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The Academy Award winner talks about history, the horror of naked co-stars and that wet-shirt Darcy thing
In your new movie The Railway Man, as in The King's Speech, you play a historical figure. Is that your favorite kind of role?
Not necessarily. A good story is a good story. This one's personal. It's not trying to capture the whole of the fall of Singapore or the building of the "Death Railway." It's one man's experience. I think a veteran's story will probably always be interesting because it will be an experience very distant from mine. It becomes my job to understand it as best I can and hopefully relay something of it. I like my job when it's just there for cheap laughs, but occasionally an experience like this makes you feel there's some substance.