Since September 2009, I have written several blogs about the young British actor, Ben Barnes. He has lots of interesting facts that made him intriguing. I admire not only his good looks, but also his personality and more on his acting talent. Though in the range of 2007 to 2010, he only had 8 movies, but from one movie to another, his roles were diverse and different from each other.
He played small but pivotal role as young Dunstan in Stardust, then he changed his character into Russian thug. But he also the naive and vulnerable young prince in Prince Caspian and charming drip mama’s boy type in Easy Virtue. At his utmost beauty, he took the role as timeless narcissist, Dorian Gray but again put down all the glorious moment and taking his route to play the insecure tortured father in Locked In. He returned as the self-assured king in Voyage of Dawn Treader, though it was his second time to played the same role as Caspian, but his character develops. His latest role was wannabe rockstar Neil McCormick in the movie called Killing Bono. From the behind the scene clips and few interviews, he showed that he totally giving himself into a rock star wannabe. As an actor, he proved that he’s preparing his path to become a formidable one.
But Ben Barnes is not someone you can see every where every time. He only appears for his projects and its promotions. Out of that circle, he’s invicible. His latest appearance was in Madrid, Spain early June, promoting his movie, Dorian Gray. Of course, he looks at his best. The new hair cut, the new fashion style made him tantalizing and the object of embarassing drools. But then, he vanished ^_^
I always questioning his next projects. He’s so unpredictible, yet he never failed in shocking me as his fan. He said in one of his interview in Spain, “I have a couple of things, but I don’t know which to choose, I hope in the coming weeks to make a decision on either project”. It was last week and boy, he made his decision very quick and the news emerged as quick as the lightning. Ben Barnes will play Stephen Wraysford the lead role in stage version of Sebastian Faulk’s phenomenal best-seller, Birdsong. A heartbreaking dramas centred around World War I and powerful love story too.
He’s coming back to stage? well, that’s what I call shocking news. I was shocked, not understand his decision, but then I admire him more. Because the charming Brit once said, “Acting is my dream job. I am happy and grateful that I am not amongst those people who, after the end of their studies are not sure if they actually want to spend the rest of their lives in the profession they learned“. His decision to take a role back to West End stage showing his deep passion in acting.
But that’s not the only reason for me to write this blog. Taking a role on stage was totally different from taking a role in a movie. To be on stage, one must be well prepared. There will be no “re-take” or “cut” if one make mistake. Acting was real on stage. Real talent was needed. His decision made him more adorable. Made me proud of becoming his fans. By taking the role on stage, Ben Barnes shows that he has the real acting talent.
Birdsong goes into rehearsal in early August and begins performances at the Comedy Theatre on September 18, with an official first night on September 28. As his freaking crazy fan, I wish I had a chance to see him on stage ^_^
I write so I can share what I see through my heart, my personal point of view and my own analysis.
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