By Tom Chiarella
How to change the way the world sees you, one thank-you note
at a time.
I don't really care when people say thanks. Open a door. Thanks. Hand
someone a stapler. Thanks. Push a button on an elevator. Thanks. That's just
chatter. Meaningless interaction. Broadly speaking, hearing thanks
five dozen times a day might be seen as an anthropological indicator of some
sort of social ordering, like cryptic head tilts between sparrows on the lip of
a gutter. It's often...
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.