The British Independent Film Award-winning Broken (released 8th March) features an impressive ensemble of acting talent. Join us as we profile each one’s impact on the Hollywood blockbuster – past, present and future.
British Independent Film Award-winning Broken (released 8th March)
features an impressive ensemble of acting talent. Join us as we profile each
one’s impact on the Hollywood blockbuster – past, present and future.
London-born Tim Roth made his presence
known in Hollywood with an appearance in Quentin
Tarantino’s seminal debut Reservoir
Dogs (1992). He later re-teamed with the director for 1994 modern classic Pulp Fiction, in which he played
Pumpkin opposite Amanda Plummer’s
Honeybunny. There’s no doubt that these off-the-wall performances paved the way
for Roth’s BAFTA-winning (not to mention Oscar-nominated) turn as the evil
Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy (1995).
Roth’s next high-profile role came in Tim
Burton’s remake of Planet Of the
Apes (2001). More recently, he starred as The Abomination in The Incredible Hulk. In fact, Roth has
successfully managed to balance a career comprising smaller, more personal
projects along with popular blockbusters.
Did You Know? Tim Roth turned down the
role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
so he could star in Planet Of the Apes. The role then went to Alan Rickman, the actor JK Rowling had
in mind all along.
A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rory Kinnear
has built up an illustrious career in British theatre and television, with his
Blockbuster experience aptly coming in the form of a British tent-pole: James Bond. His appearance in Quantum Of Solace (2008) as M’s aide,
Bill Tanner, inevitably led to him reprising the role in 2012’s Skyfall.
Did You Know? Rory Kinnear not only
starred as Tanner, but provided the voice-work for the character in several
Irish actor Cillian Murphy is fast
becoming the character actor of this generation. Murphy’s career picked up the
pace following his lead role in Danny
Boyle’s zombie horror 28 Days Later…
but it was as Dr. Jonathan Crane in Christopher
Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), that solidified Murphy’s star status. Another
villain role followed in the same year with Wes Craven’s Red Eye, followed by the sci-fi flicks Sunshine and Inception (2010). A cameo in Tron:
Legacy and an appearance alongside Justin
Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried
in the thriller In Time has
solidified Cillian Murphy as a Hollywood presence to be reckoned with.
Did You Know? Cillian Murphy originally
auditioned to play Bruce Wayne in
Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan was so impressed he cast him as the Scarecrow,
Cited as Screen International’s ‘Star
of Tomorrow’ in 2011, Robert Emms is building up an impressive list of small,
but memorable performances in well-known films. Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous and
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse were his 2011 film appearances. The next year
saw him alongside Julia Roberts in Mirror, Mirror. This year, Emms wills
be seen in Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to
Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 cult hit.
Did You Know? Preceding his appearance
in the film, Robert Emms starred in the West End production of War Horse.
Bill Milner’s role in the memorable Son Of Rambo (2008) led to him being
cast as a young version of Magneto in Matthew
Vaughan’s X-Men: First Class (2011). Broken is another stepping stone
towards what is sure to be an impressive career.
Did You Know? Broken isn’t the first
time Bill Milner has starred alongside Tim Roth. Both also appeared in 2009’s
fantasy drama, Skellig.