Category Archives: Actor Interviews

VIDEO: Conversations with Ewan McGregor (SAG Foundation)

And … we’re back!

After a long hiatus, we’re back on the boards with lots more content to share and a renewed love of the craft and the business of acting.

Over the coming months we will be bringing you articles, interviews and insights into the biz, along with our ever popular free wallpapers and personally selected videos for your entertainment and edification 🙂

We haven’t been hanging around doing nothing since you last saw us here, we have published a book (two books, if you count ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean’s poetry book as well 😉 ) and are about to launch an online web series of related content (more on that later).

So, without further ado, what better way to reintroduce ActorSpeak.com to the world than with a fascinating and in-depth interview with Scots actor Ewan McGregor about his early life, beginnings as an actor and his career to date, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation in the USA!  Enjoy!

VIDEO: Michael Caine interview on Parkinson (Segment)

We just love this interview segment with Michael Caine (and Billy Connolly) on Parkinson’s last show.  Great snippets of information about the acting craft for film, plus a good example of an actor who is eternally curious about the world around them.  Favourite quote? “You have to ‘behave’, you mustn’t ‘act'”. Gold!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_dImgVD7R0

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered (Part 3)

Happy Valentine’s Day aftermath, everyone!  In keeping with our “love letter to acting”, and as promised, here is the final instalment of Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Part 1 can be seen here, and Part 2 is here.

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered (Part 2)

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  In keeping with our “love letter to acting”, here is the next instalment of Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Part 1 can be seen here, with Part 3 being added tomorrow.

VIDEO: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered

Happy Valentine’s Day week everyone!  In keeping with the theme of this week (love of others, love of our craft), here is a intriguing documentary about one of our favourite actors: Sir Nigel Hawthorne Remembered.

We wanted to share this documentary from BBC’s Omnibus series about highly respected British actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, best known to audiences for his portrayal of “Sir Humphrey Appleby” in Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister and his Oscar® Nominated performance as “King George III” in the acclaimed film The Madness of King George, for a couple of reasons.  Nigel has special significance to ActorSpeak.com founder, Sally McLean, as he was her Honorary Patron in the early days of her production company, before his passing in 2001.  This documentary was shot in 1999 while Nigel was preparing for his most demanding stage performance – that of the title role in the RSC’s Anglo/Japanese production of King Lear – at age 70.  Inspiring for all actors, this is a must-see for those who feel the clock is ticking on their career in regards to success – with some fascinating insights into the acting business, the balance between private and professional life and acting itself.

Parts 2 & 3 to come in the next couple of days.