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Adrien Brody gave up career as magician to pursue acting

Adrien Brody gave up career as magician to pursue acting

Actor Adrien Brody was on his way to becoming a professional magician before pursuing an acting career.

The 43-year-old Academy Award-winner first learned magic tricks at four years old and he spent much of his childhood performing illusions under his stage name The Amazing Adrien.

However, his photographer mother, who worked for New York's Village Voice newspaper while he was growing up, eventually led him to dramatic arts.

“Around then an assignment that my mum had for the Voice photographing the American Academy of Dramatic Arts led to me studying acting, which led to me having a life of being an actor, which led to me portraying a magician in Harry Houdini, and now I find myself playing a reporter (in new film Manhattan Night),” he explained to the New York Daily News. “These are the experiences that shaped me. It all comes around full circle.”

Adrien is experiencing yet another professional transformation currently, as The Pianist star recently debuted a series of paintings he created in an exhibition for prestigious gallery Art New York.

When it comes to choosing film projects nowadays, Adrien is highly selective, so when Manhattan Night came along, the quality of the script made him think it was a worthwhile movie to star in.

“I spent about a year and a half in which I haven't made a single movie, I just paint and I come up with ideas," he said of the way he's been approaching his creative projects in recent years. "I've been working on some music and travel and I've been working on some films that I'm producing.

“But I haven't been in front of the camera in a long time. I've grown much more conscious of what is authentic to me. What is actually important to spend my time doing.”

Manhattan Night will be released in U.S. cinemas on 20 May (16).

- Cover Media