Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in The Tourist. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
GK Films and Columbia Pictures present, in association with Spyglass Entertainment, a GK Films and Birnbaum/Barber production, in association with Studiocanal and Optimum Releasing, a Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck film, The Tourist. The film stars Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell, and Christian De Sica. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Screenplay by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes. Produced by Graham King, Tim Headington, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, and Jonathan Glickman. Executive producers are Lloyd Phillips, Bahman Naraghi, Olivier Courson, and Ron Halpern. Director of Photography is John Seale, ASC, ACS. Production Designer is Jon Hutman. Editors are Joe Hutshing, A.C.E. and Patricia Rommel. Costume Designer is Colleen Atwood. Music by James Newton Howard.
When Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck presented his vision of The Tourist to producer Graham King, it took King all of 30 minutes to decide that he wanted to finance and produce the film. "I wanted to make a film that would be one of those experiences where you just sit back and enjoy life for a couple of hours", says Henckel von Donnersmarck.
"When Florian sent me the script, there was a combination of factors that made me want to sign on", says King. "In the past several years, he had seen a lot of scripts and passed on a lot of scripts - he had his choice of projects - so I was intrigued that he had taken to this one. Having Angelina Jolie attached didn't hurt, either".
The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes, is a GK Films and Columbia Pictures presentation in association with Spyglass Entertainment. Spyglass developed the property before GK Films stepped in to finance and produce.
Jolie had been attracted to the project by the potential of the strong female character and by the chance to work with director Henckel von Donnersmarck, and to have him co-write the script. After a very early meeting, it was clear that the director and star were on the same page about the kind of movie they wanted to make. "The Lives of Others is a beautiful, intelligent film, but also heavy", says Jolie. "When we met, he was very clear that he wanted to make a movie that was luxurious and fun, something that would be exciting for people to watch but didn't take itself too seriously. It was a perfect match".
Now the most important step for director and producer was to find the right male lead. Says Henckel von Donnersmarck: "We really needed someone who wouldn't be eclipsed by Angelina. When we brainstormed over what actor could be a true partner for her in terms of attractiveness, intelligence and acting skill, the only name that kept coming to our minds was Johnny Depp". Johnny Depp and Oscar®-winning producer Graham King have been friends for years, and, recently, have teamed up on several projects. After wrapping one such collaboration and with an eye toward working together again, King mentioned to him that Donnersmarck and he were looking for a leading man to star in a fun, exciting, sexy thriller opposite Angelina Jolie, and both felt that he would be perfect for the part.
So Donnersmarck and Depp had a meeting and talked about The Tourist: "I presented the kind of character I envisioned for him, and he liked it", says Henckel von Donnersmarck. "Our meeting lasted three hours instead of one, and we laughed so much that I realized I needed to introduce a lot of humor into the script to do justice to Johnny's charm".
Obviously, Jolie and Depp are two of the most engaging, charismatic, and talented actors working in film, but as the film requires its characters to share an immediate attraction to each other, all felt it was a good idea to meet and talk before signing on. And believe it or not, that is how Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp met for the first time. Despite being two of the biggest movie stars, they had not entered each other's orbit until they sat down to discuss The Tourist with the director and producer. King sat quietly and watched them interact, watching to see how the actors would get along. Perhaps it was no surprise that they clicked from the first moment. "There was complete instant chemistry between them both", says King.
"Graham called me right after that meeting and was so excited", adds producer Tim Headington of GK Films. "Later, when we started filming and seeing dailies, it was just like magic on tape". For Henckel von Donnersmarck, they were the perfect leads for this film. "They're great movie stars, but more than that, they are great actors, and I wanted to give them roles in which they could really show what they can do. Elise is charming and delicate and feminine and strong, all at the same time; Frank is winning and charming and funny, just like Johnny is in real life".
"Having either Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp in this film would have been extraordinary, but the pair together is that perfect combination you dream about but rarely, if ever, happens", says co-screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
In The Tourist, Jolie plays Elise Ward, the paramour of the criminal Alexander Pearce, who has disappeared. "There are a lot of people looking for him", says Jolie. "He's stolen a lot of money from a gangster. The gangster wants revenge - and his money back - and the British want him for the taxes on the money he stole. Everyone's looking for him, including Elise, who hasn't seen him for a long time and isn't quite sure when he'll turn up again".
Playing off rumors that he has drastically altered his appearance, Pearce gets word to Elise: get on a certain train for Venice, choose a stranger of approximately Pearce's height and build, and make everyone else believe that man is Pearce. She chooses the American math teacher Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp), who's headed to Venice to try to mend a broken heart. "She throws him into an adventure he's not prepared for", Jolie adds.
Of course, not everything goes according to Elise's plan. "Imagine a woman who is elegant, sophisticated, and educated, who falls for a guy who is not any of those things", says Henckel von Donnersmarck. "She has this grand master plan, and falling for him was not meant to happen".
"I wanted this to be a thriller that was simply a fun time at the movies", says King. "Two extraordinary actors, with amazing chemistry, set in an exotic, bigger-thanlife location. Who wouldn't want to go on an adventure in Paris and Venice with Angelina and Johnny?". Depp says that he likes working with Graham King because "Graham is a renegade. He understands the rules of the game, but he doesn't necessarily adhere to them. He thrives on the risk factor, and that makes him unique. He likes a challenge, he's got great taste, and he doesn't care what other people are doing. He cares about what he believes in".
The screenwriters set the film in Venice, which, Henckel von Donnersmarck says, lent the film its entirely unique atmosphere of beauty and danger. "Somebody once said that Kodak owed most of its revenue to Venice", says Henckel von Donnersmarck. "In terms of art and beauty, it's the richest place in the world - there's nothing else like it. In reality, the city is sinking and falling to bits, but we wanted to show the glory of the place. We asked ourselves, how can we show the city from its best side? There are elements of the plot that are dangerous - but, thanks to Venice, not so dangerous that you might feel miserable about it".
Production Designer Jon Hutman adds, "There is something about being there. The water, the architecture, and the history combined create something very special. What we have tried to do is take these existing visual gems and fit them into the story".
Not only was it the right creative choice to shoot the movie in Venice, but surprisingly enough, the choice made practical sense as well. "It seems like a crazy thing for a studio or producer to allow, but we had a very limited window in which to make the movie. We didn't have time to build the Venice interiors on a soundstage. For entirely practical reasons, we had to do the unheard-of thing". The setting called for the film's action sequences to be striking and written especially for the city. Stunt choreographer Simon Crane - a stunt legend after working on films ranging from Cliffhanger to Saving Private Ryan to Hancock - was charged with planning character-driven action sequences unique to Venice. "Anyone can dream up an action sequence", says Crane. "But if it doesn't fit the tone of the film, it's totally worthless. It's all about believability".
A good example is the scene in which Frank, attempting to escape would-be murderers who are convinced he is Alexander Pearce, leaps across Venice rooftops - just as Casanova did as he attempted to escape jealous husbands. "It came to me when reading about Casanova. Of course, Frank is the anti- Casanova", says Henckel von Donnersmarck. "I thought, wouldn't that be a fun way to present him - not as a great, confident lover trying to escape the cuckolded husband, but running for his life from gangsters. It reinforces the character and also presents all the beauty of Venice - it was a lot of fun".
Another action sequence that made full use of everything Venice had to offer was the canal boat chase. Henckel von Donnersmarck captured the action with multiple cameras over seven nights. Jolie even learned to drive several kinds of boats for the sequence. Crane has worked with Jolie on several films - including Salt and Mr. and Mrs. Smith - and says the actress, as always, was committed to getting the action right.
"Every day, we tried to add more detail and texture. One night, shortly before we shot the sequence, I came home from work in the early morning hours and saw this beautiful fog, all over Venice", says the director. "I thought, 'Oh, it would be really nice to have that in the film.' So we went pretty heavy on the fog to try to recreate that beauty. It was really a good way to use the dark side of the city, the danger that comes with the romance".
Creating such a stylized stunt sequence - and at night, no less - was a challenge, not least because the team was prevented from rehearsing in the actual location. However, it was a challenge perfectly suited to Crane. "We rehearsed everything on open water, with buoys and other markers", he says. "It was a challenge, but you just have to do it".
Angelina Jolie plays Elise Clifton Ward, a beautiful (of course!) and mysterious woman involved in a romantic relationship with the wanted thief Alexander Pearce - but keeps her true motivations close to the vest. "She's instructed by Alexander to take a train from Paris to Venice, and while on the train find a man - someone of Alexander's height and build", says Jolie. "She finds Frank and throws him into this adventure".
"My character in this film is different than any other film", says Jolie. "Florian gave me very specific direction. My natural modern rhythm is quicker and harder. At the beginning of the shoot, Florian's note to me was to slow down, as Elise lives in a world of quiet luxury and elegance".
"Angelina wakes up in the morning and is glamorous and feminine, and I wanted to capture that about her on film in the character of Elise", says Henckel von Donnersmarck. "Florian is probably one of the most intelligent human beings I have ever met in my life", Jolie continues. "Come on: he speaks six languages. When we shot in Paris he spoke French; when we shot in Italy, he spoke Italian. And a couple of our stunt guys were Russian and he would speak to them in Russian".
Opposite the extraordinary Elise Clifton Ward is Frank Tupelo, an American math teacher. "My main interest was to play the ultimate ordinary man", says Depp. "The people who are perceived as 'normal' are the ones I find the strangest, really: they have tics and flaws and weird mannerisms. This is a guy who hasn't really lived much of a life, so that was the great challenge - to play him as hypernormal".
Depp also enjoyed the opportunity to work with Henckel von Donnersmarck. "Not only is he sweet, humble, giving, caring, loving, clever, and super smart, he was beyond collaborative", says the actor. "He was very much into the fact that things have to happen organically. He trusted that when Angelina and I got into the ring together, things would take shape".
The filmmakers surrounded Depp and Jolie with a cast of actors and famous faces. Paul Bettany plays Acheson, the policeman trying to track down the gangster Alexander Pearce. "He's become obsessed with catching Pearce", says Bettany of his character. "He's been trying so long and has been foiled at every turn. But the thing about this movie is that nobody can be taken at face value - not even my character. His investigation is complex and twisted - his motivation is complicated for personal reasons".
"Florian is exacting, demanding, and specific", says Bettany. "There is an enormous amount of detail in his direction. He does it in an entirely charming way, but he will not move on until he has exactly what he wants".
Timothy Dalton, best known, of course, for his portrayal of James Bond, takes on a very different kind of British government agent in The Tourist: as the policeman Chief Inspector Jones, he is ultimately in charge of the men leading the investigation into Alexander Pearce. "In The Tourist, I play the role of Chief Inspector Jones, a number-crunching, budget conscious policeman who is in overall command of the operation to capture Alexander Pearce. His concerns are not in the morality of either the crime or the criminal but in simply getting hold of the enormous amount of money Pearce has stolen. Alexander Pearce has 744 million in illegal assets that, given he is a British subject, we might seize! And interestingly, he goes about it using his own particular sense of what is right and what is wrong, his own decent and worldly morality".
Steven Berkoff plays the villain Shaw, a gangster who wants to find Alexander Pearce even more than Acheson does, if that's possible. "My character is a curious mix of devil, charm, and sophistication", says Berkoff. Berkoff continues, "I have scenes with Angelina Jolie that are very intense and feature knives and guns. She made it so easy and kept her cool. She is fearless and very, very trusting. She doesn't bat an eyelid in an intense situation - she is so focused".
About The Cast
Academy Award® and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie (Elise Ward) continues to be one of Hollywood's most talented leading actresses. Most recently, Jolie starred in the hit action thriller Salt. Prior to that, Jolie starred in Clint Eastwood's acclaimed film Changeling, for which she received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress, as well as nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Broadcast Film Critics, London Film Critics and Chicago Film Critics.
Jolie also starred in the 2008 box-office hits Wanted, the fantasy-thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and DreamWorks' animated film Kung Fu Panda, opposite Jack Black. In 2007, she starred in Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf and Michael Winterbottom's critically acclaimed A Mighty Heart, the dramatic true story of Mariane and Daniel Pearl. Jolie's performance in A Mighty Heart earned her nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics and Film Independent's Spirit Awards.
Jolie's previous films include The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro and co-starring Matt Damon; Mr. & Mrs. Smith, co-starring Brad Pitt; and Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone and co-starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. In 2003, she played the lead role in the action-adventure Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the sequel to director Simon West's 2001 boxoffice smash Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and portrayed a relief worker for the United Nations in the provocative drama Beyond Borders.
Jolie's portrayal of a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted garnered her an Academy Award®, her third Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, ShoWest's Supporting Actress of the Year Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The HBO film Gia earned Jolie critical praise as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS.
Jolie has also received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. She was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association, as well as the Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2005. In February 2007, Jolie was accepted by the bipartisan think tank Council on Foreign Relations for a special five-year term designed to nurture the next generation of foreign-policy makers. Jolie is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She helped push through the Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act and founded the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an organization that provides free legal aid to asylum-seeking children.
Johnny Depp (Frank Tupelo) most recently headlined an all-star cast as the Mad Hatter in the worldwide box office hit Alice in Wonderland. Prior to that, he starred as real-life criminal John Dillinger opposite Christian Bale and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in Michael Mann's Public Enemies, and received his third Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, winning a Golden Globe Award® for the role.
Depp is currently in production on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp played the pirate captain a third time in Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest earned more than $1 billion, making it the third largest-grossing movie of all time. He received his first Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
In 2005, Depp collaborated with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Burton's Corpse Bride, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Film in 2006. Depp received his second Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and BAFTA nomination for his role as J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster's Finding Neverland, in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore.
In 2004, Depp starred in The Libertine as 17th-century womanizing poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. Other screen credits include David Koepp's Secret Window, Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell, Ted Demme's Blow, Lasse Hallström's Chocolat, Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried, Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, and Jeremy Leven's Don Juan DeMarco, in which he starred opposite actors Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.
It was Depp's compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands that established him as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, and earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor. He was honored with another Golden Globe Award nomination for his work in the offbeat love story Benny & Joon, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. Depp reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed Ed Wood and his performance garnered him yet another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor. Other films include Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Emir Kusturica's Arizona Dream and John Badham's Nick of Time.
Depp began his career as a musician with the rock group named Kids, which took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, Depp turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He followed that with roles in several films including Oliver Stone's Academy Award®-winning Platoon before landing the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular TV show 21 Jump Street. He starred on the series for four seasons before starring as the title character in John Waters' Cry-Baby.
Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut opposite Marlon Brando in The Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, D.P. Depp. Depp recently starred in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and will next be seen in The Rum Diary, based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel, for director Bruce Robinson and producer Graham King. He also lends his voice to Gore Verbinski's Rango.
While the British-born Paul Bettany (Inspector John Acheson) is a recognized star overseas with well-received performances in film, on the London stage and on British television, American audiences first discovered him in A Knight's Tale, in which he played the comical role of Chaucer opposite Heath Ledger. For this performance he won the London Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he was named one of Daily Variety's Ten to Watch for 2001.
Classically trained at the Drama Centre in London, Bettany made his stage debut in a West End production of An Inspector Calls under the direction of Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot). He then spent a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar before landing his first feature film role in Bent.
Bettany returned to the stage to appear in Love and Understanding at London's Bush Theatre. He later reprised that role at the Longwharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play led to more British television work, including Lynda La Plante's Killer Net and Coming Home, in which he starred with Peter O'Toole. Bettany's appearance in the Royal Court Theatre productions of One More Wasted Year and Stranger's House preceded his second feature film role in David Leland's Land Girls with Catherine McCormack and Rachel Weisz. He next appeared in the film After the Rain. He then portrayed Steerforth in the TNT production of David Copperfield, directed by Peter Medak, opposite Sally Field and Michael Richards. More feature film roles followed, including Suicide Club with Jonathan Pryce and David Morrissey.
Bettany was nominated for a British Independent Film award and a London Film Critics' Award for Best Newcomer in IFC's Gangster No.1, directed by Paul McGuigan, and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, and Saffron Burrows. He then reteamed with Paul McGuigan for the Paramount Classics' mysterythriller, The Reckoning, opposite Willem Dafoe. Bettany next starred as the imaginary roommate opposite Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly in the Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind for director Ron Howard. His performance in the film won him the London Film Critics Award for Best British Actor.
Bettany then starred in Thadeus O'Sullivan's intense, independent feature, The Heart of Me, opposite Olivia Williams and Helena Bonham-Carter. Keen to test himself further he went on to star in Dogville, director Lars Von Trier's dramatic thriller opposite Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skaarsgard. Followed by the Working Title / Universal feature Wimbledon, in which he starred opposite Kirsten Dunst for director Richard Loncraine (The Gathering Storm, Richard III).
He then starred opposite Crowe again in Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for director Peter Weir. In this adaptation of Patrick O'Brien's novel, Bettany plays the ship's surgeon, Stephen Maturin, the first naturalist and best friend of Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe). His performance won him the Evening Standard Award for Best British Actor, the London Film Critic's Award for Best Supporting Actor for both M&C, as well as, The Heart of Me and the Elle Style Award for Best Actor in M&C and Dogville. His nominations include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Supporting Actor in M&C.
He went on to star as Silas in the most highly anticipated film of 2006, The Da Vinci Code based on Dan Brown's novel and directed by Ron Howard, earlier helmsman of A Beautiful Mind. The film went on to huge box office success driven by its star powered cast, which included Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina. Bettany then starred in the Fox Searchlight feature The Secret Life of Bees, opposite Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning, based on the best selling book. In January 2009, Bettany was seen in the film Inkheart, a fantasy adventure for New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., based on the best-selling children's books. He starred opposite Brendan Fraser and Helen Mirren, as Dustfinger, a fire-eating performer, for director Iain Softley.
Bettany then starred in Graham King, Tim Headington, Sarah Ferguson and Martin Scorsese's The Young Victoria opposite Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Jim Broadbent. In this adaptation, Paul plays Lord Melbourne the charming prime minister who becomes Queen Victoria's inseparable sole advisor. Bettany's film Creation, in which he stars with wife Jennifer Connelly, opened the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, 2009. Directed by Jon Amiel, the film was released in the U.S. in December 2009. He most recently starred in Screen Gems' hit Legion, and will next star in Priest, a horror western directed by Scott Stewart, also for Screen Gems.
Timothy Dalton (Chief Inspector Jones) trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was a member of Britain's National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in both classical and modern theatre throughout Britain, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Prospect Theatre Company and the National Theatre. His many roles have included Romeo, Prince Hal, Hotspur, Henry V, Petruchio and Mark Antony. He played Cornelius Melody in the highly acclaimed London West End production of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of The Poet and most recently played Lord Asriel in the National Theatre's His Dark Materials.
On television his work has encompassed material ranging from the BBC's classic production of Jane Eyre to the award-winning documentary on wolves In the Wild, which took him to within a few hundred miles of the North Pole. He has played in major British and U.S. network TV miniseries and dramas. His work for Showtime and HBO includes the movies The Informant, Possessed and Made Men.
Dalton began his film career playing alongside Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn in the Oscar®-winning film The Lion in Winter. He has subsequently starred in films including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell, Wuthering Heights, Agatha, Flash Gordon, Hawks, The King's Whore, The Rocketeer, The Beautician and the Beast, Timeshare, American Outlaws, Looney Tunes, and Hot Fuzz. From 1987 to 1989, Dalton was the screen's James Bond, playing the world's best-known secret agent in The Living Daylights and License to Kill. He most recently voiced a role in the worldwide hit animated film Toy Story 3.
Steven Berkoff (Reginald Shaw) is an internationally acclaimed British actor of stage and screen who continues to delight cinemagoers worldwide. Berkoff's many film credits range from A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and Octopussy to Beverly Hills Cop as well as over forty other features. He is currently working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for David Fincher.
Berkoff has mounted numerous theatre productions around the world from Los Angeles to New York City to Europe to Australia. Berkoff's standout performances have garnered him many accolades including L.A. Drama Circle and L.A. Weekly Drama Awards, as well as recognition at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Most recently Berkoff was nominated for a TMA Theatre Award for his directorial work in On the Waterfront, which ran at the prestigious Haymarket Theatre in London's West End and in which he also played the leading role of Johnny Friendly. Berkoff has also starred in numerous television series and television films, including the yet-to-be-released The Borgias for Showtime.
Rufus Sewell (The Englishman) most recently starred in Zen for Left Bank Pictures and The BBC, Pillars of the Earth for Starz and Channel 4, Jerry Bruckheimer's television series Eleventh Hour (in which Sewell played the lead), and John Adams for HBO. In 2006 Sewell starred onstage as Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock n' Roll at The Royal Court Theatre and London's West End, for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2006, London Critic's Circle Best Actor Award 2007 and Best Actor at the 2007 Olivier Awards. He reprised this role on Broadway and received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, and a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play.
Sewell first gained attention with his television debut in 1994 as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of Middlemarch. He gained further acclaim in Christopher Hampton's feature film Carrington, opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm. In 2005, Sewell starred as Petruchio in the critically acclaimed BBC production of The Taming of The Shrew, for which he was nominated as Best Actor for a BAFTA Television Award. Other recent films include: Fabrice du Weltz's Vinyan, Johan Renck's Downloading Nancy, Neil Burger's The Illusionist and Wes Craven's Paris Je T'aime .
Other films include Nancy Meyer's The Holiday, Martin Campbell's The Legend Of Zorro and Kevin Reynold's Tristan & Isolde, Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale, Alex Proyas' futuristic thriller Dark City, Dangerous Beauty with Catherine McCormack, Illuminata directed by and co-starring John Turturro, Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken, Miramax's The Very Thought of You with Joseph Fiennes and Paramount Pictures' Bless The Child co-starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, Victory with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Channel Four Film's The Woodlanders, and BBC Film's A Man of No Importance.
On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as Thomas Kratsky, the Czechoslovakian hustler, in Making It Better, which won him the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Other notable roles include Septimus Hodge in the original production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the National Theatre, Darcy in Pride And Prejudice at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as As You Like It, The Seagull, and The Government Inspector, all at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Sewell made his Broadway debut in 1995, opening to rave reviews in the revival of Brian Friel's Translations opposite Brian Dennehy and Dana Delany. Other theatre credits include Rat In the Skull, a Royal Court Production directed by Stephen Daldry., Macbeth on London's West End, and John Osborne's Luther at the Royal National Theatre. Sewell studied at London's Central School of Drama before making his film debut in Don Boyd's Twenty One.