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Clive Owen Shares the Worst Acting Advice He’s Ever Received


Clive Owen reveals the darkside details behind Hollywood’s film industry.

Clive Owen is an English actor who first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before getting international notice for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the drama Closer (2004).

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Owen has since played leading roles in films such as Sin City (2005), Derailed (2005), Inside Man (2006),Children of Men (2006), and The International (2009). In 2012, he earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in Hemingway & Gellhorn.

Recently, the Academy Award nominated actor shared his best acting tips and how to survive in Hollywood. Owen was interview by The Hollywood Reporter and was asked what was his worst piece of advice he has ever received as an actor. He said:

What’s the worst piece of career advice you ever received?

“It’s all about being likable. When you act, try to be likable because that’s where success lies.” It was [from] a casting director many years ago.

Owen also talked about the darkside of Hollywood.

What’s the thing you hate most about Hollywood?

That it can be very tough for very talented people to get the right breaks. There’s an element of luck involved. To some extent, you make your own luck by working hard and honing your craft, but there are a lot of stories of people who didn’t quite get the right opportunities at the right time. There’s an awful lot of talented people who didn’t get the work and choices they should have had.

Clive Owen is now playing Dr. John W. Thackery on the Cinemax medical drama series The Knick.  The same show the actor received a Golden Globe Award nomination for.

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