The former professional footballer, a striker, from Nigeria, had ruled the Indian football scene with his goal-scoring skills
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OT: Your favourite city?
Jude Law: My favourite city would have to be London. I was born there, I live there, I’ve fallen in and out of love with it at times, but of late with a new home, I’ve moved into and watching my children growing up here, I love this place.
OT: What are the five things you always travel with?
Jude Law: I’ve been advised over the years by people far more intelligent and far more seasoned than me to carry a couple of really cool items. One is a bottle of Tabasco, because you can add it to any food and it makes the food taste relatively interesting. The other is a large piece of fabric which you can use as a shawl, or wrap around your head if it’s really hot. I’ve used it in the past to carry water when I was on a trek up a mountain. And those are the two things that are very, very useful, believe it or not.
OT: Your most memorable hotel experience?
Jude Law: That’s hard, ’cos there are so many different types, aren’t there? You stay in little, you know, little garret hotels in cities or you sometimes get to stay on a beach somewhere or you stay…I think probably the most exotic was an island hotel in the Philippines which had taken over the whole of this sandbank.
OT: Tell us about your role in The Gentleman’s Wager?
Jude Law: The latest Johnnie Walker Blue Label campaign is a film directed by Jake Scott with myself and with the wonderful Giancarlo Giannini. The premise of the film is a man played by myself using a wager with a friend, a mentor, as an excuse to embark on a journey of rare experiences and personal progress and also to experience and explore his friendship with this mentor.
OT: Where was the film shot?
Jude Law: The film was shot in St Lucia, Caribbean and in London. We were on a truly unique hand-crafted boat sailing out across a stunning ocean seascape. Working with Jake Scott and Giancarlo was a great experience.
OT: For someone who travels a lot, what rare experiences do you still seek out?
Jude Law: Well, funnily enough, being invited to places like the Johnnie Walker House Beijing, a bar-cum-museum, was pretty extraordinary and meeting someone like Jim Beveridge who is, I think, the only man in the world who knows how to mix these particular blends. Meeting individuals like that, great people who will teach you great things is always something one wants to seek out. As a performer I am always looking for things that will enable me to progress my kind of craft forward.
OT: Your dream destination?
Jude Law: If I were to have to choose a place in the world, well it wouldn’t necessarily be a place. I’m very happy where my family is really, so that can be anywhere.
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