9 Things To Know About Clive Owen

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9 Things To Know About Clive Owen

9 Things To Know About Clive Owen

For whatever reason, Clive Owen’s acting career hasn’t ever hit that next level of stardom. But that isn’t to say he’s not a fantastic actor, especially in the Cinemax series The Knick. He has starred in some of my personal favorites, including Children of Men, Inside Man, and the underrated thriller The International.

Here are 9 things about the actor you may not have known…

1. Clive is a massive David Bowie fan. Massive. He has called singer “the biggest musical influence on my life.” He says, “I don’t know why, but no one else has ever had such an effect on me. I didn’t have most of his work. I had everything.” In the 1970s, when Bowie was changing his appearance and style with every album, Owen would re-dye his hair whatever color Bowie’s was at the time.

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2. Owen first got heavy notice in BMW ads of all things. He played the mysterious driver in a series of ads for BMW that became internet hits.

3. Closer was his only Oscar nomination in 2004. In the original theater production of Closer he played the character Dan. In the film version, he played the other prominent male character, Larry, while Dan was played by Jude Law.

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4. In an interview published in the Daily Express, he said that he was terrified of badgers. In a subsequent interview in Newsweek, he denied being afraid of them and said it was a joke.

5. Everyone was convinced he would be the next James Bond. He was voted as the most likely to take over from Pierce Brosnan, but the role went to Daniel Craig instead.

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6. He is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

7. Owen got the role of King Arthur in Antoine Fuqua’s film after it was turned down by Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson, and Hugh Jackman. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer declined Fuqua’s choice of Daniel Craig at the time because he wanted Owen, because he “knew” Owen would be the next James Bond.

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8. Owen met his wife, Sarah-Jane Fenton, while the two were in a stage version of Romeo and Juliet. They played the title characters.

9. Although his ‘official’ date of birth is 1964, the News of the World published a birth certificate stating it as 1962 as part of an article about the real age of movie stars.

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