The Crown

The Crown
Alex as the Duke of Windsor

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Laurence Olivier a statue of him as Hamlet was unveiled on the South Bank just outside the National Theatre on 23 September. Alex took part in the celebration as one of the actors narrating the life of Olivier.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

'I wanted to be Fred Astaire'

The Guardian has published an interview with Alex online, before the opening of "Present Laughter". Just a few bits and pieces:

Everything about him, from his buoyant curls to his crisp jeans, exudes youthfulness. No wonder, turning 50, he went into "a big sulk. I just don't feel it - none of us do. My kids are doing GCSEs and A-levels this year. Where did it go?"

Even so, Hytner is unstinting in his praise. "There are actors," says the director, "who are immediately accessible and attractive because they show you everything, and actors who are fascinating because they have secrets. Alex can do both." That's what Jennings is like in interview, too: charming, amusing, yet a touch evasive. There always seems to be something more, hidden behind his penetrating blue eyes.


Unfortunately, the thing he covets more than anything is a world that no longer exists: the debonair glamour of cinema's romantic/screwball comedy heyday. "Growing up, I loved golden-age Hollywood. British films of that period, too. Those are my desert island movies. You can still learn from those actors: James Stewart, the passion of his acting, never stops astonishing me. I wanted that. I wanted to be Fred Astaire, that's what I wanted."


Jennings recognises that he can be "a bit of a nightmare" when he's building up to a press night or chasing screen work, though his family are no longer so willing to humour him. They won't help with learning lines, for instance: "They're bored to sobs." And they won't tolerate any hint of false modesty. Flicking channels on TV recently, he came across The Queen and "put my head in my hands - and my family just
thought that was pathetic".


The full interview in the Guardian

The Disappeared

Alex plays Adrian Ballan in a film called "The Disappeared", due to be released in the UK in 2008. Johnny Kevorkian and Neil Murphy's low-budget film is an edgy horror-chiller shot in London. The film, recently wrapped and just gone into post-production, tells the tale of a missing boy and a father/son relationship, and is described by Murphy as compelling drama with the power of classic horror. The film also stars Greg Wise and Harry Treadaway.

Thanks to Lori!