Jude Law’s next role might be his best yet. The two-time Oscar nominee plays Dom Hemingway in the upcoming film “Dom Hemingway,” a foul-mouthed ex-con who gets out of jail and looks to regain some semblance of his old life (that being: sex, drugs, crime and his estranged daughter, played by “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke). “Dom Hemingway” premiered to strong reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival this month and screens for U.K. audiences in November (the film’s U.S. release is set for March of next year). All of which is prologue to this: Jude Law curses a lot in “Dom Hemingway,” and Richard Shepard’s script loads each nasty word with ulterior motive and meaning. In an interview with Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith, Law explains the many variations of swears he was required to learn for the part. Watch below (video is NSFW):
Jude Law and his ‘Don Hemingway’ co-stars attended a portrait session at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Photos can be found in our gallery.
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.”
Jude attended the premiere of his latest film ‘Dom Hemingway’ during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8th in Toronto, Canada. Jude was joined by his co-stars Emilia Clarke, Madalina Ghenea, and Richard E. Grant.
Jude Law has revealed he literally buried his character from crime drama Dom Hemingway at the end of filming, to get him out of his system.
The Hollywood heartthrob put on 30lbs to play the seedy safe cracker, by eating two tubs of ice cream a day and drinking 12 cans of fizzy drinks.
Jude confessed at the Toronto Film Festival that when he first read the script he was shocked by how terrible his character was, but admitted: “It’s fun being foul sometimes.”
The Sherlock Holmes star revealed at the end of the movie he had to exorcise Hemingway from his system and so he buried all his props in a makeshift grave on the Isle of Man where they had been shooting. He revealed: “I had to get him out of my system so I shaved everything off, and got rid of all the other stuff I used for it, all the fizzy drinks and the cigarettes and we put them in a box and buried it with a little cross. So anyone who really loves the film can go and look for the cross that says Dom Hemingway on it. It’s in a field somewhere.”
People will admire Jude Law’s “chutzpah” for taking on a role in which he has “mutton chops” and a “big belly”, the film’s producer said.
Law plays the lead in Dom Hemingway, a film about a man back on the streets of London after spending 12 years in prison – and the star even took time on set to advise his co-star on love.
Jumayn Hunter, 23, from Tottenham in north London, plays bad guy and Law’s enemy Lestor, and said the star was “one of the coolest people” he has ever met. The young actor said he “nearly fainted” when he got the role, but before long he found himself on set taking tips on love from Law. Hunter said the Cold Mountain star’s top advice was: “Be yourself to the best of your ability.”
Producer Jeremy Thomas said cinema goers will love Law but will not see him in the same way as in his previous films. “They’ll love him. You’ve never seen anything like it before. He put on an enormous amount of weight. He’s got mutton chops and he’s got a big belly, and he’s very full of expletives and swearing and bad language and bad actions,” he said.
Check out Dom Hemingway’s second poster and new still featuring Jude in our gallery! Dom Hemingway will premiere at TIFF next month, with a wide release to follow on April 4, 2014.