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John Hurt, dead at 77

 
 
jespah
 
Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2017 07:58 pm
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-hurt-dead-elephant-man-809521

Oscar-Nominated Star of 'The Elephant Man,' Dies at 77

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for 'Midnight Express'.
He had a helluva career, see: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000457/

I think the first times I saw him were playing Caligula in 'I, Claudius', and Winston Smith in '1984'.

This image is from when he was in 'Doctor Who'.
http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/john-hurt-50th-poster-day-of-the-doctor-landscape.jpg
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blatham
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2017 09:34 pm
well son of a bitch. A guy could get to feeling lonely these days.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2017 10:26 pm
I haven't seen all of his movies. I particularly like The Elephant Man.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jan, 2017 10:39 am
@jespah,
Like you, the role that sticks with me is Caligula, for the kid it's Mr Ollivander from the Harry Potter films.

He was a really interesting man, bit of a hellraiser in his youth, hard drinking in Soho with the likes of Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, the two Scottish Roberts, MacBryde and Colquhoun.

It's italicised because I lifted it from an interview he did with the Telegraph on Thursday. It's probably the last interview he did.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/12050208/John-Hurt-alcoholic-is-a-silly-word.html
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jan, 2017 11:42 am
@edgarblythe,
He was just wonderful in that role. It could have ended up as almost a 'disease of the week' film, or Merrick could have been played as an oddity or a martyr but Hurt played him so well.
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jan, 2017 11:44 am
@izzythepush,
Many thanks for the article. Hurt really was a guy who has a connection to several age groups.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jan, 2017 12:12 pm
@jespah,
He was brilliant, and will be missed.
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