John Hurt

John Hurt

English actor
Regardless of a CV that's longer and more impressive than most, John Hurt remains thankfully self-deprecating. "I've done some stinkers in the cinema," he's said. "You can't regret it. There are always reasons for doing something, even if it's just the location". And it's true, he has done some stinkers. Remember King Ralph? Spaceballs? There was even the ultimate stinker, Heaven's Gate. Yet for 35 years the man's taken centre stage in some of film's finest moments, from A Man For All Seasons, through I, Claudius and The Naked Civil Servant, Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, through to today's Captain Corelli's Mandolin.Born John Vincent Hurt on January 22nd, 1940, in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, his life began inauspiciously and, as he recalls it, really rather sadly. His father was a Church of England clergyman, called upon to move from parish to parish, and Hurt lived until the age of 12 in the industrial countryside of the North, in a small village named Woodville surrounded by coal mines. He remembers being an unhappy boy, solitary and negative, his rigorously middle-class parents denying him permission to play with the other village boys. Consequently he felt trapped in a world of "sham and convention", despite the presence of an older brother, and sister (she later became a teacher in Australia).Cinema did not mark his early childhood. There was a picture-house directly opposite the vicarage, but he was not allowed to attend (again, too common), and jealously watched the queues that regularly formed across the road. In fact, he did not see a movie till the age of 8, though he does vividly recall his visits to a Mrs Fox-Robinson's, where he was captivated by her Bakelite TV.Source:
As Beckett said, it's not enough to die, one has to be forgotten as well.More John Hurt quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art may imitate wild nature; less often does it dare to place itself in the midst of it, and when it does, it may come out second best.More John Hurt quotes [08/12/2011 07:08:48]
Society is constantly recalibrating, redefining what it considers to be moral and immoral.More John Hurt quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's a great relief to feel that you're working with someone rather than for someone. You don't feel that you're being tested, as it were.More John Hurt quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies: paintings on dun walls, sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls.More John Hurt quotes [08/12/2011 07:08:00]

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