His new film, Miami Vice, is out on Friday. Michael Mann was directing and Jamie Foxx was on board already. It was a no-brainer. You have a steamy salsa-dancing scene with Gong Li. Are you a good dancer? I thought I was an OK dancer.
Gong Li and I had rehearsed for two months and they organised salsa dancers to take us through our paces. She had plasters over every toe. But it was fun. Was that really you driving those huge speedboats?
We had a guy who makes his living racing these boats show us the ropes. We did it all ourselves. Did you talk to Don Johnson ahead of filming?
I tried but he never returned my call. But Jamie met him at a restaurant in LA and Don said: I was waiting every day by the post box. How was working in Miami? I had a great time there.
I really enjoyed it. At night, when the sun goes down and the music starts, the activity begins on the street and it does have that sense of danger to it. Have you ever broken the law?
Just the law of averages. Yes but they passed through us pretty quickly, on their way to cause much greater damage elsewhere. Plus they had budgeted for it. Could you see yourself living in Miami? I had a great time there and I had a blast.
But would I live there? What made you put down roots in LA after all these years of living in hotels? Just a notion really — one I acted on. Is it true you hate working out? I hate working out. But I did do some for this film. I put on a few pounds to get into the character. How did you enjoy the World Cup?
I thought, as far as World Cups go, it was mediocre. I think the game has got to a very dangerous level with regard to diving and play-acting, and FIFA should get all the managers, coaches, players and representatives together and get on top of that. Whether they should bring the action replay into the game is questionable, which I never thought I would say.
I love it, though; I love the spectacle. Once every four years, for four weeks, the world stops and nations come together in a great symbol of solidarity. What did you think of England? They had a strong squad. I thought it was very unfortunate what happened with Wayne Rooney; and Ronaldo was a disgrace but he should be forgiven.
We all make mistakes. I was sick when they lost [laughs]. And on penalties again. Has rehab changed you? Basically, it was just an environment that allowed me to have a third-eye perspective on what I was too close to to have a look at before.
It was a good time for me to take an in-breath. Did I enjoy rehab? Do I enjoy sober living? Life is life — it comes with good and bad and pros and cons and all of the above. The third-eye perspective was nothing to do with my career. You look at personal things, the things that are important, the things that feed the opportunities to work.