Mark Rylance says he’s spent his career being told “you’re not a real actor” unless you’re starring in film, television and theatre.
The Oscar-winning actor “gone up” from the movies in 2010 after he appeared in a “horrible movie” called Blitz, he told Big Issue.
“I hated it so much that I got rid of all my agents,” he said.
“I’ve spent my entire career as an actor and have been told that unless you’re a television and film actor as well as a stage actor, you’re not an actor. really.
“When Kabuki or Zulu actors from South Africa came with Umabatha to The Globe (in 1997), I don’t think any of them that needed to be film or television actors had to be actors.
“They are excellent. As good as Marlon Brando.
“So I thought, give up on this and stop promoting myself in movies.
“Of course, nature hates vacuums and suddenly Spielberg was taken to a play I was working on and the whole thing happened.”
Mark added that he doesn’t think “there is anything more sublime than being a film actor or a stage actor”.
The 62-year-old actor, playwright and theater director most recently played Maurice Flitcroft – who has been dubbed “the world’s ugliest golfer” – in the new film The Phantom Of The Open.
On Thursday, Mark appeared at a celebrity screening at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, alongside director Craig Roberts, whose previous work as a filmmaker includes Just Jim and Eternal Beauty.
Speaking of Flitcroft, who entered The Open in the mid-1970s despite never properly golfing in his life, he said: “You may not be able to do everything you want in the world, but you don’t need to. have to buy someone else’s definition of you.
“You have the right to define yourself.”
Mark prepares to return to the stage, along with Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Mackenzie Crook, in Jerusalem in London’s West End.
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