Daniel Craig warns young actors to choose a different career... despite his Bond millions
Daniel Craig revealed he almost got kicked out of drama school in his teens - Landmark Media / Alamy Stock Photo
It's a profession that has earned him a fortune of £ 120 million and a starring role in the world's most famous series of films.
However, Daniel Craig, who made his final appearance as James Bond in the upcoming film No Time To Die, has warned young actors who hope to follow in his footsteps: "Don't do it."
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The Bafta-nominated actor, whose career spanned three decades, said the industry can be extremely "demeaning and depressing," especially when repeatedly turned down for roles.
"My advice to young actors is not to do it - any other career!" He told fans during an interview in London with Edith Bowman, hosted by Bafta.
“It's so humiliating and depressing at times, the rejection. I was pretty defensive and brave to deal with it. "
Craig, who turned 53 that year, also revealed he hadn't had the best start to his acting career and was nearly kicked out of acting school.
He admitted that he was on the verge of being disfellowshipped three times for having a terrible habit of being late for classes and performances.
“I was very lucky with the National Youth Theater early on. It was learning to discipline, ”said Craig.
“If you were late you got so much shit. That was really priceless. I went to drama school and was late all the first year. I was almost kicked out three times. I made up a long excuse once and a teacher said, "This is a little wrong Daniel".
“I left school with a couple of GCSEs and thought I would end up being a waiter. But then something clicked. I worked off my a ---. But I'm the worst listener in the world. I wash out the lines and get nervous. "
From the “real flea pit” to the red carpet
Craig said his passion for the big screen started when he was a kid sitting in a rundown local movie theater for hours watching movies.
“I lived in a small town on the Wirral and there was a tiny cinema; a real flea pit. The films had run around the world five times before they came to us. I snuck in there and watched the films. A lot of it was rubbish, but I didn't care. "
The father of two said the pandemic "put things in perspective" for him and that returning to the cinema has never felt so invigorating.
“We are a social animal and the cinema is an opportunity for us to experience something together. There is nothing like it. This remains one of the most important art forms for me. I want to be in a movie theater, scream at the screen and enjoy it. "
He said he would miss the James Bond team terribly. But did he keep any mementos from the sets?
“I deliberately do not keep any mementos. I want to go on and not look back. "
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