Rupert Graves Online.
1997 - Cinemania Interviews Actor Rupert Graves.
Author: Staff Writer.
Rupert Graves carries himself well, even over the phone. He's both composed and self-deprecating.
It's easy to see why people like giving him work. And work he has, especially these past two years.
He won the Best Actor award at the 1996 Montreal Film Festival for the upcoming Intimate Relations, where another film of his, Different For Girls, won the Best Film. Different is a skewed love story of Kim, a transsexual played by Steven Mackintosh, who is drawn into love by a former schoolmate, played by Graves. "Different" could also describe Graves' career.
He debuted as the irrepressible Freddy in A Room With A View, followed as Scudder, the working-class lover of Maurice, was betrayed by his own father in Damage, and had to stand guard during The Madness Of King George. Later this year, he'll be using that composure again when he stars in Mrs. Dalloway with Vanessa Redgrave.
CINEMANIA: The press kit states you left home to join the circus.
CINEMANIA: Did you have a particular clown job that you had to do?
CINEMANIA: Any mishaps?
CINEMANIA: Fifteen feet high is pretty high.
CINEMANIA: Wait a second. You had to improvise a routine out of dog excrement?
CINEMANIA: So, they had a 15-year-old clown and dogs they just pulled out of the pound?
CINEMANIA: What did your mom and dad think of that?
CINEMANIA: Running naked around a lake with Simon Callow in A Room With A View. Difficult to do?
RUPERT GRAVES: Well, that was my first film. And there was actually a sequence in it where I've got my back to the camera because I was blushing so much from embarrassment and the shock and the nerves. I had to be the first one to take my clothes off and take the plunge in the pond. Luckily it was a long shot at first.
And so I just ripped my clothes off and just jumped in. And after a couple of hours I really relaxed. And the scene ... the filming of that scene went on for about three days. And at the end of that I was just very relaxed. I just felt completely comfortable.
CINEMANIA: It didn't even affect you?
CINEMANIA: You weren't making comparisons?
CINEMANIA: Oh, you were?
CINEMANIA: You weren't feeling superior running around naked?
CINEMANIA: I've got you.
CINEMANIA: When your roles are mentioned in total, it seems that the term "class" seems to appear a lot - that you've always played upper-class roles.
As soon as I did that, the posh girls and boys would invite me to parties. And they'd say: "What school did you go to?" "My brother went to school with you?" And I'd say, "No, he probably didn't, actually." So, people actually assumed that I was much more middle- to upper-class than I actually am. And people pigeonholed me in that for a while for the first couple years of my career.
CINEMANIA: Your new film, Different For Girls, was made two years ago. Is that correct? Is it odd to have to dredge up memories from two years ago?
CINEMANIA: Your co-star Steve Mackintosh, who plays a male whose had an operation and is now female ... the head-body scene...
CINEMANIA: The naked scene. Were you in the room with the person with the blue bag over their head for that? How did they do that?
CINEMANIA: Are you kidding? It looked quite real.
CINEMANIA: Smoothing out the breasts?
CINEMANIA: Could he move?
CINEMANIA: When Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly did Bound, everyone asked them, "Do you like doing a love scene with a man or a woman?" And I remember reading those and thinking what a strange question to ask them. It's almost a preferred response question in some ways. You wouldn't ask that of a male actor who'd done a love scene with another male actor. So, I thought it would be the last question I would ever ask you. So, I'd thought I'd ask it. Which do you prefer? Are there positive attributes of doing a love scene with a man versus a woman?
RUPERT GRAVES: No. I'm actually one of those who find it all a bit awkward - love scenes. I'm not totally relaxed. The thing is, once you're actually doing it, you are living the parallel reality of the film and you know it's not you and it's the character and it's situation and it's what's required. And it seems reasonable. I think acting's only really uncomfortable when it doesn't feel right. But this feels OK.
CINEMANIA: Why is (your character) Prentice so immature, so trapped in what he's doing? He's 34 and he's still listening to his records from 17 years ago.
CINEMANIA: Yeah, but a likeable immaturity.
CINEMANIA: Oh, no. He's really quite brave. Because saving Carl in that shower is probably ... for that age, would be one of the most daring, one of the most brave things a person could do.
CINEMANIA: Did you ever know anybody like that, not necessarily transsexual, but someone who really did not fit in?
CINEMANIA: Now, I haven't had a chance to see your role coming out in November, Mrs. Dalloway. Can you tell me a little bit about that and working with Vanessa Redgrave.
CINEMANIA: I know what "spunky" means. In her work ethic?
©1997 Cinemania Magazine.