"'With your face,'" I said, "'and the
fact that you can act inside that face, you're going to be a great big star.' Now in this
film I have my prediction proved true, and it's a pleasure to be back with him again to
say it to his face."
Prediction made by Rufus's Dark City nemesis Ian Richardson when they first met in New
York five years before making that film.
"He's a beast, Rufus, an absolute
beast! He gives off pheromones like abattoirs give off excrements. It is quite
extraordinary! You have to nail some people down when Rufus walks into a room
Remarks made by British actor Stephen Fry, one of Rufus's co-stars in Cold
Comfort Farm, at that film's English Premiere.
"This was a great cast - a great cast. Rufus
Sewell is just a marvelous - just really a great actor. Theres something very dark
about him, and very mysterious - and at the same time very haunting - and seductive - and
thats what makes a great evil guy, you know, is that he can play either side.....
I love what he does because he chooses so many different kinds of roles and the mere fact
that as good-looking as he is - he chose to play this evil guy. I just love -
I love that - and that's what makes his - the evil part of him so seductive, is because he
is so good-looking."
Kim Basinger, co-star of "Bless The Child"
"Rufus, I loved working with him - he was angelic, my anchor. They (Rufus
Sewell and Martin Donovan) were both fantastic actors, not selfish at all and the really
helped me. I relied on their support and faith in me to do the job."
"A giving kind of person - he makes everybody feel good about themselves, everybody
on the whole set. He kind of has love swirling around him all the time. He's
like a little angel.
Maya Stange, star of "In A Savage Land"
From Bill Bennett, Director of
"In A Savage Land"
"We met him in London and he was immediately
impressive. He had responded strongly to the material, and he had such extraordinary
charisma, apart from the fact that he is a truly wonderfully technical actor. He had
extraordinary charisma and the pairing of him and Maya just seemed like it would be right.
So we were delighted when he accepted the role."
"Gertler was pretty
and wild, and rather poetic and trouble, all of which Rufus is so he was a pretty obvious
choice." Janey Fothergill
"Rufus is very passionate," and used to work himself up into the most terrible
states sometimes. He always pitched every scene just right but you knew what you had to do
was to keep going until he really delivered the whole thing."
"Carrington" director, Christopher Hampton
From The Press
Rufus Sewell has tremendous physical energy combined with sensitivity and
charisma which makes him a perfect choice for the title role.
BBC Press release
Rufus Sewell is magnificent as Agamemnon
Mar\k A. Rivera, genreonline.net
.......you'll take this four-hour
production very seriously when British actor Rufus Sewell is
onscreen. Sewell brings awesome force to the role of Agamemnon, implacable leader of the
Greek assault on Troy.
Helen of Troy
Rufus Sewell is the ideal actor to play him. Tense and
controlled, the big, dark eyes both watchful and inward-looking, he turns before you into
a public solitary...... Sewell does not overplay the physical aspect: he is portraying the
burden and the torment of a deeply personal faith that has to pay a physical price as
well. As the play goes on, his face looks more and more like Cranach's famous paintings
and engravings of Luther: bleak and bony, intense but vulnerable.
The London Sunday Times 14 October 2001
.....revelatory performance from Rufus Sewell. ......... The real surprise, however, is Sewell, who not
only conveys Luther's mixture of spiritual truculence and hollow-eyed physical fallibility
but, in the great set pieces, shows a fire and venom, and an ability to snap out the hard
consonants, that evokes this theatre's eponymous patron. (Luther was
performed at the Royal National Theatre's Olivier Theatre)
The Guardian, 8 October 2001
A Knight's Tale
Rufus Sewell steals the picture as the villainous Count Adhemar, delivering his high, light
croak with a mellifluous purr in the cadence of a man convinced of the import of his own
The New York Times "A Knight's Tale" film
May 11, 2001
Every knight needs a worthy opponent, and William has
one in Count Adhemar. Rufus Sewell plays him as every inch
the bad boy,
which could cause a fresh round of swooning from the maidens in the gallery. Sewell seems
like an adult among a boisterous crowd of kids on their first movie set.
The New York Post, May 8, 2001
William, who calls himself Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein of
Gelderland, has what amounts to a series of grudge-match jousts with a cocky, vain knight
played to the hilt by Rufus Sewell, who taunts William for
his out-of-date armor. The bad guy himself has an iron fist at the end of his lance.
"You have been weighed, you have
been measured, and you have been found wanting" is
his mocking mantra.
The San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 2001
"A Knight's Tale"
His Own words
"It's the kind of wine that steps up behind you,
taps you on the
shoulder and says, "I knew your grandfather".
on the set of "A Knight's Tale"
"I didn't get the character from
reading books but more from what
he did in his life; things he said, letters he wrote, the paintings
he worked on. It's not a deliberate self-conscious thing, but you're
just trying to get a sense of the person. I've never played anything
like him before but it really appealed to me because he was so
unusual and beautifully written and I could really understand him."
on the character Mark Gertler, whom he played in "Carrington.
"We filmed A Knights Tale in the Czech
Republic, mostly because
it is five times cheaper than filming anywhere else. I had a lovely
apartment in Prague, which is a stunningly beautiful city. It is the
most architecturally complete place in the sense that, unlike Paris
or London, or anywhere else for that matter, there are no modern
monstrosities that get in the way until you get to the outskirts,
where the Eastern bloc buildings are really grey and depressing".
"Some of the best travelling I have done is when I have
been to a
place to work rather than as a tourist. One of the most beautiful times
I have had was in Rome when I was filming The Honest Courtesan with
Catherine McCormack at the Cinecittŕ Studios. I had a beautiful
14th-century apartment just off the Piazza Navona and, because I had
o much time off, my best memories are of walking around the streets,
taking photographs and sitting in cafés, being in this idyllic place and
thinking: God, sometimes I am so lucky. Consequently, when I think
of Rome I dont think of the work but of the time I spent not working."
Excerpts from "My Cultural Life"
The London Times
September 8, 2001
From his roles
"You are a smudge on history's
ledger, but you are my brother."
Agamemnon (to Menelaus) - Helen Of Troy
"You have been weighed, you have been measured, and
you have been found wanting."
Count Adhemar - A Knight's Tale
"I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young
Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse.
Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou
opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last.
Before my body I throw my warlike shield! Lay on, Macduff,
And damned be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'"
"It means I am imperfect ... born imperfect -- educated
imperfectly ... molded in my formative years by imperfect
hands ......and so expect naught else. If you look for
someone to love you imperfectly ... look no further, I am he.
If you will still love me ... I am he"
Dominique - Illuminata
"I'm afraid. What if something were to happen to
one of us
before the signin' and the swearin' are done..and it's too late ...
too late for me to tell you what's in my heart? I could lie dyin'...
and still never have even touched you with my love. "
Giles Winterbourne - The Woodlanders
"You wanted to know what it was that made us human
- well, you're not going to find it in here! You went looking
in the wrong place! You know how I was supposed to feel
-- that person isn't me! Never was!!"
John Murdoch - Dark City
"So you're the littl' lady from
London with your smart ways,
"God made sin that we might know his mercy."
Marco Venier - Dangerous Beauty
"My perfect partner is me with breasts!"
Frank - Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel, and Laurence
eh? I know your sort. Drain away a man's blood soon as
look at 'im!
Seth Starkadder - Cold Comfort Farm
"You're the lady and I'm the Jew-boy from the East End. That's
it isn't it!?"
Mark Gertler- Carrington
"I suppose one gets a habit of doing without happiness
or hope. There are things a man can only go through once
in his life -
this experience has happened to me while I'm still young,
that's all. What I care for more than I can ever care for
anything else is absolutely forbidden me!"
Will Ladislaw - Middlemarch
"Youre at it again---- that stuff ya do, big words, poetry!"
Robbie - A Man Of No Importance
for more quotes from roles Rufus has played, go to Film, Theatre, and Television