Quote: "We had a screening at the Holocaust Museum in Washington and it was a very special night because there were quite a few survivors in the audience, and I met a guy who came up to me and said, 'I was 14 during the second world war and I was hidden by a very kindly, average farmer just on the outskirts of Paris for three or four years, and your character in the film reminded me so much of him'. This guy's now in his late 80s... and I can't imagine what he's been through." Actor Geoffrey Rush on the emotional toll of promoting his new movie The Book Thief, in which he plays a father who hides a Jew from the Nazis during World War Two.
Fact: Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush has joined Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in ancient history epic Gods Of Egypt. The Australian actor has reportedly signed on to play sun god Ra in director Alex Proyas' ambitious movie. Game of Thrones star Coster-Waldau will portray Horus, while Butler is very close to signing up for the role of Set, the god of the desert.
Quote: "I suppose being an Australian, we do still have the current Queen Elizabeth II as our head of state - I think we should maybe cut the apron strings. I don't mean in a rude way, there would always be an honouring of that bond from the past, but I think it's time we took our own adult steps." Aussie actor Geoffrey Rush thinks his homeland should no longer be under British monarch QUEEN ELIZABETH II's reign.
Fact: Director TOM HOOPER and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann were among the guests at a dinner in honour of Geoffrey Rush's Oscar-nominated performance in THE KING'S SPEECH at New York's Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday (08Feb11).
Quote: "As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognised and honoured by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King of England happened to pop by one day... To have your work honoured by your industry peers is even better." Geoffrey Rush, who plays an Aussie voice coach in THE KING'S SPEECH, is thrilled about his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the role.
Fact: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush was feted for his Broadway debut in EXIT THE KING on Tuesday (02Jun09) when he was presented with a Theatre World Award during a ceremony in Manhattan, New York.
Quote: "I am lucky, in that I'm the guy who can masquerade behind a very hairy, spirit-gummed face, with rubber latex on to make me look much older than I am". Pirates Of The Caribbean star Geoffrey Rush can't get enough of his swashbuckling disguise.