By Fiona Tedds, Editor at Large
A cheeky chat with one of our friends, British actor, Mark Strong.
Traveling around the world for numerous acting roles, Mark Strong has encountered all kinds of strange anomalies in local habits, but none quite as rigorous as those of the New York Department of Sanitation. With their efficient methods of sorting trash for recycling, Mark thought he might be doing them a favor by positioning his full trash bags near his neighbor’s, but he was quickly warned off. “I was doing a very British thing, putting my black bin bags with the other black bin bags on the street, further up the sidewalk.” But a neighbor schooled the unknowing actor, pointing out that fines were imposed on those who did not sort their trash correctly, and in no way did he want his bags to be associated with those of this nearby foreign resident. “I had no idea”, said the innocent thespian, quickly sorting his refuse and recycling effectively in accordance with NYC’s stringent rules.
With his devilishly handsome good looks and deep mesmerizing voice, Mark Strong is most often cast in the role of a calculating villain. Recently gracing the silver screen in Kingsman: The Secret Service, he is currently appearing on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in Arthur Miller’s A View From A Bridge, and is soon to be seen in the movie, The Brothers Grimsby, with Sacha Baron Cohen.
When not treading the boards, making blockbuster movies or sorting his rubbish, Mark is an active citizen of the world, instilling in his sons an appreciation for the quality of their lives through the sponsorship of a child in Sri Lanka, and ardently supporting Greenpeace. Quality actor giving more than his all for people and planet?!? I Should Coco!
PHOTO CREDIT: John Michael Rodriguez and Jan Versweyveld