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The tortured beauty of Tom Hardy

I love all these descriptions of the actors of Tinker Tailor. So many adjectives! 

It’s a treat to be back in Le Carré’s world, where amid the tangle of plots and counterplots there are moments of lucidity when you sit up and say, “I’ve got it now!” The first hook is Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr, a Circus assassin who vanishes for months, then shows up in Smiley’s house with a story about a woman who nearly revealed the name of the mole—before she was captured by the Soviets. He wants Smiley to save her, and when Hardy wants something, you feel it: With his huge lips and tortured beauty, this young actor is among the most compelling of his generation, and the lovely Svetlana Khodchenkova breaks your heart as the woman he can’t protect.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is full of faces you’ll love to study, like the one ­belonging to Benedict Cumberbatch as Smiley’s aide, with his hooded eyes and impossibly high cheekbones. Hurt’s chain-smoking Control is a human husk, as if his innards have been blackened and charred by suspicion. Kathy Burke plays the lone female Circus officer we meet as a plump mother figure full of naughty inside knowledge. Colin Firth has stripped himself down to pure old-boy condescension. 

(Source: New York Magazine)

This is an interesting video/interviews about the clothes worn in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - more specifically, the suits worn by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth & Benedict Cumberbatch. (I would have loved a closer look at Tom’s clothes too!)

In related news, Harrods has a Tinker Tailor theme in menswear - I love it.

More from that lovely interview with Tomas Alfredson (in Swedish - translated by me), talking about music and why he chose La Mer with Julio Iglesias (see video):

So you sit alone and listen to music for hours in headphones?

Yes.

Ironically enough, it sounds like something you can imagine George Smiley doing.

You know the song which ends the film, La Mer? We choose it just because we fantasised about George Smiley listening to it home alone. We wanted to somehow give an impression of his inner being. So the choice of the kind of music he could possibly listen to was very important. It could absolutely not be Beethoven. And not something too typically British, like Music Hall.

But then I found this recording of La Mer done by Julio Iglesias from the beginning of the 1970’s, recorded live at the Olympia in Paris. Julio Iglesias was a great singer at this time. I have a few albums which are damn good. Julio Iglesias version of La Mer becomes representative of everything the world of MI6 isn’t. Instead of damp streets and old men smoking in rooms it’s sea and sun and the beach, perhaps a golden bracelet around the wrist. And so we get a more romantic image of George Smiley.

But there is no scene where he sits and listen to La Mer. It starts playing at a Christmas party.

No, we filmed a scene like that, but we had to cut it, it became too meaningful. But all the actors in the final scenes got to listen to it in headphones to get in the right mood.

What did actors like Colin Firth think of how you in a British film listen to a Spanish singer perform a French chanson?

The reaction was something like: “I’m not sure I get it … but I think it’s wonderful!” And in the film’s very first scene you can hear Jussi Björling [legendary Swedish opera singer].

What? Is it true?

Nobody’s caught that. But in the apartment of Control you can in the background hear Jussi Björling sing “Sveeeeerige, Sveeeeeerige” [Sweeeeeden, Sweeeeeden]. A little joke on my part.  

From an article in GQ UK about awards season. I’m not sure what the point is, it’s not explained further. Except how Gary’s got a good shot, Tom medium and Mark Strong no chance at all…
In my world, they’d ALL get every award.

From an article in GQ UK about awards season. I’m not sure what the point is, it’s not explained further. Except how Gary’s got a good shot, Tom medium and Mark Strong no chance at all…

In my world, they’d ALL get every award.

TTSS LA premiere…

Do you have a lot of money lying around and you don’t know what to do with it? Are you a fan of Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and/or John Hurt?

If you’ve answered yes to both these questions then you should probably make a bid in this auction:

Two (2) tickets to the [Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy] premiere in Los Angeles December 6
Two (2) tickets to the after-party
BONUS: Two passes to special screening in LA of PARIAH December 8
Tax deduction for every dollar over $1000 bid

Sounds great, no? Starting bid is only 999 dollars. *g*

From Focus Features For Your Consideration site for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
How on earth will they choose between which of the supporting actor group to push? Those are a lot names. And ALL brilliant actors.
Maybe they’ll just stick to pushing Gary Oldman (which would be fine). :)

From Focus Features For Your Consideration site for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

How on earth will they choose between which of the supporting actor group to push? Those are a lot names. And ALL brilliant actors.

Maybe they’ll just stick to pushing Gary Oldman (which would be fine). :)

deareje:

overdarainbow:

tom and benedict whispering to each other on the red carpet @ TTSS UK premiere

spread.

I love how both Tom & Ben grab and pat each other a little extra. They’re obviously wonderfully happy to see each other. :D

Great news for TTSS - doing ever so well. Now, let’s start to plan those sequels. *g*

The newly re-branded UK arm of European powerhouse STUDIOCANAL stormed out of the blocks this weekend as TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, the first film to carry the company’s new banner, debuted at number one at the UK and Irish Box Office, becoming the third biggest 3 day September opening on record.

The picture, a Working Title production, fully financed by STUDIOCANAL, delivered the latter’s biggest ever three day UK & Ireland opening figure with £2.805m from 382 sites for a per screen average in excess of £7200 and crowned a mighty year for the company becoming its second number one movie of the past 12 months (after UNKNOWN) with box office takings in 2011 already making it the biggest in its 11 year history.

(Source: flicksandbits.com)

lornasp:

Here’s the Sky Special on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Includes interviews with Gary, Colin, Tom but sadly no Benedict.

 Excellent! Great stuff. And lots of Tom in there. He calls himself ‘an opinion thief’. Heh.

Saw this ad in the paper today - looks pretty good, eh? All those five and four star reviews! (Even though a couple of them are from less reputable sources - but maybe that just strengthens the case, in a way?) I had to scan it for posterity. Benny’s name is apparently too long - or the cast list is too long, perhaps.

Here’s a line from a (glowing - ‘[Ricki is] played with characteristic charisma by Tom Hardy’) review which perfectly expressed a sentiment I didn’t even know I had. So true.

If the film has a problem it is that, forced to boil so many characters down into narrative stock cubes, the suspects’ personalities are only fleetingly sketched. The final revelation is less interesting than the gorgeously smooth mechanics of the investigation.

From this five star review

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