Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995, got a job as a runner, ultimately starting his film career. He quickly progressed and was directing music promos for bands and commercials by 1995.
The profits that he made from directing these promos was invested into writing and making the film The Hard Case (1995), a twenty minute short film that is also the prequel to his debut feature Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, saw The Hard Case (1995) and invested in the feature film. Once completed, ten British distributors turned the film down before the film eventually was released in the UK in 1998 and the US in 1999; the film put Ritchie on the map as one of the hottest rising filmmakers of the time, and launched the careers of actors Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, and Vinnie Jones, among others. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) was followed up by Snatch. (2000), this time with a bigger budget and a few more familiar faces such as Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro alongside returning actors Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng. At the end of 2000, Ritchie married the pop superstar Madonna in Scotland, and proceeded to work with his famous wife on a variety of film and video projects, including the short Star (2001/I), made for BMW and co-starring Clive Owen, and the controversial video "What It Feels Like for a Girl," which was called out for its violence. In 2002 the couple embarked on a remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmüller film Swept Away (2002); the new film was a critical and commercial flop, winning five Razzie Awards. Ritchie followed up with the Vegas heist film Revolver (2005), which was panned, but won favor with the crime thriller RocknRolla (2008), which featured a game, energetic cast and brought American attention to rising stars Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy.
The next year saw the release of Sherlock Holmes (2009), starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jude Law as his cohort Dr. Watson. The film received mostly good reviews but, more importantly for Ritchie's career, was a solid blockbuster hit that grossed more than $520 million dollars worldwide and spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Ritchie is tentatively scheduled to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (2014).
Ritchie has two sons with Madonna: Rocco, born in 2000, and an adopted son, David, born in 2005. In late 2008, the couple confirmed reports that they were splitting up, and agreed to a divorce settlement that was finalized in December of that year. In September 2011, Ritchie's girlfriend, model Jacqui Ainsley, gave birth to a son, Rafael, and in July 2012 the couple announced they were expecting their second child.
|Madonna||(22 December 2000 - 21 November 2008) (divorced) 2 children|
Frequently uses narration
Numerous plot threads which intersect and assist in each other's payoffs
Frequently employs the use of high speed photography in action sequences
Frequent use of humor in violent scenes
His first child with Madonna, a son Rocco John, was born by emergency C-section - 3 weeks early. [11 August 2000]
Dropped out of school when he was 15.
Stepmother, Shireen Ritchie, is chairwoman of the ultra-chic Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association (UK).
Holds a black belt in Judo.
He and wife Madonna adopted a boy from Malawi, David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie (born September 24th 2005). They filed the adoption papers on October 10, 2006 and the adoption was finalized on May 28, 2008.
Godmother of his son Rocco is Trudie Styler.
Parents divorced when he was 5 years old.
After months of speculation, he and Madonna announced their separation. [October 2008]
Godfather of his son David is Rupert Everett.
Former stepfather of Lola Leon.
Former son-in-law of Silvio Ciccone.
Lives with Jacqui Ainsley. They had a son in September 2011.
Engaged to Jacqui Ainsley [October 9, 2012].
I can understand that the whole world is interested in my wife. That's even why I married her.
We are not that flash, me or the missus. In fact, we are quite low-maintenance.
I am relatively familiar with getting a good old rumping from the critics. In some cases, the critics just didn't like the film - fair cop. Others, I think, didn't understand it.
I'm not politically motivated. I used to be - passionately. I used to be very Left wing. Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle.
The English countryside is the most staggeringly beautiful place. I can't spend as much time there as I like, but I like everything about it. I like fishing, I like clay- pigeon shooting. I am not involved in any 'issues' because it's too sensitive for me - or my wife - to get involved. Every time we express an opinion it becomes a whole thing in itself. And the whole purpose of living in the countryside was to get away from hundreds of people. My wife fell off a horse, and suddenly there are hundreds of people around.
I'd like to work with the missus, but there's nothing in the pipeline at the moment.
As I get more and more involved in the child's world with Rocco [his son] I'm getting interested in making a film for children.
Creatively, we like the same sort of things, so it just makes sense to work together. (on working with wife Madonna)
|Sherlock Holmes (2009)||$6,000,000 (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)|
|Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)||$7,500,000|
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