He played Ferdinand in a Caedmon Audio presentation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with Michael Redgrave, Hugh Griffith, Vanessa Redgrave, Anna Massey, Edward Atienza, Cyril Luckman, Peter Woodthorpe, Robert Hardy, Alec McCowen, and Ronnie Baker in the cast.
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John Hurt CBE | Sir John Hurt CBE | Sir John Hurt
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[2011, on Spaceballs
(1987)] Mel [Brooks] called and said, "Look, John, I'm doing this little movie and there's a bit in there that has to do with Alien
(1979), so come on over." He made it sound like a bit of a picnic. He also did that to me on History of the World: Part I
(1981). He always does that. "Come on, I'll give you a couple grand, we'll put you up in a nice hotel, you'll have a good ...
He was not the first choice for the role of Gilbert Kane in Alien
(1979). He was brought in on the second day of filming after Jon Finch
, the original actor cast for the role, was diagnosed with a severe case of diabetes and taken to hospital.
Frequently played characters with positions of power