Firstly, Ben has been nominated by AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of King George VI in ‘Darkest Hour’. The AACTA Awards will be held in January. Congratulations, Ben!
A new LA Times interview and photoshoot has been released:
How did you make King George VI, a part that’s been played so many times in so many ways, your own?
As soon as you stand up and you do it, in one way or another, there it is. It does become your own by virtue of the fact that you’ve done it. But what I don’t think you do is try to make it your own. We’re lucky, there’s [archival] footage of George; we can see him, we can hear him. So you let yourself be guided by that. And it always comes back to the script.
Was Colin Firth’s work in “The King’s Speech” any kind of touchstone for you?
I watched it again really close to see how Colin was handling the speech stuff and to get a sense that his was an interpretation of a time prior, when George and [speech therapist] Lionel Logue were doing their thing. At the point where we meet George [in “Darkest Hour”], he’s further down the road. Watching it again just enriched it all. It was like putting a beautiful rinse through everything.
Did you see the more recent “Churchill” or watch “The Crown” at any point?
No, and I didn’t want to watch “The Crown” because I was afraid of putting myself off. I rank Jared Harris very, very highly indeed and I didn’t want to go in feeling any more doubt than I would naturally.
Read the full interview here and browse the photoshoot in the gallery:
Focus Features: How Darkest Hour’s Ben Mendelsohn Became Royalty
We Live Entertainment: Ben Mendelsohn talks Darkest Hour and Ready Player One
Flicks.com.au: Going Full Mendo: The 5 Greatest Ben Mendelsohn Performances