David Leon looks spiffy in Bottega Veneta for the fourth issue of Varón, on stands worldwide September 8.
The 32-year-old British actor starred in 2004′s Alexander (Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell) and 2008′s RocknRolla (Gerard Butler) but next year sees his directional feature film debut. Here’s what David told the magazine’s Senior Editor Anders Christian Madsen:
On getting Brad Pitt‘s part in RocknRolla: “I was auditioning for another part and Guy said, ‘I’ve got this part that Brad Pitt is playing. Would you like to audition for the part of his best mate?’ And I of course thought it would be great to work with Brad Pitt, but then he dropped out because of scheduling problems and Guy said, ‘Do you want to play Brad’s part?’ I of course said yes but I always felt this monkey at my back because it was a bit like—they’re big f–king shoes to fill, you know? After I’d done my first scene, I still thought to myself, ‘Yeah it was alright but Brad would have done it better’. But after a period of time, it became clear that Guy was happy with it.”
On Brad’s looks vs. acting: “I think his acting is kind of under-appreciated. He’s a classic example of looks overshadowing the talent. His body of work is very diverse, and he’s taken some very big risks. If you compare him with other leading men like Tom Cruise – who’s very good in his own way – they’re not quite as brave.”
Other British actors pictured below: Captain America‘s Jack Gordon (in Kenzo Homme), The Vampire Diaries‘ Joseph Morgan (in Mugler), The Borgias‘ Luke Pasqualino, Luke Treadaway (in Lanvin), and One Day‘s Matthew Beard (in Burberry Prorsum).
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