The Devil's Double premiere - London
Russell Tovey arrives at the premiere of The Devil's Double at the Vue Cinema in London. Picture date: Monday August 1, 2011
boydhilton: @russelltovey Speedos and ultra-violence. Such a hot film. xx
guy_interruptd: @boydhilton @russelltovey I need to see this. Like *right*
boydhilton: @guy_interruptd @russelltovey for a film about Uday Hussein's double, it has a remarkable amount of gratuitous nudity and gore. Loved it
guy_interruptd: @boydhilton @russelltovey Obviously it helps that Dominic Cooper is a bit of alright, too :)
NB. The following tweets are copied from my sister blog the Charlie Condou Confidential.
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Actornabil: Long day filming and looking forward to some meaty stuff tomorrow with @RonnieThompson @mrjamesnunn bring it!!
Charliecondou: @Actornabil what are you filming?
AWOLTom: @Charliecondou @Actornabil that would be #TowerBlock with Russell Tovey and Ralph Brown etc
Actornabil: @AWOLTom @charliecondou x
Charliecondou: This is one of my oldest mates @Actornabil We were at school together. He's responsible for my first ever detention. Give him a follow
AWOLTom: @Actornabil Howdy just a link to the blog I run for Charlie, Tom in Oz. CHARLIE CONDOU CONFIDENTIAL charlie-corrie-condou.blogspot.com via @Confidential_CC
Actornabil: @AWOLTom Coolio! I known Chaz from being a young thing! He's a star.
AWOLTom: @Actornabil mate the reason I started the blog is because @CharlieCondou is funny, talented, appreciate, thoughtful and a worthy role model.
AWOLTom: @Actornabil well except when he swears, drinks, gambles and smokes if only @CharlieCondou could give those up even I'd marry him lol x
Actornabil: @AWOLTom lol! Indeed it's the same chap!! Be well.. X
Actornabil: @OYeoman working with @ronniethompson @mrjamesnunn on #TOWERBLOCK fab cast w/ @Sheridansmith1 @russelltovey @Ralphwjbrown @TheRealKano
Late night Tovey discos
russelltovey: @stuartmurphy100 found you Murphy! X
stuartmurphy100: Morning jack @jackwhitehall. Coooee. Look out of the window, thats right, its me, your neighbour. What a strange kimono bed thing. Tuck it in
jackwhitehall: @stuartmurphy100 your the one who sits on the bench all night drinking cider from the bottle and arguing with yourself?!
stuartmurphy100: @jackwhitehall its like Stella Street, the lager version. Kinnocks nearby and you can hear @russelltovey’s late night discos most nights
Bennielawrence: Wants to thank @russelltovey for sending me over 12,000 views today on my Blog http://t.co/sprSVEV you are a star Mr Tovey I salute you xxx
russelltovey: @Bennielawrence did I? Cool!! No worries x x
Bennielawrence: @russelltovey yep just over 2000 views today I've been dying to get over 10,000 so you have made me very Happy lol hope your well btw xx
RussTov_FanSite: @Bennielawrence U may have had increased blog numbers because your profile has also been on the Tovey Blog x Cheers, Tom russell-tovey.blogspot.com/search?updated…
Bennielawrence: @RussTov_FanSite why thank you tom
RussTov_FanSite: @Bennielawrence You are most welcome babe...love from Oz x
Bennielawrence: @RussTov_FanSite xxxxx
mrchrissullivan: out in the south pacific again, so smashed couldnt be arsed to get off the boat - Pirate show tonight - must draw strength from somewhere...
russelltovey: @mrchrissullivan I love pirates and I love you, you tart x
russelltovey: RT @Bennielawrence: I want a Picture by Alan Clarke so very Mad Men hey @russelltovey http://nblo.gs/l7ucm
MatthewCainC4: Sorry have been quiet, first day back at work after holiday. And have to work out what I'm doing in Edinburgh! What would you like me to do?
russelltovey: About to go in to the prem of Devils Double with me mate super Cooper in it.. Just waiting for @MatthewCainC4 to get here... Hurry up! X
MatthewCainC4: Now off to premiere of The Devil's Double with @russelltovey - looking forward to seeing Dominic Cooper in what I hear is a great role...
Spiceboy81: @russelltovey You never take me to premieres....
MaxinesExist: Hi @russelltovey can you wave to seats 15 and 16 row C please. We loves ya!
scrumpymoet: Just saw @russelltovey in Leicester Square. He's a handsome man. #tooshytoaskforanautograph
robdiament: @russelltovey @MatthewCainC4 have fun girls! He was amazing in Captain America last night!
MatthewCainC4: The Devil's Double is brilliant! Terrific story - genuinely shocking. Stylishly directed with great, campy design and cracking soundtrack.
MatthewCainC4: But Dominic Cooper steals the show in both his roles. Even though he's well established by now he's a true revelation in this film. See it!
russelltovey: Devils double is superb and super Dom Cooper is astounding x
imjustanerd: RT @adorkable_mandi: Help me to get @russelltovey to tell my friend @imjustanerd "Happy birthday" on her birthday (Aug. 7) http://t.co/HPEkhDE
russelltovey: @imjustanerd happy b day :-) x
RussTov_FanSite: Ghana is now rounding up and arresting 'all homosexuals' http://t.co/KDJ8POO @stephenfry @russelltovey @charliecondou @BoyGeorge @HRWright
russelltovey: Won't be going to Ghana anytime soon... What is going on????? X
Mavro_Arni: @Tom_In_Oz_ @stephenfry @russelltovey @BoyGeorge The comments section of that article is some of the most evil shite I've seen in a while.
John_Pullan: @russelltovey And we give Ghana £94m in aid each year!
KevinLehane: @russelltovey Russell, that tweet depressed me. The world still has terrible fecked up places.
RussTov_FanSite: IRONY - Oz has a gay political party head, Ireland may soon elect a gay leader meanwhile in Ghana homosexuals are denied their basic rights!
ByronStol: @Tom_In_Oz_ Sad but true
NotMeCharles: @Tom_In_Oz_ they should take some lessons on getting better organised via social networking on/offline vrs #religion...
Mavro_Arni: @Tom_In_Oz_ @russelltovey Including the right to life itself. The Nazis rounded up people, too, and these people are obv. no better.
peacockpete: via @RussTov_FanSite Ghana orders arrest of all homosexuals ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/…
TummyCustard: @peacockpete @RussTov_FanSite Genius. "We hate people being gay with each other! Let's lock them all up in a confined space together!"
peacockpete: @TummyCustard @RussTov_FanSite There's a remarkable logic to it, no?
TummyCustard: @peacockpete @RussTov_FanSite Maybe they'll get to wear little pink triangles? :(
peacockpete: @TummyCustard @RussTov_FanSite Hmm... History repeating itself, indeed.
tommacwriter: Shooting fancy dress party for #3some. What's ur best costume? Photos please! Mine was this zombie…
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter did you dye your hair for that?
tommacwriter: @RussTov_FanSite Nope. That's real me.
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter hope you are finding Twitter great. Both Russ & I joined Friday 13 Aug last year almost our anniversary. Also is your new cat Kiank or Kiki??
tommacwriter: @RussTov_FanSite Kiank. Kiki for short.
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter on the blog we have Nelly and Duffer and now Kiki....the celeb pets are loved by all - it says something nice about humans! I had a cat for 20 years and a dog for 16 both passed away near last Xmas.
tommacwriter: @RussTov_FanSite oh, my childhood cat died in Xmas eve a few years back - horrible time for it to happen.
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter I watched my cat survey our back yard like the Lion King moments before Louie passed away - a magnificent memory I can keep x
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter and my poor dog Sweetie passed away from heat exhaustion as you know in Oz we have 46c temps at Xmas and she couldn't make it!
RussTov_FanSite: @tommacwriter We were destitute at losing both at such a special time of year. Still haunts us, I suppose you were the same?
russelltovey: August the 1st??? How has this happened again??? Surely it's still March/April no?? X
russelltovey: RT @matt__adams: @mfhorne I didn't believe my gf when she said she was dumping me because of my obsession with The Monkies. Then I saw her face...
THEKERRYHOWARD: @russelltovey ah you missing me baby darling x
01 August 2011 by Nick Coupe
Anyone who’s managed to get in to the sold out run of One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre will attest that James Corden is an incredibly funny man. Despite what Horne and Corden led you to believe, his performance here is a master class in timing and physical comedy, as well as improvisation and comic asides. Rumour has it that the show’s director Nicholas Hytner had to intervene recently, urging the cast to tone down the improv and stick to the script. The truth is, a lot of this improv is in the script in the first place (available from the NT bookshop), it is just delivered by Corden and co with such astonishing veracity that you’d believe it was all off the cuff. The show is now lined up for a large-scale tour and then a West End transfer – I’d be prepared to bet that the unbelievable turn of events that happened at the show you saw will also happen at the Adelphi later in the year. You still wouldn’t believe it was scripted though, as James Corden is a very funny man.
Across the river, two of his The History Boys classmates are performing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, another comedy directed by another previous director of the National Theatre, Sir Trevor Nunn. It’s a very well put together production of a classic play; slick, intelligent, well-performed, thought-provoking and funny, but it’s hardly likely to set the world alight. Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker do fantastic jobs of Stoppard’s unlikely heroes, but unlike Corden, they’re shackled by the restraints of the classic direction of the classic play. As a result, there isn’t much of a sense of urgency, and they simply don’t come across as comic personalities of the same calibre of Corden.
Speaking of comic personalities of the same calibre of Corden, one can’t help but wonder what his understudy must be thinking. Francis is the heart of the play, barely off-stage, and written and developed with Corden in mind – it’s impossible to imagine anyone else doing it, and I don’t envy the man waiting in the dressing room. When the show transfers to the Adelphi in February, there are already a few dates that Corden can’t make due to previous commitments, and an alternative Francis has already been lined up to fill his shoes, none other than Owain Arthur, another History Boy.
Of course, it’s no secret that The History Boys catapulted a number of young actors to fame – Dominic Cooper grew out of the school uniform to become an international film star and Russell Tovey’s ears seem to pop up in most BBC Three comedies these days. I’ve already written about the tendency for big name celebrities to tackle theatre, but this dominance of history boys seems to be something else – perhaps a testament to Nicholas Hytner and his casting department who managed to discover the next crop of genuine theatrical talent.
And I think this is important: would these young actors have had the careers to date that they have managed were it not for this initial launchpad? I was a lot more excited about James Corden’s return to the National stage than, for example, Julian Barratt’s performance in The Young Vic’s production of The Government Inspector. This show was sold on his star turn; the poster was a picture of his face, and the publicity blazoned with references to The Mighty Boosh. My lasting impression of the play, however, was of Kyle Soller’s performance as Khlestakov. His charisma, comic sensibility and extraordinary physicality ran circles around Barratt, who seemed a bit swamped by the large auditorium; his trademark tiny, darty eyes a little bit too tiny for theatre.
I guess the point I’m getting at is the importance of providing theatrical launchpads for young actors – an opportunity for them to cut their teeth and learn their craft, but also to show the world what they can do. The National Theatre did this with The History Boys, and is still doing it today – its impressive annual Connections Festival kicked off again recently with a host of new plays for young people released for schools to tackle. Once in a while, these launchpad productions will take off, and carry the actors with them. Who knows where they’ll land?