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”I Understand Why People Kill"  Ben Whishaw ☆  The Telegraph Magazine


'I understand why people kill'
Actor Ben Whishaw on political scandal, sex, lies and being gay
‘I knew nothing about it,’ says Whishaw when we meet in a hotel next to Liverpool Street Station. ‘It was all a surprise. But I suppose I was drawn to the story on a human level, the strangeness of the situation these men found themselves in, and the kind of obsessive nature of their relationship with one another.’

‘Norman was raised a good Catholic boy,’ says Whishaw, explaining his character’s conflicted feelings about his sexuality and his sense that he had been somehow corrupted by Thorpe. ‘And if you were brought up in a religious home, homosexuality was sinful. I can understand why he did what he did.’

‘To try and hide something is just a torture,’ says Whishaw, who even with a slicked-back quiff and rugged beard radiates a winning gentleness of character. ‘You just want to speak frankly and honestly, it’s much easier.’

‘It’s not hard for me to imagine what it was like in the 1960s, how you had to repress everything and bury it. And then things get twisted out of shape and you start behaving very strangely.’

‘Norman went to him. Jeremy didn’t go to Norman. Norman went and sought out Jeremy, and apparently had already – this is not in the film but is in the book – been telling people in the village he was living in that he’d had a relationship with Jeremy Thorpe. So there was a fantasy about Jeremy Thorpe that had bloomed in his mind before anything had happened.’

Photos: ⒸFrederike Helwig

Whishaw says that the #MeToo movement was just beginning as they were filming, but although the echoes of those power dynamics are evident in the film, the actor says it was not an issue that they discussed. ‘My feeling was that in many ways these two people entered into this relationship quite equally and knowingly. And I think they somehow met their match in each other. I didn’t view Norman as a victim of this older man. I felt like he knew what he was doing.’

As a young actor, Whishaw says he never experienced sexual harassment, although, he adds, ‘I know other people who have – mainly women. But until [the post- Weinstein revolt] happened, there was a sense that this is just the way the world goes, this is the nature of things. There was a huge fury, but a kind of shrug of the shoulders. And now it’s become this revolution, which is brilliant in many ways.’


Another aspect of A Very English Scandal, implicit rather than laboured, is the role of class. There is a social divide between Thorpe and Scott, but it’s one that their sexuality cuts across. ‘It’s definitely something that was there,’ agrees Whishaw, ‘and something that Norman was aware of.’

He says that he’s encountered the same social divisions in the theatre. ‘But I’m a bit like Norman. I think he has invented a persona for himself that means he can be quite fluid in class terms.I would say I sort of feel the same. In the theatre you meet people from every background. You have a choice of whether you want to view everything through the lens of class and I choose not to. It’s not the first thing I think about with people.’


To say that Whishaw has never looked back since Hamlet would be more than usually true. ‘At the end of the evening on stage, at the end of the shoot, it’s gone. I never think about it ever again. It’s all wiped,’ he says. He claims to remember very little of the performances he’s given. That can’t be said of his many admirers. Whether it’s playing the boffin Q in James Bond films, John Keats in Bright Star or the intrepid Freddie in the TV series The Hour, Whishaw always quietly leaves his imprint on a part.

His next acting job, he says, is playing Uriah Heep in Armando Iannucci’s film version of David Copperfield. He’s thrilled by the prospect, not least because he loved Iannucci’s Death of Stalin.

Given that he is so adept at placing himself within a wide range of characters, I wondered if he felt that his sexuality helped him to get under the skin of Scott. ‘I’ve thought about this a lot. When I really reflect on it, I don’t think it does. What I suppose I mean is that just because a character is gay and I am gay, doesn’t mean that there’s going to be automatically a greater connection than with a character that was straight or whatever else. Acting for me is not autobiography.’


Nor is it impersonation, but he says he did meet Scott at a lunch arranged by Frears and ‘got a feeling of him’. As he is plays Scott as a younger man, Whishaw was not worried about the dangers of mimicry after coming face to face with his subject. In the film, the character of Bessell describes Scott as one of the bravest men in England. What was Whishaw’s impression?

‘I think he’s someone who’s really free,’ he says, knitting his eyebrows in thought. ‘He’s living his life the way he wants to live it. He’s flirty and sort of funny and quite biting about people, but attractive, youthful. He didn’t seem like a 70-something-year-old.’

Scott now lives in an old farmhouse on Dartmoor with eight dogs. He has a long-term male partner, an artist, who is resentful of how Scott was disbelieved and hounded. Scott told Whishaw that he felt his life had been blighted by Thorpe, and believes that the Establishment conspired to protect one of its own.

Whishaw and Frears asked him if he was ever in love with Thorpe. ‘He said no, he’d never had any feelings. But I think he is – and I would say this to his face – I think he’s the kind of person who on one day might say one thing and on another day might give you another kind of story, depending on how he’s feeling and what’s going on.’

So not an entirely reliable narrator. But then Scott’s life has not been an easy one. He went on to have two children and an ex-wife who committed suicide.

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Sir Joseph Cantley cast aspersions on the prosecution witnesses and commended Thorpe’s unblemished career and character. He described Scott in his summing up as, ‘A hysterical, warped personality, accomplished sponger and very skilful at exciting and exploiting sympathy… He is a crook. He is a fraud. He is a sponger. He is a whiner. He is a parasite.’

It remains Whishaw’s firm belief that no one should ever be forced to divulge their sexuality. ‘People talk like you owe it to the cause, which I don’t think anyone does. It’s not anyone’s business. And it’s no one’s place to judge anyone else on how they deal with it.’ But all the same, he can see why Scott wanted to ‘out’ Thorpe. And what’s more he can also see, and believes the film shows, ‘why someone might be driven to kill, insane as that sounds’.

More than anything, Whishaw sees the story as a judgment on the period rather than the people. At its heart, he suggests, was a love that, in another age, might have flourished. ‘Because of when they lived, all that energy that might have gone into the relationship went into destroying each other. I see it as a love that was warped by the pressures of the time.’

That may be a romantic reading of two incompatibly difficult people – one highly ambitious, the other highly strung – but it probably also points to an abiding truth. After you’ve got through all the shock and scandal and mad behaviour, what’s left is two men who were locked in a corrosive embrace for almost two decades.


A Very English Scandal will be on BBC One in May


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Film " A Muse” ☆ Tacita Dean at The Fruitmarket Gallery  

Tacita Dean
7 July – 30 September 2018
The person and personage of the actor re-emerges in the three small films, all filmed in 2017, and all using Dean’s pioneering technique of masking film so that it may be run several times through the camera, collaging together scenes shot completely separately to appear as one unified film.  A Muse, shown here for the first time, shows actor Ben Whishaw calling over space and time to the poet, essayist and professor of Classics, Anne Carson.



"His Picture in Little"

Three great actors appear on a screen not much bigger than a smartphone in a small, dark room of the National Portrait Gallery. Ben Whishaw is filmed in summer sunshine, a young man dreaming, reading, or waiting for some offstage presence. David Warner shifts in his seat, a mysterious interior monologue played out in his magnificently senatorial features. Stephen Dillane retreats from the camera, or turns directly into it with all the intimacy of an impending soliloquy. Each has been a famous Hamlet in his time – but what part are they playing now?

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A trio of Hamlets came face to face with their miniature film portraits ahead of a show by artist Tacita Dean.

Ben Whishaw, Stephen Dillane and David Warner, who have all played Shakespeare’s prince, feature in His Picture In Little, which will be shown on a continuous loop at the National Portrait Gallery from tomorrow until May 28.

Dean filmed the trio separately and cut the clips together into the 15-and-a-half minute piece, named after a line from the play.

They met at the gallery yesterday to watch the film for the first time. Whishaw, 37, played Hamlet at the Old Vic in 2004.

Evening Standard 2018.03.14


“For His Picture in Little (2017), a 35 mm anamorphic film optically reduced to a 16 mm spherical format and displayed amongst the national Gallery’s miniatures, Dean recorded three actors in different parts of the world – Dillane, David Warner and Ben Whishaw – on the same reels. each plays his own part without being able to see what the other actors are doing, their occasional and accidental synchrony epitomizing the crucial ‘beauty of the unintended thing’ that Dean seeks out and hopes to communicate in all of her work. ”

His Picture in Little will be displayed in National Portrait Gallery from 15 March to 28 May.

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Here's one of the catalogue covers for Tacita Dean's forthcoming exhibition with the NPG/NG/RA. These are stills from a new film Tacita has made especially for and in response to the NPG -
'His Picture in Little'. Borrowing its title from a line in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', the film depicts three actors of different generations -
Ben Whishaw, Stephen Dillane and David Warner - all of whom have played the Danish prince. When Tacita and I began talking about this project three years ago and spending time in the NPG's galleries, we got excited about our collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean portrait miniatures, and so this film is miniature in scale (the first ever, I believe) and will be shown alongside a group of works by Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver and portraits of writers such as Shakespeare and John Donne. Can't wait.



Stephen Dillane and Tacita Dean (byGoanie)

Event for a Stage (Short Film)

Stephen Dillane takes a piece of text from Tacita Dean on stage


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タチタ・ディーン "His Picture in Little" のポストカード ☆



Tacita Dean invites us to slow down in her trio of London exhibitions

Upstairs in the permanent collection and flanked by cases of Elizabethan miniatures and portraits of Shakespeare and John Donne is a tiny miracle of a film, not much bigger than a smartphone. The title, His Picture in Little, is taken from Hamlet and it portrays three actors who have played the role over three different generations: Ben Whishaw, Stephen Dillane and David Warner.

They don’t do much, just sit, loll and look, but their presence is immediate and intimate – especially when you discover that, although they can appear in the same frame, they were never physically together.

Using the same masking system that she used in her giant film for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2011, Dean shot different sections of the same 35mm frame in different countries and at different times. Coexisting in the celluloid, the trio are compellingly portrayed just being – or perhaps acting – themselves

Telegraph > Lifestyle  25 March 2018

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"Speak Its Name!" ☆NPG 展覧ポートレートと言葉

National Portrait Gallery
Past display archive
22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017

Speak its Name! Quotations by and about gay men and women

Speak Its Name!"
Ben Whishaw as Hamlet, 2004   pohoto by Derry Moore

"My experiences were not dramatic. No walking around the block. And everyone was surprisingly lovely. I hadn’t anticipated that they would be, but they were."

"It’s hard to have a conversation with people you’ve known your whole life about a very intimate thing. It’s massively weighted with all sorts of stuff, whatever the wider world is saying… It’s an intimate and private and difficult conversation for most people."

Quote from Sunday Times 3 Aug, 2014 by Chrissy Iley

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若き日のベン ☆


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Christopher Logan

RADA で同期だったのね。
David Dawson くんは、後輩。

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こんな記事が今ごろ・・・ ☆


*元記事は Independent 23 October 2015

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Photographed by Perry Curties (TBT to circa 2007)


Perry Curties Photography(@perry curties)
Rediscovered! A long lost portrait of Ben Whishaw found on a CD-rom backup. Circa 2007, long before he became Q.


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こういうのもあったのか・・・ ☆  Vogue June, 2016

Ben Whishaw by Tim Walker, for British Vogue Centenary issue June 2016.


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Happy Birthday Ben 殿 ♪ ♪ ♪


So It Goes Magazine - Issue 6
Photo by Harry Carr

※Surge を楽しみにしているのだけれど・・・
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