Hugo Weaving Surfaces In New Voiceless Campaign Against Factory Farming

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We haven’t heard much from Hugo since Cloud Atlas wrapped initial photography back in December; he was unable to attend the AACTA Awards last month for undisclosed reasons, though he won the Best Supporting Actor prize for Oranges and Sunshine. Hugo has remained in Sydney by most accounts, and will probably begin rehearsals for STC’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses soon, if he hasn’t already. (The first performance is on March 30.)

But this week Hugo resurfaced briefly, appearing in the latest series of Australian TV ads for the animal welfare charity Voiceless (voiceless.org.au) advocating against factory farming. (Abbie Cornish appears in another.) I’ll embed the clip below, with the caveat that some content is meant to be disturbing. The Cloud Atlas shoot prevented Hugo from attending the Voiceless Grant Awards last year as he usually does; I’m glad he’s still working with them.

Speaking of Cloud Atlas, Hugh Grant told Empire a few tidbits about his characters in the film; he, like Hugo, is playing six roles, all against type as “incredibly evil” characters. (Grant’s comments lead one to believe he’ll play a member of the savage Kona tribe in the postapocalyptic tale “Sloosha’s Crossin’ an’ Everythin’ After”, and possibly the venal Boerhaave character in “The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing”.)   So it’s good to know Hugo hasn’t simply been handed all of the baddie roles this time; two in one film is enough. 😉

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