A Minute With: Rupert Everett talking "Wild Target"
By Iain Blair
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actor Rupert Everett first grabbed Hollywood's spotlight with his scene-stealing role as Julia Roberts' best friend in the 1997 hit "My Best Friend's Wedding."
He then starred opposite Madonna, another real-life pal, in "The Next Best Thing," and received rave reviews for his inspired turn as the witty and naughty Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff in the 2002 film "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Despite voicing characters in the animated blockbuster "Shrek" and "Narnia" film franchise film, Everett has kept a fairly low profile in recent years, especially in public.
Now, he is back in a new British comedy, "Wild Target," currently playing in U.S. theaters. Directed by Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin Vinny") it stars Everett as an art-loving thug who buys a Rembrandt only to discover it's fake. He spoke with Reuters about his new film.
Q: Isn't "Wild Target" based on a French film?
A: "Yes, but it's a very English film the way it's done and reminds me of the old Ealing comedies. It's got the charm and characters and a fabulous cast. Emily Blunt, who was in "The Devil Wears Prada," is a fantastic comedienne -- she's the one who cons me with the fake, and there's Bill Nighy and Eileen Atkins. I didn't actually know any of them, but we had a great time together."
Q: You seemed to have a lot of fun playing Ferguson, this art-loving gangster.
A: "I did, because it's so well-written and Jonathan is so good with comedy. Ferguson's this typical old-school villain with no morals at all, and he's rather ridiculous, quite funny, and extremely angry. Villains are always more fun to play." Continued...