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To Ben, On His 49th Birthday

Dear Ben,

I’m writing this on the last day of deadline for the ( project, which I am wont to do.

Without becoming overzealous in trying to craft an interesting, memorable message, I’ve been a fan of yours since around 2012. I feel blessed to have seen your career blossom in the US since then, from “that slimy character” to “underrated distinguished character actor” to “Emmy Winner Ben Mendelsohn”. I followed your work from year to year and wondered “WHY doesn’t this man have a website or a fansite? Fuck it, I’ll do it myself.” Behold: was born.

It’s refreshing to have a favorite actor that keeps an air of mystery, and the fans learning something new with every interview. Like, learning you’re a gamer, what kind of games you like to play – that had the Ben “fandom” talking for hours. I was disappointed at first knowing you weren’t active on social media, had rarely – if ever – really tweeted, and hadn’t posted a picture on IG in years. Disappointed, yes, but to reiterate – really quite refreshing. You like your privacy and myself and other fans like to protect your privacy. Every new tidbit, or appearance, from you (or post from Susan) is like a 3 course meal.

Even if we can’t decipher what the FUCK you post on Instagram, like, ever.

There is a small, active, and loving community of fans on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, etc and there is so much adoration pouring from these fans, it’s impossible to put it into words. So we put it into our blogs, our tweets, and specifically, the happybirthdaymendo blog for your 49th birthday this year. Your fans are such diverse, talented, exceptional, amazing, loving human beings and I am so proud to be associated with them and to interact with them every day. With your acting, your interviews, your dad jokes, I’ve witnessed your impact first hand on these fans and it has been incredibly uplifting to watch.

Our world is incredibly callous, yet we are lucky to have people who redeem the rough edges with love, humor, and warmth. You are one of the redeemers. Thank you for being an incredible presence in film, tv, and to your fans. I am a big supporter of your work, your style, and your humanity.

With love,

Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018
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Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018

Empire Magazine takes a deep dive into Spielberg’s iconic career, starting with a several page spread about the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE. Scans below, linking to the full size:

The most feared of these opponents is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation looking to take over the OASIS in order to monetise it. For Mendelsohn, Sorrento’s intimidatory tactics are helped by his name — “It’s like Snake Plissken, what a fucking name” — but the moniker masks a nexus of complexities.

“He’s a nerd who’s managed to finagle and manipulate his way into a position of power. He wants the internet to be a commodity and he owns the hardware. He leads a crack force — they’re the shit — against these charming amateurs.”

To what extent would Mendelsohn, an alum of The Dark Knight Rises and Star Wars: Rogue One, self-identify as a nerd like Sorrento?

“Fuck off!” he bellows, jokingly. “And I say that with love. I don’t eschew the nerd side at all, but you want me to talk about it in this fucking magazine? Eat a bowl of dicks!


Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots
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Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots

Here’s the first look at Ben as the Sheriff of Notthingham in the upcoming adaptation of Robin Hood, slated to release late this year. Thoughts?

Ben can briefly be seen in this new tv spot for Ready Player One; he plays the film’s main antagonist, Nolan Sorrento.

Photographer Billy Kidd released a few shots of Ben during the Toronto International Film Festival – you can check them out in the gallery below:

Additionally, an outtake from Comic Con 2017 with Sarah Dunn was released, as well as some great outtakes from Ben’s 2016 Empire Magazine shoot:

Ben was featured in an episode of a iTunes podcast called “Aussies in Hollywood”, hosted by Jenny Cooney, where she interviews prominent Australian actors about their stories of trying to ‘make it’ in Hollywood. Check it out!

LA Times Interview + Ben talks ‘Darkest Hour’
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LA Times Interview + Ben talks ‘Darkest Hour’

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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