If you haven't yet heard the name Jai Courtney, then prepare yourself - he's about to seriously be everywhere. Although Courtney's been around for a while, he got his big break with the last Die Hard movie across Bruce Willis, and then has been steadily landing roles since then. He can currently be seen as one of the Dauntless faction leaders, Eric, in Divergent, and he will next be playing Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator film.
In a recent interview [while promoting Divergent], Courtney discusses his 'macho' guy image in Hollywood. When asked about Australians getting all the best parts in American action films, Courtney replies, "It’s a question I get asked a lot. Someone said to me recently that they think American men have a different idea of what it is to be masculine. I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but there is a bit of a patent emerging."
He also reveals that Divergent, in particular, was attracting to him because of the talent involved, not the chance to play another 'tough guy', so to speak. He adds that he was a big fan of director Neil Burger's previous films as well as lead actress Shailene Woodley.
And if Courtney was actually worried about being stereotyped, he probably wont have to worry about that after Terminator. A film franchise that's so popular will open the door for Courtney to write his own ticket in Hollywood, and provided it does well, he won't have to play any more action stars provided he doesn't want to.
In addition to Divergent and Terminator, Courtney will also be seen in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken later this year, as well as Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner.