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October 09, 2006

Simon on Rupert

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Although Simon Callow thinks that Rupert Everett's new book is the best theatrical memoir since Noel Coward's, he doesn't fail to get in some sly digs too:

We goody-goodies are inclined to believe that it is the audience's fun that matters more than the performers', but Rupert's commitment to his position is absolute and principled: in the end, for him, all that matters is that the actor should blaze with unfettered charisma. The moment he saw the film of Mary Poppins, a "giant and deranged ego was born" and he knew, he says, that he must find a new personality to express it.


Callow is an amazingly canny writer-about-acting, btw. There are very few who are in his class. Writing well about acting is a hard (and rare) thing to do. For Callow at his best, try his classic biography of Charles Laughton.



posted by Michael at October 9, 2006


As long as we're on the subject, I highly recommend "In and Out of Character" by Basil Rathbone. Very well written. It is a wonderful peek into the lifestyles and foibles of the first half of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a fabulous movie actor. I do intend to check out the Callow piece.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on October 9, 2006 3:07 PM

It's as well he's developed this sideline, because his acting descended into ham years ago.

Posted by: dearieme on October 9, 2006 3:52 PM

Charlton - Tks, never knew about it, I'll check it out. I really love good writing about performance, movies, theater, etc.

Dearieme -- I'm with you on that! But was he ever any good? All I can remember of Callow performances is the ham...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on October 9, 2006 4:23 PM

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