Why is Edward Norton the Language Role Model of the Week?

Well, mainly because he is one of my favourite actors – slight bias creeping in here – and secondly because he is fluent in 4 languages!

Edward Norton is an American Actor, Screenwriter, Film Director and Producer. You might remember him, if for nothing else, for his recent participation the May 2012 ‘England vs. The Rest of the World’ football match. Edward Norton is admirable for many reasons other than his acting career. He also has musical talent and dedicates his time to charity work. He has even launched a website called Crowdrise, which uses a social networking to raise funds for various charities.

The Yale graduate is fluent in English, Japanese, Spanish and knows some French too. He learned Japanese after his graduation when he worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather’s company, and learned the other languages for work and life purposes. Movie after movie Edward Norton has made an impression on the film world, starring in hits such as ‘Fight Club’ and ‘25th Hour’ – just two of many greats. Not many actors are able to communicate so much with just their face or indeed throw themselves so fully into a role. Winner of two Oscar nominations before his 30s, Norton is very protective of his privacy and is against the so called ‘celebrity status’. He is quoted as saying, “If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack”.

For these reasons I believe he is a valid role model for younger generations and his active support of environmental causes, renewable energy projects, and social activist causes are truly an inspiration.

All of this and his linguistic abilities certainly make him a force to be reckoned with.

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