Heâ€™s played a CIA agent, a mountaineer, and Ted Kennedy. On the eve of his new film, Pet Sematary, we chat with Jason Clarke about car racing, wave chasing, and candy-as-fuel.
BEING FROM AUSTRALIA, I love being in natureâ€”climbing, backpacking for weeks. I used to chase adrenaline, but after having two kids, Iâ€™m not a lunatic anymore. But I still race cars. I played a getaway driver in Public Enemies in the 1990s, and got into it. Iâ€™d sneak off to the Chicagoland Speedway on the weekends. With car racing, itâ€™s very easy to know exactly where your skill level is. If you go past that, youâ€™re going to crash.
Fitness is something I do for my physical health, but also mental. If I donâ€™t run a few times a week, I become lazy. At the moment Iâ€™m with my family in Byron Bay, Australia, where ocean and jungle meets hinterland and cows. Today I had a swim and a surf. I donâ€™t make money from being shredded, so I do a lot of small workouts. I always travel with a skipping rope. And when Iâ€™m in L.A., I train with a guy named Andy Thompson, doing CrossFit work and lifting, which has helped my back and shoulders. I also do Pilates for flexibility and range of motion. Iâ€™m 49, and after 20 years of stunts and fights, Iâ€™ve got a few aches and pains.
Fitness is something I do for my physical health, but also mental. If I donâ€™t run a few times a week, I become lazy.
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When weâ€™re together, my wife and I eat a really clean, mostly Mediterranean dietâ€”eggs for breakfast, salad for lunch, fish or chicken for dinner. On a film set, itâ€™s hard to eat properly, as theyâ€™re cooking for the whole crew, so it might not be what you need. And you have to maintain the same weight throughout filming. I tend to exert a lot of energy when I shoot and can lose weight easily. Recently, I was shooting in St. Petersburg, Russia, at 4:30 a.m. in minus-30-degree weather. Iâ€™d eat Snickers bars between scenes to have enough energy to deliver when it was time to go.
â€”as told to MARJORIE KORN