He played Yang Sun in Bertolt Brecht's play The Good Person of Sichuan, in a British National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Fiona Shaw, Susan Engel, Bill Paterson, Oscar Quitak, and Maria Charles in the cast. Deborah Warner was director.
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My first agent wanted me to change [my name]. So I changed him instead. When I made a breakthrough as an actor, people started to say, 'Who's that bloke with the funny name?' They advised me to change it, saying it would never be put up in lights outside theaters because they couldn't afford the electricity. But I would never contemplate changing it. It's who I am. It's my mother and father, my ...
One of his biggest fans was Daniel Day-Lewis
, who use to watch Postlethwaite perform on stage frequently during his impressionable years as a youngster. It was Day-Lewis who recommended him for the father role in In the Name of the Father
Distinctive gruff voice