Magazine article Variety

Jazzed about Jude

Magazine article Variety

Jazzed about Jude

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JOE WRIGHT

'Anna Karenina' director

"On film, because of the way he looks, he's usually asked to be the handsome suave character who gets the girl, but there's a lot more to him than that. He's an incredibly versatile actor. I've always really enjoyed his character roles, and his theater work is particularly extraordinary.

"He's one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with. He brings none of the kind of starriness one might expect. We spent three weeks in rehearsals with the entire company, including people who only have one line, and he is incredibly egalitarian and really mucks in. Maybe that comes from his background in theater. With some actors you can really tell they have done their time in theater, and understand the collaborative nature of that.

"Often with actors like Jude who are partly known for their sex appeal, when they hit 40, they embark on a whole new phase of their career, which allows them to really engage with the strength of their craft, and less with the sex appeal, the celebrity or any ofthat rubbish."

TIM BEVAN

'Anna Karenina' producer

"It was a calculated decision by Jude to take the part in 'Anna Karenina,' accepting that he's moving forward to a slightly different place in his career. …

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