Random and disjointed ponderings on faith, life, culture and professional issues (occasionally).
Monday, January 17, 2011
Actor Roger Allam
Over the weekend a group of acquaintances and I went to a special screening of Stephen Frears' new film, Tamara Drewe. As this was a meet the director screening, Frears himself was present, and obligingly answered questions from the audience after the film. The cast includes Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Tess of the D'Urbervilles), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, the forthcoming Captain America) and Roger Allam (Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Queen), who plays a philandering crime novelist who gets trampled to death by stampeding cows. Tamsin Greig (Black Books) appears as his longsuffering wife.
This isn't an entirely original observation, but I couldn't help but notice Allam's startling resemblance to journalist and outspoken militant atheist, Christopher Hitchens. If ever a biopic of Hitchens was made, Allam would be the ideal choice to play him. Based on his performance in Tamara Drewe, it wouldn't be that much of stretch. With some minor tweaking of his larger than life smarmy and pompous screen persona, he'd have the characterization of Hitchens nailed.