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Stephen Dorff thinks Oscars ‘don’t mean sh*t’ after 2021 ceremony

Stephen has not held back

Wow, you’re smoking actual cigarettes! Old school…

Yeah, I still smoke. I am getting to that point where I should probably quit but I still smoke Camel Blues — Camel Lights.

Where are you smoking today?

On my ranch in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve created a big man cave. I bought it a while ago and it became my quarantine hideaway. It’s cool. I am surrounded by nobody. I’ve my own wildlife park — there are foxes and deer and snakes and all kinds of crazy stuff. For a city boy, it is a little weird but I am enjoying it.

Your performance as a cage-fighting champ in new film Embattled is being called a ‘career best’. Do you agree?

I honestly think that Nick [Sarkisov, the director] made close to a perfect movie. I am proud of it and I don’t think that it could be any stronger or better. There aren’t many great movies about MMA so I feel like we have the prize right now and I am very flattered that people are responding to it in a good way.

I worked hard on this one. I had just done a seven-month gig on True Detective, which got me a lot of love, and everyone thought I was crazy to go right into Embattled with a first-time director. But I wanted to do it. I knew I needed at least six or seven weeks to do the physical work but I was like a machine.

Stephen starred in True Detective alongside Mahershala Ali (Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Do you enjoy transforming, physically, for a role?

Not really. It is just part of what I do. I haven’t ever really gone the whole Christian Bale and lost, like, 40lbs. I haven’t gained a ton of weight, either.

For Embattled, I knew I needed to be big because I wanted to be as physically menacing as the character read on the page. So that was all about dieting, then eating the right stuff to try to build muscle and fat.

I put on 10 to 12lbs in about a month. The problem was that once we got into the cage and started all of that training, I started shrinking from all the cardio. But in the end, the camera put size on me anyway.

I am fasting right now because I have to lose 15lbs in the next few weeks. That’s for a special little movie I want to make in London with Shirley MacLaine. She is 87 so it will probably be her swansong.

Did you see Embattled as your shot at the best actor Oscar?

I am sad to say this but I feel like the Oscars don’t mean s**t anymore after watching them this year. I mean, it looked like a bad bar mitzvah. I was embarrassed for the Academy. The Golden Globes have always been wacky and technically not the brightest but now the Academy has shot itself in the foot. The Oscars used to be the sexiest, classiest event of the whole awards season and now it looks like a game show that doesn’t even have a host. They should have just cancelled it this year because the movies weren’t that great either. But, whatever, I don’t really care about awards.

He wasn’t a fan of this year’s Oscars ceremony (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

You’ve got a lot of tattoos.

I just got the ace of spades tattooed on my neck but it is kind of annoying because the make-up to cover it always rubs off on my collar. I think I’m going to take a break from tatts because I am out of space and I am not going to get my face tattooed.

What else do you like to spend your money on?

Since I was 20 I have always done well with real estate and I love art. I like to collect stuff. I have 15 pianos here on the ranch and I collect a lot of organs — pump organs, old Fenders and I am a freak for antique Wurlitzers. I also have every pair of sunglasses known to man and a crazy old T-shirt collection.

Is it true you went to live at the notorious Chateau Marmont hotel on Sunset Boulevard aged 18? Sounds so glam!

Yeah, I was, like, 18, and I stayed there until I ran out of money. I grew up being around famous people and in crazy Hollywood events and parties my whole life. I didn’t have a normal childhood. I didn’t have a prom, I didn’t go to college but I wouldn’t change that for anything. I didn’t want to hang out with the rich, bored LA kids, I wanted to get out in the field and act. When I was 17, I had the chance to go to Africa and do a movie about apartheid, and I thought that was the best education I could get and f**k the materialism in LA. I kind of chose my own unorthodox path through Hollywood and I am still here. I have definitely had a unique life.

You’ve revealed it came down to just you versus Leonardo DiCaprio for Titanic. Any regrets?

If I had gotten that role, my career would have been easier and I would have been a little richer but I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. I thought it was by the numbers — pretty soppy and pretty vanilla. But, obviously, it is one of the biggest movies of all time and it is now a piece of history. I turned down some other movies that would’ve changed my career at that time too. My feeling is you can’t really look back.

Embattled is available now on digital download.

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