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Darkest Hour at the 44th Annual Telluride Film Festival

Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’ starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn had its premiere at Telluride Film Festival over the weekend. The festival ran from September 1st to the 4th and Darkest Hour had 2 showings and Q&As. The reviews for Darkest Hour are overwhelmingly positive, singling out Gary Oldman’s powerhouse performance and already garnering Oscar buzz. Ben is also praised for his role as King George IV.

Ben spoke to Vanity Fair during Telluride:

Ben Mendelsohn plays the gentle King George VI to Gary Oldman’s rough and rousing Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which premiered to rousing applause at the mountain festival. An Australian actor best known in Hollywood for his work playing villains like Rogue One’s Director Krennic, Mendelsohn found pleasure in a character on the right side of history. “[The role] was a very unexpected gift given everything I’ve been doing recently,” Mendelsohn said. “I thought it was very bold. It was against the vogue of what had been going on.”

More photos from Telluride:

Darkest Hour will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10th.

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Ready Player One at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

The Warner Bros presentation at San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a ‘Ready Player One’ trailer and panel with the cast and crew, including Ben, Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, TJ Miller, writer Ernest Cline, and director Steven Spielberg. You can watch the trailer and panel below:

Ben said: “If you turn up to work and Steven Spielberg is your boss, come on. Everything is gravy after that.

EW: Here’s why Ben Mendelsohn’s villain in Ready Player One is actually right
Collider: Ready Player One Interviews With Ben Mendelsohn, Ernest Cline, and Zak Penn
MTV: “Ready Player One” Cast Reacts to the Trailer
IGN: Ready Player One: How Spielberg Inspired the Movie

Photos from the panel and a shoot with Entertainment Weekly have been added to the gallery:

Ben’s Emmy nom for Guest Actor + Darkest Hour trailer drops
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Ben’s Emmy nom for Guest Actor + Darkest Hour trailer drops

We’re excited to hear that Ben has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Danny Rayburn in ‘Bloodline’. He is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama series. This is the third year in a row he’s been nominated and he won last year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Congratulations, Ben!

In other news, we finally have the trailer for Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill biopic ‘Darkest Hour’. Ben plays a supporting role as King George VI. Watch the trailer:

Darkest Hour will be released November 22nd.

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Final round of Una press + photoshoot outtakes

Firstly I’d like to announce that the Press section has been updated with many interviews and articles of Ben over the years. If there’s something missing, feel free to tweet us or comment on here and let us know!

Ben’s round of press in Australia promoting ‘Una’ concluded at the end of June and here are the highlights:

Radio NZ: Actor Ben Mendelsohn on playing the villain

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn talks to Kathryn Ryan about his upcoming film Una, in which he plays a middle-aged man attempting to rebuild his life after running away 15 years earlier with a 12-year-old girl – a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. He also talks about his role as bad boy brother Danny Rayburn in the Netflix series Bloodline.

Books and Arts: The Rise of Ben Mendelsohn

ABC Sydney: Ben Mendelsohn on Una

The Final Cut: Una

The New Daily: The moment Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn proved he’s a national treasure

The man captivating Hollywood with his terrifying portrayals of sinister characters is a ray of sunshine in person.

Friendly, down to earth and, most notably, a true-blue Aussie bloke.

This becomes clear when The New Daily asks Mendelsohn, 48, about the story behind recent paparazzi photos of him eating a pie on a Sydney street.

“I’d been f***ing dying to eat a meat pie,” the actor says while in Melbourne for the Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Ideas.

“You can’t get them anywhere but here. So I got the meat pie. I got two in fact, ’cause I was hungry. I cracked the sauce on it, got into it, then I looked up and was like ‘oh f*** I’m being papped!’

“If you’re an Australian guy that’s the best kind of papping you can get. I was very, very proud.”

JunkeeBen Mendelsohn Does Not Care What You Think About Him

When Mendelsohn comes to the phone with a friendly “G’day!”, I find his gravelly Aussie drawl — blissfully unaffected by years working in another country — a bit arresting. That is, until he jolts me back into the conversation by exclaiming “Bullshit!” loudly into the receiver when I tell him it’s sunny in Melbourne.

SBSBen Mendelsohn talks ‘Una’, going Full Mendo – and why he did ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

BroadsheetCoffee and Cigarettes with Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn’s morning tea is two Freddo Frogs, two Caramello Koalas, a latte and two American Spirit cigarettes. He lines the chocolate treats up on the bench beside him, then remembers the brownies. “They’ve got these fucking brownies, they’re excellent,” he says. “I’ll get you one.” He disappears back inside and returns with two chocolate brownies. I can confirm the brownies are excellent.

The Saturday PaperUna’s Ben Mendelsohn on his American roots

The Weekly ReviewBen Mendelsohn: behind the bad guy mask


I was also able to find the outtakes from the People Magazine shoot in December. You can view them in the gallery:

Vanity Fair outtakes:


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More ‘Una’ Promotion

On June 9th, SkyNews posted an interview with Ben that he gave while he was speaking to the Australian Associated Press. Watch below:

From SkyNews:

‘The Australian part (of his career) has still got decades on the American part but you get more of a fuss made of you for the American part, there’s no doubt about it,’ Mendelsohn told AAP in Sydney.

‘You don’t have to look terribly far in my body of work to realise that playing loveable guys is not the first order of choice,’ he said.

‘I read that script and I was exhilarated. I hadn’t seen the play so I hadn’t been exposed to it before. I can remember reading that, and it’s a pretty intense psychological thriller first and foremost. The subject matter is really intense and it’s one of the reasons that it kind of can leave you so breathless.’

One of the main reasons he signed on to the film, he says, was to work with Andrews who had directed him in a Sydney Theatre Company production of Julius Caesar.

He remains, he says, indebted to many players in the Australian film, TV and theatre industry for encouraging his career. During a fallow period in the early 2000s he contemplated throwing it all away, but didn’t thanks to film critic David Stratton.

‘I was thinking quite seriously about leaving and David Stratton said ‘you’ve got something really worthwhile’ and he said some really nice things to me which have stayed with me and which I really treasure because I like being a part of the history of this thing we’ve done,’ he said.

‘There was a period of quite a few years where things were pretty quiet in my 30s and it just felt like ‘oh well, this is more or less over. I’ve had my run, it’s a good run’ and all that, but these things come to an end and this is looking like it’s come to an end so I’d better find something else to do’ and he was very, very good to me.’

He will return home to work on something again, he’s sure of it.

‘I have no doubt, everything else not withstanding, I have no doubt and I look forward to hopefully doing many many things here,’ he said.

Ben stopped by the current affairs show The Project and gave a hilarious interview, talking about Una, Star Wars, those meat pie paparazzi pics, and how to be a villain:

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