’s man of the moment in Hollywood, star of the new Aussie thriller WISH YOU WERE HERE, and part of the filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue, which was lauded by many as the future of the Australian film industry after producing ANIMAL KINGDOM.
Briefly back in Sydney recently, Edgerton is all-too aware of the need to maximize opportunity while it’s there – he spent a decade breaking into Hollywood, after all – and believes the ‘clubhouse’, (which is how he describes Blue-Tongue), is vital to his creative output, and that of fellow club-member, actor-director Kieran Darcy-Smith. The othes are Joel’s film-maker brother Nash Edgerton, writer-director Spencer Susser, editor Luke Doolan, stuntman/actor Tony Lynch and ANIMAL KINGDOM director David Michod.
Curiously wary of his legacy at age 37, Edgerton insists there’s no better way to foster talent and maintain the momentum kick-started by Michod’s critically acclaimed debut feature, in 2010.