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The Times ☆ Interview

From Paddington Bear to Mary Poppins — but don’t call Ben Whishaw cute

The actor is returning to theatre as a Silicon Valley mogul, then Brutus in Julius Caesar. He talks about his battle with performance anxiety and having a nasty side


Ben Whishaw: “I’m not very nice sometimes”

We are in a pokey costumier’s workshop somewhere in the bowels of the Almeida theatre in Islington in north London. It’s not much more than a broom cupboard really, and Ben Whishaw sits on a stool amid the clothes and faceless Styrofoam wig-stands sipping a cup of tea. He seems happy.

All actors — particularly once they become successful — like to go on about how much they just love doing theatre. With Whishaw this is genuinely, honestly true. Ever since he arrived, fully formed, as Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet aged only 23, he has continued to return to the stage even as his screen career has blossomed. It’s almost impossible for him to do TV without being at least nominated for some award — Criminal Justice, The Hour, London Spy — and his film roles are as varied as they are acclaimed: John Keats in Bright Star, Keith Richards in Stoned and supporting turns in Suffragette and The Danish Girl. There are also his regular gigs as Q to Daniel Craig’s James Bond and, of course, the voice of Paddington Bear. Yet for all that here he is, backstage and back in rehearsals, drifting contentedly through the organised chaos of theatre company life.

“I love that about doing plays,”
he says softly. “I love being part of a group of people, part of a troupe. It suits me. There’s no etiquette. It’s a profession that is really accepting of everyone’s oddities.” He smiles. “All sorts of people are actors.”

What sort of person is Whishaw? This has not always been an easy question to answer. Over the years a composite image has emerged of a fierce talent who is nevertheless guarded, opaque and fragile. His appearance (skinny, elfin) and manner (gentle, modest) add to this perception. Only, he explains, we’ve got the wrong idea. “Sometimes I get really annoyed because people think I’m going to be cute. And nice. And I’m not very nice sometimes. And I’m not very cute really,” he says, frowning in a way that, to be honest, is quite cute. “There’s this notion that I might be sensitive and shy. Which is partly true. But I can be grumpy and angry and irritable.”

He chuckles and drinks his tea. Still, it’s only fair to point out that these preconceptions about Whishaw are not totally unfounded. Now 36 years old, he says that during his twenties he struggled badly with performance anxiety. “I suffered a lot of awful, terrible nerves and stomach pains,” he says. “Really debilitating things. You realise that other people are dependent on you doing well. Money. All sorts of things become part of the equation. I remember not sleeping because I was so stressed.”

For a very long time he was by his own admission anxious about submitting himself to scrutiny. We knew he grew up in Hertfordshire, went to Rada and has a non-identical twin brother who doesn’t act? Beyond that? Not loads. Talking about himself is still not his favourite thing in the world. “I find interviews quite nerve- racking,” he says apologetically, but explains that he’s trying harder to not get stressed about them or to second- guess what people might make of him. He stops and regards me with what looks a lot like sympathy. “I understand,” he says. “It’s the pressure of your job to capture an essence of somebody, which I suppose is very difficult.”

He thinks he used to use his reputation for shyness as a defence mechanism. “Maybe you can end up playing a role or something?” he says. “Behaving in a certain way because you think people are going to expect that of you. And it becomes a place that’s quite comfortable because you’ve been there before. So you just trot it out again.”

One big change — perhaps the big change — came in the wake of Whishaw coming out as gay in 2011. “I definitely feel like I’m more relaxed as a person,” he says. “I don’t know if that makes you a better actor or more available or anything, but it’s certainly lovely not to have to be worrying about keeping something private. That’s a really, really good feeling. It makes me realise that I spent a long time — too long, really — in a private agony about something. About it.”

So that’s good. He’s also “become really obsessed with this amazing Buddhist nun who teaches meditation practice that is all about acceptance of whatever comes up. About being OK with things being uncomfortable.” This has also helped him to become more sanguine. “You see yourself. Your own mad thoughts, your repetitive thoughts and your own blind spots. It’s very easy to think that everyone else is nuts and you’re sane, but you’re really not,” he says cheerfully.

Madness, as it happens, permeates the play he is about to appear in. Against, by Christopher Shinn, is about a Silicon Valley tech magnate called Luke who believes he is in communication with God, who has given him the task of ending all violence on Earth. It’s a powerful work — occasionally frightening and certainly not the satire it could be — with this well-meaning but eerily detached protagonist at its centre.

“He is vaguely modelled on someone like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos, and he’s involved in AI and rockets and thinking about the future. But before the play begins he has had this revelation and God has spoken to him and issued an instruction to him to ‘go where there is violence’. So we meet someone at the beginning of the play who is a changed man.”

Whishaw says that, to prepare for the role of Luke, he spent a lot of time on YouTube. “I did begin by watching a lot of TED Talks, people being interviewed, Elon Musk showing people around his factory. And actually, in that sense, it feels very much a play of the moment because there are so many of these people talking about mankind with a messianic, visionary zeal. But the biggest challenge is trying to understand what it feels like to really, truly believe you have been spoken to by God. That’s the thing. That’s the centre of it.”

Whishaw admits what most actors don’t: that he’s competitive when it comes to his career and getting the roles he wants. “I’m definitely competitive, yeah. And I definitely want things for myself. Yeah. Definitely. And I think that’s good.” Has he ever gone up for parts and missed out on them, and felt angry about it? Pissed off? “There are one or two things,” he says a little airily, smiling to himself. “One or two things where I’ve thought . . . I could have done that. I should have done that.”

For a long time he was down to play Freddie Mercury in a forthcoming biopic. The Queen guitarist, Brian May, had said that he hoped Whishaw would get the role, because “he’s fabulous, a real actor”, but that’s fallen through, Whishaw says. He was up for it, but he says there’s no hard feelings. “I don’t really understand what happened myself, but just one day I wasn’t doing it. And somebody else was. And it’s fine. It was just one of those funny things that happen sometimes in the way that films get made.”

Whishaw will be back in the theatre in the new year when he plays Brutus in Julius Caesar, one of the eagerly awaited productions in the first season of Nicholas Hytner’s new London start-up venue, the Bridge Theatre. He has also just finished filming Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the classic 1964 musical in which he plays a grown-up Michael Banks. The film is released at the end of next year. “I sing in it,” he says, but then backpedals slightly. “Well, it’s more like talking-singing. It’s Emily Blunt playing Mary Poppins and my sister, Jane, is played by Emily Mortimer. It was wonderful fun.” In fact, he says that doing these big Hollywood numbers are invariably a laugh. “I don’t think a job is more noble or valuable for not being fun. Although I think I used to.”

Playing Michael Banks was a particular pleasure given that Mary Poppins was the first film he saw. “My dad taped it off the telly. I watched it in the way that my niece and nephew watch Frozen. Over and over and over again.”

In 2012 Whishaw entered into a civil partnership with the Australian composer Mark Bradshaw. They met during the filming of Bright Star and live together in east London. “We’re quite weird. Music relaxes me, but it doesn’t relax Mark because it’s Mark’s thing,” he says, meaning that the last thing Bradshaw wants at the end of a long day of listening to music is to listen to more music. “So we always have a tussle about when I can play my music. He’ll hate me for saying that.”

Bradshaw produced the score for the latest season of Top of the Lake, the crime drama featuring Elisabeth Moss. Whishaw says that he recently gorged on it. “I just watched the whole thing in one day and what Elisabeth Moss did in it was really inspiring to me. I thought: ‘F***! That’s reminded me why this job is such a great thing to do.’ ” Was the music any good? He nods with faux-solemnity. “The music was good as well.”

Someone knocks on the door to say it’s time to go back to rehearsals. Whishaw seems slightly relieved, but he’s trying his best. “In the past I might have been very defensive about a whole load of things. And I’m telling myself not to be that,” he says. He’s still shy and sensitive and all the rest of it, but nothing like he used to be.“I’m probably a little bit more confident in myself. A bit more relaxed in myself. More relaxed in my own body.” He is, despite his protestations, every bit as cute and as nice as we imagine. He’s also a brilliant actor. All said, there are worse things to be.


by uraracat | 2017-09-09 09:42 | その他のインタビューなど | Trackback | Comments(1)

女優はジーナ・ローランズ ♪ 歌手は Sandy Denny が好き ベン・ウィショー

d0160581_1847448.png ISSUE 4 PREVIEW: BEN WHISHAW

What characters do you find the most fulfilling?

I think every role is interesting because you’re basically trying to understand another person, you’re trying to get inside them and see the world through their eyes - it’s fascinating. I love beautiful writing. It’s wonderful when you receive a script that’s beautifully written, and you think, “Oh my goodness! I could never have thought of that!” You’re fascinated by someone’s perspective - you would never have thought of that or would never have said that. It’s great to be challenged in that way. I’d like to do many different things. It’s sometimes hard to persuade people to look at you in another way because actors can do anything really, but the world likes to categorise you and put you into a box.

What is your big ambition?

I suppose my biggest ambition for myself is to work in the way that I dream of, to work in a company of actors long-term. Either in theatre or film or some collective where we know each other and we’re driven purely by artistic desires, rather than commercial ones. I’d love to be more proactive in bringing people together and doing things with people I respect. I’ve been going to see the Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal at Sadler’s Wells. They’re here for a whole season of performances, and it’s been so amazing to see a company that has worked together for years and years – some of them for 30, 40 years. The quality of the work is so different. You can’t describe it – it’s special.


Do you think everything is too driven by money and commerciality?

I think it is a bit. I feel that sometimes in this country, compared with other European countries, the way we treat the arts is very... Maybe it’s a hangover from Thatcher, or maybe it’s because we’re enthralled to America, I don’t know, but I feel that in Germany, whenever I’ve been there, they have a respect for art. They don’t have to smirk about it or sneer. They say it really simply and with love. They appreciate great art, whereas we have to play it down - “you mustn’t get above yourself”. And I think that’s a shame. I think we are a little bit confused about those things. I mean some things can be great art and great entertainment and be commercially successful. They’re not mutually exclusive things, and sometimes that happens. But when [commercial success] happens at the exclusion of all’s a shame.


Who is your IDOL?

It’s quite a long list... So many things influence me. One of my favourite actors of all time is Gena Rowlands. She was married to a director called John Cassavetes who was sort of the first independent film-maker. If you haven’t seen any of her films with Cassavetes, you must! She’s completely tremendous, and she’s not really recognised - she’s a bit undiscovered. Music really inspires me too. I’m completely obsessed with a singer-song- writer called Sandy Denny. She died in the late 70s. I’ve been listening to her a lot recently. She had the most incredible voice.

Sandy Denny - Green Grow The Laurels

Fairport Convention ~ Autopsy
markku51 さんが 2011/01/18 にアップロード
One of the most beautiful songs ever made. From the album Unhalfbricking (1969). (Music of UMG)

You must philosophise
But why must you bore me to tears?
You're red around the eyes
You tell me things no one else hears
You spend all your time crying
Crying the hours in tears
Crying the hours into years

Come lend your time to me
And you will know that you are free
And when you look at me
Don't think you're owning what you see
For remember that you're free
And that's what you want to be
So just lend your time to me

You must philosophise
But why must you bore me to tears?
You're red around the eyes
You tell me things no one else hears
You spend all your time crying
Crying the hours in tears
Crying the hours in to ears

(Sandy Denny)

※This article originally posted on 2012 12 05

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Philippine Daily Inquirer July 24th, 2016 の記事


Photo©Ruben Nepales

※まだヒゲがあるから、舞台終わる前に取材してたもの・・・?London Spy の会見のとき・・・?

by uraracat | 2016-07-24 03:02 | その他のインタビューなど | Trackback | Comments(0)

Meet some 。。。。。Ben Whishaw

”I love so many people but the people I love.... I love TS Elliot, I love Emily Dickinson. I love Elizabeth Bishop. I love poet RS Thomas. And I love John Bernside. And last year I nearly read everything by a writer called Beryl Banbridge, who died a couple of years ago. She is a novelist. I just think she is an amazing writer. She writes a really really beautiful book that you should read called An Awfully Big Adventure. Which is that line from Peter Pan---life is an awfully big adventure. She is an amazing writer. Her works boil down to the essence. And always very short. And have the balance of bleakness but comedy. She finds humor in tragic things. She's got an eye for beauty and bleakness and comedy. Which I just adore. ”

“ What I really want to do is have a venue. I want to run a performance venue. This is all a dream at the moment. Maybe I will have a bookshop as part of the venue. But I just would like it to be a space that I can put whatever I want, dance or music or performance, exhibition (in it), a creative space. I’d like to have that in my life at some point. Just (need to) find the time and space. ”


Photographed by Syndi Huang. Interview with Chinese media on the afternoon of 21 January 2014 at the restaurant Hoi Polloi, Ace Hotel, London. Published in Ming Magazine 《MING 明日风尚》 September 2014 

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Time Out : The 2015 London Film Festival





You don't seem to take much time off. You're in a Euripides play in London right now...

'I like time off too, but I also feel like I want to move into being more proactive about making things. So many of my friends are writers or directors or aspiring to be. I'm very excited by that too, by not waiting for things to come to me, but trying to get things off the ground. You start to develop a taste for what you like, or what you want cinema to be or what it could be. At a certain point, you think: Well, why shoundn't I be more involved in making those things happen rather than just being receptive to other people's stuff?'



by uraracat | 2015-10-20 00:07 | その他のインタビューなど | Trackback | Comments(1)

雑誌 So It Goes / Herald Scotland 記事 より


★"London Spy" の主人公、ダニーについて


He said it is Danny's need for love that he related to the most.

"I felt very connected to him. I remember a period of my life of feeling like I needed to be in love and I needed to find love, and life would have no meaning unless I found somebody. That was all my energy and thinking and longing was going into that. That's what I related to most.

"There was a need in him. I liked that he loved sex. He's a sensual person, it comes out more and more as the series goes along, so those are the things I was interested in."


Text from


最も自分と通じたのは、ダニーの ”愛への欲求” だと言う。









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Marie Claire インタビュー


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Judi さまよりお褒めのお言葉 ☆ Peter & Alice


INTERVIEW - Dame Judi Dench on being nominated for an Oliver Award, working with
Ben Whishaw and the importance of theatre awards at The Laurence Olivier Awards with
MasterCard on April 13, 2014 in London, England.


Q: You’ve been working with some fantastic young actors as well.
Take Ben Whishaw…

JD: Yes, Ben Whishaw, you bet. I want to work with him again.

Q: What makes you say that?

JD: Well, he’s a terrific actor. He’s an actor full of integrity and he
is quite… well… you can get him going if he’s on stage.
He’s very very good.
by uraracat | 2014-04-27 06:08 | その他のインタビューなど | Trackback | Comments(0)

『クラウド・アトラス』 DVD 発売記念 ☆ Junket インタビュー一挙貼り

とりあえず列挙しておいてあとでまとめよう~っと。(出た時は興奮してちゃんと聴いてなかったり、YouTube にアップされてなかったりだったし。似たようなのばっかりで混乱気味でもあり・・・・・)


TVsTalkingPictures 4:46

AMC Theatres 5:47

Fandango 5:08

Renee Shapiro 0:48

MTV News 1:44

mp4. Jamesdarcynet 8:54

compillation 8:11


Roadshow Films 5:11 4:20

Buzzine Interview 0:41

access hollywood 3:59 15秒以内で全役

Ben Whishaw und James D'Arcy (deutsch) 3:24

Cloud atlas- Opening scene

What was your reaction to the film when you watched it?

BW: I’ve seen it twice now and I was on the edge of my seat. I kept gasping out loud; I don’t think I’ve ever done that before in a film. One of the first shots literally took my breath away, this beautiful shot when Jim Sturgess is walking along the beach and the camera lifts up and you see these gorgeous littleclouds reflected in pools on the beach. The poetry and the imagery and the way they cut the film together, these things were just thrilling. The film has such chutzpah.


Cloud Atlas - Letters to Sixsmith

I finished in a frenzy that reminded me of our last night in Cambridge.
Watched my final sunrise, enjoyed the last cigarette.

Didn't think the view could be anymore perfect, until I saw that beat-up trilby.

Honestly, Sixsmith, as ridiculous as that thing makes you look,
I don't believe I've ever seen anything more beautiful.

Watched you for as long as I dared.
I don't believe it was a fluke that I saw you first...

曲の完成に ケンブリッジでの君との夜のような興奮を覚えた。


正直、シックススミス、あの帽子は滑稽だが 君は―


*** おまけ ***


*** おまけのおまけ ***

by uraracat | 2014-02-07 20:33 | その他のインタビューなど | Trackback | Comments(0)

こんな初々しいインタビュービデオがまだあったぁ~ ☆ Perfume

Interviews―Ben Whishaw ”Perfume - The Story of a Murderer“

(Related videos の中に私の大好きな Bright Star のエコのことについて話しているのもあった ♪)

******* 訳しました。 (by uraracat)





Definitely. Yeah. ハムレットもやりましたが、あれは歴史があって他にもたくさん演じた役者がいますが、これは誰もやったことがありませんでした。そして小説には崇拝者も多い作品でしたからプレッシャーも大きかったです。
















イギリス中もこの映画で恐がるんじゃないですか・・・? (ここちょっと聴き取り不鮮明) 

Yeah. Can be.

Good luck.

もう一つのドアということで、"I'm Not There" の話に行きましょうか?あなたはボブ・ディランの一人を演じたのですよね。これはどういう体験でしたか?

It was really really fun!ディランのビッグファンでもありましたから。





Best of luck to You!
Thank you so much. Lovely to watch you!


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