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Oscar Winner Geoffrey Rush Talks Being ‘Australian Man Of The Year’

Wed, September 12, 2012 12:31am EDT by Add first Comment

The Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner now has an entire continent paying him tribute. The actor explains his latest award in an EXCLUSIVE interview!

Geoffrey Rush, 61, is one of the few film and stage performers to ever win the “Triple Crown of Acting,” taking home an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony. The star is also the current president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. But his latest honor, being named the 2012 Australian Man of the Year, has the iconic actor spilling about what it means to him in our EXCLUSIVE interview!

“Look, it’s only been given, in 50 years, twice before to a film or stage actor. So on that balance it was really significant, because it gives visibility and credibility to our industry.”

The actor also explained why this award was important for the struggling film industry — “We are a fairly sports-orientated culture, maybe a bit of science, so it’s good. The feedback I got from my colleagues in the industry was, ‘wow, this is so great.'”

After all these accolades, it’s not clear where there is to go from here. Rush, though, shows no sign of resting on his laurels. He was in classic form at this week’s premiere of his new film (Eye Of The Storm, released September 7) speaking off the cuff to a rapt audience for nearly 20 minutes, eliciting roaring laughs with his affable Aussie charms. Talking about his Man of the Year award, “I’m not quite sure what that means,” the actor feigned with a wry wink.

For a man this charismatic, it seems anything is possible. attended the Eye of the Storm premiere, hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company and sponsored by  Qantas Airlines and Hazelton Asset Management LLC.

— Gino Orlandini

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