By Pete Beard | 10 February 2016 07:16:26Peter Beard was only 12 when he became an overnight sensation.
He had grown up on a farm in southern California and was always a keen film buff.
“I would watch films on the TV when I was in school,” he says.
“There was a lot of talk about the movies, like I had to see them all.
I think I loved it.
I loved seeing films like The Big Lebowski.””
I remember watching The Silence of the Lambs, The Last Picture Show and The Big Short,” he laughs.”
That was the first time I watched a film and I was so excited.”
It was the ‘best movie ever made’Peter Beard: ‘It made me a better person’After graduating high school, Peter decided he wanted to be a photographer and started taking photographs in his bedroom.
His first job was with a local magazine, which featured his own work.
“It was in the summer of 1978,” he remembers.
“One day I came home from a long day at work and there was a letter in the mailbox.
It was from The Hollywood Reporter and it said: ‘Pete Beard’s portrait of Johnny Depp in The Biggest Loser is a winner.'”
I thought it was pretty cool, I liked it and I decided to go and shoot it.
“Pete and his partner, who was also a photographer, were taken with the opportunity to photograph the actor, who had appeared in a series of films for them.”
He was doing some sort of acting thing and I thought he was amazing,” Peter says.”‘
The Biggest Lebinski’ was the biggest movie I’d ever seen and it was just a perfect match.
“Pierce Brosnan and Pete Beard in ‘The Big Lebainski’Peter and Pete were in love at first sight.
They dated for three years and, when they were married, the couple had a son, Matthew.”
Matthew is still the same age as Peter,” Peter explains.”
They had a good time and were happy.
It just so happened that they were on the same beach.
We had a lovely time.
He was the one who got us out of the hotel and it seemed like a great way to spend our honeymoon.””
There are times I think, when I look back now, I wish we’d been able to do it earlier.
It’s just really nice to have the chance to shoot something that’s so personal and to shoot somebody that you know very well,” he adds.”
You never know when you’re going to be in a situation where it’s going to come together.
“Peter has so many memories of being on set with his crew, getting a bit of a buzz and getting so much fun out of it.”‘
I don’t want to be that guy’: Pete in his favourite momentPeter Beard in his most memorable moment is when he met a young boy from Ireland.
“In the early days, it was really exciting for me,” he recalls.
“We met at the airport, on the way to the set.
We were in the lobby.
I was getting my passport, which I’d forgotten, and I said to Pete, ‘Can I meet this kid?’
And Pete said, ‘Yeah, come on.
We’ll be right back.'”
He didn’t say anything and then I just saw this boy walking towards me, he was a little boy and I think he was five or six years old.
I didn’t know anything about him, but he was just looking at me like, ‘How can you do that?’
“It’s a very special moment for me, and for my wife, because it was a real breakthrough moment for us, because we were just in our early 20s and we’d never met before.”‘
It’s just me’: Pete talks about his favourite scenesPeter Beard’s first job after graduating highschool was as a photographer for the Hollywood Reporter.
“The magazine was one of my first jobs out of school and I really wanted to shoot everything,” he explains.
It takes a while. “
The biggest thing about shooting a movie is that it’s not a story.
It takes a while.
It can be a real life thing, it can be an extended story.””
It took me quite a while to get used to the cameras, to shoot with a telephoto lens and the way the camera worked,” Pete continues.
“That was one thing I did very well, I didn’ like to use a zoom lens.”
Then I did an interview with an actress and she said, I’ll be the first to say, ‘I can shoot with your lens.’
“It didn’t really click until I was doing the interview with that actress and I actually said to her, ‘Oh, Pete, do you have any idea what I’m shooting with your camera?’