Fellow movie blogger I, Splotchy
has recently started the Adopt an Actor program. It's a way for movie bloggers to sort of champion a character actor or actress on their own page and give them some of the press which they richly deserve but do not receive. It didn't take me long to figure out who my choice was. When it got right down to it it was quite simple. It's the man who would be Withnail
, Richard E. Grant
. His work in "Withnail and I," "How to Get Ahead in Advertising," "The Player," "Jack and Sarah," and his first film as writer-director, "Wah-Wah," have distinguished Grant as one of the greatest talents working in film today. His book "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant" is also a hilariously funny and honest look at life in and away from Hollywood. There's something to be said for a man who's spent as much time as he has there who has not been sucked in by it.
Some Grant Facts: This British subject was born in Mbabane, Swaziland on May 5, 1957.
He has been married to the same woman for over 20 years. Well he's definitely not from Hollywood.
Despite the fact that he played arguably the greatest drunk in cinema history, Grant is actually a teetotaler.
His daughter Olivia appears in his directorial debut, "Wah-Wah," which also happened to be the first ever feature film shot in Swaziland.
Reunited with "Withnail" co-star Paul McGann earlier this year for the incredible short film, "Always Crashing in the Same Car."
Thanks to IMDB, "With Nails," and other various sources (such as my own head) for these Grant Facts.
So here is my official admission, Splotchy, to adopt Richard E. Grant. Thank you.