Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan ("The Aviator") have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy "Coriolanus." Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. He plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox.
Fiennes is also getting some Oscar talk for his all-stops-out performance as Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" finale; at the Toronto Festival, he also played a corrupt British prime minister opposite Bill Nighy in David Hare's spy thriller "Page Eight." During Toronto (our flipcam interview is below) he took a brief hiatus from playing Shakespeare's Prospero in Trevor Nunn's London production of "The Tempest," and started Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as Magwitch opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip ("War Horse") in November. Since Toronto, Fiennes finally closed his long rumored deal to play a Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Skyfall," written by his pal Logan.
- By Anne Thompson
- November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
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