July 21, 2008
U.K. Stars Ready to Invade With `Brides’
U.K. stars Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell stopped in across the pond to cheer on their new film "Brideshead Revisited," which is based on the 1945 Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name.
The film was originally slated to be directed by David Yates but he had to step aside from the project to direct "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Originally set to star in the film were Paul Bettany, Jude Law and Jennifer Connelly. "We were very lucky that they all moved on... We wouldn't have had jobs," Goode joked.
The 30-year old hunky hearthrob is best known for his role as Mandy Moore's romantic interest in the 2004 film "Chasing Liberty," but is playing a whole different kind of character in "Brideshead Revisited.""We wanted to maintain the integrity of the novel... views on homsexuality have changed," the star said about his somewhat sexually ambiguous character. "Because it's such an amazing novel, it's absolutely charming to play those gray areas," the actor said.
Atwell, who got her start in film with director Woody Allen's 2007 flick "Cassandra's Dream" thoroughly enjoyed working with Academy-Award winning actress Emma Thompson. "She's incredibly empowering and inspiring to be around," she said.
Atwell and Goode did not have any excuses for fellow Brit Amy Winehouse though. "On Friday night we do like to unlease a little hell... but she has gotten mixed up in a world of very dark thoughts," Goode said. "For people to look at her and judge her... ultimately she is an addict. She needs help," Atwell told the Herald.
"It's an alternative for the summer. We had a great time making it," Atwell said of the film.
CAPTION: Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell star in the new film "Brideshead Revisited." (Staff Photo by Ted Fitzgerald)
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