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Michael Gambon : a life in acting

Author: Mel Gussow
Publisher: New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first book devoted to the actor who has created a judicious blend of high-definition performances on the British stage and a wide range of award-winning television and film roles. New York Times writer Mel Gussow interviewed Michael Gambon on many occasions, and those conversations comprise the majority of this book. Gussow also draws insights from some of the people who have worked with Gambon
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gussow, Mel.
Michael Gambon.
New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, ©2004
(OCoLC)607672146
Online version:
Gussow, Mel.
Michael Gambon.
New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, ©2004
(OCoLC)609202610
Named Person: Michael Gambon; Michael Gambon
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mel Gussow
ISBN: 1557836442 9781557836441
OCLC Number: 57414474
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: "Actors and actresses always required for near-professional productions" (June 12, 1990) 27 --
'I think I'm more the carthorse to Ian's racing thoroughbred' (June 13, 1990) 46 --
'The tradition of acting is based on copying. It's passed on from one actor to another' (June 15, 1990) 60 --
'So I ran over and killed the rabbit' (June 18, 1990) 70 --
'I exaggerate every story. I diddle them around the edges, make them much more entertaining and funny' (June 20, 1990) 85 --
'It's a charmed bloody career that I've had' (June 28, 1990) 91 --
'It's like a compulsion. I have to do it' (July 2, 1990) 101 --
'Actors are show-offs, bigheaded bastards, egomaniacs. I can't think of any other reason they act' (July 3, 1990) 108 --
'You go over the top, don't you?' (July 5, 1990) 118 --
Interlude 122 --
'If I had been born again, I'd be a ballet dancer' (November 21, 2002) 137 --
'He made me do one scene 32 times --
32 takes. I didn't know what he was after and he didn't tell me ... I thought maybe he thinks I find acting too easy, and he's going to make me find it difficult' (November 22, 2002) 180 --
'When you're acting in drama on stage, there's a little man in your head talking to you all the time. He's saying, "That went well. Now bring it up a bit. Now bring it down"' (August 14, 2003) 201 --
'I became an actor because I wanted to be behind the curtain. I wanted to be in the secret world of the curtain and the stage door and the backstage and the other world --
and with the audience out there. I like to retain the mystery' (August 19, 2003) 212 --
Conversations about Gambon: Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter, Adrian Noble, Dennis Potter, Peter Hall, Simon Russell Beale, Deborah Warner 225 --
Principal Roles: Theatre, Film, Television and Radio 233.
Responsibility: Mel Gussow.
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"This is the first book devoted to the actor who has created a judicious blend of high-definition performances on the British stage and a wide range of award-winning television and film roles. New York Times writer Mel Gussow interviewed Michael Gambon on many occasions, and those conversations comprise the majority of this book. Gussow also draws insights from some of the people who have worked with Gambon including the playwrights Dennis Potter, Alan Ayckbourn and Harold Pinter, directors Peter Hall and Deborah Warner, and the highly acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale."

"At the age of 23 and with no formal acting training, Gambon joined England's National Theatre under the artistic directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier. His breakthrough came in 1980 in Brecht's Galileo, followed by a daring King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Company. More recently he has taken the leads in David Hare's Skylight, Caryl Churchill's A Number, and in a notable revival of Pinter's The Caretaker."

"He is still celebrated for his role in television's The Singing Detective musical mini-series. Gambon made his debut as Professor Dumbledore in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is featured more prominently in the 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He can also be seen in a growing number of films including Being Julia, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."--Jacket.

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