Guy Pearce

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How does the Australian actor and musician Guy Pearce know when a guitar is right for him? “You play it and it’s just like butter in your hands,” he says.

Mr. Pearce, 50, an actor I have followed for over twenty years from LA Confidential to the Australian crime series Jack Irish,” knows where his own heaven on earth is located. Standing on the lower floor of Rudy’s Music in Manhattan in August 2018, a gleaming, vaulted shop that’s part gallery, part temple amongst hundreds of guitars, amps, pedals, and a few ukuleles, he’s in his element.

When the actor visited the store in 2010, he bought a 1962 Fender Jaguar in Fiesta Red (“really divine,” he will gush.) It’s one of about 85 guitars he keeps in his Melbourne studio. He bought his first guitar, a 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo, for the character he played in the 1999 movie “A Slipping Down Life,” and he has been obsessed ever since.

In between filming, he’s busy developing his songwriting craft whilst drooling over guitars like a1959 Gibson ES-335, one of only 71 that were made. “The ’59 really was the one, it really was the best,” he says “But I mean, I probably can’t afford it, to be honest.”

There have been a couple of album releases – “Broken Bones” in 2014 and “The Nomad” this year, so the star of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and the intriguing Memento,” may continue being torn between two interests. Nevertheless all actors experience downtime on film sets, so he’ll no doubt find time to repair to his trailer and practice those pentatonic scales……………

Recommended viewing

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Memento (2000)

Jack Irish - The movies : Bad Debts (2012) / Black Tide (2012) / Dead Point (2014)

The untimely passing of Peter Temple in 2018 after a brief cancer battle, robbed the world of more first rate thriller novels.

Temple was the first Australian writer to win the British crime writers’ association major award, the Gold Dagger, which he did for “The Broken Shore” in 2007. It was “Truth,” the follow-up to that novel, that won the Miles Franklin in 2010. He won five Ned Kelly awards, the local crime-writing prizes, beginning in 1997 for his first book, “Bad Debts.”

Temple was perhaps best-known for his Jack Irish novels, which featured his Fitzroy-based solicitor-cum-fixer hero. The Jack Irish books – there were four – had a magnificent stable of recurring characters many of whom drank in a fictional pub, The Prince of Prussia. In total he wrote nine novels.

Guy Pearce posted a message of condolence on his social media site:

‘My sincerest condolences to Peter Temple’s family and friends. It’s truly an honour to play one of your most beloved creations. Thank you for all the colourful characters you’ve introduced me to and the dark paths you’ve led me down. Respect and Peace PT…’

Jack Irish - Season 1 (2016)

Jack Irish - Season 2 (2018)