By Michaela Boland, Michael Bodey
A new release of Australians have conquered Hollywood, and this assortment showcases the wealth and variety of expertise they bring about to each side of the digicam. The A-list of stars contains severely acclaimed actor Geoffrey Rush, enormous and small display actress Portia di Rossi, personality actor Hugo Weaving, award-winning director Phillip Noyce, and blockbuster superstar Nicole Kidman. In-depth interviews are supplied during which the celebrities describe the glamour in addition to the company of Hollywood, how they shot—or climbed—to the head, and the way they've handled repute. a few, it really is published, ambitiously pursued repute whereas for others Hollywood got here knocking. relocating past own tales, the publication explores why such a lot of of the easiest and brightest of oz. have risen to stardom within the States. packed with purple carpet moments and board room information, this considerate exposé sheds new mild on a development that exhibits no indicators of letting up.
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Once Shine was completed, Rush began receiving offers for Australian film roles. He chose two Peter Duncan movies, Children of the Revolution (opposite Judy Davis and Sam Neill) and A Little Bit of Soul, but neither set the box office alight. He narrated Gillian Armstrong’s epic Oscar and Lucinda. His first US role was as Inspector Javert in Les Misérables for director Bille August. The seventh film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic also starred Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman. Excellent performances distinguished a film that didn’t connect with the audience.
His choice was vindicated when Pirates surprised the critics and Aussiewood_txt_6/7/04 16/7/04 11:19 AM Page 46 46– aussiewood dominated the box office. ‘That’s the hunch you’ve got to take. If I’m going to sleep with the devil, it’s going to be a quality devil. ’ On the strength of being in a film that made US$650 million worldwide, Rush says he’s now being considered for more significant roles. His opportunities have mushroomed compared with just a decade earlier. A recent title role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for reputable American cable channel HBO (The Sopranos) saw him supported by a stream of top grade acting talent – Emily Watson, ‘If I'm going to Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Fry, John sleep with the Lithgow, Stanley Tucci and Charlize devil, it's going to Theron.
Subsequently, Hollywood was intrigued with Rush without him ever having set foot in the United States. ’ She fielded calls from several US agents interested in representing Rush, including CAA’s Fred Specktor, who combined a trip to visit Glenn Close (his client) on the Port Douglas set of Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road, with meeting Rush. The pair forged an enduring relationship. ’ His first trip there? ‘While I was rehearsing a play at Belvoir [Street Theatre in Sydney]. I was flown first class and picked up by a limo,’ he marvels.
Aussiewood: Australia's Leading Actors and Directors Tell How They Conquered Hollywood by Michaela Boland, Michael Bodey