Fiennes Calls On Dialect Coach To Help Him Direct Himself

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Actor Ralph Fiennes called on his dialect coach to help him with his directorial debut - because he knew she'd be honest about his performance in his film Coriolanus.

The English Patient star admits he was wracked with "continual anxiety" when filming started on the movie adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy - because he couldn't be sure he was giving the best performance in front of the camera as he attempted to direct himself.

So he called on his friend and coach Joan Washington to help him.

He tells WENN, "I couldn't tell if I was delivering it. I very much relied on Joan Washington, who is admired as a dialogue coach in the U.K., and I brought her on the set to oversee the speaking of the Shakespearean text for everyone.

"She also became my own acting coach and gave me honest critical feedback on my performance."

Q&A: Richard E Grant

'I'd bring back to life all the hair that's gone down the plughole over 53 years'

Richard E Grant was born in Swaziland in 1957. After attending Cape Town University, he founded the radical Troupe Theatre Company. In 1982, he moved to London and five years later made his film debut in Withnail And I. In 2005, he wrote and directed Wah-Wah, a movie based on his childhood in Africa. He recently appeared in the BBC drama The Crimson Petal And The White. Forthcoming films include Horrid Henry: The Movie, and The Iron Lady, in which he plays Michael Heseltine. Grant is married to the voice coach Joan Washington and has a daughter and a stepson.

When were you happiest?

When I cracked how to do the Eiffel Tower with my yo-yo in 1968.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Joan Washington.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

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Richard E Grant: Lunch with Mariella

Can the actor ever leave the debauched Withnail behind? Here he tries his hardest with tales of fatherhood, carpentry and being Michael Heseltine

Richard E Grant is used to being a slight disappointment. Since 1985 he's carried the burden of playing the character with whom he's since become synonymous, Withnail, the reprobate, unemployed actor from writer/director Bruce Robinson's generation-defining Withnail and I. Deranged, delusional and dangerous to know, Withnail became an anti-hero for the angry youth of Thatcher's reign. Despite the intervening decades, the impact of his brilliant characterisation is such that you still expect him to come staggering in, bottle of vodka in hand, frock coat flapping and an air of icy malice sending a chill wind round the room.

So it's a bit of a let-down when the lithe, fresh-faced Grant enters the low-key trattoria off Portobello Road that he's chosen for our lunch date. He's anything
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Grant Credits Cooking With Marriage Success

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Grant Credits Cooking With Marriage Success
British actor Richard E. Grant is convinced his culinary skills have kept his marriage alive for 23 years - because he shares his passion for cooking with his wife.

The Jack & Sarah star has been married to voice coach Joan Washington since 1986, and they have a daughter, Olivia, together.

And Grant is adamant the secret to their successful relationship is their shared love of food.

He says, "I'm a good cook and my wife and I love cooking. We alternate, she cooks one night and I cook the other night. That's what has kept our marriage going. Cooking is essential."

Which Craft?

"I really swallowed that pill."Those are the words of Peter Sarsgaard, looking back at the Actors Studio and the ideas that most shaped his early days. "I was a real devotee of that school of acting," he reflects.Today, he acknowledges a far broader range of influences. Playing the joint lead in "An Education," the little English film about a young girl's relationship with an older man that is fast gaining traction as an awards contender, he says he culled from a host of other sources to create his morally ambivalent character. For one thing, he drew on fellow actors—something he has done ever since working with Sean Penn on "Dead Man Walking." "Just watching him go through different takes, seeing the way he found things, disregarded things, held onto things—there's some fantasy about a certain type of actor that might do it completely differently every time.
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