Screencaps of Ben in the new trailers can be found in the gallery:
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival kicked off last week, and Darkest Hour had its premiere on Day 5 of the festival. Ben attended, along with fellow actors Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas, and director Joe Wright.
Praise for the movie has been pouring in, mainly for Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. But could Mendo snag a Best Supporting Actor nomination? Here’s what the reviews at TIFF and Telluride had to say about Ben’s performance as King George VI:
Collider: And then there’s Ben Mendelsohn, who delivers a restrained and nuanced turn as King George VI. It’s almost refreshing to see Mendelsohn playing a character so “normal,” but it’s further proof that his talent is more versatile than “oddly charming slimeball.”
The Wrap: The great Ben Mendelsohn as King George does not so much give us a stuttering King as one who already has already conquered his affliction
Variety: (although it should be said that Mendelson’s portrayal of George VI improves upon Colin Firth’s in some ways)
Awards Circuit: It doesn’t help matters that King George VI, played eloquently by the great Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom”)
Indie Wire: while Ben Mendelsohn outdoes Colin Firth as the stuttering King George VI
The Playlist: That being said King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn, fantastic) doesn’t trust him and his party’s original choice to replace Chamberlin
Screen Daily: “How do you manage drinking during the day?” enquires HRH King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn, in an unexpected but successful piece of casting)
Mashable: And Wright gives Ben Mendelsohn the chance to prove he can do more than play scumbags, casting him totally against type as King George VI
Lainey Gossip: King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn, extremely good, as always) faces a similar challenge
Check out the gallery for a lot of new photos, including events:
And photo shoots:
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.
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:
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.