It takes me a while to notice some actors. Then when I do sit up and take a good look, I wonder what took me so long and how could I be so blind. This is the case with British actor Matthew Goode. I’d seen The Lookout and My Family and Other Animals, but he failed to make an impression. Then, last week I watched Masterpiece Contemporary, which he hosts. Wow. He really cleans up nicely! How did I miss those eyes and that deep, resonant voice?
I’ve been busy catching up, watching his movies and TV work, visiting his fansite, watching his youtube videos. All the normal obsessive stuff. This guy is as interesting as the characters he plays. He’s intelligent, funny, charming, and he gives a good interview…as long as there aren’t any kids around. Or censors. Goode is a loose cannon, and he’s been getting into some trouble over his candor. He told a reporter that his movie Leap Year was “turgid” (yeah, I had to get out the dictionary. It means overblown and bombastic.) so he had to makes some quick apologies. John Preston described it best in The Telegraph:
“In fact, there’s something Tiggerish about him, not only in the jangle-limbed way he moves – he’s 6ft 2in – but also in the way he is utterly confident in his ability to win people over, no matter what he says. Every so often, he claps his hand to his mouth and says: ‘Oh God!’ as if he can’t help himself. Yet at 31 he’s old enough, and bright enough, to know exactly what he’s doing. Partly he’s shooting his mouth off because he believes he has every right to and partly because he thinks he can get away with it. It’s a test of his charm, something of which he has considerable reserves.” (read full article here)
So, I’m intrigued but also worried. I really feel this guy has reached his Tipping Point–he’s about to be big. But has he blown it? When I go to imdb.com to look up his upcoming projects…there aren’t any. Are producers unwilling to take a chance on him? If he’s not in pre-production for anything, it could be more than a year before we see him again. Sure, he could do some stage work, but my days of flying over to New York and London to see a show are long past. The only thing I’ve found regarding his future is that he recently auditioned for Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. (yeah, he’s mocked his physical drawbacks, too.)
Well, Leap Year comes out on DVD on May 4 and A Single Man will be be released on July 6. I will be waiting and keeping my fingers crossed. And watching for upcoming Masterpiece Contemporary broadcasts for my Matthew Goode fix.