When he did The South Bank Show interview for Hamlet, he said he wanted to play the role before becoming a father because he thought that was a some kind of obstacle for an actor when playing the “young man” role per excellence. He accepted and prepared for the role before being a father or knowing he would be one but by when he played it, he SURPRISINGLY was someone’s father! Lol
He famously went to play Dr. Strange immediately after the last show of Hamlet but he also kinda “graduated” to the role of the tormented father in his more personal roles after that: The Child in Time, Patrick Melrose, even his Dominic Cummings in Brexit suffers because the possibility of losing his first baby because the complications in the pregnancy of his wife (and there is the metaphorical scene of him “listening” the British people heart on the ground like if it were in a pregnant womb just to stop listening it after the supposedly “triumph”). He also attached for How to Stop Time during that period which the recent plot summary doesn’t said anything but it’s actually about a father searching for a lost daughter. I remember that at the time other actors of his generations weren’t still playing dads. Actually, how many dads have played Hiddleston, Fassbender or Hardy?
It wouldn’t be a surprise if some of his anxieties reflect on the roles he chose to play. It happens with all kind of artists.
Eric’s Vincent is also an addict like Patrick and Sherlock but he has said that he doesn’t have an addict personality in anyway, tho.! Lol
Wallaby, I had the same thought. I hope in this one at least he finds his son at the end. A Child in Time was such a bummer.
I agree, queenzod! The ending of „The Child ..“ was kind of „unsatisfying“. However, in real life these stories of missing children often go out this way… Unfortunately!
I loved The Child in Time! Maybe with the exception of how they managed the perverted friend. In the book, it’s clear that he is a fetichist who also had sex with hookers while dressing like a kid! They kinda “softened” that part but the change made his attitude even more perplexing. He behaving like a little boy was clearly not something pure nor innocent.
But about the reception, people were waiting for something like Sherlock but it was much more mature, disturbing and dark. They thought he would easily resolve the mystery of what happened to his daughter and instead they watched him being stunned and numbed by grief during the whole movie! Lol. It was a wonderful and very subtle performance, tho. Nothing like Sherlock!
By the way, I saw some speculation about BC probably voicing Eric. Agreed that he probably will do it. I mean he loves to take those kind of voice works even when he is playing a completely different character in the same production like in Doctor Strange. Much more when he could play a puppet that exists only in his character’s head but I think he also could do the voice of a few other puppets. That’s what puppeteers do. I mean Jim Henson was Kermit the Frog’s voice until his death! If he is playing the star puppeteer of the fictional show, he surely will do some voices! Also, he has the talent to do it!
I absolutely LOVE The Child In Time! I found the ending uplifting and inspired. I didn't find it unsatisfactory at all.
BC's performance was just so heart-wrenching and raw. The writing was, as Sgev said dark, mature and disturbing - perfect for the story it was trying to tell. A story of grief has rarely been shown so well.
I didn’t say it was unsatisfactory - I said it was a bummer, lol. They never found their lost child, most likely never found out what happened to her at all so there’s no closure, no way to finally settle that grief with certainty. Sure it was nice when they had another child and I assume the baby brought them back together again and they moved on as well as they might but I’m not sure the story or even the ending was “uplifting,” at least not for me.
As to the film and it’s direction, I thought it was a bit too unformed or unfocused in places, even through its delicacy. There’s that bit with the friend which wasn’t totally clear which sgev elaborated on already, the stuff about seeing unborn children and that notion of peering through time which was too diaphanous. Either go for it and sort that bit out or leave it alone, imo. The acting was sterling all around (BC ripped my heart out, especially during that crying scene in the school), but it was a tough slog in some places. Just imo, of course. Your mileage clearly varied. 🙂😉
Don‘t get me wrong, I also loved The Child in Time! Particularly Benedict‘s acting in it. So tender the scene in the school. He broke me in two with this performance. I think this role also suited him very well.
Maybe it‘s just my own wish for a „better“ ending (I mean that the daughter is found or her fate is revealed.) However, the reconciliation of the married couple and the birth of the new child made up for a lot - even when this baby can NEVER replace the missing daughter.
I guess from my perspective I thought the ending for TCiT was just perfect and if they had found the little girl it really wouldn't have fit with the whole theme of the film. To me it would have been like a "Hallmark card" type of ending tacked on to make everyone just feel "good". But how they did it was incredibly painful and yet offered great hope for a kind of healing (with scars).
I really think if they had the "happy happy " ending then they couldn't have shown that life has to go on despite great grief and loss. They showed that it is part of the indelible human spirit to seek out some kind of hopefulness and joy in life despite the pain that is always with us with any tragedy.
OT I wish the best to the writers but TBH after reading this tweet my first thought was that if they are becoming “aggressive” we probably would not see any Eric’s leaked image from the set! Lol
By the way, they only “shut down” the sets for a few minutes. The police and their own union leaders made it clear that it was against the law and that they shouldn’t do it. It’s a kinda clickbaity tweet. Also actors and crew can’t really join them because their union contracts specifically ban them of joining any strike until June when their contracts expire. So, for now, it’s only talk shows and “live” productions like SNL the ones immediately affected by the strike.
Especially after Abi Morgan posted about her unsurprisingly (she is a scriptwriter!) support for the strike this morning.
I think it’s insane that unions, including the writers one (I have seen a few criticizing actors for just not stopping working in projects to support the writers. Well, it’s for the same reason that writers waited until their contracts expired to protest! All of them have the same clause!), accept clauses about not doing strikes meanwhile their contracts are active. And my doubt was about what happens when writers are doing other jobs apart of the writing. What happens when they are also the “boss” as in “Eric” case. Actors and crew are contractually obliged to do their jobs but what about the showrunner when it happens is also the writer? It’s a drama so she surely finished her job as writer but she is also the leader of the project so even when she isn’t directing it, she must be working on it.
It’s cruel that studios seems to be threatening not just writer-showrunner but also the people that depends on them,
And then there was the kicker: “Further, if production is interrupted by the strike, even if you offer to continue to work, HBO/HBO Max will not be obliged to continue your salary, nor the salary of the cast and crew.”
”We want specifically to reiterate to you as a showrunner or other writer-producer that you are not excused from performing your duties as a showrunner and/or producer on your series as a result of the WGA strike,” said a May 3 email from Disney that was sent to showrunners. “Studio intends to stay in production during the WGA strike and we are legally entitled to do so,” adds the correspondence and attached Q&A from Bob McPhail, assistant chief counsel at ABC Signature.
Netflix hasn’t still made such threats, tho.
“Everyone but Netflix has sent one it seems,” an insider told Deadline today. However, in fact NBCUniversal did not send out a so-called “breach letter,” sources say. Also Paramount Global has not sent out such a note either.