New Liaisons Interview, Theatre of Image, Cloud Atlas

Note: This is an archived entry that’s over two years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material.

Another great Hugo Weaving interview promoting Les Liaisons Dangereuses appeared today, in both the online and print versions of The Australian, with slight variations. (The online version included two splendid new shots (below) of Hugo at STC and a selection of photos from his best-known films; the print edition (under the cut) had a third new STC pic… I’m slightly annoyed they cropped it and just used it as a banner, but at least we’re seeing some version of it. Maybe more will turn up soon. He’s never looked better, IMO…)


(Photos: Jane Dempster)

I have to say, I like the resolution of the online version of that first image better, but the cropping of the print version (a little) better. ;P

Also, the interviewer, Stephen Romei, posted this pic of himself with Hugo on his blog A Pair of Ragged Claws:

Yeah, this is the guy calling Hugo, Alan Rickman, John Malkovich and Colin Firth “ugly-sexy”. 😉

As usual, Hugo is insightful and understated. He discusses Cloud Atlas, but like most of the other actors who’ve discussed the film, he lets very few casting details slip out. Typically, he’s more interested in praising the work of under-utilized German character actors rather than hyping himself. 😉 Hugo’s castmates on the project that have recently given interviews include Jim Sturgess (a lavish in-depth piece in Jim Sturgess Online), Susan Sarandon (at IFC.com) and David Gyasi (at DIY). The Gyasi interview includes slight casting spoilers which I won’t reveal here; the other actors are beguilingly coy… no, I have no idea which (male) character Sarandon is talking about, despite having read the novel twice. 😉

Finally, the following item appeared in the print edition of The Sydney Morning Herald on 27 March; unfortunately no other articles or follow-ups have appeared. Hugo has supported Theatre of Image for 20 years and attended many past fundraisers and celebrations for them, so this sounds completely in character:

“FUND-RAISER

To celebrate the coming Broadway season of its play, The Book of Everything, the Theatre of Image is holding a Broadway-themed cocktail party fund-raiser. Hosted by its chairwoman, Professor Di Yerbury, as well as its ambassadors Hugo Weaving and Miranda Otto, it will auction a holiday at Hayman Island, 16 art works from the likes of indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft, abstract artist Peter Griffen and photographer Robyn Stacey, plus children’s books with notes inside by Layne Beachley, footballer Brett Kirk, Graeme Murphy, and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, explaining why they liked that book. Today, 6.30pm, Intercontinental Hotel, 117 Macquarie Street…”

I’ll add any additional reports (if any) that appear on the event; it might have been closed to the press. Given Hugo’s reticence about being a “celebrity spokesman” showing up the organizations he cares about, this is a distinct possibility. We’ll have to wait and see.

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