Tag: Martin Scorcese


So, how’s annual leave going so far?

I’m certainly not feeling Xmassy at all yet.
Usually by this time in the year I’m quite chipper about it and looking forward to it.
Even though I’ve got the decs up and I decorated my Aunts tree yesterday, the Xmas spirit is not in my bones yet.

I usually have Xmas movies on while putting the decs up but this year I poured a large glass of wine and put ‘Holding the Man’ on.
By the time I was finishing off the tree, I was a crying puddle of a mess, sobbing into my wine glass as Tim ended the movie with the words “Ci vedremo lassu, angelo”
That line does it to me every time!!

Anyway, I did make a start on some online Xmas shopping yesterday, so at least I feel like I’m starting to get somewhere.

The heating workmen finished off finally on Tuesday and the house has been lovely and toasty. I’m working my way around the house now tidying up and rearranging things.
There are a couple of places that need a spot of paint but I don’t know if I can really be bothered with that this side of Xmas to be honest.

Today I will be decorating my Mum’s tree and doing some Xmas foody shopping. Sweets, nibbles, maybe the turkey, things like that.

At this stage in the game, I can honestly say that I’m more excited about going to see ‘Rogue One’ on 15th than I am about Xmas!!
Maybe having to work Xmas day is putting a bit of a dampener on it this year. Who knows.

Anyway, in other news.
It looks like Adam’s next movie, ‘Silence’, is going to be a bit of a game player next year.
Martin Scorcese’s baby that has taken almost 3 decades to come to fruition is on general release at the beginning of next year but has been shown at special screenings to various film boards and special preview screenings so that it hits awards season.
It’s already picked up a Best Adapted Screenplay award and I’m hoping it will do well at the Oscars.


The more I find out about the film, the more I think it’s going to be the end of me.
Both Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver took their roles very seriously.
Adam lost an incredible 51 pounds, almost a third of his body weight, to play the role of Father Francisco.
The first 30ish pounds were lost before filming and the remainder were lost during filming.
Adam’s character accompanies Garfield’s character for the first part of the movie before disappearing and re-emerging for the end.

In a recent article for New York Times Magazine, Adam is quoted…
By the time Driver filmed his final scene — in which Garrpe, long unseen, staggers into view, starved by his captors — he was hallucinating from hunger. “I did the scene and hopped on a plane to New York to do a table reading for ‘Girls,’ ” he told me, and then began a regimen of triple breakfasts at a diner in Brooklyn.

The full article can be read HERE


Hallucinating from hunger!! That is dedication….. and insanity.
But judging by the above picture, very effective and it is going to kill me!!

Right, back to today.
I’d better get into gear.
Get Mum’s tree done.
Bah Humbug!!


So after seeing the trailer for Adam Driver’s next film, Silence, I could literally cry.

Martin Scorcese’s new baby, Silence, looks like an epic tail that is heading for Oscars.
What it also showcases is the dedication of the actors involved.
Maybe a supporting role nomination?….. I can but hope!!

Adam Driver, lost an incredible 51 pounds to look like this!!!


This picture is painful to look at and I can’t imagine what he went through to achieve the look.

Thankfully, he put the weight back on ready for filming EpVIII Star Wars and is back to fighting weight and looking like this!!


Can’t wait to see it and hopefully see it get some Oscars.


SILENCE – In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

The more I find out about this project the more interested I become.
The only reason I found out about this film was because of my recent obsession with Adam Driver who happens to star in it.

…… am I ready to see Adam get the stuffing kicked out of him? mmm

Anyway, it is a Martin Scorsese project and he has had it on the burners since 1991!
It originally started to come together in 2009 with  Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal to star but has been put on the back burners several times since as Martin was busy with other projects such as Shutter Island, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Silence finally came together in 2013 when Andrew Garfield signed onto the project. He was followed by Adam Driver and Liam Neeson in January 2014.

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Garfield was cast as Father Rodrigues and Adam was cast as Father Francisco Garrpe, the two Jesuit priests, and Neeson was cast as the priests’ mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira.
Garfield lost an incredible 40 pounds to play the role and he wasn’t that big to start with!
Judging by this snap of Adam taken during or just after filming, he too lost some serious weight to play the part and he also grew out his lovely hair!

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In an interview with Collider, Liam Neeson remarked on the physical preparation for the movie. Neeson dropped twenty pounds for the role. He also said “Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield did as well. I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex marine and when he’s given an order, he follows it through. He was like something out of Auschwitz.”!!!

OMG, no…. I don’t think I’m ready for this film. Starved and beaten. NOPE! No and no!!

Sporting the beard is no new thing for Adam and he always wears it well but it looks like Andrew Garfield also grew a healthy beard for the film but he looks a little more like Grizzy Adams!

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The only official images I can find so far are of Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

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However, Adam and Andrew were snapped on set.

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There have been predictions that this film could be up for Oscars.
Some go as far as to say, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay.
Liam Neeson has also been given a nod to Best Supporting Actor.
Production, cinematography and costumes are also being given a nod. People seem to be genuinely excited about this film.
What are the chances Adam could be up for his first Oscar nomination?!!!

Oh well, looks like it won’t be released until at least November this year so I’ve got a long time to wait and find out.
Nothing new there then.