In honor of the latest craze over THE new, very attractive British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, who along with his Cumberbitches, have invaded cinema and the internet, I am going back in time for a bit and posting a list - including several Englishmen and Scotsmen and one very important Irishman who could not be left out - that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time.
I would not do this in honor of just anyone or any news, but the Brits, Scots, and Irish actors have been secretly holding meetings in my brain for quite a while. So, without further ado:
RALPH FIENNES (English) in The English Patient, for being the protagonist of one of my favorite books (Graham Greene's The End Of The Affair made into films The End of the Affair, and for Schindler's List.
The English Patient - Dance scene 1
The English Patient - Dance scene 2
MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Irish) is also a personal favorite since Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds to “Shame”, 12 Years A Slave, Jane Eyre (based on the fantastic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte) and soon “Macbeth”.
Jane Eyre - First dialogue
Jane Eyre - Proposal
The Remains of the day - The book
Jude - reciting "The Creed" in Latin
Jude & Sue - the beginning and the book
Deep Blue Sea - Some of the best scenes
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (English) for perfectly portraying Tomas in The Unbearable Lightness of Being a long time ago (Another book favorite The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Newland Archer in The Age of Innocence, and everything until now.
Daniel Day-Lewis talks about his role in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Age of Innocence"
CLIVE OWEN (English), only for his role in Closer
One of the most memorable scene from "Closer"
"Beginners" - Ewan McGregor as Sigmund Freud in Halloween Party
DAMIAN LEWIS (English) – For being the greatest TV actor, the perfect Soames Forsyte in BBC’s mini-series The Complete Forsyte Saga (the book The Forsyte Saga is worth reading as well) and the main reason I watch Homeland.
"Homeland" - A peek at one TV's most intriguing love stories
RUPERT FRIEND (English) – For Peter Quinn role in Homeland
Random scene from "Homeland"
Rupert Friend in the NYT Heartthrobs interviews, including three other Brits (Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Johnson, and Ben Whishaw)
"My week with Marilyn" - The perfect day
Scenes from "The last king of Scotland"
With Keira Knightley in "Atonement"
SIMON PEGG (English) because he is irresistibly adorable and funny in Run, Fat Boy, Run
"Run fatboy run" - Promising start
"American Psycho" - Opening
"A single man" - The bad news
IDRIS ELBA (English) for making me watch some bad films only because he was part of them..and his name.
Idris Elba talking about his younger self
Scenes from his Macroeconomics classes on "The Wire"
Trailer of "Lolita"
Screen Test for "Lolita"
Max Minghella (English), now, after watching him in Agora
Max Minghella talks about his role of Daveus in "Agora"