Q: If you had to pick an era, would the '80s be an era that you'd want to explore further? I think there's something pretty great about the '50s Rat Pack kind of era. BB: Growing up, you're informed by what your parents listened to.
Neil is very analytical and self-aware, and I think those things probably don't work so well if you're a rock star.
It's no good to be too self-conscious as an actor, because you can see it when they're being watched.
In 2009, he starred in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, directed by Oliver Parker.
That same year, Barnes was nominated for MTV Movie Awards' Best Breakthrough Male for his performance in Prince Caspian, which went to Robert Pattinson from Twilight.
Like that sort of exasperated Paul Rudd character, that's something I've always loved and would absolutely emulate given the opportunity.
I just turned 30 so I'm definitely looking to play men with more experience in life and therefore they're usually more interesting.There is downtime when you're not working [as an actor so] I've been doing a lot of writing and thinking about directing in the future. You take a little bit of each character that you play with you.So if I'm playing someone very [noble], then I want to play someone more mischievous, tough or whatever. I'm a huge fan of a lot of American comedians in movies.I've watched a lot of videos of all these big '80s bands and asked for all of them. Wouldn't it be interesting to discuss the whole paradigm with Neil about them? He places himself in this position and writes about himself in this quite deprecating way.So I figured it was okay to take some license and make him look like a real [bungler] and make some of his performances be particularly awful.So I basically had dramatic license to make him as I wanted. His dreams of becoming a rock star are still very much alive, even now in his late 40s. But actually, because you empathize with this character, you're kind of like, "you should never give up on your dreams." It's a battle of conscience.