People: Jun. 30, 2003

Q&A with Guy Pearce

Australian actor GUY PEARCE (L.A. Confidential, Memento) stars in The Hard Word, about three brothers who rob banks. It opens this Friday

I don't know what "the hard word" means. No, I realize that. I've just been in America, and nobody knew what we were talking about.

So ... To put the hard word on somebody is to try and coerce somebody into doing something. Like a guy who keeps asking a girl out on a date, and it kind of just gets a bit full-on.

Have you ever put the hard word on anyone? Ah,...

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