Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig were on The Andrew Marr Show today on BBC One. For those who are outside the UK and can’t watch it, and for everyone else who couldn’t watch it and want to download it, here’s the segment of the show in which Martin talks about Labour Of Love, his political vision and his role in Black Panther. We hope you enjoy.
The Drum uploaded a video of the making of Vodafone’s new campaign for Christmas starring Martin in a different role as we have seen him in past ads for the brand:
Martin Freeman has found himself embarrassed at a wedding and in a criminal mix-up in a car park in his tenure for Vodafone’s ads so far. Now the actor now finds himself as the lead role in an epic love story for the telecom brand’s Christmas campaign, which has been built on subtle, self-deprecating humour to win favour with a UK audience.
This has been an important week for Martin! Besides de successful press night of Labour of Love, screenings of Ghost Stories and Cargo took place at the BFI London Film Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival respectively. Here are the first reviews:
Whitehouse, Lawther and Freeman enjoy themselves greatly in their roles and give terrific support […] Freeman’s Mike is a smarmy piece of work on his country estate – and a nasty little anti-Semite whose casual jibes to Philip about “your lot” bring us closer to a terrible flashback that lives perennially in Philip’s own head.
Our London correspondent went to the second screening at the Empire Haymarket cinema and Martin was there!
Just a day away from the premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, Cargo writers and directors Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling talked to ABC Arts about the transformation of a short to a feature film and casting Martin Freeman:
Martin Freeman has been cast as part of the off-one gala event Whither Would You Go? at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Sunday 22nd October, with all profits from ticket sales to go to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.
Directed by Jamie Lloyd (Richard III), the event will pair scenes from Shakespeare’s work, which will be read by the cast, with real-life stories from refugees around the world. It is inspired by the Bard’s speech from ‘The Book of Sir Thomas More’, which was written as a pleas for tolerance during the London riots of 1517.
Martin will be joined on-stage by Bertie Carvel, Lee Evans, James Norton, Jack Whitehall and Olivia Williams, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Wunmi Mosaku, and a special guest performance by actor and Syrian refugee, Jay Abdo.
When we focus on what we all have in common, we can start a conversation. With more than 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world – the highest levels ever recorded – we should be talking and we should be acting.
The event was created by Ella Smith and Emma West, who first held the production in Los Angeles to a sell-out audience in March, and plan further shows in New York and Sydney.
Under Jeremy Herrin’s graceful direction, Freeman and Greig are magnificent. He is a terrific listener; his passive absorption of the abuse thrown at him and his well-meaning attempts to make everything right make Lyons a sympathetic and rounded figure. The scene where he dances is a joy.
Freeman not only makes David likable and funny, especially when he reveals his hidden talent for dancing, but suggests that he is ardently sincere in his attacks on Labour cultishness and his belief that “you win from the centre”.
Lyons, played by Martin Freeman, looks scarcely less daunted than Bilbo Baggins approaching the Lonely Mountain as he tries to bring Kinnockite/ Blairite centrist “common sense” into a land of brass bands and unbending working-class pride.
A huge help are the terrific performances from Freeman and Greig. They’re very different characters – him slick and metrosexual, her bolshy and exaggeratedly folksy, with a running gag about them failing to get each other’s jokes – but they’re united by a heap of personal damage and a deep-seated belief in the party.
Martin Freeman is Lyons, perfectly catching his mix of playfulness and sincerity — and particularly good at reacting to abuse.
They also interviewed the cast and Martin said about his co-star Tamsin Greig’s last minute addition to the cast and his own work in the play:
It was very weird but fortunately Tamsin hit the ground running and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The size of the role, the size of both of our roles, are too big not to be terrified by and Tamsin might have been terrified inside but she just came to work, hit the ground, and was funny, sharp, a great team player and the quickest learner I have ever seen
[The play] reinforced my admiration for politicians. It has been a long time since I’ve been someone who thinks that all Tories are bastards. Don’t think anyone who goes into being an MP is anything but probably at heart quite a selfless public servant because you don’t do these hours for what is relatively not a lot of money without believing in what you’re doing.
After the play Martin and the rest of the cast and crew attended the after party at The National Cafe. We uploaded the HQ photos to our gallery.
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