Joe Azzopardi: ‘Just do it. Don’t think about it and do it’

The son of well-known Maltese film producer Winston Azzopardi, Joe Azzopardi will be starring in the film directed by his father, The Boat, as a lost seaman pitted “against a disturbingly menacing yacht”, and in which the young actor uses his physical demeanour to convey the fisherman’s confusion and desperation. As an actor, Joe has featured in Malta-produced blockbuster 13 Hours and most recently, Bollywood action film Thugs Of Hindostan

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Go back to sleep… on the weekends. Go for a jog on weekdays.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Know a little bit of everything and a lot about one thing.

What do you never leave the house without?

A smile.

Pick three words that describe yourself

Fun, energetic, a nuisance.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Making a feature film.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Moulin Rouge.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Don’t stress out.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

That you don’t have to be an academic to show intelligence.

Who’s your inspiration?

Andy Serkis because no actor or director can do what he can and has done.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Overcoming dyslexia when it comes to cold reading in auditions.

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

Chartering boats and sailing all around the world.

Do you believe in God?

Does he believe in me?

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Bob Marley and it wouldn’t exactly be a dinner.

What’s your worst habit?

Bingeing on Marvel movies.

What are you like when you’re drunk?

A bloody nuisance.

Who would you have play you in a film?

My identical brother who, so totally exists!

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What music would you have played at your funeral?

‘You ain’t never had a friend like me’ from Aladdin.

What is your most treasured material possession?

My fridge.

What is your earliest memory?

Being upside down in my cot which was surrounded by soft toys and my mum pulling me up by my feet.

When did you last cry, and why?

Filming ‘the boat’ because my dad made me.

Who would you most like to meet?

Tarantino, just to say thank you.

What’s your favourite food?

A Sunday roast.

Who’s your favourite person on social media right now?

James Mercury Mifsud.

If you could travel in time, where would you go?

I’d take a look at the future I reckon.

What book are you reading right now?

‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’ by Mark Manson.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?


What’s one thing you want to do before you die?

Win a game of monopoly.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

The soundtrack to A Star Is Born.

In the shower or when you’re working out, what do you sing/listen to?

The soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.


Tell us a bit about the one-man film The Boat

The Boat is a suspense thriller about a man who goes out for an early morning fish on a little boat and all of a sudden gets surrounded by sea fog and bumps into a sailing boat. He ties his little boat to the sailing boat and checks for signs of life. He realises the boat is abandoned and when he goes to get back on his little boat he finds it’s gone, leaving him stranded on a boat that’s not his. The story then unfolds as he tries to take the boat back to shore but suspects he is not alone on the boat.

What advice would you give anyone interesting in acting in Malta?

Just do it. Don’t think about it and do it. If you have confidence issues try and get involved in some of the local drama groups. If you have the confidence and are raring to go, start looking out for auditions for plays. If you really want it, don’t be afraid of failing because you don’t want to spend the rest of your life going ‘What if?’

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