What is known as the Thorpe affair, centered on the at the time clandestine homosexual affair between Liberal MP and later Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and stable boy Norman Scott, that affair when sodomy was still illegal in Britain, is the main feature of the story presented. The story culminates in 1979 with Jeremy put on trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder, the attempt on Norman's life all in an effort to rid him from Jeremy's life in his aspiration to become British Prime Minister at whatever cost, part of that cost being to remain in the closet despite having men on the side throughout his adult life. The imbalance between Jeremy and Norman both during their relationship and in their adversarial battle after the end of that relationship is also shown, older, ambitious Jeremy, from a proper English background, part of the establishment, and younger Norman, from the disadvantaged class, he who also suffered from clinical psychological issues, having nothing to lose...
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has said that eighty percent of his performance was hair and makeup, referring to the transformative work of hair and makeup designer Daniel Phillips
. Grant had worked with Phillips previously on the film Florence Foster Jenkins
(2016). To achieve Jeremy Thorpe
's signature gaunt appearance, Grant actively lost weight through months of intense outdoor cycling. The rest of his physical transformation into Thorpe he credits to the use of brown contact lenses, Phillips' hair and makeup design, and to the costumes of designer Suzanne Cave
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