Goode is a young British actor with masses of talent who's
flying a bit beneath the radar, but that will probably change.
Matthew Goode's cinema career got off to an inauspicious
start. Two years ago he starred opposite teen actress Mandy Moore in
Liberty', playing a secret service agent hired to look
after the President's daughter. The only film he'd done prior to
that was 'South of Granada', in which he played
Bloomsbury writer Gerald Brennan. Neither of these pictures were big
UK TV viewers will have seen him over Christmas, alongside Imelda
Staunton, as Lawrence Durrell in 'My
Family And Other Animals', but now the big screen beckons
again. Goode has cast in Woody
Allen's latest, widely praised film 'Match
Point'. Goode plays Tom Hewett, an upper class young man
whose sister is married to his tennis instructor, and whose fiancée
is having an affair with that same tennis instructor.
Matthew Goode: "The life of an actor is up
and down. I've got many friends who I was at drama school with who
haven't really started working yet and they're incredibly talented.
I've just been very, very lucky. Films get watched and forgotten,
what was nice was there was a little bit of history with that film
because it was Woody's first foray in filming in London, and with a
great cast. It might be the only film I'm in that has these
accolades thrown upon it."
Now Goode is following up 'Match Point' with the
film 'Imagine Me & You', a film already
being called a lesser 'Four
Weddings and a Funeral'. It's a British romantic comedy but
with a lesbian twist.
In the film Piper Perabo plays Rachel, who marries Heck,
played by Goode. She then falls in love with her florist, Lucy,
played by Lena Headey. Although the film has hardly
impressed the critics, Goode's performance gets a nod, but some are
wondering whether the 29-year-old may be forever saddled with
playing charming Englishmen.
Matthew Goode: "That's the nature of the
business. A lot of times, especially when you start out, the parts
you want to play are filled by a very large name and you have to
sort of almost earn that right.
There's a lot of safe casting. It's not like the old
reperatory system in theatre where one minute you're playing an
80-year-old man, the next you're playing a young buck 17-year-old
lead. People safe cast, and you go in and play a character that is
not exactly too far away from what you are."
Goode says he's happy to take what he can get right now
because he doesn't yet have directors knocking down his door, but he
does admit to hoping to break out eventually.
Matthew Goode: "I don't particularly want to
be doing the same thing again and again, I have stuff I want to
prove to myself, to my agent and to the audience as well. You want
to show what you can do."
Before he can do that, Goode is satisfied with simply getting
more screen time. Next up is acting alongside Oscar nominee Ed
Harris in 'Copying Beethoven', a film about the last
year of the composer's life.