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Happy Now

Happy Now By Derek Elley Variety, September 3 – 9, 2001 A decidedly offbeat blend of mystery-thriller and regional character comedy, “Happy Now” tries too hard to hit too many bases but still reps an interesting feature debut by Irish-born, Welsh-raised helmer Philippa Collie-Cousins. Pic may not translate easily in territories unfamiliar with whimsical Welsh humor (on which it almost entirely depends), and its excess of plot and characters often hampers its stride. But Collie-Cousins shows a good grasp of atmosphere and setting, and draws fine perfs from most...

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The Art of Gormenghast

Steerpike by Jonathan Rhys Meyers From The Art of Gormenghast by Estelle Daniel What can I do that has never been done to Gormenghast in all its years? Seventy-seven earls and it has never had this happen? I think it could have done with it a couple of hundred years beforehand. I’m not trying to complicate it. I have been reading a little bit of Samuel Beckett, just for myself because I like him. He hates to colour things. You just have to say it. If it is there,...

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Hot Press

Jonathan Rhys Meyers By Olaf Tyaransen Hot Press, December 2000 Hailed as one of the UK’s hottest young talents, and having appeared in such successes as Michael Collins, The Magnificent Abersons, and Velvet Goldmine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in fact Dublin-born and raised in Cork. Olaf Tyaransen met the rising star. Thesp behaviour: Peter Matthews. If fidgeting was an Olympic sport then Jonathan Rhys Meyers could win gold for Ireland. The 23 year old Dublin-born/Cork bred actor just can’t seem to sit still for a moment. Throughout...

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Elle

The Prettiest Star By Sarah Bailey Elle, August 2000 Dark, edgy and achingly sexy, Jonathan Rhys Myers should come with a warning on him, sighs Sarah Bailey You never really expect to find yourself in the bedroom of one of your favourite interviewees. But then there’s something about Jonathan Rhys Meyers that makes it a little less surprising. I first met Jonathan in 1988 when the not-yet 21-year-old Irish actor – all wild stories, big-time sensuality and wide-eyes – hit London to promote Velvet Goldmine. He had...

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W Magazine

High Gothic By James Fallon W Magazine, July 2000 “Couldn’t you just die for those lips?” says Toni Collete of her close friend and former flame Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Though often cast for his good looks, Rhys-Meyers, 22, finally gives proof of his acting mettle as the villainous Steerpike in the BBC’s production of Mervyn Peake’s Gothic trilogy “Gormenghast” (airing on BBC America beginning June 10 and again on PBS in late fall). “He’s a real 21st-century boy,” raves the program’s director, Andy Wilson. “He’s got the febrile...

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Vogue

Go, Johnny, Go By Sarah Phelps Vogue, June 2000 With a dark star turn in a new phantasmagoric BBC miniseries, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers gives another spellbinding performance. Within an artfully shabby room in London’s Groucho Club, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is clutching his interview survival kit- a large glass of milk and cigarettes- and radiating tension. When not gulping milk or smoking (which he does with the enthusiasm of a starved man), he traps his hands between his knees to keep them forcibly still. Some part of him is...

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Gormenghast

NEXT STOP, WONDERLAND by Laura Jacobs Vanity Fair, May 2000 the BBCs four-part fantasy-scape It begins with a royal birth that looks like the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Then it cuts to the kingdom’s kitchen, a pig-squealing, sweltering hell from which a slim young man escapes in search of light. In these antic, frantic first minutes you may be tempted to change the channel. Don’t. It takes time to get your bearings in “Gormenghast.” What is “Gormenghast”?! It’s king Author’s court seen through Lewis Carrol’s looking glass. It’s Shakespeare’s...

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The Disappearance of Finbar DVD

Interview with Jonathan Rhys Meyers From The Disappearance of Finbar DVD One morning I got a phone call from Patsy Pollock who’s a very, very close friend — a very, very beautiful woman, and she said, “I’ve got this script and I think you’re really good for it,” and so she sent it to me — it was The Disappearance of Finbar — and I read it straight away that morning, about 9 o’clock. I was undecided between the two characters because Danny gets more airtime within it, but...

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Cult Times

Gormenghast By Jane Killick Cult Times, February 2000 Steerpike is the rogue element that threatens to bring an earldom crumbling in on itself in “Gormenghast”, the BBC’s magnificent fantasy serial for the new millennium. Steerpike has grown up in the drudgery of the castle kitchens, but his ambition is far greater than his lowly position. When he gets the opportunity to escape, he seizes it and begins to manipulate the bizarre and gullible characters he finds in the castle to gain power. He becomes a conspirator to arson and...

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Radio Times

Gormenghast: Behind the Scenes Radio Times, January 2000 After a gruelling five-month shoot at Cinecitta in Rome playing Chiron the “hideous little rapist” in the new film adaptation of Titus Andronicus, Jonathan Rhys Meyers “was exactly in the right mood to play Steerpike, another of the great hideousnesses of English literature”. And so began four more gruelling months at Shepperton Studios. “I’d never heard of the novels,” says 22-year-old Irishman Rhys Meyers, “but as soon as I read the scripts I understood the character. I didn’t even have to...

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