Jude Law (born 27.12.1972)
Jude Law is an award winning English actor who began his career on the stage, before progressing to television and film to become one of the most bankable movie stars in Hollywood, with roles in The Talented Mr Ripley, Alfie, and My Blueberry Nights.
Jude Law: Childhood
Jude Law was born David Jude Law in Lewisham in South East London, the second child of Peter and Maggie. Jude was named him after the song Hey Jude by The Beatles and the central character in Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude the Obscure. Jude's parents were both teachers and now run a theatre company in France. Jude's sister, Natasha, is a London based artist.
Jude Law was raised in Blackheath and attended the local primary school where, aged six, he discovered his love of acting whilst performing in a school play. Following a spell at the local comprehensive school in nearby Kidbrooke, Jude went to Alleyn's School, an independent school in Dulwich.
By the time Jude was twelve he'd joined the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre which would propel him into the world of theatre and television. Jude's television debut was in a musical production of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester and at seventeen he left school to appear in the Granada soap opera, Families.
Jude Law: Acting Career
Law's first main stage roles were in The Fastest Clock In The Universe, and the West End production of Indiscretions, which he later performed on Broadway alongside Kathleen Turner. Law received the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Jude regularly returned to the stage throughout his film career.
Law secured his first major full length film role in Shopping (1994), co-starring Sadie Frost. Jude Law's profile rose further with the release of Wilde (1997), starring Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde. Law played Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas and won the Most Promising Newcomer Award from the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Jude Law subsequently moved to Hollywood where he landed a role in Gattaca (1997) starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, before being cast alongside Kevin Spacey in Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Law's next breakthrough role was in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) with Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, for which Law was nominated an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Jude Law continued to gain roles in Hollywood blockbusters, appearing in Enemy at the Gates (2001), Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001), and Road to Perdition (2002), culminating in another Academy Award nomination for Cold Mountain in 2004.
Although the remake of Alfie (2004) was a box office flop, Jude Law's performance in the lead role - played by Michael Caine in the original film - made him a household name. Law followed this with a cameo appearance in The Aviator (2004) and as a narrator in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). In 2006 Law starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black in The Holiday, and in 2007 appeared in My Blueberry Nights with musician Norah Jones. That year, Jude also turned his hand to producing, with the film Sleuth in which he stars opposite Michael Caine.
Jude Law: Personal life
Jude Law and the actor Sadie Frost met on the set of Shopping in 1993, and married in 1997. They have four children: Finlay Munro (stepson of Law), son Rafferty, daughter Iris, and son Rudy. Law and Frost divorced in 2003, citing work pressures. Law later had a two-year relationship with actor Sienna Miller, which ended in 2006.
In 2004, The People magazine named Jude Law the Sexiest Man Alive. Law became the face of the new male perfume from Dior in 2008.
Law also runs the production company Natural Nylon with Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and Sadie Frost.
Jude is involved in a wide variety of charity work and in 2007 contributed to The Day After Peace, a film set in Afghanistan, in recognition of International Peace Day.
It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This raucous historical romp spins the iconic legend into something that's relentlessly entertaining, even if it never quite satisfies because it's in such a hurry to set up a sequel. Thankfully, there are some deeper themes along the way that give the actors something to chew on besides the scenery.
In post-Roman Britain, King Uther (Eric Bana) has been killed by his brother Vortigern (Jude Law), who made a deal that involved some very black magic. But Vortigern is haunted by the fact that Uther's infant son Arthur somehow escaped and will someday return to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful throne. Meanwhile in Londinium, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) has no idea who he really is. Raised in a brothel and trained as a muscled fighter, he has a nice little racket going on. So discovering his identity is a shock. He's immediately spirited away by a mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) and some rebels (Djimon Hounsou and Aiden Gillen) who help him plot how to take back his crown.
The entire film is essentially a chase as Vortigern and his chief goon (Peter Ferdinando) pursue Arthur and his growing band of rebels. That all of this is leading to an epic confrontation is no surprise. But Ritchie oddly frames each action sequence as a splintered montage, which means we're only ever watching a series of key images with no momentum or context. Some of these work cleverly, but they begin to wear us out: we know what's happening but we're not able to experience it ourselves. Thankfully the dialogue has a witty present-day snap that brings the characters and the camaraderie between them to vivid life.
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Arthur grew up as a peasant on the streets of Londonium having escaped the terror that was unleashed upon his father Uther Pendragon's kingdom when he was just a boy. But despite growing up away from his royal roots, there was always something special about him; a determination and a willingness to stand up and fight no matter how big the enemy or how slim the chances of survival. This does not go unnoticed by the current King Vortigern, who took over the throne all those years ago. Arthur is captured and imprisoned by Vortigern's men and it's then he learns of his true destiny. And that destiny is sealed when he manages to pull the sword of Excalibur from the legendary stone with the world watching. Vortigern will stop at nothing to keep his ill-gotten crown, but still he underestimates the power that the sword wields. Using his newfound power, he joins with the kingdom's resistance to regain what's rightfully his and avenge his father along the way.
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For his latest movie, Guy Ritchie, reinterprets the classic story of King Arthur and his legendary rise after retrieving the fames sword from the stone.
Unlike many modern day movies, Richie decided to take an old school approach to developing and shooting scenes for the movie. Very little CGI and green screen was used, the director created huge sets which really captures the feel of the city which is quickly becoming more and more overrun by chaos.
Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou speak about their new roles in the movie and what it was like to create such an epic tale. John Boorman's 1981 movie Excalibur seemed to not only play a big role in influencing the director but also the actors he cast in the lead roles - that comprehensive version of the tale might've influenced the director but it is isn't the same as Ritchie's take on the story.
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Law will star alongside Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel, due for release in November 2018.
Oscar-nominated actor Jude Law is to take on the role of the young Albus Dumbledore in the planned sequel(s) to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
The 44 year old star has most recently been seen on the small screen, in Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed drama series ‘The Young Pope’. Now, he’ll be reprising a much younger version of the same character portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter franchise, according to official site Pottermore.
The planned sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, currently scheduled for a November 2018 release, will begin filming in August this year. It will feature Dumbledore as a humble Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts’, decades before he becomes headmaster.
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The celebrities have teamed up with the War Child foundation.
Nicole Scherzinger, Jude Law and others band together for an emotional video for the charity War Child, telling the story of 17-year-old Syrian girl Fatima and her traumatic experiences at the hands of terrorists in her hometown. The promo is part of the new Enough Is Enough campaign.
Nicole Scherzinger gets involved with War Child charity video
Celebrities including actors Jude Law and Carey Mulligan, comedian Michael McIntyre, and musicians Sam Smith, James Bay, Marcus Mumford and Nicole Scherzinger recount the story of one teenager living in Syria who was forced to uproot with her family and move across the border in a new video for War Child UK.
Arthur might have an extraordinary destiny, but after his birthright was taken from him at a young age, he has grown up an agent of the streets of Londonium and now the idea that he has royal blood is almost laughable. That is until he manages to unsheath the mighty sword of Excalibur from a stone; a feat that can only be achieved be he who is worthy of the throne. This forces him to make a choice, he can ignore the destiny that is pressing in around him or he can seize it once and for all. He joins the kingdom's resistance and it's there he meets the beautiful Guinevere who encourages him to learn of the power that he wields and defeat the tyrannous Vortigern, avenging his parents and ending his rule for good.
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For the most part, Arthur has taught himself all the life lessons he knows, he lives a rough life with his friends in the town, fighting comes as standard for the young man, however Arthur's life is about to change for better and worse. When Arthur is challenged to pull the famous sword from the stone he achieves something that all men before him have failed to do, he retrieves the sword.
Arthur's life story becomes a little clearer, Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon a noble king loved by his people but when he dies his crown and seat on the throne are stolen by Vortigern who will go to any lengths to secure his future as leader of the kingdom. Since the death of Pendragon, the whole country has slowly fallen into chaos - particularly the capital, Londinium. Vortigern rules with an iron fist and his willingness to use dark magic cause more and more problems.
As Arthur learns about his past, he unites with a group of rebels but the new owner of Excalibur is far from enthusiastic at fighting Vortigern's army. As time passes Arthur realises that he must be the one to restore some peace to the city but with Vortigern leading his troops it's not going to be an easy battle.
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David Beckham may still be learning to live with life after football but he’s turning his attentions to his fledging acting career. The former England captain has landed a role in ‘Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur’.
David Beckham is embarking on a whole new career – acting! The former footballing star has landed a role in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Beckham announced the news in a recent interview with a British newspaper and revealed he is prepared to face criticism if his acting skills are not up to scratch.
David Beckham at the opening of the 'Breitling Boutique' in Madrid, June 2015.
The ace partnership between filmmaker Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy evolves into something formidable with this raucous action comedy, which simultaneously spoofs the espionage genre and provides some genuine thrills. From ensemble player (Bridesmaids) to costar (The Heat) and now to the star of the show, McCarthy finds a role worthy of her talents, subverting rather than exploiting her distinct physicality.
She plays Susan Cooper, a desk-jockey at the CIA who works with the field agents, guiding them by radio link through their dangerous paces. When star spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is taken out of service and all other top agents have their covers blown, the boss (Allison Janney) has little choice but to send the well-trained Susan into the field to take down the villainous arms dealer Rayna (Rose Byrne). With her best pal Nancy (Miranda Hart) as her office-bound helper, Susan gets into a series of disguises and travels to Paris, Rome and then Budapest. And despite the constant attempts of rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) to "help" her, Susan gets ever closer to Rayna and her gangster buyer Sergio (Bobby Cannavale).
The relatively simple plot is overcrowded with characters and subplots that add absurd layers of humour to the film, almost all of which are genuinely hilarious. Best of all, none of the laughs come at the expense of Susan, a capable, smart, witty woman who's the perfect alter ego for McCarthy (and certainly much more engaging than her obnoxious-slob persona in The Heat or Tammy). She has terrific chemistry with all of her costars, flirting shamelessly with the Bond-like Law, an amusingly swaggering Statham and especially the purringly hysterical Byrne. As always, the great Janney steals every one of her few scenes. Less effective is an extended goofy cameo by Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, who at least shows willing to dive into some ridiculous comedy. There's also another terrific foil in Susan's local contact Aldo, played with leering, opportunistic relish by Peter Sarafinowicz.
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The director spoke about passing the Bechdel test and working with Melissa McCarthy in a couple of interviews on Monday (June 1st).
Paul Feig, the director of the new movie Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, has spoken about his desire to write realistic roles for women, rather than conform to the usual rom-com rubric where all that female characters talk about are their relationships with men.
The 52 year old director, who has previously helmed movies such as Bridesmaids and Knocked Up, told The Huffington Post on Monday: “I want to write to the things I want them to be discussing and not be discussing. I have no desire to do, at this point in time, a romantic comedy where it's all about… talking about a guy or this and that. I love to be able to pass the Bechdel test.”
Paul Feig spoke about his desire to write credible, realistic movie parts for women
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Date of birth
29th December, 1972
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