The British stage and screen actor says he is still "bitter" about losing the Olivier Award for Best Actor to Luke Treadaway two years ago.
British actor Rupert Everett has opened up about his long-standing decision to refuse to attend awards ceremonies. The star, famous for his roles in My Best Friend’s Wedding, An Ideal Husband and the Shrek movies, is apparently still “bitter” about losing out at the Olivier Awards two years ago.
In 2013, Everett was nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious ceremony for his depiction of Oscar Wilde in the play ‘The Judas Kiss’, and was considered the favourite to win the prize. However, on the night he was beaten by Luke Treadaway for his role in ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, and it was this that made him decide to stay away.
Rupert Everett at a charity fashion event earlier in 2015
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Holliday Grainger and Luke Treadaway - A variety of stars were photographed at the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards 2015 Official After Party which was held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
With a true story that's almost hard to believe, this inspiring biographical drama is made with attention to detail and a remarkable resistance to sentiment. And strong acting helps bring the characters to life, even if everything feels a little too carefully staged. But it's the real-life aspect that grabs the attention, and a central figure who's a remarkable example of the indomitable human spirit. The film also marks an auspicious step forward for Angelina Jolie as a director, telling a big story without giving in to the usual sappy moviemaking pitfalls.
Son of Italian immigrants, Louie Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) grew up in 1920s Southern California and by the time he hit his teens is on the way to becoming a criminal. But his brother Pete (Alex Russell) helps him channel his energy to running instead, and his natural skill make him a local champion as well as an American record-holder at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When the war breaks out, he enlists and serves as a bombardier in the Pacific, surviving a plane crash before later going down at sea and drifting with two colleagues (Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock) for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese. From here he endures a horrific stint in a prisoner of war camp, taunted by the cruel commandant everyone calls The Bird (Miyavi), who takes particular notice of Louie simply because he refuses to break.
Jolie assembles the film as a big-budget epic, with massive set pieces as the plot cycles through several outrageous episodes before settling in on the prison years. Cinematographer Roger Deakins carefully contrasts Louie's sunny California youth with the much starker visit to Nazi Germany and the astoundingly bleak Japanese prison camp, with those endless days baking at sea in the middle. So the film looks terrific, drawing us into each chapter in Louie's story while building a sense of momentum. It's not quite as complex as it looks; Louie's darker moments feel a bit superficial. But O'Connell adds some weight to each scene, offering a kick of emotion as well as the charisma that convinces the men around him to draw inspiration from his tenacity.
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Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) is a rebel. His constant fights and reckless behaviour cause more than enough trouble for his family. They believe he will amount to nothing, despite his incredible ability to never give in - no matter what. When he applies himself to running, he discovers that he is very good at it. More than that; Zamperini is great and competes in the Olympic Games. When World War Two begins, Zamperini enlists in the US Air Force, but is shot down by Japanese planes. Captured and placed in a Prisoner of War camp, Zamperini is forced to apply his will and drive in order to make it through the toughest ordeal of his life.
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Louis Zamperini has learned to fight tooth and nail for what he believes in all through life. It may have caused him one or two problems with the law in his youth, but it taught him that to achieve success, he must fight harder than anyone else. It's with this attitude that he joins his school track team, eventually surpassing the sprinting talents of all the local sportsmen. He lands a place on the US 5000 metres team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics before disaster strikes. It's World War II and America has become involved with the conflict; Louis must put his promising running career on hold in order to joined the US Army Air Force and defend his country. But he is faced with new challenges when he and his comrades find themselves adrift on the Pacific Ocean following a devastating plane crash. Unfortunately for them, waiting on the land ahead at Japanese soldiers who inter him and his peers in a Tokyo prison. What he subsequently displays during his time there is a remarkable show of strength of character, fearlessness and an unwavering courage that would touch millions.
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The investigation concluded that old materials are to blame, and other theatres need to play it safe
The dramatic collapse at London’s Apollo Theatre around 40 minutes into a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time late last year didn’t claim any lives, but unless something’s done to ensure other theatres don’t suffer the same fate, experts fear a catastrophe could be just round the corner.
The Apollo Theatre's collapse
The heavy rein that preceded the collapse was thought to be the cause, however, the subsequent investigation has determined that old materials – in place from the theatre’s year of opening, 1901 – were the primary cause of the theatre’s dangerous breakdown.
Louis Zamperini may have been a wayward child, constantly getting into trouble with the local authorities, but he would soon grow up to be an inspiration to people across the world. At a young age he joined his school's track team and eventually went on to land a place on the US 5000 metres team during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, as World War II hit the globe, he put his sporting career on hold to protect his country as a member of the US Army Air Force which subsequently saw him and his comrades captured by the Japanese army as prisoners of war after their plane crashed and they were adrift on the Pacific Ocean for 47 days. Louis' incredible determination and strength of character helped him pull through his ordeals and tell his story to the world and now, at the age of 97, he re-tells it for the big screen.
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Harvey Miller had only just got out of prison having spent 12 months inside. Once reunited with his best pals Dempsey, Dodd and Charlie, he became hellbent on revenge, determined to get back at the man who put him inside in the first place: Steven Roper. After a 'business proposition' was made to him by a fellow prisoner, Harvey sets about planning the ultimate heist - a job that could bring them over £100,000, and not only that, he's willing to do anything to bring Roper down. Unfortunately, his plans go awry when he is subsequently arrested with a handful of eye-witnesses naming him as a criminal. Detective Inspector West, baffled at how the boys could've got a robbery so desperately wrong, hands over the opportunity to tell the truth from his point of view.
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Lucky and Raphael are two brothers with a habit of organised crime. However, that kind of a lifestyle can put you in some serious danger as the pair are about to find out when they land themselves with a debt of £200,000 to big-time gangsters Sebastian and Mr. Kramer. Lucky has only just returned home from a long vacation but, given that he is the best getaway driver, he is roped into a major heist on a secret casino owned by Mr. Zigic. Along the way, Lucky is side-tracked by Bridgett, a beautiful seductress who is not all she appears to be and he soon finds his namesake rendered laughable. Can he live up to what he is known for an escape his predicament while successfully paying off his brother's adversaries?
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Luke Treadaway was the big winner at the biggest night on the British theatre calendar.
Luke Treadaway, the British actor often dubbed a 'rising star' in the industry, won best actor at a glitzy Olivier Awards ceremony in London on Sunday (April 28, 2013). The National Theatre's adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 murder mystery The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time won seven awards in total, with Treadaway fending off stiff competition from Mark Rylance, James McAvoy and Rupert Everett to win best actor for his role as maths genius and Aspergers sufferer Christopher Boone, who sets out to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour's dog.
Curious Case Winnerds Nicola Walker [L] and Best Actor Luke Treadaway [R]
"This is for everyone who worked on the show. I can't believe it.This is absolutely amazing," said Treadaway after accepting the award from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall. His co-star Nicola Walker was named best supporting actress for her role as Christopher's guilt ridden mother, saying, "My agent told me to breathe if I won, and my husband told me not to swear...Every single day of rehearsals and every single performance was a prize, so this is completely overwhelming."
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Luke Treadaway is winning all the plaudits for his turn as a maths genius suffering from Asperger's Syndrome, in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
The National Theatre's staging of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time' has been met with critical acclaim following its opening at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End. Luke Treadaway, who plays a 15-year-old maths genius with Asperger's Syndrome, has come in for particular praise, and told the BBC that the part was a "golden opportunity."
Simon Stephens' stage adaptation of the hugely popular novel premiered at the National's Cottesloe Theatre last year, though the plaudits it received on that occasion meant it was bound for the West End. Both versions have been directed by Marianne Elliot, who co-directed the National Theatre's worldwide hit War Horse and many believe 'The Curious Incident' could reach a similar, international audience. Speaking after the opening this week, novelist Haddon said, "The West End is neither here nor there. It's not about flashing lights or the size of the theatre - it's about having a really good experience on stage." His involvement in the production has left London-born Haddon longing to write for the stage. "Writing a book is a very lonely business. You want to communicate with 10 or 20 or 50,000 people - you never meet them. I wrote something for the Donmar Warehouse a couple of years ago and I'm going to start writing for the theatre again. Partly because this experience has reminded me of that communal aspect to it."
Actor Treadaway described the cast and crew as "incredible people to work with," telling the BBC, "I'm completely the luckiest bloke alive to be able to do this part. It's such an amazing part. It's a joy, it's what I've always wanted to do."