Jude Law can't talk about Rupert Murdoch, News of the World, or phone hacking... all for perfectly understandable legal reasons. He's got not one, but three lawsuits going against the Murdoch empire. Still, he is itching to really speak his peace about the phone hacking, tabloids, and how it changed his life over the past decade.
In an interview with the Manchester Guardian newspaper, Law did speak elliptically about the situation, noting that not just the Murdoch empire was at fault. Said Law, "The thing is, it involves us all." When asked by the reporter interviewing Law just what he meant, he clarifies with this: "On some level, if you think about what has happened and what will come out in the end. I think it's easy to think that things are mending if we think, 'Oh things are over now.' Or: 'It's their fault.' But we're all complicit."
The past decade was not easy for Law, who was caught having an affair with his children's nanny while in a relationship with Sienna Miller. That profoundly changed him, of course, and ironically, it's now the Murdochs who are in the position of requesting forgiveness, who are being judged. Law sees it as a turning of the tables. For so long, the tabloids were about judging people, and now it's time for a reversal of fortune.
While Jude Law isn't proud of what he did, the revelation also took its toll. Says Law, "I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit. And I lost that for a time." Law notes that the phone hacking has exacted a payment from him, and thinks it's unfair because the hacking was used not just to report stories, but to make them.
At the end of the day, it was about privacy being violated, not just that of stars like Jude Law, but of ordinary people and their private anguish.