Rupert Everett on directing himself as Oscar Wilde in ‘The Happy Prince’: ‘I enjoyed working with me’

Rupert Everett on directing himself as Oscar Wilde in ‘The Happy Prince’: ‘I enjoyed working with me’
Broad-shouldered, square-jawed and standing six foot three, you wouldn’t think Rupert Everett would be so imposing considering the boyish playfulness he exhibits as Oscar Wilde in “The Happy Prince,” which also marks the actor’s directorial debut. It’s a wonder Everett has never portrayed Wilde before given the number of qualities the two men share: cutting wit, a self-awareness, an outspoken nature that can be both dark and humorous at the same time.

Everett was nominated for Best Actor at the recent Bifas, losing out to Joe Cole for “A Prayer Before Dawn.” However, he is still in the running for several categories at this season’s Baftas: Best Actor (we Brits love to reward our own), Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer/Director/Producer.

It’s a debut, by the way, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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