Not so long ago, I conducted a poll at Jeremy Northam Info asking Jeremy’s fans which of his movie roles was their favourite. I was all ready with the Mr Knightley pictures to celebrate his certain victory, but no! Jeremy’s fans chose his Sir Robert Morton in The Winslow Boy (David Mamet’s 1999 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play) as their favourite. I have to admit it was my choice too (more about that another time…).
Amongst the many highlights of that beautifully crafted film, I think many people would single out Sir Robert Morton’s interrogation of Ronnie Winslow for special praise.
Of course, Jeremy played another Sir Robert in 1999 who, like Sir Robert Morton, gives a speech in the House of Lords (which must have been confusing!), in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (dir. Oliver Parker). It’s in scenes like this that we can see Jeremy’s considerable theatre experience standing him in good stead. Even just as an audio performance (which is all I can offer, sadly), he is very impressive.
click to play: Sir Robert’s speech in An Ideal Husband
When I heard Jeremy had taken on the role of Dr Proctor, I recall endlessly bleating on about my hope that the writers would enable Jeremy to flex his considerable chops. Having had some insight from executive producer/creator Jeffrey Lieber (see The Jer Blog interview with Jeffrey) on Jeremy’s collaborative approach to the character of Dr Proctor, I think we can be pretty certain in saying he will have ample opportunity to show us what he can do.
All that remains for me to say, to whet your appetite for Friday’s Miami Medical episode, The Golden Hour, is that Jeremy, as Dr Proctor, makes a speech! Now, I doubt we’ll get the full force of the theatre trained approach necessary to the Sir Roberts. But I think we’ll be very impressed, nay even blown away, nonetheless. Kristieanne Reed, co-exec producer, promised us (via Twitter) that this is a Big Jeremy episode. Is it Friday yet?
Have a read of SueVo’s thoughts about the episode and don’t forget to watch and tell all your friends!