Matthew Goode is a British actor who has starred in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Brideshead Revisited, Watchmen, in which he played hero/villain Ozymandias, and that pinnacle of American cinema, the Mandy Moore vehicle Chasing Liberty. For someone who only has 17 credits on his IMDb resume, he is (arguably) becoming one of the most well-known up and coming British actors in the biz. His upcoming projects include Leap Year, a romantic comedy with Amy Adams, and Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, which is garnering rave reviews (and Oscar buzz). He also became a father in March, so it’s been a busy year for him.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: It was a bit difficult to find much information about him personally – his hobbies and past and whatnot – other than the fact that he can wear a suit like none other (and that’s just my personal opinion). I did, however, read a few interviews with him. He’s developed a bit of a reputation for saying exactly what he thinks (he irked some hardcore Watchmen fans for this expletive laced tirade), and that came across in these interviews. But I like it, especially coming from a British man; Brits always seem to have this stereotype about them that they’re very proper and secretive and unemotional, and he seems to be almost the complete opposite. I particularly enjoyed this interview where his Match Point co-star Scarlett Johansson took over the question asking duties. People keep pegging him as the next Hugh Grant, but I think that he might have more up his sleeve than that. He’s actually done a major action film (Watchmen), which I don’t recall Grant doing. Also, I don’t think that Goode is going to be pigeon-holed into that nebbish, uptight, nervous and bumbling British gentleman role that Grant is typically relegated to. And thank God for that.