Jeremy Northam flexes those chops as Dr Proctor in Miami Medical, The Golden Hour

29 Apr

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.

Jeremy Northam and Mike Farrell in Friday's Miami Medical, The Golden Hour

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!

5 Responses to “Jeremy Northam flexes those chops as Dr Proctor in Miami Medical, The Golden Hour”

  1. henrysmummy2003 April 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    I ought to apologise to Jeremy for mentioning not one but THREE “wing-collar” roles….shame on me! Trouble is, he’s so flippin’ good in them, despite the wing collars…

  2. Jennythenipper April 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    D’oh I forgot to vote for Mr. Knightley in the poll. I love Sir Robert in Winslow boy though.

    Here are my faves:

    Mr. Knightley
    Randolph Henry Ash
    Sir Robert (Ideal Husband)
    Sir Robert Morton
    Thomas More

    As you can see I tend to like the costumey ones best.

  3. henrysmummy2003 April 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    The poor man is vociferously disgruntled about always being cast as upper class toffs from years ago! I think he’s complained about it in just about every interview I’ve read and even Jeffrey Lieber commented on it in the interview he gave me.
    To my mind, as well as Jeremy being able to slip into the past so seamlessly, the period movies he’s been cast in are often better than the more contemporary ones. I would agree with your list, but would add Fisk Jnr from Dean Spanley, I love that performance.
    But I am enjoying seeing him “all modern and un-martyred”, as someone recently described him, in Miami Medical.

  4. LauraP April 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    Is it Friday yet, indeed!
    I am seriously enjoying this blog in the meantime. 🙂
    As for my faves, it’s no secret Mr K comes first in my heart. I tend to favor the period roles, too. Wing collars or not. But let’s not forget Harry Sawyer in Happy Texas: I never get tired of the con man with a heart of gold.

    • henrysmummy2003 April 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

      Harry is gorgeous, I agree, and that movie a real treat all round! Makes me smile to think of it! And dear Edward Nathan, Parker Posey and script meltdown notwithstanding, is another contemporary win for me. Cypher and Mimic too, and not forgetting Col Roux…
      There are some of Jeremy’s films I’m not too keen on, but they are, happily, in the minority!

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