From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web
Edited By Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jörg Helbig
"You can't ignore the fact that you're choosing to speak in a five-beat line": An interview with Samuel West -43
"You can't ignore the fact that you're choosing to speak in a five- beat line" An Interview with Samuel West Question: In Germany you're known mainly as an actor in heritage films like Howards End or Jane Eyre. In Notting Hill you parody your image as a heritage actor. Did this parody signalise that you wanted to get away from this image? Samuel West: I think so, yes. I think in films I've only worn a tie once. Usually in a film I wear a frock coat, as it's set before 1930. I don't know why, I seem to have a face that isn't made for contemporary films. I think Howards End and The Remains of the Day were both terrific films, and I was very lucky to be in Howards End. Even though I played a working class man in that film it's assumed that because you're in a Merchant-Ivory film that you only play damaged upper class people. And I'm still playing damaged upper class people at the theatre: the Prince of Denmark and the King of England. So even though I was brought up in South London and I'm more of a Cockney than quite a lot of the people who're in all of those Cockney gangster movies I never get screened for them. And Notting Hill was a sort of in- joke. It was a good joke, I thought, and I like the film. But the trouble with film is that people tend to cast you...
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