Adrien Brody: I wanted to fit in as a teen

Oscar-winner Adrien Brody dumbed himself down as a teenager to fit in.

The actor has become known in Hollywood for his tendency to shun mainstream roles, with films like The Pianist and The Grand Budapest Hotel garnering him praise. He’s also recently unveiled his first art show, titled Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns. These days Adrien is keen to embrace his artistic side, but as a youngster it was a different story.

“In my teenage years I was very sensitive,” he told Details magazine. “Very creative and very imaginative, and I didn’t have a lot of like-minded friends. So I kind of dumbed myself down a bit, and assimilated, because it’s hard to be the odd man out. And I am the odd man out. I’m not afraid of that as a man, but I think in my teenage years, being an individual was very frightening.”

Adrien grew up in Queens during the ’80s and ’90s, which is another factor that impacted the 42-year-old’s personality. The New York neighbourhood was a “violent society” so he looked towards people who he felt safe with.

“New York was more violent – more overtly violent – than it is today,” he recalled. “So I surrounded myself with friends who would protect me, who would make me part of a unit and empower me. This is very common in young boys’ lives, right? So it did desensitise me, but I can’t shake it. I try to be more rational and more led by a rational mind than by my emotional side as an adult, but in adolescence we are guided much more emotionally. We’re fuelled by hormonal shifts – both young men and women – and we’re volatile.”

As the exhibition’s title suggests Adrien’s art work is full of fast food pieces and more violent paintings involving guns.

– Cover Media

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