With the “In Time” premiere nearing (October 20th), Alex finally speaks up about his character Fortis.
Part of the menace of Dayton, apart from the possibility of timing out should one not amass a day’s wages, is the presence of Minute Men, who are thieves out to steal time. Alex Pettyfer portrays Fortis, the leader of the Minute Men – a refined 75-year-old psychopath (who of course looks 25). “Because of the character’s age, he’s quite articulate,” says Niccol. “He has more sophisticated taste in clothing than a younger man would have. That makes him seem different from the younger characters.”[x]
Pettyfer offers, “Fortis is a bruiser, though not without a certain elegance. And he’s just a complete psycho, and crazy-hungry for time. I think the scariest thing about him is that he feels he has nothing to lose. He just doesn’t care. He’s just now gone completely insane and is on a rampage for more time.”
The actor enjoyed his trip to the dark side, finding it a liberating experience: “You can’t do everything you want playing a villain, but you have room to create. And I think that’s the most attractive thing about playing a character like Fortis; it’s that you can build so many layers with him.”
What’s happening in your world right now?
It’s pretty intense, but I’m having a great time! I’ve just come back from London where I met with people to talk about some future roles, which was a load of fun. I recently returned to do a bunch of auditions for a few films and right now I’m shooting a short film called The Garden of Eden with Jessica Lowndes from 90210, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
What was it like working with Dianna Agron and Alex Pettyfer in I Am Number Four?
It was brilliant. They were both wonderful. Alex is a hilarious man and is so much fun to have around on the set. And Dianna couldn’t be a nicer person if she tried.
Coolest career highlight so far?
Wow. I guess it would have to be when I was picked by director Rob Reiner for a lead role in his film Flipped in 2009.
If you could have been a part of any movie in history what would it be?
I wouldn’t mind being in the Halo movie (if they ever make it), but I’ve always wanted to have been a part of The Lord of the Rings. I would love to be in The Hobbit!
What is high school like for you?
I do what’s called “long distance education”, which is essentially home-schooling out of Australia. I find I learn a lot more when sitting on the couch in my underwear researching everything myself and explaining everything to myself. A school specifically for students working overseas sends me colossal piles of schoolwork, which I complete and send back.
What’s the best way a girl can get your attention?
Fakeness and materialism are huge turn-offs for me. I appreciate physical attractiveness, but I love humour and intelligence in a girl!
Would you ever date a fan?
I’d date anybody as long as I liked them. Fan is short for “fanatic,” so I think most people would prefer if the person they dated was a fan of theirs.
Finish the following sentences:
My dream celebrity date is … Ellen Page! She seems like such a cool, unique person. I’d definitely go see a movie with her.
The most romantic thing I’ve ever done is … pay for someone’s movie ticket. I’ve also sent flowers for a friend’s birthday.