His breakout role in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which remains as one of his finest performances, and a great movie; Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence, known by all and seen by every living creature; the Civil War drama Cold Mountain, where he plays Inman, a soldier who goes to war leaving a desolate Nicole Kidman behind; Closer, a film that analyses love and relationships in the 21st century with outstanding realism, and where Law has a greater room to really act; the fresh and feel-good romantic comedy (perfect for this of the year) The Holiday; the lesser known Sleuth, a mind game starring Michael Caine, and a remake of the 1972 Mankiewicz film, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine (in the role now interpreted by Law); My Blueberry Nights, a film I’m not so sure about because it’s been a long time since I last watched it (same with Sleuth), where he stars opposite the lovely singer Norah Jones; and finally, the Sherlock Holmes films.
You know when time goes by, and you think it’s been only a couple of weeks, until you realize it’s actually been over two months? Oops. Anyway, there’s a new layout, which is no surprise for those of you who have been following me for a while now. I think this one is more me – then again I always say this. I hope you don’t mind all these changes. I am aware of its dangers – all the statistics about how changing the design affects readers – but I sure love it when a blog alters its look, and hopefully you feel the same way. Naturally, I’m going to ensure you that this is the last alteration I make, keeping up with the usual layout-changing speech.
The birthday feature is now called Zou Bisou in honor to Jessica Paré‘s performance of the song Zou Bisou Bisou in Mad Men‘s A Little Kiss. Thanks to that scene, every time I think of birthdays I start humming the french 60s tune. Plus, it’s only fitting — I sure would love to kiss all these amazing artists, wouldn’t you?
DAVID JUDE LAW | December 29, 1972 – Lewisham, London
He may have become universally famous with all his bare chest beach scenes in The Talented Mr. Ripley, but Jude Law’s acting talent had already been acknowledged when he received a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award of Outstanding Newcomer, thanks to his work as a stage actor in London. Since then he’s starred in dozens of Hollywood productions, amongst which the following favorites of mine:
In 2013 (hopefully) he’ll be the leading man of Dom Hemingway, as well as star with Rooney Mara in Side Effects, and with Robert Pattinson and Naomi Watts in Queen of the Desert. For now, you can catch Law in Anna Karenina, still in theatres (around here, at least).