DIESEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 8
TO BE A BAD BOY
WE GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ACTOR BOYD HOLBROOK TO TALK JAMES DEAN, BEING IN CONTROL AND NEVER COMPROMISING
Everything Boyd Holbrook has touched has turned to cinematic gold. He made his acting debut in the Oscar winning Milk, before going on to land roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Gone Girl, Walk Among the Tombstones and Netflix’s smash TV hit, Narcos. While filming the next Wolverine sequel, we sat down with Boyd to talk about the essence of what makes a bad boy both off and on screen.
Hello, how are you?
Very good sir.
Everything you’ve been in from Narcos to Walk Among The Tombstones has been a hit. What’s next for you?
I’m going to finish Wolverine, with James Mangold, who is a fucking amazing director. Getting to work with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant who is hilarious has been incredible. But I think I’m just going to focus on building a production company up. I really want to control my situation. I don’t want to be dependent on someone else giving me a job.
What does it mean to be ‘bad’ in your opinion?
It means you handle your shit.
Is it a vicious thing, or is there virtue in it?
Absolute virtue. I don’t think there’s anything cool in being reckless
Why do you think the bad boy is so seductive?
It’s being in control, it’s being your own person and not compromising to other people’s agendas. Compromise is the beginning of mediocrity.
If it were a role, how would you approach ‘the bad boy’?
I’m playing the bad guy in Wolverine, but really he’s just having a lot of fun. He’s very playful, he’s going against the grain.
Are you a bad boy?
I like handling my own destiny. I don’t want to depend on anyone else. I think being bad is being your own man.