|Excerpt from the voice-over commentary on the "A Knight's Tale"
DVD - with director Brian Helgeland and actor Paul Bettany, who plays the part of Chaucer.
The scene is Adhemar's
introduction, when he meets Jocelyn for the first time.
Brian: Rufus Sewell!
Paul: Rufus Sewell ladies and gentlemen!
Brian: Proud as a feather!
Paul: Proud as a feather!!
Brian: Rufus, one day we were having wine and he said, "It's the kind of wine that
steps up behind you, taps you on the shoulder, and says, 'I knew your
grandfather,'"and I would make him say it over and over and over again until I think
he reached the point that he wanted to hit me, quite frankly.
Paul: Rufus would have parties at his house and the poor boy would have to have a bigger
per diem, should have had a bigger per diem than anybody else because he had to bribe the
police (laugh) to have the parties go on.
Brian: Within 2 weeks of arriving, his parties were so legendary that even in Prague, to
the people that lived in Prague, they were legendary.
(back to the scene)
Brian: This is where he (Rufus) has to explain the rules to Jocelyn. He complained
that it was exposition, and I told him, "Don't think of it as exposition, think of it
as sex-position," and he said, "All right, I know how to play that."
Brian: But getting back to the parties, there would actually be, there would be live
sex going on.
Paul: There actually was live sex!
Brian: And the Russian Mafia!
Paul: I have to stop it here because I see beer!
Brian: OK, we're gonna shut down right here.
Paul: But there was live sex -
Brian: And the Russian Mafia inside of 2 weeks knew where his flat was and they
would show up on a regular basis.
Paul: Yeah - it was all a bit frightening.
Tale" Interview from Virgin.net
London Premiere from Empire Magazine
Online Aug. 24, 2001
read the article, including cast interview
Photos from the article
Rufus and Amy Gardner
Rufus with Paul Bettany
Rufus, Mark Addy, Heath Ledger, Paul
Amy Gardner, Rufus, and Mark Addy
many thanks to Gill, and also to Faith of
James Purefoy's Pursuits for this photo!
Laura Fraser, Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell
photo from People News
- thanks Marina!
photo from "A Knight's Tale" press kit
From the Prague set of A Knight's Tale
The Toronto Sun
April 29, 2001 Sunday, Final Edition
Rufus Sewell is counting his blessings - and his suit of armour - after
he was thrown from his horse during shooting for A Knight's Tale.
The British actor says the accident left him nursing only cuts and bruises, but he admits
it was agony at the time.
"It threw me over a hedge into a car park and I landed on some grass," he says.
"When you land in armour, wherever you land, you land on metal and it really, really
hurts. It's not just the feel of it -- there's a resounding clunk because you're wearing
steel from head to toe."
Although the armour may have saved him from more severe injuries, Sewell thinks it was the
reason he was thrown in the first place.
"The horse had never seen armour before and it spooked it. I said, 'Are you sure this
horse is all right?' I get up and it suddenly started buckerooing and they all just ran
"There I was in this car park and suddenly I went like 10 feet in the air. That was
really, really scary."
Sunday Express, April 29, 2001
HEADLINE: A KNIGHT'S TALE
REASONING that it would probably be some time before he came by another tailor-made suit
of armour, Rufus Sewell asked to keep the one he wears in his new film,
A Knight's Tale - a medieval romp in which the actor stars with The Patriot's Heath
Ledger. Unfortunately, when you're not Tom Cruise, these things come at a price.
"I asked if it would be possible to buy my armour and keep it, " Rufus tells me.
"Every bit of your body - from your fingers, your ankles, your toes up to your neck -
is all fitted and it's made especially for you. I was going to wear it on weekends or
something. . .
"I asked how much it would cost and they said, 'Listen, for $ 150,000 it's yours.' So
I thought, 'No, you can keep that one. It's back to jeans for weekends.'" Those
jousts in Rufus's back garden will have to be put on hold.
From the "A Knight's Tale" Press Kit
William's foe is the ruthlessly charismatic champion named Count Adhemar
(Rufus Sewell) determined to derail William's dreams. Rufus Sewell (Count
Adhemar), the noted British actor, marks his 16th motion picture with "A
Knight's Tale." His cinema credits include "Carrington,"
"Hamlet," "Dark City" and "Martha Meet Frank, Daniel, and
Laurence," for which he received a 1998 British Film Critics Circle nomination.
His other movie work includes "Bless The Child," "In A Savage Land,"
"At Sachem Farm," "Illuminata," "Dangerous Beauty,"
"The Woodlanders," "Victory," "Cold Comfort Farm," "A
Man Of No Importance," "Dirty Weekend," and "Twenty-One."
Highly regarded in the theatre, Sewell was voted Best Newcomer in 1993 by the London
Critics Circle for his performance in "Making It Better." In 1994 he
received an Olivier Award Nomination for "Arcadia" and the following year was
honored in New York with the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut in
"Translations." His other theatre credits include "Macbeth,"
"Rat In The Skull," "As You Like it," "The Seagull,"
"The Government Inspector," "Pride And Prejudice," "Peter And The
Captain," "The Lost Domain," "Comedians" and "Royal Hunt Of
He has acted on British television in such shows as "Arabian Nights,"
"Henry IV," "Citizen Loche," "Dirty Something,"
"Middlemarch," "Gone To Seed," and "The Last Romantics."
Trailer for "A Knight's Tale" to
be shown during the Super Bowl, Sunday January 28
full story from USA
Click here for report from the set of A Knight's Tale,
from the French magazine, Cine Live.
Thanks to Grace for the article and to Renata for the