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I had a tough time until I was a bit older and bigger.’ What was he picked on for? He dislikes ‘films starring animated dogs’ but loves Terrence Malick: ‘I’m always intrigued by people who work infrequently, because I think it tends to be that they wait for the desire, rather than spewing them out.’ That must be harder to do as an actor, I suggest – doesn’t he feel he needs to keep himself out there? In The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers, the pair wear matching lederhosen and lacquered hair, and Knightley appears as a fairy.
Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.‘I’m only really interested in taking a part if it’s nothing like me,’ he says. My auditions for drama school were miserable, but one thing I had on my side, although I had no experience or skill or training, was that I wanted to learn everything.’ His restlessness took hold in childhood. More frightening, the held down bit, because you can’t escape.’ In recent years – roughly the five years since he met Knightley on the set of Pride and Prejudice and they started to date – he’s been reminded of that feeling of pursuit and entrapment. ‘As soon as there’s a group, suddenly it becomes a competition: who can push the limit of what you can do?He grew up comfortably in Stonesfield, a small village in Oxfordshire, his mother a solicitor, his father an art historian. ‘I grew up in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in England,’ he pauses, ‘and got out as soon as I could! ’ In the past he’s talked about fantasising about hitting the photographers who doorstep him, but his general bent is towards pacifism.But the trainer was insistent every day that you have to make the ring your home, and outside scary.’ When Friend went to New York and Canada he located suitable gyms to keep up his regime.In Brooklyn he was pummeled ‘like a piñata’ by the two brothers who ran the gym, and he spent hours running up and down stairs carrying tractor tyres.He went on to play a Nazi guard in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Prince Albert in The Young Victoria and Michelle Pfeiffer’s youthful lover in Chéri.
He is also, you may have gathered, Keira Knightley’s boyfriend, and as such a prime target for gossip columns, websites and paparazzi.In person he looks robust, dressed in a decorous variation on work wear: blue-checked shirt, grubby sky-blue jeans and giant, black biker boots. Largely because when I watch a film I don’t want to be thinking about the actor’s divorce, I want to be transported into another world.’ His latest film, The Kid, is transporting in its way, but no flight of fantasy.He is tall and wiry, his face taut over perfect bone structure. The script was written by Kevin Lewis, based on his autobiography, a bestseller that is part misery memoir, part triumph over tragedy.Friend, who approaches his work with Method-like intensity, hung out with Lewis as much as possible before filming started.‘I didn’t want him to feel like I was an emotional vampire,’ he says, ‘and I didn’t want to be Jeremy Paxman, but I did have to understand him as a person.’ It was when he got to secondary school that the trouble started. ‘Nothing’s as frightening as being held down and having cigarettes put out on you.’ Which happened to you? He tries to avoid trouble by steering clear of ‘London, fashion-y’ events. ‘I really love it, all the way from trees to a finished table.