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Jonathan Pryce is everywhere


Last Saturday my Wife and I went to the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. We were off to see The Caretaker by Harold Pinter. The wonderful actor Jonathan Pryce was starring in it.

This is the guy who was Sam Lowry in Gilliam’s Brazil, Mr Dark in Something Wicked This Way Comes, Jack in Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies, Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean and star of numerous other films, TV shows and stage plays. He was also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

He is a proper actors actor and has a cool sounding voice.

Okay, for those who know the Everyman Theatre we were downstairs in the bar / restaurant queuing up for some food before the play. I was chatting to my Wife when she suddenly stopped and pointed behind me quite dramatically before turning away. Worried I quickly spun round like a ninja…well maybe more like a man in his mid 30’s with a beard.

It was double take time. There standing in the queue was the aforementioned Jonathan Pryce (turns out he that after he graduated from RADA he joined the Everyman Theatre Liverpool Company, eventually becoming the theatre’s Artistic Director. Plus it is where he met his wife, so he was basically returning to his roots with this play).

He looked very well, bearded like myself (he was playing the tramp Davies in the play) and he was just a bloke standing in the queue waiting for some food.

Now I could have blurted out something like, “Holy Bloody Fracking Cow, Your Jonathan Pryce,” or “Holy Jabba you’re the Dude from Brazil!”, or “Sweet Jumping Jack Flash you were in that film with Whoopi Goldberg whose name I forget.”

I could have said them, but I am cooler than that. So much cooler. Oh yes. You can’t touch this man for coolness.

Thinking fast and not forgetting that I run a film blog (this small fact instantly fled my mind – I need to get business cards made up) I took a deep breath and turned back to Mr Pryce.

“You were the last person I expected to see when I turned around.” I exclaimed with a smile on my face.

“I am everywhere.” He responded with an all knowing grin on his face.

We nodded and returned back to our inner monologues before ordering food and departing henceforthwith.

Definitive proof there that Jonathan Pryce is indeed God.

The Caretaker was excellent. Funny, chilling and a little disturbing in places. Pryce was fantastic as were Peter MacDonald and Tom Brook. I recommend it and it runs until 31st October at the Everyman.


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