Rhys Meyers stayed in Henry VIII character
Jonathan Rhys Meyers 'became' Henry Viii while playing the English king in TV series The Tudors, and stayed in character for the entire five and a half month shoot.
The Irish actor found it a tough task taking on the role, because he looks nothing like the 16th century monarch - so he opted to live and breathe Henry day and night while filming the forthcoming third season of the hit show.
Rhys Meyers explains, "I never left the character for the whole 5 1/2 months I shot it.
"What I do is isolate myself while I'm shooting it. I lived in a house on my own. It's very Spartan, I don't have luxuries. I go to the gym, all of this almost physical meditation. That's what it takes, because I don't look like Henry, so I have to do more to be Henry VIII.
"I don't phone people up, don't see people, don't see my friends."