Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wall Street Loss Adjuster. Movies Film of the Week: Vantage Point

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wall Street Loss Adjuster. Movies Film of the Week: Vantage Point

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Byline: Jane Miller reports:

MATTHEW Fox may look better than your average Hollywood pin-up, but he has a better than average brain as well.

"I spent four years getting an economics degree and then had a revelation in my senior year and thought there's no way working Wall Street is going to do anything except make me unhappy," says the actor.

"If my parents had spent EUR100,000 to send me to Columbia it would have been a lot harder - and I certainly feel for kids in that situation. My parents could never afford that, I got in via other means."

Funny and forthright, he seems nothing like his small screen alter ego, brooding, up-tight Jack in Lost.

Now 41 and riding high, he explains his "Road to Damascus" moment.

"I went to this interview and I'd had economics all going on in my head - which to be honest was largely to do with seeing Oliver Stone's Wall Street.

"I borrowed a suit that was two inches too short ... borrowed some penny loafers also. I was so broke.

"There's four or five guys all in their mid to late 20s there. We get through the interview and we're all standing around in a circle ready to go and they're saying, 'Yeah you gotta join us, it's all gonna be great'.

"Then one guy looked around to the others and, I'll never forget this, said, 'Yeah, but we're gonna have to do something about those shoes. Ha, ha, ha!' "I looked down and they were all wearing exactly the same pair of Oxford business shoes, and I had my penny loafers with my borrowed pants that were too high.

After some catalogue shoots and commercials, he managed to win a place in director David Mamet's theatre group in New York, working with William H Macy among others.

"This is really where it all started for me and made sense."

The Pennsylvania-born star, who was raised on a ranch in Wyoming, became a household face, if not name, thanks to the teen-friendly US series Party Of Five, shown on Channel 4 in the UK back in the mid-90s. …

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