Dan Stevens discusses the transition from small screen to the big screen.
Best Actor: Dan Stevens (The Guest)
When Adam Wingard’s brilliant The Guest hits screens next week, I’ll wax on endlessly about its awesomeness. For now, I’d just like to highlight Dan Stevens’ brilliant performance at the center of this weirdo horror/thriller/action movie. Stevens plays an incredibly tricky role that requires him to alternate from wide-eyed innocent to hilarious goofball and ultimately a terrifying killing machine without ever drifting from an all American smile. That might sound one note in theory, but Stevens’ manages to get such range out of a single expression that he delivers easily one of the most amusing and impressive performances at the center of a genre movie in years. There are many reasons why you’ll want to see The Guest next week, but Stevens’ performance is probably the best.
Long interesting interview.
"Lastly, our A Walk Among the Tombstones review has to highlight the performance by Stevens. Fans of his turn in Downton Abbey will hardly recognize the UK actor as Kristo. He is not a character with whom the audience will have an affinity for. Yet through Steven’s immense talents, we truly want him to find justice. “
From playing Matthew Crawley in “Downton Abbey’ to a buff lunatic in “The Guest,” Dan Stevens talks about Hollywood ambition, his sex-symbol rep, being adopted, and the “demon eyes” of Dame Maggie Smith.Below are a few lovely extracts from the interview. The whole article can be read at the link above.
TT: You’re a dad yourself. Has parenthood changed you?
DS: Yeah, it’s been amazing: life-changing, life-enhancing. The multiplication of love in the household is just pure delight.
TT: Do you see yourself in them?
DS: What’s more delightful is that you begin to see themselves in themselves. In the first few months, people say “He’s got your nose, she’s got your eyes.” And none of that really matters in the end because they grow up to be their own little people.
TT: You’re 31. How was turning 30?
DS: I was on stage doing The Heiress on Broadway, and that was a great way to turn 30. I’d like to do more theater here and in London. To get to watch (hisHeiress co-star) Jessica Chastain was a big inspiration. She had trained at Juilliard. She’s a serious actress, done bits and pieces for 10 years, slowly got more interesting roles. Then, suddenly, two of her films were nominated for Academy Awards. It changed her life. I watched her run the Oscars and Golden Globes campaigns with such grace. You hear stories of people behaving in not such a graceful way, but she was very present about what was happening and not getting too overawed by it all.
TT: Are you concerned about not being able to throw the image of Matthew Crawley off?
DS: Not personally. I knew that was a role I had to leave behind. I had the ability to play different roles. I don’t want to throw Matthew off. I’m very proud of that show and role, I’d just like to add to him in audiences’ mind. I don’t want to kill him. He’s already dead once.
TT: You live in New York?
DS: Yes, Brooklyn. I really do like being here. I feel very inspired, it’s a place of great focus and energy. I used to get very upset when I had to leave here. That’s not to say I don’t miss my family and friends back home, but this is a very welcoming city. It’s been very generous to me in terms of doors being opened: theater, film, and web series. I love Brooklyn. I’ve always loved it. As a place, it existed in my imagination long before I ever went there thanks to [Walt] Whitman and [Hart] Crane.
Actor Dan Stevens is busy these days making a name for himself in the world of movies and television. In his ten years onscreen, he’s already made an impact on audiences all across the world through commanding performances in British favorites like “Downton Abbey,” “Sense and Sensibility,” and “The Turn of the Screw.” He’s also proved to be a force to reckon with in several genre projects such as “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” “Vamps,” and “The Tomorrow People.” Stevens will soon be seen in the upcoming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”
Actor Dan Stevens is photographed by Genaro Molina for the Los Angeles Times.
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