If you have absolutely no idea who Jai Courtney is, it’s time you find out just how lovely this Australian actor is! He’s been in Spartacus: War of the Damned, Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, I Frankenstein, and the recently released Divergent. Most of his fanbase know him as Varro from Spartacus: War of the Damned and now more people are becoming familiar with him thanks to his great portrayal of Eric in Divergent. So, what are some awesome facts about him that you should know? It’s great that you asked, check them out below!
1. He’s attended Cherrybrook Technology High School and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
2. He made his TV debut on the Australian show Packed to the Rafters and he had a brief stint on another Australian show called All Saints
3. His big break came in Spartacus: War of the Damned
4. He has an older sister
5. He grew up in Cherrybrook which is a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales
I recently attended a screening of Divergent and there was a Q&A afterward with Jai Courtney, Neil Burger and Doug Wick. During the Q&A Neil Burger and Doug Wick showed continuos love and support for Jai. They also joked about how much of a menacing face Jai has, that being the reason he’s been playing the bad guy so much in his recent films. I also found out that they had actually tried the long hair and numerous amount of tattoos on Jai to make him look more similar to the way Eric is portrayed in the book, but it ended up looking weird and he looked more menacing and scary without all of that. One of the main reasons Jai took on the role of Eric was because of the cast, all of whom he said got along very well throughout shooting the film.
What I took away from the Q&A was that Jai is a lovely guy who genuinely loves what he does and wants to do his very best in all his roles. Some of his latest roles were in films that didn’t do all that fantastic in theaters or didn’t get good reviews, but he made his presence known in those roles. He is incredibly talented and is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Now if anyone asks you about Jai, you’ll be able to share some cool facts about him! He was recently cast as Kyle Reese in the upcoming reboot of the Terminator films (Terminator: Genesis) and you’ll be able to check him out in other projects as well, like the sequel to Divergent called Insurgent, The Water Diviner which will be directed by Russell Crowe, and Unbroken which will be directed by Angelina Jolie.
Were you guys fans of Jai Courtney’s before Divergent? What are you favorite films or TV shows roles of his? Leave your comments in the comments section below!