Thursday 20 Nov 08
I have a beard again. This is my second proper beard this year. It's actually only my second beard ever, but I am sensing a trend. The first one was for The Seagull, as everyone Russian, or at least everyone in a Chekhov play, has a beard. Even some of the girls. This one is for The Tempest, because everyone in Shakespeare, especially royal people from the court of something or other, have beards. I mean, duh. Even Shakespeare had one.
The thing about beards is that they are higher maintenance than they look. There is the issue of food getting stuck in them, never a good way to impress new friends. Also there is that weird slurping you have to do whenever you take a drink of something, to get the excess liquid into your mouth where it belongs.
And then we come to the grooming. You see? It's a lot more work than it looks. There is the contsant trimming, snipping and, if you are a gentleman of a certain age and have begun to diguise the ravages of time on other follicles on your head, there is regular colouring. Yes, can you imagine? I have become one of those people who dyes his beard. Toupees and corsets beckon I fear.
But the biggest dilemma about beard management is where to draw the line. Beards don't go all the way down your neck you know. (Unless you're playing a blacksmith or crazy person or both). There is a point at which a razor line is drawn, and the tuft stops and the shaving begins. The received method is to do it just below the jawline, but there are fierce deabtes among beardy types about what constitutes the most stylish and manly cut-off point. George Michael - never a full beardite, more just a groomed scruffer -prefers a radical line which also aids the illusion of firmness in the chin area. I, after several attempts doing it too high (well, your jaw moves, doesn't it?) was delighted to discover that the costume designer of The Tempest, Sandy Powell, wanted me to wear a ruff, so, as nothing of my body is revealed below the neck (apart from my hands) I am spared any self-consciouness in this area altogether. Hurrah.
Ruffs are a little difficult to co-ordinate in my civilian life, however.
Tuesday 18 Nov 08
I started filming 'The Tempest' today in Hawaii. It is a really amazing project, with Helen Mirren playing Prospera and Julie Taymor directing. I am playing Sebastian, and acting alongside Chris Cooper, David Strathairn and Tom Conti.
Not too shabby. And neither is Hawaii. Here's a little video I made the other day when we were rehearsing a scene...
Tuesday 11 Nov 08
Yes, Obama may have won, but hatred and bigotry still abound...
Following up on the protests in California and beyond, Wednesday there will be a protest at the Mormon Temple in Manhatttan. Tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters are in the streets in California and Salt Lake City and around the country protesting the votes banning same-sex marriage in California. Join them! Make your voices heard right here in New York City. We will tell the Mormon Church how we feel about its relentless campaign to condemn and control our lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was, by far, the biggest financer of California's heinous and hateful Proposition 8. The Mormon Church begged their members to donate money to Prop 8, pouring 20 million dollars into the campaign. And their attacks on us didn't start there and aren't about to end. They're plotting right now to bring their money and influence to bear against the LGBT community everywhere in this country, including trying to prevent marriage equality in New York. Join us in speaking out against Mormon hate! Stop them taking away your rights! Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: New York Manhattan Mormon Temple
Street: 125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street
City/Town: New York, NY
Find out all about what the Mormon Church actually did and sign this petition to strip the Mormon church of its charitable status.
Friday 7 Nov 08
Greetings my fellow Americans!
This morning I was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America!
I was sworn in with over a hundred other people from 39 countries at a ceremony in downtown NYC. It was really moving, and the whole new spirit of Obama's America was so evident in the joy and enthusiasm and emotion that people displayed when thier names were read out. I had a load of my closest friends with me and I'll never forget it. Infact I won't have to, as I was being filmed for a documnetary the History Channel is making about people who are becoming naturalized.
Last week I had my naturalization meeting and the film crew were there too. At one point in the test you have to write down a sentence to prove your prowess in English, and my sentence was 'I bought a blue car today'. I thought that was such a great line: at once really sweet and childlike, but also so much about consumersim and gas guzzling! Today after the ceremony Aaron from the film company gave me a t-shirt with guess what written on it? Yes! I bought a blue car today! And guess what else? The guy at the t-shirt store was registered to vote by ME at an event I had earlier this year at Eastern Bloc, my local bar in New York City! Small world!
Sunday 2 Nov 08
Hello on Sunday! I am very scared about all the nasty, scurrilous ways the Republicans are trying to smear Obama this weekend. Is that really how they want to represent themselves to the American people? Is that what they hold up as their policies and why people should give them four more years of power? Well one thing's for sure, it's no change, and as we all know, change can be scary.
Still I am confident that the Democrats can make this historical change in the world. Here's an interview about the election that appears in today's Scotland on Sunday.
And here's what i think about money.
And here's what I think about pop matters.
Please remember to vote, to tell your friends to vote, to offer to drive or carry peope to vote!!! Wake up America!