Timothy Spall talks the genius of J.M.W. Turner in new interview
In a new interview with We Got This Covered, Timothy Spall, better known to Potter fans as the traitorous Peter Pettigrew, talked about his role as British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in the film Mr. Turner.
The film, directed by Mike Leigh, covers the last 25 years of Turner’s life. Spall describes Turner as
… a man of contradiction […] He created the sublime with […] an internal mixture of implosive, unresolved emotion, which turned out to be a genius with a brush.
The article also talks about the film itself, giving a glowing review of the biopic. It says,
What makes Mr. Turner so compelling, even as a slow and tender burn, is, as Leigh suggests, ‘the tension between this eccentric, flawed, vulnerable, passionate, driven, grubby individual and this amazing, epic, sublime art that he created.’ Leigh demonstrates this tension by dramatizing key scenes in dauntingly long takes, where characters wander various environments – arenas of Turner’s imagination – and Leigh gradually reveals different physical objects to enhance the lived-in elements of the space. […] We discover certain sights and sounds exist within the reality of this constructed world.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, winning Spall his first Best Actor award at the prestigious festival, and will have its Canadian premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Turner will have a limited theatrical release on December 19.
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