Actor Geoffrey Rush comes to TIFF.22

Geoffrey Rush, particularly known for his eccentric roles in both films and TV series as well as stage shows, is one of Australia’s most acclaimed actors. His film career literally exploded with the role of David Helfgott – the genius pianist who suffers a devastating nervous breakdown but manages to save himself – in Shine (Shine, ed. Scott Hicks, 1996). The film brought him global recognition, an Academy Award and numerous other top honors. “There are no half measures in Rush’s memorable performance. Helfgott is the kind of character you can’t really portray unless you get completely under his skin.” (The Guardian). Shine will have a special screening at TIFF, in the presence of the actor.

With an apparent predilection for playing historical figures, Geoffrey Rush was also nominated for an Oscar for three such characters: Philip Henslowe, the debt-ridden theater manager in Shakespeare in love (Shakespeare in Love, dir. John Madden, 1999); The Marquis de Sade in the biographical drama Quills (dir. Philip Kaufman, 2000), based on the play of the same name by Doug Wright, and Lionel Logue, the speech therapist who helped King George VI with his speech problems, in The King’s Speech (The King’s Speechr. Tom Hooper, 2010).

Rush earned an Emmy Award for his starring role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (dir. Stephen Hopkins, 2004), an adaptation of Roger Lewis’ book about the life of the iconic comedy actor party and for playing Inspector Clouseau in the series pink Panther. He also won a Tony Award in 2009, playing the dying monarch Berenger I in Romanian-born playwright Eugen Ionescu’s absurd play, The king dies – thus achieving the ultimate recognition that an actor can be proud of, so called Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar-Emmy-Tony). He is one of only 9 actors in the world (along with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons) who have achieved this hat-trickhis award haul also including two Golden Globes and three BAFTA Awards.

Geoffrey Rush is also part of the universe Pirates of the Caribbean. Captain Hector Barbossa, the character played by the Australian, appears in all the films of the series, being the enemy of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

The actor will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the TIFF Closing Gala on June 17.

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