The “Gangster Squad” star told Esquire, “There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don’t feel I’ve ever had that.”
He continued, “I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances, blindly. When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, ‘What the f**k was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way?’ Which is a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense.”
The breakups haven’t left him “bitter.” He explained, “It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me.”
Check out the entire interview in the January issue of Esquire.
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