Aaron Taylor-Johnson was already a big name after portraying Quicksilver in Captain America: Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but made headlines last month at the Golden Globes when he won for Best Supporting Actor in a surprise upset against presumed frontrunner Mahereshala Ali. After being nominated at the British Academy Awards, it was presumed he was a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination.
However, he was left of the shortlist for Best Supporting Actor in favor of his Nocturnal Animals co-star Michael Shannon, something that’s not really giving him all that much stress.
“There was relief when my wife told me that I hadn’t been nominated,” Johnson said in an interview with New York Magazine. “Coming home from the Globes with an award was brilliant, but I’ve been promoting Nocturnal for six months. As an actor, you prefer to put that kind of energy into something creative. It was good to finally step off the train. You do kind of go, I’m losing my mind.”
Johnson wasn’t shy about bearing it all, both figuratively and literally, in the interview. He detailed his experiences getting inside the mind of the killer he played in Nocturnal Animals while also showing off his incredibly chiseled body.
“I wanted to feel toxic from the inside out,” the actor said, recounting his immersion into his research of serial killers and smoking a crazy amount of cigarettes and drinking a ton of beer. “My wife is very loving and supportive — but it was definitely great when I finished the shoot.”
So, what does he handsome leading man have lined up next? Well there’s The Wall, which is due to be released in March where the actor plays an Iraqi War sniper, but besides that, he’s not rushing into anything.
“… there’s definitely a feeling of ‘Strike when the iron’s hot.’ I know it’ll blow over eventually, but there’s been more meeting people from studios. It’s an interesting position to be in where you’re suddenly getting considered for projects. I want to work with great directors. I’ve picked films based on the script or the character and seen them collapse because the directors were not strong visionaries.”
Let’s just hope we don’t have to go too long without seeing that body again, okay Aaron?
h/t: NY Mag/Vulture