This much I know: Maxwell Caulfield, actor

I’m looking forward to returning to Dublin, this time with Guys and Dolls.

We are going to do 19 cities in 20 weeks. That’s not so long. 

My tour with Singing in the Rain lasted for over a year.

These tours can be quite grueling as you move once a week and live out of a suitcase. But the adrenaline you get just before you go on stage, from Doctor Greasepaint, helps you surmount any obstacles. 

If you have any type of ailment, once you put the slap on, you will be suddenly better. 

You could be dragging yourself into the theatre, for the 150th performance of a role when suddenly you hear the expectant chatter over the tannoy and your heart starts beating. 

It is when you least expect it that something magical happens, but you can never afford to lose your focus.

I wasn’t a child actor exactly, but I was co-opted into appearing in the 60s film Accident, which was written by Harold Pinter, when I was only seven, as my mother was his secretary at the time. 

I played alongside Dirk Bogarde and Michael York. I was Dirk’s son. That was the beginning.

I grew up in London but California is home to me now.

The biggest challenge in life so far has been sustaining a career in Hollywood. The real challenge is sustaining your belief in yourself. Continuing to believe you still have the goods. 

The acting world is a lot tougher over there than it is over here. In LA, if you are in a play, it is presumed it is because you can’t get a job in film.

My wife [Juliet Mills] is an actor too. 

The best advice I ever received was from my father-in-law, John Mills, who told me ‘if you believe it, they will believe it’. It is all about immersing yourself in the moment. 

One of the reasons he had such a wonderful career was because he continually repeated the mantra that he was a lucky man and that he was grateful for what he had. I believe in reinforcing that idea of gratitude in my own life.

Al Pacino is credited with saying that performing on stage is like doing a high wire act without a net. If you forget your lines, you could come a cropper. 

Film work is more like walking on a tight rope that is only two feet off the ground.

Auditioning is the hardest part of this job. 

There are all kinds of myths about casting, but sometimes I think it could be as simple as it’s the first or last person through the door that gets the job!

I do believe there are little entities around us, little guides, helping us, if we would only listen. 

I often talk in a quiet voice so that I can hear what they are trying to tell me. Of course, there is every chance it could be my own neurosis.

I do look on the bright side of things but then I am married to a woman with a sunny disposition. 

I met Juliet when we both appeared in a production of The Elephant Man. I like to think it was fate.

I don’t think there is an afterlife. I doubt that we will be shaking hands in heaven. I do believe we are energy and that love is the highest form of expression.

If I could change one thing in our society, I’d introduce some form of voluntary service, by that I mean that we’d be encouraged to do something for someone other than ourselves for a couple of hours a week. 

It may sound idealistic but we are becoming so very self obsessed and caught up with our own, individual, creature comforts. 

If it wasn’t for those good people who see helping others as a vocation, our society would fall apart.

I’m a bit of a home body. One of these days I look forward to spending more time at home, dabbling with paint on canvas.

So far life has taught me that karma is a bitch.

One of the reasons I cleaned up my own act is that I realised that fact. I learned it the hard way.

Hollywood actor Maxwell Caulfield stars in Guys and Dolls at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 26-30 April, 2016.


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