Life provides men with an endless supply of things to get angry about.
There’s the sullen waitress who refuses to look in your direction while you
wave desperately for the check. There’s the oaf who drifts across the road
without ever using his blinker. There’s the dropped call, the tepid shower, the
gum on the bottom of the shoe.
While it’s perfectly natural to get angry about any of these things, anger
comes to some men more naturally than others. For the hot-tempered, the
Are there times in real life when you wish you had War Machine’s powers?
When I was in the suit, I felt like a turtle on its back. As for War Machine's powers, I sometimes wish I could fly. That's a childhood fantasy, but it's something adults would want as well.
If you could choose your own superpower, what would it be and what would you use it for?
I don't know. To be able to see into the future? If I could do that, I'd like to say that I'd use it for good, but honestly I probably wouldn't always.
Who are your heroes? Who do you look to for inspiration?
In my career, I've seen a lot of people who are doing it in a way that makes sense, that works. I'm thinking of Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress, of director Paul Thomas Anderson, and of George Clooney. But I wouldn't trade my career with any of them. I focus on achieving longevity by being diverse and doing good work.
How did you prepare for your role as War Machine? Did you undergo an intense workout routine to become a superhero?
You do have to get in shape for superhero movies, but I was lucky. I've had a lot of roles that I had to hit the gym for, so I already knew my way around the weights.
What do you do to stay fit on a day-to-day basis? Do you have a regular workout that you stick to?
I have no groundbreaking moves that I do. I bike, I use free weights, I do Pilates, and I use a reformer [exercise equipment].
Do you have a health philosophy?
Vanity helps, especially if I have to be naked on set. But I'm not sure that that's the best prescription [laughs]. To live a healthy life takes discipline. It's a matter of how you eat, of how you rest.
What’s your best health habit?
I don't drink soda. I stay away from that.
What's your worst health habit?
The worst thing I do is work 14-hour days and then not get enough rest afterward. That's the most insidious thing. It tears you down. You get sick and you can't get better. That's a bad habit – not getting enough rest – so I try to be really mindful of that.