Well, I seem to be publishing updates with a frequency approaching Hailey’s Comet sightings! (For those curious, Hailey’s Comet will be visible again in 2061.)
It’s been a busy year on many fronts. Let’s start with TV.
Through the Spring and Summer of 2013 I had the great fortune to work on Season One of Hallmark Channel’s, “Cedar Cove.” I had a truly wonderful time working with Andie Macdowell, Sarah Smyth and Dylan Neal – all wonderful people and generous collaborators. Season One was a huge success for the the show and Andie and the the gang are well into production on Season Two. Look for it to air mid July 2014.
While I had many memorable scenes and moments with Andie and Sarah, I will be forever grateful to our Producers for this opportunity…
My son, Callum, was cast as Jordon in flashback scenes, the son that Olivia and Stan tragically lost in a drowning accident years ago. It was our first time working together on screen and it was a magical day! Callum very generously agreed to share his trailer with me!
Check this space soon for a a new update page devoted to Callum and his upcoming projects.
A few other favourite TV roles from 2013 include playing Mr. George Darling in ABC’s, “Once Upon A Time.” Wendy’s Dad, Peter Pan… I mean, come on! It was ridiculous fun!! The moustache alone was a highlight.
In the Fall, I made an appearance as Mayor Rob Woodruff on A&E’s critically acclaimed, “Bates Motel.” Working with Vera Farmiga is, quite simply, as good as it gets. I have my fingers crossed that the Mayor might have more to take up with Norma in the future…
More recently, I was in Toronto to shoot the CW hit, “Reign.” Now, I have to say, this one was very close to my heart. A 16th Century Scottish Lord at the French Court, a kilt, a broadsword, a dagger…
… it was a rare treat!! I love historical or period stories and the opportunities don’t come along frequently enough for my liking. And the chance to play a Scottish character… it was a joy. Alan Kroeger, our Director, and the fabulous cast led by Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Combs and Toby Regbo were incredibly welcoming and generous. It was a dream set. They have deservedly been picked up for a second season. If you haven’t seen “Reign” yet, check it out and enjoy!
Finally, in TV terms, most recently I have been filming a new series for BBC America, “Intruders.” It stars the incredibly gifted team of John Simm, Mira Sorvino and James Frain. I can’t say much more about it or my role at this point but I believe it is going to be a big hit for the network. The wildly talented and inspirational team of Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Glen Morgan and his fabulous writing staff have crafted something really compelling, chilling and unique. The series is brilliantly directed by Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Stamm. Another teaser found here. Watch for it this summer!!
I have also enjoyed a great deal of good fortune in feature films during the past year. First up was Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep.” I have a cameo as an FBI Agent who is trying to track down Robert’s character in the film. It was an honour to be invited to his set and take direction from a legendary artist.
That was equally true of my next opportunity which was on the set of Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.” I have always been a huge fan of his films, his talent and vision. He is a true master. I couldn’t overstate or exaggerate how thrilled I was to work with him and the sublimely and astonishingly talented Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
Most recently, as many of you have now heard, I had the chance to join the divine Sam Taylor-Johnson and E.L. James for the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sam directed the wonderful, imaginative and emotional “Nowhere Boy.” She was an absolute joy to work with. Long before I ever made it to set I heard from every crew member, in every department how much I was going to love her. They were right. We all came under her beguiling spell. Erika was no less charming and wonderful herself. She had me laughing and smiling every minute in her company!
Though I can’t share anything more, I can attest to the tremendous work and care that went in to making the film during my time on set. Sam set the tone and everyone followed. I certainly hope that Erika and her legion of followers are going to be pleased and entertained with the film version of her phenomenally successful novel. I’m grateful to have been invited to their world!
Well, that’s about it for now. I will do my best to make the updates a little more frequent. Thank you very much for stopping by! As ever, I do my best to respond to your letters, emails and kind thoughts as time permits.
All the best,