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If Jude Law hasn’t seemed as high-profile a film presence in recent years as he was earlier in the millennium, it’s at least in part because of the good chunk of time he’s spent brushing up on his Shakespeare.
The British actor is currently starring in an acclaimed West End production of Henry V, directed by Michael Grandage, who in 2009 guided him in a Donmar Warehouse staging of Hamlet that transferred to Broadway, earning Law a Tony Award nomination. In between, in 2011, Law squeezed in on a Donmar revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie.
Chatting in his spacious dressing room at the Noel Coward Theatre before a performance of Henry V, Law — who became one of Hollywood’s most prominent rising stars in the late ’90s and early ’00s, collecting Oscar nods for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain — stresses that live theater “is what made me want to become an actor. The idea of not indulging myself in the thing I really love would seem insane to me.”
Seeming relaxed but animated about two hours before curtain, Law notes that he had been, in particular, “very, very keen to do another Shakespeare part. When I first discussed doing Hamlet five or six years ago, Henry was also on the list of roles I wanted to get before I turned 40 or 41, which is the age that I’m at.” (Law celebrated a birthday Dec. 29.)
Jude Law’s children think his status as an actor just means he can embarrass them more publically. Jude embarrasses his kids “on a great big level”.
The British actor has starred in a series of hit flicks, including The Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley. While he loves taking children Rafferty, Iris, Rudy and Sophia to the cinema, it makes everyone involved cringe when a trailer for one of his films is show.
“That happened to me once when I was with my kids,” he recalled to BBC 1 radio host Nick Grimshaw.
“It was really embarrassing, I hid! Of course no one was looking, no one knew. It was worse for the children; they were mortified, all around me. [They think]: ‘He’s just making a fool of himself on a great big level… not just at the front gate or in the front room!’”
Jude Law found being naked on the ‘Dom Hemingway’ set ”a wonderful release”.
The 40-year-old actor who stars as lead Dom Hemingway in the film of the same name has a couple of nude scenes, one of which shows him walking through what appears to be a vineyard, and he found filming these had a great kind of freedom.
He told Empire magazine: ”I insisted we do the first scene first. I wanted to stroll on set naked and start as I meant to move on. I thought, ‘If I can do that with all the crew around and not care – be graphic and that vulnerable – then we’re going to be alright.’
”Actually, we did it on a test day, it wasn’t even a filming day. And it was a wonderful release, a wonderful sense that everything and anything could go.”
Jude gained 28lbs for his alter-ego by drinking 10 Coca-Cola soft drinks each day, eating calorific foods he also smoked 40 cigarettes daily to get the appearance of a heavy smoker.
The British star admits playing a character who eats, smokes and drinks a lot took its toll on him physically.
He revealed: ”I did get sick of it though. Towards the end, the last couple of weeks, I started to feel physically sick and drained. I was probably drinking too much at night, certainly drinking too much Coke and eating crap food during the day, smoking 40 a day…”
In this franchise-saturated world, one series that seemed to have gone quietly into the night is Guy Ritchie’s fun and footloose Sherlock Holmes. No more. According to Jude Law, speaking to Empire for November’s big interview, Victorian England’s finest gumshoe may soon be dusting off that cane of his and taking some names. Names, we assume, like ‘Moriarty’ and ‘Blackwood’ and, to a lesser extend, ‘hound’.
Law, who has already taken a couple of Sherlock 3 meetings with Warner Bros., has plenty of enthusiasm for the idea. “I hate celebrating anything I’ve done, but I’m so proud of those films. I think it was Joel Silver who said, ‘Take it out of that dusty room and put it on the street’.”
In a cliffhanger-off for the ages, both the big and small screen Sherlock Holmes adaptations are currently suspended somewhere on. or several hundred feet below, the Reichenbach Falls. The BBC take on Conan Doyle’s tale will find resolution when it airs early next year. According to Law, Guy Ritchie’s version may be tearing after it like a man in a three-piece chasing a hansom cab.
“I think Warners want it,” says Law, “and there’s a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it’s smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm.”
With a certain superhero world to service, Robert Downey Jr.’s schedule is a puzzle that would confound Holmes himself. The roadmap to the third instalment hasn’t proved straightforward, as Law explains. “It’s a slow process,” he says. “We’re all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped.”
With Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce on scripting duties and a battle-hardened cast and crew to call on, it promises plenty of fizz as and when it finally comes together.
For more on Sherlock Holmes and a lot more from Jude Law, pick up the new issue of Empire, onsale right now.
Jude will begin rehearsals for Michael Grandage’s Henry V next month, and the director is beaming about the casting decision.
“Henry V is about a young king — and Jude’s at the peak of his powers,” Grandage told the Daily Mail. “He’s in very good nick, which is why he should play Henry now. I wouldn’t want to see him do it in ten or 15 years time; he’d be far too old. The best time is right now. He’s got the charisma and acting power to do it.”
Grandage said that he and Jude meet constantly to discuss the role, which will be the fifth and final production of the Michael Grandage Company’s inaugural season.
‘There are 850 lines for Henry — it’s a massive role to master,’ Grandage said. He explained that the play explores many themes, including nationalism and leadership, though the more resonant topic, he noted, would be the debate over the moral dilemma of war.
First reviews for ‘Dom Hemingway’ are coming online, and it seems Jude’s performance has impressed everyone who got a chance to see the film at the screeining in Toronto. I personally can’t wait for the film to hit the big screen after reading these reviews!
Jude Law is absolutely on fire as Hemingway. Law has had plenty of great performances in his career, but this one is easily my favorite. Law approaches Dom with all of the seriousness of a Shakespeare character. The actor’s commitment to his character makes Hemingway’s unrelenting vanity and spite truly mind-blowing. Sheperd’s vulgar language rolls off Law’s tongue like beautiful poetry. The Oscar-nominated actor also handles the emotional side of the character, but the comedy is where Dom is untouchable. – Collider
Now that Law’s a little older, and a tad more rumpled, he feels like an actor prime for reinvention, and Shepard gives him the opportunity. This is Law as you’ve never seen him before, with a thick (or as he’d pronounce it here- fick) cockney accent, a hard man beard, and a bit of a gut. He’s certainly a long way from Alfie, and he looks cool as hell. I really can’t oversell how amazing Law is here. From his opening five minute monologue where he waxes poetic on the beauty of his penis while getting fellated by another prisoner, Law’s out-of-control good. He also manages to walk the same fine line Brosnan did in Matador, in that he’s probably unhinged, but somehow manages to stay likable. You see, underneath it all, Dom has a good heart, and just wants to do right by his daughter. And, if he can possibly get rich while doing about a pound of cocaine and sleeping with every prostitute in sight, that’s all the better. [...] Law’s going to win himself a lot or new fans with this, his best role in years. It feels like it could be the start of a whole-new facet of his career, as he plays dark comedy really well, and makes a convincing hard-man now that he’s older. To me this played out as one of the breakout hits of TIFF, and is not to be missed. Dom Hemingway is fan-f**king-tastic! – JoBlo.com
Leave it to Jude Law to make profanity sound like poetry.
At a Toronto International Film Festival press conference, the dapper 40-year-old British actor held court on his new comic caper “Dom Hemingway,” in which Law portrays the swaggering, volatile and endlessly foul-mouthed title character.
And it was clear he enjoyed himself.
“I think at the heart of this seedy and bespoiled man is this poet, this Falstaff in a modern guise,” said a relaxed-looking Law, clad in a casual denim shirt and dark trousers.
“He has a brilliant turn of phrase and a wonderful ability to riff off ideas, much of which is punctuated with fantastic profanity and use of the (F) word in various guises. And many other words – Cs and Bs and all sorts of things flying around. There’s a sort of beauty to the way he constructs it, and it’s at one time very entertaining and also appalling.”
The eponymous character is a British gangster fresh off a 12-year prison stint that he endured to protect his boss, Mr. Fontaine (Oscar nominee Demian Bichir). Finally sprung, Hemingway approaches his freedom recklessly, immediately diving headlong into trouble with his trusty sidekick Dickie (Richard E. Grant) along for the ride. The film also casts 26-year-old “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke as Hemingway’s daughter, herself the mother of a young child – thus making Law an onscreen grandpa, a status he insisted didn’t faze him.
“I certainly didn’t have any trouble with it. I rather relished the idea,” he said. “I think if anyone’s going to have a first daughter, Emilia Clarke’s a pretty great place to start.”