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Australian star Guy Pearce's father's sudden death drove his desire to become an actor. The star of new indie film Memento, which is getting raves around the U.S., was just eight when his test pilot father died in a plane crash, and recalls that he felt huge pressure to grow up fast and be responsible. He says, "Mum said, 'Oh, it's great you're so responsible.' So I told myself, okay, I'm responsible. Mum's seen something in me, I'll carry on with that. I'd hate to say something so corny as that moment was the catalyst for me, but in a way I thought, 'Right, I have to act to save the situation.' But I think with Dad being gone - and me spending a lot of time in my room on my own, just drawing and painting and singing and creating an imaginary world that was in some ways more enjoyable than this responsibility that I had, something else was created."

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