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June 03, 2014

Check out Chris’s entire interview over at Image.ie!

OK Chris, pop quiz: Ireland. Whatta you know?
Well, I’ve been to the Aran Islands, Inismore and Galway and I’m sure I have Irish blood in me, as every American on the planet does! I love (Martin) McDonagh. I think he’s one of the best playwrights today. Oh, and I do have a special affinity for the Belfast accent and a Northern Ireland accent. I didn’t do a full-on Galway Aran Island accent when I played in a production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. It was for an American audience so I did a very dummied down version of which I’m not too proud …

Don’t worry, we put it to the office and we were VERY satisfied that you did the accent well.
Well, I appreciate that very much – thank you!

Your roles have been pretty varied – is that something you do consciously? Like, you’ve gone from Star Trek to the prince in Disney’s new Cinderella adaptation Into the Woods to a comedy role in Horrible Bosses 2.
It’s just more fun than doing the same thing over and over again. I enjoy singing so the opportunity to sing on camera for that movie (Into The Woods) was great. It’s also nice not to be a lead! I got to come in for 2 weeks on Horrible Bosses and then get out! And working with Jason Bateman, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt was great, they’re all amazing.

So, Armani. We’ve sussed out the team and they’ve really loved dressing you for red carpet events. Was that what led you to becoming the face of Armani Code?
It actually began with the fact that I really respect Mr. Armani’s work, from the story of him as a craftsman to the story of him as a person. Anyone who opens a million dollar 5th Avenue store and in the same day gives money to the schools in New York who need dough, that speaks to the man. As an artist and a craftsman and as a person of the world, he’s incredible. The craftsmanship is exactly what I look for in the clothing – simple, great lines, elegant, tasteful, timeless…

So you like to get dressed up?
As an actor, for some of our favourite actors of all time clothing has been a great part of the image of it all. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire with the t-shirt and the sailor pants, or Paul Newman with his Rolex and the Daytona and his ID bracelet – I mean they’re iconic images and clothing is a huge part of it.

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