Scott Speedman (born September 1st 1975) Robert Scott Speedman is a Canadian television and movie actor. The actor is best known for his role in vampire movie 'Underworld'.
Childhood: Speedman was originally born in London, England but moved to Toronto, Ontario when he was 4. His father, Roy Speedman, is a department store buyer and his mother, Mary Campbell, was a Primary School teacher. Scott attended Earl Haig Secondary School where he excelled at swimming and was part of their gifted athlete program. He was also involved in the Canadian Junior National Swim Team. After placing ninth in the 1992 Olympic Trials, he had a significant neck injury which forced him to look elsewhere for a future career. He thus studied to be an actor at York University and the University of Toronto. Scott
Career: Whilst on Toronto's 'Citytv', the actor expressed his desire to audition for the role of Robin in the movie 'Batman Forever'. Although the role was given to Chris O' Donnell, it allowed Scott Speedman to sign with an agent and audition for both TV and film roles in Canada. In 1995, he landed his first TV role in 'Net Worth'. He later moved to New York City where he enrolled at the Neighbourhood Playhouse, but dropped out and returned home. His agent contacted him and asked him to audition for hit show 'Felicity'.
Speedman received much welcomed attention for his role as Ben Covington in the series. In 2000 he starred in the film 'Duets' opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. 2003 saw him play opposite Kurt Russell as a rookie LAPD detective. After this, the star bagged the Golden Wave Award for his work on drama 'My Life Without Me'. Speedman's first major role came with 'Underworld' in which he starred opposite Kate Beckinsale. The star gained more attention and received the Saturn Award in the category 'Cinescape Face of the Future'. He then returned in the vampire-werewolf series in the sequel 'Underworld: Evolution'. In 2008, he starred alongside Liv Tyler in horror 'The Strangers'. In 2009, Speedman appeared with Dustin Hoffman in 'Barney's Version'. In June 2013, he was in HBO's 'Open' alongside Wes Bentley.
An unusual setting gives this low-key horror some added interest, stirring a whiff of issue-based drama into the otherwise under-developed plot. It's also photographed with considerable skill, generating its scary moments with careful filmmaking rather than cheap gimmicks, although there isn't a moment that doesn't feel familiar. Yes, Spanish director Lluis Quilez never saw a scary-movie cliche that he didn't like.
It's set in rural Colombia, where Sarah and Paul (Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman) have just arrived in Santa Clara, on the edge of the jungle, with their young daughter Hannah (Pixie Davies). Sarah has a new job at the paper factory owned by her father (Stephen Rea), while Paul works from home as an illustrator. And as they settle into their gorgeous new house in a lush neighbourhood, the community is preparing for its annual Saint Children Festival, commemorating a tragic event from the conquistador era. But it's something much more recent that seems to have sparked a malevolent force in the town, as everyone catches glimpses of swarms of face-covered children emerging from the rainforest. And it seems to be Hannah that they want.
Quilez indulges in all the usual atmospherics, including sudden thunderstorms and power cuts, a sinister dumbwaiter and even a ball bouncing ominously down the stairs. Even so, he resists ramping up the horror too much, making the film feel more like a mystery as Sarah and Paul investigate the strange goings on, learning dark secrets about the town's past. When someone mentions the "old paper mill" it's clearly going to feature later on. And this gives the movie an intriguing sense that perhaps not everything that's happening is supernatural. That said, the plot is so thin that it barely exists, held together by a hint of subtext and the grounded performances.
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Matthew is a typical loving father who takes a day trip with his young daughter Cassandra in his truck, stopping off at a roadside diner along the way to pick up pie for lunch. He's only gone a few minutes but by the time he returns to his vehicle he discovers that Cass is gone. She's nowhere to be found, and to make matters worse, when he reports her disappearance as an abduction to the police he is the first suspect in the case. The incident puts a deep strain on his marriage to her mother Tina, who doesn't know whether to blame him for letting her out of his sight or suspect his involvement herself. Some years later, they are still searching, but when detectives Nicole and Jeffrey find new leads, Matthew becomes determined to find out exactly where his daughter is being held.
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Bafta nominations give another boost to 12 Years a Slave, Johnny Depp is snapped filming Mortdecai, Godzilla promises character-based thrills, and trailers drop for tragic and comedic romances, an Irish adventure and an Imax trip to Madagascar...
The big news this week is the further escalation of awards-season fever. Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave continues to lead the field as the British Academy Film Awards announced its Bafta nominations this week - just as the movie opens in the UK. Chiwetel Ejiofor is now the odds-on favourite for both Bafta and Oscar best actor awards. Read our 12 Years a Slave Movie Review here or find out more about the film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's new film Mortdecai finished shooting in London and moved to Los Angeles, where he was snapped on set surrounded by actresses in bikinis. The action comedy follows Depp's title character on a quest for stolen art and Nazi gold. Costars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany, have been joined in California by Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum. Take a look at our 'behind the scenes' photos of Johnny Depp filming Mortdecai.
New rom-com unites two unlikely lovers from different walks of life.
You'd think we'd be sick of sweet and smoochy rom-coms by now but it seems that our appetite for an original and entertaining love story hasn't completely been sated. Cue Barefoot, a brand new comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman and J.K. Simmons, that's sure to have you headed to the movies come the month of love: February.
Evan Rachel Wood & Scott Speedman Star In Exciting New Rom-Com, 'Barefoot.'
The sweet and poignant movie stars Speedman as Jay, the 'black sheep' of a very wealthy family who fritters away his money on the dogs, sleeps around, drinks away the nights in seedy bars, and often gets involved in fights. He meets Daisy (Wood), a mentally unstable but well-intentioned psychiatric patient who has lived a sheltered life without sampling any of the world's pleasures.