Tom Wilkinson is one of those actors who pops up all over the place and you spend 15 minutes trying to remember his name and which other films you have seen him in. And I mean that in the best possible sense. He melts into a role and you forget who the actor is while you are watching him at work.
|Tom Wilkinson as the dying Mr. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility|
|Tom Wilkinson with his friends and his gnome in The Full Monty|
Gaz: Y' know Dave, it's a thought...
Gerald: Ha! I could just see Little and Large prancing around Sheffield with their widges hanging out. Now that *would* be worth 10 quid...
Gaz: Don't be so bloody daft. We were just saying...
Gerald: Widges on parade! Bring your own microscope!
|Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Fennyman in Shakespeare in Love|
Tom was brilliant as Hugh Fennyman, "the money" in Shakespeare in Love, and he is the ultimate theatre groupie. His money buys him a role in the play, that of the apothecary. In the role of a very serious but very bad actor, his small part is unforgettable.
Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.
|Tom Wilkinson as Dr. Chasuble and Anna Massey as Miss Prism|
Dr. Chasuble: Charity dear Miss Prism, charity! None of us are perfect. I myself am peculiarly susceptible to draughts.
|Tom Wilkinson as Pieter Van Ruijvin in Girl with a Pearl Earring|
Van Ruijven: (Leering) Ripe as a plum, still unplucked.
|Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin in John Adams|
Benjamin Franklin: You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish, and guests, stink after three days.
|Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy Sr. in The Kennedys|
|Tom Wilkinson as Graham in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
Jean: How can you bear this country? What do you see that I don't?
Graham: The light, colours, smiles...all life is here.
So all I can say in conclusion is that Tom Wilkinson is HOT STUFF BABY! Any other films that you really enjoyed him in? He's been in quite a few...
P.S. Couldn't find a good photo of him as Seth Pecksniff in Martin Chuzzlewit, but that was one of his best! And he is now filming The Lone Ranger as bad guy Latham Cole, with Johnny Depp as Tonto. I don't know whether to be thrilled or worried about the latter!