Memorable project for Pearce

Thesp flaunts reasons at after-party

Even though he plays a man with memory loss in Newmarket Films’ “Memento,” star Guy Pearce had no trouble recalling exactly what he liked about the project at its Tuesday night preem at Regent’s Showcase Cinema.

“You’re looking at a character who’s in a very extreme state. You’re looking at a writer who has captured this character beautifully and has pinpointed detail and specific personality traits so wonderfully. You’re looking at a structure that is innovative,” Pearce said.

“It’s funny because you read something like this and you think, now every actor in Hollywood is going to want to do this, but I guess it’s lucky I was cheap.”

Director Christopher Nolan didn’t dwell on the financial angle, offering: “I wasn’t that familiar with his work, or at least I didn’t realize that I was … because I hadn’t really put together the guy of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ with the guy of ‘L.A. Confidential.’ ”

Among those at the Flaunt magazine-sponsored after-party at Hollywood’s Las Palmas restaurant were Newmarket co-founders Chris Ball and Will Tyrer and exec Aaron Ryder; producer Jennifer Todd; pic’s Jorja Fox, Mark Boone Jr. and Joe Pantoliano; and guests Selma Blair, Jennifer Blanc, Amanda Detmer, Elisa Donovan, Marcia Gay Harden, Barbara Hershey, Thomas Jane, Matt Schulze and D.J. Qualls.

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