Before making an entrance to the film industry, Joe Taslim was a professional judo athlete with several achievements such as the Gold Medalist in South East Asia Judo Championship Singapore 1999 and the Silver Medalist in SEA Games 2007. Joe made his debut as an actor in a horror movie directed by Allan Lunardi titled Karma (2008). His career escalated after he starred in the action movie directed by Gareth Evans, The Raid (2012), as a police officer. With his talent, Joe has also stolen international movie directors’ attention, and gave him the experience to be involved in international movies, such as Fast Furious 6 (2013), Dead Mine (2013), Star Trek Beyond (2016), Swordsman (2018), and the upcoming Mortal Kombat that will be released in 2021.
Did you learn anything new in the past week?
The past week I learned that I can’t live without love. I know that for sure but I mean for sure you need to cherish your love every day. Always remember that you are blessed to have love around you.
What is the one thing you really could not live without?
I can’t live without my wife and kids. You know, I’m a family man.
Where is your favorite place to visit?
I like to go where my family is there. Anywhere they are there, I will always happy to be there. I think that is the happiest place for me.
How long can you last without your phone?
I can’t live without my phone. It’s impossible, I’m busy. Just kidding, so far five hours, no phone. I think like three days ago.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I always eat a lot before I go to bed. I know, but it’s just so good. The sleep is just better if your stomach is full.
What are the three things that you do when you wake up?
When I wake up in the morning, I usually drink a lot of water and go straight to my kids’ bedroom and I kiss all of them. I check my phone, of course, after that. Gotta do business.
What day in your life that you would love to re-live?
Probably the best moment when I was still an athlete. My first gold medal for Indonesia, I want to re-live that moment, amazing experience.
If your teenage self could see you now, what would he be impressed by?
I think he would be impressed because I’m living my dream. This is the dream, I love my job. I don’t feel like working and I’m making good fortune.
Who is your favorite actor?
You are talking to him right now, that’s me. Don’t be surprised. Just kidding, I love Al Pacino. He is my hero.
What is the worst injury that you’ve ever had when you filmed a movie?
My worst injury so far… I had a lot of injuries, I think the biggest was in 2012 during the shoot of Fast and Furious 6. I twist my left knee but I finished the scene even though I was in agony. You watched the movie, right? Did you watch the fight in Waterloo station? That was as bad as the fight.