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Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Gillian Welch

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Gillian Welch

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Just in case you missed this floating around the interwebz this morning: the trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I'll sum up the cast of this movie so you'll know not to blink when you watch it: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt (& etc.). Don't blink.



I may have mentioned (several hundred times) how much I like the novel and the 1970s BBC miniseries. But this one looks pretty spectacular--and beautifully cast. I didn't think I could really accept anybody but Alec Guinness as Smiley, but Gary Oldman seems to have inherited the commemorative Guinness frames, so I'm prepared to be convinced. I recently listened to an audio version of it in the car, and I got worried that they would cut the character BC plays down to nothing. But that also doesn't seem to be the case.

And, if case you haven't seen the trailer for A Dangerous Method, here it is. This movie stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud. No. Really. And Keira Knightly as Sabine Spilrein. The movie looks slightly OTT (there is caning), but the story is OTT, and fascinating, so I have hope.



Both boys are in outdoor camps this week, so I have been spending a lot of time in the car delivering them and fetching them back. It has cut into my work/writing time, but it's also given me a chance to listen to Smiley's People and the first new Gillian Welch album in 8 years. It is awesome--it was worth the wait.

  • I know what you mean about Guiness's Smiley, but I think Oldman could do it. He's one of those actors, like De Niro, who can make you forget who he really is. I'm looking forward to seeing this :)
    • Yeah, I agree about Gary Oldman--i think he can pull it off! And he looks great in this trailer. I can't wait to see this movie. It's supposed to come out 9/16--I hope it doesn't take weeks to get to my town!
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  • Ben is in so much of the trailer, it's a relief, as he didn't even make it into the War Horse first trailer, with a boy as popular as Ben is now, it's a crime not to use him.

    But I'd be excited about this film anyway, I love Le'Carre, reminds me to pick up his current book.

    Thanks for the Dangerous Method trailer, I had not heard of this before.
  • I'm not familiar with the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" novel, but the trailer looks... wow. Impressive. And the cast? So many of my favourite actors in one productions... just wow 8D Thank you so much for posting this! 8D
  • And, if case you haven't seen the trailer for A Dangerous Method, here it is.

    Oh. my. God.

    I need to see this. Didn't even know it existed. And, well, the whole psychoanalysis stuff was seriously OTT at the beginning, so no surprises here.

    And then...

    I'll sum up the cast of this movie so you'll know not to blink when you watch it: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt (& etc.). Don't blink.

    Yeah, that too, it seems. Thanks! :-)
    • You are very welcome. I saw that MF was playing Carl Jung in a movie, and didn't think much about it--then when I saw the trailer I realized it was this story, and OMG--cannot wait! (and yes, the movie could be very OTT and still not live up to actual events).

      (I'm thinking of reading the non-fiction book it's based on, just, you know, to catch up :))

      And, yeah, TTSS too!
  • Okay, now I want to see both of those movies. A LOT.
    • IKR? SO MUCH!! Benedict with his ginger bangs seems kind of worth the price of admission--but then all those other guys as well? *faints*

      And I think I've been pretty upfront about my feelings about MF lately *g*

      Not to mention that both are actually fascinating stories!
  • *shivers with antici-pation!*
  • Tinker Tailor not too tinkered with then?

    Is BC playing Peter Guillam? He'll do it very well.

    And crikey, I was all for not even bothering, but this looks AMAZING in a good way: sharp and bleak.
    • Re: Tinker Tailor not too tinkered with then?

      lol! it looks pretty true to the book, doesn't it? Don't know how they'll fit the plot into ~2hrs, but I'm willing to watch them try.

      Yes, BC is Peter Guillam, which seems excellent casting; Gary Oldman is Smiley; Colin Firth is Bill Hayden and Tom Hardy is Ricky Tarr. All of which seem fabulous choices. The only one that seems a bit iffy to me is Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux--but that may be because the last thing I saw him in was The Eagle.

      I was going to see it no matter what, but the trailer actually makes it look worth seeing.
  • ... and the Freud/Jung movie looks seriously interesting too. Written by Christopher Hampton then?
    • It does, doesn't it? I wasn't quite expecting it to be that story.

      But yes, Christopher Hampton wrote the script, off a play by somebody else, off a non-fiction book (which I'm now tempted to read!).

      It could be a good fall!
  • I'll sum up the cast of this movie so you'll know not to blink when you watch it: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt (& etc.).

    Nggggg. So basically, it's missing Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Indira Varma in order to potentially be Carmarthen's perfect movie. EEEEEEEE, tense spy movies full of awesome actors!

    I am...not so optimistic about A Dangerous Method, but I am never optimistic about kink in mainstream media, or about Freud. :-/
    • Nggg indeed! There's a sad dearth of female characters in the novel, but there's one show stealing scene with a character worthy of Judi Dench--so you never know!

      I can't wait.

      It's very hard for kink not to look ridiculous in mainstream media, I agree...And I expect it will have the usual sensationalistic, anti-intellectual and unsympathetic portrayal of Freud. But still--I'm gonna have to see it, I think. Would see it even without MF and VM, to tell the truth....
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