Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Man in the High Castle - Rufus Sewell Interview


Photo Credit: PBS.ORG

Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left in June of 1989 after completing three years of training. He made his London Stage debut in "Making It Better" for which he won the "Best Newcomer Award"; he also originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppards "Arcadia" and was nominated for an Oliver Award. On the Broadway stage, he debuted in "Translations" and received the Broadway Theater World Award. 

His film work has been has been equally varied and acclaimed from the junkie in Twenty-One (1991), the sweet bus driver in A Man of No Importance (1994), and the volatile artist in Carrington (1995). The lustful son in Cold Comfort Farm (1995), the protagonist hounded Dostoevsky-like in Dark City (1998), the star-crossed suitor in Dangerous Beauty (1998), to the the bitter, acidic, alcoholic cokehead of The Very Thought of You (1998), he has appeared in some of the most acclaimed theatre, film and television productions.

      


The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series, produced by Amazon Studios, Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions, and Big Light Productions. The series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. In the series' alternate version of 1962, the Axis powers have won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, comprising more than half of eastern part of the continent, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show a very different history from their own.

Premiering in January 2015, the pilot was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began". The next month, Amazon ordered episodes to fill out a ten-episode season, which was released in November to positive reviews. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016. with a third season announced a few weeks later, to be released on October 5, 2018. On July 21, 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.


THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH RUFUS SEWELL
JOURNALIST: KRISTIN CERCADO

LOCATION: COMIC CON, SAN DIEGO, CA

Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
RUFUS SEWELL TRIVIA:

  • Has a son named William Douglas Sewell (Billy), born 18 March 2002 with Amy Gardner
  • He was awarded the 1992 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Most Promising Newcomer.
  • Son of a film animator who died young.
  • Grew up in Twickenham.
  • His father, Bill Sewell, an animator, employed an impressionistic approach to Rotoscoping - the technique of tracing over film negatives - in his own film "Half in Love with Fred Astaire" and then in the famous "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence in "Yellow Submarine.".
  • Involved, along with Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson and Paul McGann in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by Emma Thompson, and written and directed by Fay Efrosini Lellios. The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal. [1998]
  • Was in a relationship with actress Alice Eve from 2006 until 2008.
  • Reprises his role and outstanding performance as Jan in Tom Stoppard's new play "Rock and Roll" on Broadway, New York City until March 2008. [December 2007]
  • Currently playing the part of Jan in Tom Stoppard's "Rock and Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre in London (until July 15th 2006) [June 2006]
  • Currently has the starring role in the TV series "Eleventh Hour" on the (US) CBS Network. [September 2008]
  • Son of BAFTA-nominated Animation Director, Bill Sewell.
  • Won the Olivier and Evening Standard Drama Best Actor awards in London, and nominated for the Best Actor Tony in New York for his role in 'Rock and Roll'.
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