Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Luscious Flower in the Desert Scott Thomas Blooms in `English Patient'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Luscious Flower in the Desert Scott Thomas Blooms in `English Patient'

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IN "Four Weddings and a Funeral" she was the cool beauty who was rejected by Hugh Grant. In "The English Patient" she lures Ralph Fiennes into a steamy affair.

"Four Weddings" won Kristin Scott Thomas international recognition and a role opposite Hollywood box-office prince Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible."

But it took the very literate and romantic "The English Patient" to bring her an Academy Award nomination as best actress of 1996. Her only concern while making "The English Patient" was whether enough people would see it and understand it. "Then, when it took off like this (12 Oscar nominations), it left us all gasping," she remarked. "It's so great, the thing that we all love so much is being so well appreciated by people." Much of the film takes place in the African desert, with Scott Thomas enduring sandstorms and trekking through the parched land. A strenuous shoot? "Well, it was `movie' strenuous," she said lightly. "It was a cheat desert. I was there with a hundred other people; we had telephones, we had Jeeps, we weren't at all stranded. "I'm glad that people think it must have been hard. The mechanics of it were quite complicated, and some people had to do a lot of worrying and head-scratching. And there were some serious moments, like when we got flooded. "It's not supposed to rain in the desert. But suddenly we were swamped, and you can't walk because there's so much mud and they couldn't get trucks to the location. So overnight we had to find another location. "But it's an actor's dream to work in the desert. Because you've got this really intense, dense silence. You can whisper to your neighbor, and he can hear everything. It's great, really great." Born in Dorset, Scott Thomas studied drama in London and Paris, where she now lives. Unlike most English actors, Scott Thomas did not work her way through repertory. …

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