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John Malkovich: ‘I Am a Constant Source of Embarrassment to Myself’

Maybe Spike Jonze should make a movie about it.

John Malkovich

John Malkovich

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What’s being John Malkovich actually like? Embarrassing, apparently. The actor answered exactly 15 questions in a Q&A with the Guardian, one of which concerned the most embarrassing moment of his life. After citing a specific example — “recently, at the Hotel Caron in Paris, I got up to use the bathroom one night and found myself out in the hallway instead” — he gave the real answer: “But that is one of a million: I am a constant source of embarrassment to myself.”

Some of his other answers are equally revealing. Asked what trait he most deplores in himself, Malkovich responded, “Deplore might be strong, but general childishness, unseriousness and laziness in terms of what I’ve done compared with what maybe I should have or could have done.”

He’s literary too, of course, and when asked about his favorite book, said, “So many, but certainly ‘The Sound And The Fury’ by William Faulkner. ‘No battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.'”

As for how he’s remembered when he’s gone, Malkovich seems pretty Zen about the whole thing: “By my friends as hopefully someone who was a good friend, or at least amusing, but I don’t need to be remembered by people I don’t know.” Read the full interview here.

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