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Stephen Daldry and Danny Boyle to run the Olympics spectacle? Huzzah

17 June 2010 3:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Both men have a history of radical work in theatre, and also understand that spectacle is nothing without a human touch – exactly the qualities the Olympics will need

I can't help feeling a delighted astonishment at the news that Stephen Daldry and Danny Boyle are to be in charge of the Olympics spectacle: the former as creative producer, the latter as director of the opening ceremony. Both started out as mavericks working on minute budgets. Now they'll have big bucks to spend on ceremonies that will help to define the success, or otherwise, of the London Olympics. Yet they seem to me exactly the right men for the job.

I first met Daldry 20 years ago when he was a gangling guy in sneakers who looked as if he needed a good meal. Yet, even as a fringe theatre director with no money to play with, he thought on a big »

- Michael Billington

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Paul Bettany and Gangster No. 1: The Retro Hollywood Interview Flashback

13 January 2010 12:50 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Paul Bettany in Gangster No. 1, above.)

[I did this interview with Paul Bettany in 2002 and it originally appeared in Venice Magazine, This was one of the earlier long-form interviews he did in the States. Other than as the "Naked Guy" in A Knight's Tale and the imaginary roommate in A Beautiful Mind, he was unknown to the American public at the time. But Gangster No. 1, while not a perfect film (largely due to the difficulty in believing that Bettany grew into Malcolm McDowell as an older man), showcased an actor in Bettany who had screen presence and intensity that was impossible to look away from.

Bettany is currently starring in the film Legion, set to open this month. Here's a look back at the period in his life when he was just about to become famous.]

The Contender

With Gangster No. 1, Paul Bettany reveals himself, all hype aside, as one of the most promising actors of his generation.

by Terry Keefe

The Silent Scream. As delivered by Paul Bettany in his new film Gangster No. 1, it's one of the most bone-chilling moments you'll see on screen this year, or any other year, for that matter. And there isn't a CGI effect in sight. Bettany simply closes his eyes, kicks back his head, and unleashes a blood-curdling scream as the sound drops out completely. This amazingly effective moment is designed to symbolize the unrelenting evil which lurks within Bettany's character, known only as Young Gangster, as he »

- The Hollywood

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