Plummer on Wallace

Last night Christopher Plummer sat for a Santa Barbara Film Festival Modern Master tribute at the Arlington theatre. Plummer said he was unsure if the audience wanted to sit for the whole thing, but it was a pleasure from start to finish with Pete Hammond interviewing, and many — well, about 20% — of Plummer’s films getting the once-over.

The above clip was taken by yours truly as I leaned against the theatre wall about 15 rows back. It’s Plummer talking about playing Mike Wallace (“He was a cruel guy but a great TV newsman’) in Michael Mann‘s The Insider (’99).

Plummer is going to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, of course. I pretty much called this four months ago in Toronto, declaring that he had the Oscar more or less “in the bag” and “is going to be awfully hard to beat.”

The general rule is that alcohol abusers, which Plummer has freely admitted to being for two or three decades, tend to pay the price later in life. But not Plummer. He’s 82 and obviously sharp and lucid and in great shape — he ran across the stage last night to accept his SBIFF award. It all comes down to genes.

18 thoughts on “Plummer on Wallace

  1. “He’s going to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, of course. I pretty much called this four months ago in Toronto, declaring that he had the Oscar more or less ‘in the bag’ and ‘is going to be awfully hard to beat.’ ”

    Uh? Weren’t lots of people “pretty much calling this” when it opened wide eight months ago?

    Beginners screened in Toronto way back in 2010, Jeffrey.

  2. I don’t care about Beginners being shown at TIFF in September 2010. Plummer did his big awards-campaign kickoff at last September’s fest. That’s when the chatter started.

  3. I’m pretty sure the chatter “started” when people actually watched (and enjoyed) the movie. Which was 3 months hence.

  4. I wonder if a supporting actor Oscar for Plummer will improve the chances of “Barrymore” finding a distributor? I gather the film is 83 minutes of Plummer alone onscreen playing John Barrymore during the last year of his life.

    I know people who loved it on stage and the trailer that Hollywood Elsewhere ran last year made me want to see it.

    It brought back memories of my years ago reading Gene Fowler’s two books on Barrymore, “Good Night Sweet Prince” and “Minutes Of The Last Meeting.” The latter is actually more on W.C. Fields and other Barrymore pals.

  5. “I don’t care about Beginners being shown at TIFF in September 2010.”

    WE CAN’T HEAR YOUR WITH YOUR FINGERS IN YOUR EARS, JEFF.

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