Rupert Friend — from Homeland hunk to Van Gogh’s brother in At Eternity’s Gate:
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I can’t post the entire article, but here are a few excerpts:
Just in the nick of time, however, Homeland came calling… But why did Quinn stick around? It was just one of those things where the fans started to respond to him. It was power to the people on that one. And nothing to do with me.”
The post-Homeland Friend is busy too. As well as acting in the forthcoming horror movie Separation (“It’s somewhere between Kramer vs Kramer and The Sixth Sense”), he’s segueing into the role of writer-director. He directed a fabulously dark short film in 2010, Steve, starring Colin Firth, about a slightly psychotic neighbour, and is close to shooting his first feature, a boxing biopic called Cornerman (“A very, very, very exciting actor is reading it, and we have interest from new financiers”).
Obviously, there is a follow-up question that’s positively screaming to be answered. Craig is on the way out, no new Bond has been announced, and Friend, finally, has those necessary miles. What is Peter Quinn, in fact, if not a successful American road test for his Bond?
“That’s your conclusion,” he says, laughing and refusing to be drawn. “I am aware that this seems to be the greatest topic of speculation in the UK media after royal weddings, royal babies and Brexit.” But he’s not for turning. Or least for commenting. And yet the idea of the new and invigorated Friend as Bond, with shades of Quinn, is enticing indeed.
“…Two weeks into my bar job, however, I fell off a motorbike and woke up in the local hospital. The doctor was on holiday and the nurse thought I’d broken a metatarsal, so they put me in a cast to let me sleep it off.
“A week later the doctor came home from holiday, took one look at me and got me airlifted to New Zealand. I had a punctured lung, a ruptured spleen, a torn colon, and my right ankle was destroyed. In the hospital in Auckland they thought they might have to amputate my foot. It was a massive moment. Lying in a hospital bed, with no contact lenses, blind as a bat, feeling sick on drugs, and staring at the same three square foot of white ceiling. I swore to myself, ‘If I get through this I will never be bored again.’ ”
Claire Danes ‘got stupid’ the first time she met Beyoncé:
She also explains that she’s quit all social media. RIP to her very punny, very good Instagram.
At Eternity’s Gate Interview
Big sigh. He’s so freaking adorable.