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:
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Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’, based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. Ben plays Nolan Sorrento, the film’s main antagonist. Watch below:
Screencaps of Ben as Nolan Sorrento have been added to the gallery:
New, exclusive photos from a November 10th press conference for ‘Darkest Hour’ were added to the gallery:
November 30th, Ben joined Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on their morning show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” for a short interview:
Ben later filmed The Late Show with Seth Meyers that evening:
Photos from the episode:
On December 2, ‘Their Finest Hours’ exhibit launched with Ben and Gary Oldman in attendance, with a panel following a screening of ‘Darkest Hour’:
2 new stills and one behind-the-scenes photo of Ben (and Gary) on the set of ‘Darkest Hour’ have been released:
A featurette from ‘Darkest Hour’ was released yesterday:
Uproxx: Ben Mendelsohn On ‘Darkest Hour’ And Working With Grand Moff Tarkin
New York Times: The New Generation of Character Actors
Slate: Ben Mendelsohn’s Villain Roles Ranked in Order of Menace
Happy Sad Confused: Ben Mendelsohn
Den of Geek: Ben Mendelsohn on Playing the King of England
IGN: Ben Mendelsohn talks Darkest Hour, Star Wars, and fandom
The Playlist: Ben Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment [Podcast]
Parade: Ben Mendelsohn on Being King and Working With Gary Oldman
Business Insider: Ben Mendelsohn gets to show a different side in ‘Darkest Hour’
November has been a busy month for Ben and the rest of the crew of ‘Darkest Hour’, with plenty of new photos, interviews, and premieres for us to enjoy before the movie is released on the 22nd.
November 6th: San Francisco Film Society Honors ‘Darkest Hour’ (with a video of Ben goofing off)
November 9th: Los Angeles premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’
Portraits for ‘Darkest Hour’
November 11th: 9th Annual Governors Awards
November 14th: New ‘Darkest Hour’ clip with Ben and Gary Oldman
November 14th: AOL Build Series NYC with Kristin, Joe, Anthony, and Ben
Entire AOL Build Series interview
November 15th: New York premiere of ‘Darkest Hour’
November 16th: BAFTA NY screening of ‘Darkest Hour’
November 17th: SAGAFTRA Foundation Conversation for ‘Darkest Hour’
Collider: Watch as Ben Mendelsohn humorously tries hard not to confirm he’s joining ‘Captain Marvel’
Racked: Why Are Movies Obsessed With Capes?
LA Times: You know them, you love them, but these veteran actors have never felt Oscar’s love
Variety: This Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees
The Playlist: Ben Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment
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Variety published an exclusive that Ben Mendelsohn was being eyed for the villain role in Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’ starring Brie Larson. Ben would play the antagonist of the film, who would be the leader of the Skrulls. The film is being directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who directed Ben in 2015’s ‘Mississippi Grind’.
More from Variety:
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Feige announced that the superhero film will be set in the ’90s, before the Avengers ever thought of assembling, and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to reprise his role as Nick Fury.
The pic is expected to bow on March 8, 2019.
Fleck and Boden had Mendelsohn in mind when they first started plotting the story and once the two sides were able to meet, Mendelsohn quickly agreed to pursue the role.
Mendelsohn has been slowly becoming a go-to villain in Hollywood following his role in “Star Wars” standalone film “Rogue One” and the upcoming “Robin Hood: Origins,” where he portrays the Sheriff of Nottingham. Mendelsohn has also shined on TV, winning an Emmy for playing the black sheep of the family on Netflix’s “Bloodline.”
Mendelsohn can be seen next in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”
Empire released new character posters for ‘Darkest Hour’ and here is Ben as King George VI:
‘Darkest Hour’ arrives in cinemas November 22nd.