Celebrity Interview: Rupert Everett Talks on The Happy Prince, Oscar Wilde and Studio 54

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Rupert Everett actor, director writer of the Sony Pictures Classic film, The Happy Prince, recently spoke with media on Oscar Wilde, the film's subject, the idea of directing future projects and New York City in the 1970's.

Everett spoke in-depth on The Happy Prince, his passion project for over a decade explaining the film took ten years to shoot as the usual pitfalls, financing, scheduling caused repeated delays. Throughout the long season he explains his career as receding, ever so slightly at first.

In addition to directing, starring and writing in The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett is also an actor, writer, the author of several books and a regular contributor to multiple magazines, which translates to a bit more successes than he projects. Recently he has been asked to write the forward for the republishing of Andrew Hollerans's "Dancers in the Dance."

Then one realizes his passion is acting and the other career achievements are definitely high points, and really almost tide me overs until the flame that ignites his soul passion, acting, returns. For that, one must agree, we haven't seen him recently. He explains, for some unknown reason his acting career evaporated. No calls from his agent, no scripts, no work. Shocking for someone of his caliber.

As the director, writer and actor in the film he spoke on the various aspects and how they came together to develop this one persona. "From the outside in" he said speaking on his development of Wilde's character which for an actor translates to focusing on the external first, hair, what will the camera see, make-up and in this case, a lush, full body specially made "fat suit" with a real look and feel of overweight, before he focused on the internal of where Wilde was emotionally during this season.

Below is my interview:

Janet Walker: Congratulations on your film.

Rupert Everett: Thank you very much.

JW: Tell me a little bit . . well describe how it was to simply immerse yourself in everything Oscar Wilde? As writer, director, actor to come up with this film?

RE: Immersing yourself with Oscar Wilde is really exciting. When you start off writing a script especially about a subject like this you can really know what that character was doing almost every day because they all wrote so many letters in the 19th Century. So you can sleuth a character in a very good way. You can go to the places, you can find the street corners, and the houses, you can find the clothes, you can find all sorts of things, if you want to. So that's one of the part of writing a historical story that's really exciting. Tons of books, I read. Contemporary ones and ones written now and that's how it came about.

On Wilde's Post Prison Life . . .

JW: It was dark, post prison, because there is so much material on Oscar Wilde and the pre-prison obviously he is the toast of society and celebrated everywhere and post-prison its quite different. Why did you choose to focus on post prison?


The Happy Prince Review - Strong Cast, Solid Directing, Brings to Life the Final Days of the Literary Genius


RE: Because I think all the other stories rather shy away from the responsibility of looking at what society actually did to this man for the crime of being homosexual. It wasn't just the horror of a prison sentence with hard labor it was also the weird type of horror of a so called liberty which ended up being another type of prison. So For me the story that was interesting to tell is almost like the story of Christ's passion, the passion of Oscar Wilde, going through prison and this so called liberty which ended up constraining him more and more and more. And for me, it's a very inspiring story for that.

On Directing . . .

JW: Now that you've had a taste of directing and the film is done so well, do you think you'll continue directing?

JW: Well, when I was making the film I thought "never again" because the strain is quite intense but it's like childbirth and you've got over the pain and you have a little baby in your arms you start bristling with ideas for new kids. So I would like to direct some more but at the same time I would also like to stay engaged with my business. You know I think going into a job like acting, it's difficult to describe, especially with people of my generation, it really is a lifetime choice and when it dries up on you it is extremely difficult to deal with and I really want to, this is a very exciting time to be in show business. The world is so insane. This should potentially be an great time and want I would like more than anything is to stay engaged to stay a part of it rather than have it drive past me.

On Distribution . . .

JW: When did Sony Pictures Classic pick you up? 

RE: I got picked up by Sony Classics at Sundance.

JW: Describe how that went about?

RE: Well, Tom and Michael did my first ever film, "Another Country." So I always wanted, I thought when I was making the film, I thought this is my last film so I've got to try to get Tom and Sony Classics to do it because, A) it's so unusual to nowadays to have any type of relationship with anyone beyond five minutes in show business because everyone changes but they've been there since then and they did a wonderful job on my first film so I was very keen for them to do my last one.

They came to see the film at Sundance and agreed to take it onboard. I'm very thrilled. And that's one of the nice things in show business and getting older is longevity and knowing people for a very long time and having a relationship with people. Very pleasurable and gives a kind of nice feeling that you don't get very much in this business.


Celebrity Interview: Glenn Close, and Cast of The Wife, Stir Up the OSCAR Race


On Studio 54, 1970's New York City . . .

JW: Since you've talked about this, what were some of your memories of NYC in the 1980's with Andy Warhol and Madonna? I mean if you can remember.

RE: I can remember and the 1970's              

JW: Okay so tell me some of your favorite memories of those times?

RE: Well, funny enough, there was a book written in the 1980's by Andrew Holleran, called "Dancers from the Dance," and its being republished. and I was asked by the publisher to write the forward.

I don't know if you've ever read the book. It was a one-off, he's written two others, and this one is about Queens and disco in the 1970's and it's a portrait of New York as that bankrupt and incredibly dangerous but extraordinarily artistic and creative city.

And I think, it's amazing, coming back here, I fele like Louise Brooks, I haven't been in LA since 2003, and so everything has completely changed and since the 80's, in NY for example as well, everything has just changed. I don't know, its difficult for someone older to climatized to this world, I find.

I find virtuality very complex, personally. That world was based on interaction, community and going out. No one goes out anymore. What was extraordinary about the world of Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Madonna in the 80's is that the whole of society, across the classes, across the financial spectrum went out together to places. This is extraordinary alien thought now. No one does anything now they all order everything in.

I think that was the thing that was most striking about that period compared to now is that Margaret Trudeau was there dancing with a plumber, that was reality, Halston was sitting talking to a drug dealer, and there was a kind of melting pot where there was no, it was just pre-birth of political correctness, everybody was just what they were and there was very little apology about anyone and no one was particular upset if you were having a dinner party with an embezzling criminal it was all part of the picture of being part of a cosmopolitan world and I think Warhol was an extraordinary character because he was the catalyst of all that?

JW: Do you see that as a project possibly in your future?

RE: You mean something on Warhol?

JW: Well not necessarily on him but on the time.

RE: I think the 70s is a fascinating time to write about and I loved to organize them and the film I'm trying to make now is about the 70's in France.

The Happy Prince is in theaters now. See it.

Haute Tease

  • Insights from ‘The Prince of Luxury’ Noel Shu

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With a moniker like “The Prince of Luxury,” it’s clear that Noel Shu is no ordinary entrepreneur. This 27-year-old self-made millionaire has accomplished more in business than many do in an entire lifetime, already boasting a client roster that includes billionaires, celebrities, and royal families.

     
  • Second US Journalist Beheaded by Iraqi Terror Group

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Global media is reporting a second U.S. journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, was beheaded by ISIS/ISIL, the Iraqi Terrorist organization in retaliation for the United States' assistance to the Iraqi people placed under siege by the militant group.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Fails Florida; Hurricane Michael Devastation; Turkey Releases Pastor; Saudi/Khashoggi; Nikki Haley

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump failed devastated Floridians stricken by the full force of Hurricane Michael as shell shocked residents still wait for the officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, food, water and make-shift shelters to arrive.

     
  • Recovering Hip Hop ”Tik Tok” Singer, Kesha, Earns BillBoard Women in Music Trailblazer Award

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kesha, the embattled rock-rap star embroiled in a legal battle with her producer, accepted the Billboard Magazine Women in Music Trailblazer Award this week with an emotional and honest acceptance speech.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate News: Christie Brinkley's Hamptons Home For Sale

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Christie Brinkley, the perennial American Cover Girl, known the world over for her provocative and beautiful blonde tresses and sun kissed looks and of course her Sports Illustrated covers, is selling her fabulous Bridgehampton Long Island Home.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Takes Asia; Rekindles Putin Bromance; VA Reform; Alabama; Singles Day; Veterans Remembered; Liz Smith

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump met with world leaders, including an unplanned meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the fifth Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit held in Manila, Philippines capping his ten day, five nation, visit.

     
  • Auction House Bonhams Launches ‘What’s In Your Jewelry Box?’ Campaign

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Meteoric price rises for top-quality antique jewelry and gemstones mean tens of thousands of Americans may be sitting on valuable family heirlooms without knowing their true value, according to one of the world's leading auction houses.

     
  • Last I Heard Review – Mob Flicks Just Ain’t What They Used To Be

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Last I Heard,” from Fuzzy Productions and Cine Relevante, brings to the screen a new take on a story as old as the mean streets of Manhattan, that of a Made man losing control and regaining family dominance.

     
  • US Markets Struggle; World Markets Fall Sharply

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Dow Jones Industrial struggled throughout the week, laboring as the market limped along throughout the first full week in August cooling the New York Stock Exchange as the DOW attempted to stay above the mid 16,000.

     
  • Ex-Machina Review – Edgy Sci-Fi Tech Thriller Engages At Enter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ex-Machina, from DNA Films and Universal Pictures International, brings to the screen, a sci-fi thriller woven together with a contemporary tech drama introducing the next phase of the extremely secretive and highly sensitive Artificial Intelligent program to the world.

     
  • Money News: North American Markets Down; European, Asian Markets Split

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, wrestling the Bear fell for the fifth straight week, closed down with the North American Markets following with the Shanghai Composite and Germany’s DAX also closing down.

     
  • Beltway Insider: ISIS/ISIL Strikes Back; G20 Summit Meet; Chilly Russian Reception, China Visit; ACA

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    ISIS/ISIL has decisively responded to the United States government decision to deploy additional troops to support and train Iraqi military with the execution of American hostage Peter Kassig, a Syrian Aid worker and former Army Ranger, kidnapped October 2013.  

     
  • Doctor Recommended Solutions to Beach & Pool Hair Problems

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Summertime fun brings a whole new set of hair care treatment problems from the intense heat to the severe damage salt and chlorine water can cause these next few months can be a nightmare for your mane!

     
  • Dr. Christopher Calapai Offers A Tip Sheet of Favorite Natural Skincare Options

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With Spring’s unpredictable weather approaching, keeping your skin healthy and glowing can be a challenge. From the heat’s dehydrating effect to humidity’s pore-clogging grief, an at-home facial is sure to provide a quick fix.

     
  • Luxe Therapy Hair Essentials - A Game Changer For Haircare

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA (May 8, 2013): Luxe Therapy Hair Essentials and Nicole Ari Parker's Save Your Do have joined forces to offer tools to women that aid and abet in maintaining not only your hair's style but the health of both your hair and scalp. After meeting at the Spectrum International Beauty Expo in March the entrepreneurs Crystal Haynes and Nicole Ari Parker were mutually impressed with each other’s beauty solutions and decided to collaborate.

 

Login Form