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After a drought of Hugo Weaving interviews that lasted many months, we’re suddenly seeing a new one every other day or so. 😉 Today sees the fourth new interview in the past week. Technically, this seems to be another excerpt from Hugo’s conversation with Elissa Blake, the bulk of which was published in the Sun-Herald and Sydney Morning Herald a week ago.
This part of the interview finds Hugo musing on the different styles and approaches of the two versions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses that he’s acted in. The first production, at Sydney’s Nimrod Theatre in 1987, was a traditional costume piece with overt melodramatics. Hugo hints that the new version– currently in previews– takes a more modulated approach. We’re still not allowed any glimpses of the new production, though that will surely change after the formal premiere on Thursday. Early, informal fan reviews are highly enthusiastic. But the new production has provided various websites with pictures of the 1987 production to open their vaults, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to see this glimpse of one of Hugo’s early iconic stage performances. (I am, however, a bit relieved they’re not going the whole powdered-wig route this time around.) 😉
Hugo Weaving and Angela Punch-McGregor in Nimrod’s 1987 production. (SMH)
1987 SMH photo from director Richard Cottrell’s website; he also quotes their review of the Nimrod production: “This is a triumph, the best production we have seen this year, as compelling as grand masters’ chess as its forms of power play unfold, combine, retreat, rally and re-form. Hugo Weaving gives the best performance of his always-promising career. Here is command, relish and panache, all combining to show us intellect unbridled by scruple, going into action with the deadly precision of a tiger. It is thrilling acting. First rate.”
As seems to be the pattern, there were slightly different pictures in the online and print versions of the new article.
Today was also the first day tickets for the New York production of STC’s Uncle Vanya, starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh, went on sale to the general public. You can still buy your own at Lincoln Center’s website (good seats are available for most nights), but act fast!
I am working on something special for Hugo Weaving’s birthday tomorrow… I hope I can finish on time. If not, I hope you all celebrate in your own special ways…. Hugo will probably just focus on working, as he has a performance that night. 😉 I would like to correct him on two minor points he made in the SMH interview, though: 1. Hugo is not “too old” to play Valmont, nor is he “over the hill”. He would certainly have a large, willing pool of applicants if he suddenly decided to mimic Valmont’s…um… exploits. (I know he wouldn’t, and I’ve always respected him for that… I merely speak hypothetically.) 😉 2. I can’t vouch for the success of “falling on one’s knees” , but kissing a lady’s hand on the first date still works. Just ask my boyfriend of five years. 😉