Q: Back in the days of this movie, people collected guns and knives. Is there anything in real life that you like to collect?
MF: I don’t collect things, no. Well, yeah. I love electronics. I have lots of computers, iPhones and iPads. Those sorts of things.
Q: These have been some really crazy years for you lately. How have you handled that and not gone insane?
MF: I don’t know! I think I’ve maintained the same relationships that I had before all this happened to me, and I’ve kept people close to me that I love and respect and that have looked out for me and taken care of me. I sort of distanced myself from the Hollywood crowd. I don’t really go out and socialize that way. I’m sort of oddly—and you might not think it—but I’m very domestic and I think that keeps me sane, and my personal relationships have kept me grounded.
Q: What’s the deal for you, having all this fame at such a young age and handling it?
MF: Well, I’m 24 now. I mean this kind of fame, people who are famous and make it to this level of fame for whatever reason, whether it’s deserved or not, you have to be a strong person to survive it, because it’s very difficult to be under the microscope every moment of every day, and everything that leaves your mouth becomes this sensationalized news story, no matter what your intentions were when you first said it. So it does become overwhelming. But am I that rebellious? I think of course there are many sides to me and to my personality, but I think the only thing that’s rebellious about me is that I don’t sort of really have a lot of fear, as far as this industry is concerned. And I might do things that maybe other people would be afraid to do, or afraid to say, but in my personal life I’m actually very responsible with my personal relationships, and things like that.
Q: Where does that strength come from?
MF: I have no idea! I don’t know.
Q: Have you always been that way?
MF: I have always been that way.
Q: Do you think you might branch out your talents, say into directing?
MF: Definitely not directing; I have absolutely no skill set that suggests I would be able to do something like that. But possibly producing at some point. If I were able to, I’d like to get into that, sure.
Q: When you’re part of movies that already have a fan base, do you get stressed about making the story your own?
MF: I feel like it’s impossible to please everyone. I love them though, the hardcore comic book fans,but they’ll never be happy, no matter what you do. I’m a Lord of the Rings fan, and I’ll go on the forums, and they complain that Frodo is eating the lembas bread outside of Mordor, instead of the mines of Moria, and they get really mad about that. Even if Peter Jackson and company won 30-something Oscars for that movie. So you can’t focus completely on pleasing them, because you’ll never win. And then you’re excluding a whole other world of people who weren’t even aware of the comic in the first place, so I think that you have to take some sort of liberties to make it into a live action film, or it wouldn’t work.
Q: Would you be into Lilah getting her own movie in a Jonah Hex sequel?
MF: Of course. If that was an opportunity that was presented to me, then absolutely. I would love that.