Every time a crappy film is riddled with talented actors, I can't help but wonder what they were thinking. Is it a money thing? A favor for a friend? Are their tastes really that bad? And more importantly -- was there no other movie they could have taken to get the same money? Every time these films "grace" the screen, I yearn to hear what the actor really thought -- if they bought into the false buzz of their feature, or are just trying to grin and bear the badness. I wonder if they have to sit down and balance the embarrassment of the film with their need for cash, their morals, their tastes.

Sometimes we get the truth years in the future, when it's "safe" to be honest, but sometimes, wonderfully, we get it immediately. Matthew Goode recently revealed his thoughts on this year's rom-com Leap Year, as well as news that he had auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in the The Hobbit (though admits that he's a little too tall for the part). Regarding Leap Year, though, the Universal romance somehow made its money back last month, and a little extra for good measure, but didn't even crack a million in its foreign box office take, and earned a truly spectacular 21% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.

Hit the jump for Goode's comments.

The actor told WENN:
It's turgid. I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010.

[The location] was the main reason I took it -- so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn't because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid.

Because of the way my repartee comes out, people tend to think that I don't care. Actually, it's often just a result of my being in a situation where I'm embarrassed about having to talk about a film which I don't think is that brilliant -- but obviously I can't say that. I do think that it's important that one should be able to speak out without worrying about causing offense, or whatever. And it saddens me that the romanticism has been ripped out of being an actor. It wasn't like that in Peter O'Toole's time, was it?
Seeing that O'Toole's "time" includes the likes of Phantoms, I'm not sure he was frolicking in a romantic actor life, just like Michael Caine took on a lot of cinematic crap before he was rediscovered, but I do love Goode's honesty. It's a nice breeze of fresh air in a business where everyone always congratulates each other on the most trite creations.

And man, I'd love to hear what Amy Adams would say if she had a little Goode inspiration. She throws some big crap in with her more notable work.
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