In Summer 2006, Bob worked on another BBC television production - THE WIND IN THE
WILLOWS, filming in Romania. Bob plays Badger, and the cast also includes Little Britain's Matt Lucas as Toad, and Imelda Staunton as the Barge Lady. This played in the UK on Boxing Day, 2006 on BBC 1, and on PBS in the US in April 2007. The BBC has press materials online that include an interview with Bob.
Along with Willem Dafoe and Matthew Modine, Bob stars in writer-director Abel Ferrara's GO GO TALES, a "screwball comedy" involving a New York go-go dancing club. Bob will play the club's accountant who has to help prevent a strike by the strippers. Filming took place in Italy during December 2006. This film will be playing as part of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in May.
Bob had a busy Spring 2006 working on several relatively low-budget films in England. He has an as-yet-unknown role in SPARKLE, which concerns a Liverpool lad who moves to London and tries to sleep his way to the top. In OUTLAW, which premiered in the UK in March 2007, he plays a policeman who shares information with a group of vigilantes who have found England's justice system lacking. And in RUBY BLUE, he plays a widower who falls for his secretive French neighbor. Release dates and more info as I find out...
Bob also appears in PARIS, JE T'AIME, an omnibus film with 18 five-minute segements each made by a different director, and each focusing on the theme of love in Paris. According to the film's IMDB entry, Bob appears in the section directed by Richard LaGravenese. The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in May, then several of the producers commenced a legal scuffle. Wait and see.
Bob appeared in HOLLYWOODLAND (formerly called TRUTH, JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN WAY), a film about TV Superman George Reeves, released in the US in September 2006. Bob plays MGM studio boss/rumored gangster Eddie Mannix, whose wife carried on a longtime affair with Reeves. Ben Affleck plays Reeves, and the cast also includes Adrien Brody and Diane Lane. The Focus Features production was directed by Allen Coulter, known for his work on HBO's The Sopranos, and has an official site here that includes several video clips from the film. It also screened at the Venice and London Film Festivals.
Bob's longtime fans again have reason to celebrate, as the well-regarded but somewhat long-lost BBC/Masterpiece Theatre miniseries FLICKERS was finally released on DVD in April 2006 by Acorn Media. Made around 1980, written by Roy Clarke and co-starring Frances de la Tour, the series features the escapades of Arnie Cole, a businessman/con-artist trying to get his start in the early silent film industry.
Bob co-produces and co-stars in MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, starring Dame Judi Dench,
and directed by the veteran Stephen Frears. The
film tells the true story of London's Windmill Theater, which began staging nude shows in the
1930s, and became famous during the WWII Blitz as the theater that never closed.
Bob recently appeared on stage in London, for only the second time in about two decades. He co-starred with Kristin Scott Thomas in Luigi Pirandello's AS YOU DESIRE ME at the Playhouse in London's West End, from October 2005 to February 2006. The play centers on a cabaret singer who calls herself Zara, whose life is interrupted when a stranger arrives insisting her name is Maria and that her husband, who she does not remember, is looking for her. The play was made into a film in 1932 starring Greta Garbo.
Bob co-stars in UNLEASHED
(formerly known as DANNY THE DOG), released in May 2005 in the US by Rogue Pictures.
This big-budget, Luc Besson-produced project was filmed in Scotland and France in 2003, and co-stars Jet Li and Morgan Freeman.
Bob gets to play the bad guy, and chews up the screen once again! The film is now available on DVD in an "unrated" version (more kicking, I imagine). More
info can be found on the movie's official site.
Most recent in Bob's parade of cameo roles, he plays Odin, the Norse God in SON OF THE MASK,
a sequel to the 1994 film THE MASK, filmed in Australia in 2004.
Released theatrically in February 2005 and on DVD a few months later, the
film's web site
is up, containing a trailer and some pictures of Bob in full Norse regalia - something different, I suppose. And he was at least nominated for a Razzie for his trouble.
Bob was awarded the 2004 "Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor" for his body of work at the
British Independent Film Awards on November 30, 2004. See a photo here.
Bob plays Bobby Darin's brother-in-law/assistant in a biopic of the singer directed by and
starring Kevin Spacey, titled BEYOND THE SEA. The film had its World Premiere at
the 2004 Toronto
International Film Festival on September 11, 2004.
The film was released in late Decmeber 04 by Lion's Gate Films in the US,
and the trailer can be viewed on the movie's official web site. The film hit DVD in June 2005.
co-stars in VANITY FAIR, an adaptation of the
Thackery novel, starring (a pregnant) Reese Witherspoon as Rebecca Sharp. The film was released theatrically in the US in September 2004 by
Focus Features, who host the film's official web site,
where a few comments by Bob can be found amongst the interviews. The film also came out on DVD and video in February 2005.
Bob plays Sir Pitt Crawley, "a miserly, hard-drinking,
disreputable old baronet." Well! Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING)
directs from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes (GOSFORD PARK), and
Jim Broadbent and Gabriel Byrne are also in the cast.
Let the "Hallelujah's" commence - as good things come to those who wait, the original BBC miniseries of
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN has (finally!) been released on DVD - it came out on May 31, 2004 in the UK, and July 27 in the US.
Absolutely not to be missed! For more information on the production, see
Thank you BBC!!!!
Somewhat out of nowhere, the 1974 8-episode British comedy series THICK AS THIEVES
released on DVD in the US in June, 2003. Bob plays a petty crook recently released from prison
who finds his wife has taken up with another man in his absence. The series co-stars "Inspector Morse" John Thaw and
Vista Home Video released the WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT:
Special Edition DVD on March 25th, 2003.
The film is presented in widescreen with these
DVD extras: Audio Commentary with
The Filmmakers; Deleted Scene; "Behind The Ears: The True Story
Of Roger Rabbit"; Toontown Confidential: Pop-Up-Style Trivia; Roger
Rabbit Shorts: Tummy Trouble, Rollercoaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up;
Split-Screen Comparison; "Who Made Roger Rabbit" Featurette and more.
Bob sings! Hear his crooning as Nathan Detroit on "Sue
Me" from the National Theatre's 1982 production of GUYS AND DOLLS.
Download the sue_me.mp3 [2.4 MB] (I hope this
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