Rush gives an interview to The Talks. He discusses how much he enjoys wearing tights, how he goes with the flow, and when he broke into mainstream.
I did a lot of work in the theater, which is a very low level of media interest, particularly in Australia, and suddenly when Shine came out all of the films that I was in came out at the time and I met a lot of wonderful colleagues. The films I was nominated around were things like Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh, The English Patient… they were all very economically compact, but highly imaginative movies.
Rush is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech.
As an Australian, I’m as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day. This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting — to have your work honored by your industry peers is even better.
Rush wins Tony Award for Best Actor (Play) at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards for portraying King Berenger in Exit the King.
Rush wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in Scott Hicks’s Shine. Susan Sarandon presents the award.
There’s a game you can play where you create a dinner party where you can invite guests from any time in history, real or fictional. The Academy has honored me by choosing to seat me as “David Helfgott” at a table with “Larry Flynt” and “Count Laszlo de Almásy” and “Karl Childers” and “Jerry Maguire.” I can’t quite imagine where the conversation might head that night, but it has really enriched me as an actor to be seated at that table.