Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Surprise Combos: Rhys Ifans And Roland Emmerich

I recently read about a new film from generally rubbish movie director, Roland Emmerich. The maker of some of the worst, far-fetched but just plain at the same time films, is making what could be a more plausible film.

Mr Emmerich is set to release Anonymous later this year. The film asks the absurd but potentially entertaining question of whether or not William Shakespeare really wrote all of his plays and poems.

The film stars the brilliant Rhys Ifans. Most people may only know the Welshman and ex-member of the band, Super Furry Animals from Notting Hill. He played Hugh Grant's character, William Thacker's eccentric flatmate, Spike.

He has not had many leading roles but, finally, he has received an exceptionally exciting one.

He plays Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, the man who some people believe penned Shakespeare's plays.

German Emmerich's early American films, Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994) and Independence Day (1995), Godzilla (1998) and The Patriot (2000), were all solid film, but over the last decade, he has created cluster turds.

These were The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 10 000 BC (2008) and 2012 (2009). Let's hope his latest preposterous film is fun, well-made and not overly silly.

Alistair Anderson

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