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“You cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay” ~ George Clooney in the Washington Post

Image courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.com

Image courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.com

RA is facing some serious decisions; I hope his Pinter/PROUST project – a script by a brilliant writer, based on the work of a brilliant writer – is an indication of his future focus. Until we hear about his next project, I thought some observations that George Clooney made to the Washington Post were incredibly insightful – and sound – and I’d love for RA to take them to heart.

Background: Producer-director-actor-writer George Clooney’s career was rocking along nicely until it was almost killed due to a disastrous turn as an iconic hero (Batman), even though the film was helmed by a highly respected director. Today, Clooney is an international superstar and one of the most respected filmmakers around. Clooney recently sat down with the Washington Post to talk about his career, and reveals what the “Batman” experience taught him.

The Post calls his subsequent professional choices a “strategy borne of what might be called the “After ‘Batman’” era of Clooney’s career…”

Clooney learned an invaluable lesson from “Batman.” In fact, he tells the Post simply, “I don’t have the same career without that film.”

His explanation may surprise you.

“Until then, I had just been an actor,” he said. “I had only been an actor in TV series, and then I got ‘E.R.’ and ‘E.R.’ became this big thing.” His breakout feature roles — “One Fine Day,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “The Peacemaker” — all came about because he was eager for the work and what looked like juicy roles. “And then I get a call, ‘Do you want to be in ‘Batman?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah.’”

“With all of those things, it was just me as an actor going, ‘Look at the part,’” Clooney continues. “And after I got killed for ‘Batman & Robin,’ I realized I’m not going to be held responsible just for the part anymore, I’m going to be held responsible for the movie. And literally, I just stopped. And I said, ‘It now has to be only screenplay. Because you cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay.’”

That bears repeating: “You cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay.”

The rest of the article is here.

Thirteen-minute Video of RA’s first Pinter/Proust Scene Revealed…

 

Lara Hillier as Odette with RA as Swann. Image by Fernanda Matias. Source: Chrissy Lampard Video.

Lara Hillier as Odette with RA as Swann.
Image by Fernanda Matias.
Source: Chrissy Lampard Video.

Yerkillsmesmalls.tumblr.com has posted 13 minutes of RA’s first scene in Harold Pinter’s adaptation of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past at the 92nd Street Y, on Thursday, January 16, 2014, directed by Di Trevis and Ed Sylvan Iskandar. 

Source: Yerkillsmesmalls.tumblr.com
Posted on Facebook by Richard Armitage Bulgaria.

But wait… there’s more! One more “RA as Swann” video, courtesy of Chrissy Lampard…

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

Pictured: RA as Swann and Lara Hillier as Odette.
PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

I have to laugh, truly. There is another Chrissy Lampard video from Thursday night! Yes, I know we said the last one was… well… the last one, but she has more!!!

We think  it would be a shame not to share this, just because we said there were no more, wouldn’t it? Criminal, in fact!

So, enjoy Chrissy’s latest, and thanks again to Chrissy Lampard, by far our favorite RA US Special RA Correspondent!!!

And, please: Chrissy has generously allowed us to share her content with the RA Universe, so we hope, when others share any of  her original images or when linking to any of the her other videos – all previously posted on this blog – that she will be appropriately credited.

Three Amazing RA/Pinter Videos Debut, Thanks to Chrissy Lampard, RA US Special Correspondent

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD

RA US Facebook member turned RA US Special RA Correspondent Chrissy Lampard attended the reading of Pinter’s version of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past on Thursday, January 16 at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

Chrissy has generously allowed us to share her content with the RA Universe, so we hope, when others share any of these three new images or linking to any of the three videos, she will be appropriately credited.

Just to make it simpler, all of her videos are here:
Chrissy Lampard,  Video 1 of RA as Swann.
Chrissy Lampard,  Video 2 of RA as Swann (the KISS!).
Chrissy Lampard,  Video 3 of RA as Swann.

ALL PHOTO AND VIDEO CREDITS: CHRISSY LAMPARD!
PH.OTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD
PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

RA US Special Correspondent Reveals RA Pix From Pinter/Proust Reading in NYC

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD

RA US Special Correspondent Chrissy Lampard attended the Pinter/Proust performance tonight in New York.

Here RA is playing Swann who falls for Odette (Lara Hiller, pictured in two of Chrissy’s shots), against his better judgment.

PHOTO CREDIT FOR ALL THREE PHOTOS: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRISSY LAMPARD.

Tonight in NYC: Pinter/Proust, Featuring RA Live On-Stage

RA Applaudes(Sung to the tune of “Tonight” from West Side Story… with sincerest apologies to Leonard Bernstein and *especially* lyricist Stephen Sondheim!)

Tonight, tonight,
RA’s on stage tonight
And all across the world hearts are light…

Tonight, tonight
He’ll be on stage tonight
And many will be there for the sight!

Today the minutes pass like hours
The hours go so slowly
While waiting for tonight.

But then, tonight,
He’ll step into that light
And he will shine toooooonniiiiiiiiiiiight!

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