Matthew Macfadyen: 'Pride & Prejudice' actor at Cannes Film Festival
Matthew Macfadyen, Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright's popular 2005 film version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, is seen wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT at the gala opening of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival: a screening of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, in which Macfadyen has a supporting role as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Critics weren't at all impressed with the period adventure. Audiences in North America have demonstrated interest on the first weekend, even though the costly Universal production opened below expectations in second place (behind the Marvel superhero flick Iron Man 2). Robin Hood is performing better overseas.
More than seven decades ago, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, and Basil Rathbone starred in Michael Curtiz and William Keighley's classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, one of the nominees for the 1938 Best Picture Academy Award. In that version, Melville Cooper played the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Matthew Macfadyen movies
Born on Oct. 17, 1974, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Matthew Macfadyen has been featured – not infrequently in supporting roles – in less than a dozen movies in the last decade. Titles include:
- Enigma (2001).
Dir.: Michael Apted.
Cast: Dougray Scott. Kate Winslet. Jeremy Northam. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Saffron Burrows. Matthew Macfadyen. Tom Hollander. Donald Sumpter. Richard Leaf. Bohdan Poraj. Richard Katz. Robert Pugh. Corin Redgrave. Nicholas Rowe. Angus MacInnes. Edward Hardwicke. Anne-Marie Duff. Cameo: Mick Jagger.
- In My Father's Den (2004).
Dir.: Brad McGann.
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen. Miranda Otto. Emily Barclay. Colin Moy. Jimmy Keen.
- Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Dir.: Joe Wright.
Cast: Keira Knightley. Matthew Macfadyen. Judi Dench. Carey Mulligan. Jena Malone. Rosamund Pike. Donald Sutherland. Brenda Blethyn. Kelly Reilly. Claudie Blakley. Pip Torrens. Rupert Friend. Tom Hollander. Penelope Wilton.
- Death at a Funeral (2007).
Dir.: Frank Oz.
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen. Keeley Hawes. Andy Nyman. Ewen Bremner. Daisy Donovan. Alan Tudyk. Jane Asher. Rupert Graves. Kris Marshall. Peter Vaughan. Peter Dinklage.
- Incendiary (2008).
Dir.: Sharon Maguire.
Cast: Michelle Williams. Ewan McGregor. Matthew Macfadyen. Nicholas Gleaves. Sidney Johnston.
- Frost/Nixon (2008).
Dir.: Ron Howard.
Cast: Frank Langella. Michael Sheen. Sam Rockwell. Kevin Bacon. Matthew Macfadyen. Oliver Platt. Rebecca Hall. Toby Jones.
'Robin Hood' 2010 cast
Written by Brian Helgeland (Green Zone), besides Matthew Macfadyen Robin Hood 2010 features the following:
Best Actor Oscar winner Russell Crowe (Ridley Scott's Gladiator, 2000).
Best Actor Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1985).
Mark Strong (Godfrey). Oscar Isaac (Prince John). Danny Houston (as King Richard The Lionheart). Mark Addy (Friar Tuck).
Eileen Atkins (Eleanor of Aquitaine). Kevin Durand (Little John). Scott Grimes (Will Scarlet).
Veteran Max von Sydow (The Virgin Spring, Flash Gordon), a Best Actor Oscar nominee for Pelle the Conqueror (1988).
Matthew Macfadyen photo: © Olivia Blaizac / ENIGMA / WireImage.com.
Veteran Isabelle Huppert at Cannes premiere
Isabelle Huppert is pictured above while on the Red Carpet for the premiere of The Princess of Montpensier / La princesse de Montpensier at the Palais des Festivals. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, The Princess of Montpensier is in the running for the Palme d'Or. (But may not win.)
The period romantic drama is set during the reign of Charles IX, when followers of different Christian sects (Catholics and Protestants) were at each other's throats.
The Princess of Montpensier stars Mélanie Thierry in the title role, in addition to Gaspard Ulliel, Lambert Wilson, and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.
According to the film's notes, Tavernier decided to adapt Madame de la Fayette's 17th-century novel because he wanted to make a “love story that was both lyrical and epic in nature.” The director added that after shooting In the Electric Mist in the United States he felt “the visceral urge to dive into a profoundly French project.”
Isabelle Huppert: Multiple César nominee
With 13 César Award nominations, including one win for Claude Chabrol's La Cérémonie (1995), Isabelle Huppert is one of the most prestigious French actresses of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her movie credits include about 80 titles, among them:
- The Lacemaker / La dentellière (1977).
Dir.: Claude Goretta.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert. Yves Beneyton. Florence Giorgetti. Annemarie Düringer (as Anne-Marie Düringer). Renate Schroeter. Michel de Ré. Sabine Azéma. Monique Chaumette.
- La Truite / The Trout (1982).
Dir.: Joseph Losey.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert. Jeanne Moreau. Jean-Pierre Cassel. Daniel Olbrychski. Alexis Smith. Craig Stevens. Lucas Belvaux.
- Story of Women / Une affaire de femmes (1988).
Dir.: Claude Chabrol.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert. François Cluzet. Marie Trintignant. Nils Tavernier. Marie Bunel. Dominique Blanc. Myriam David. Thomas Chabrol (bit).
- The Piano Teacher / La pianiste (2002).
Dir.: Michael Haneke.
Cast: Isabelle Huppert. Annie Girardot. Benoît Magimel. Susanne Lothar. Udo Samel.
- 8 Women / 8 femmes (2002).
Dir.: François Ozon.
Cast: Catherine Deneuve. Isabelle Huppert. Danielle Darrieux. Fanny Ardant. Emmanuelle Béart. Virginie Ledoyen. Ludivine Sagnier. Firmine Richard.
Isabelle Huppert photo: Swarovski / WireImage.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Cate Blanchett – for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004) – attended on May 12 the Opening Night Dinner at the Hotel Majestic during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Blanchett and Russell Crowe star in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, which opened the Cannes festival but failed to win over the critics. Blanchett's other movie credits include Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal, and Todd Haynes' I'm Not There.
Cate Blanchett image: Bag by Roger Vivier / Venturelli / WireImage.com.
Cannes Film Festival website.