Except actually apparently not because just look how long this is.To more or less quote myself from the original slow motion filmography post (from way back in 2014 when the only available version of the film was a vhs-rip with hardcoded Portuguese subtitles), this is another not-huge supporting role for Peter, this time as Tony the
somewhat dodgy solicitor
who also seems to be something of a PR and who is the
best mate of the lead played by James Frain (who was also in Prime Suspect 3 although he and Peter didn’t have any scenes together).
Tony doesn’t have all
that much to do except wear lots of iridescent ties
with those weird overly-buttoned late 1990′s suits
while throwing people into cars (see above), navigating press packs (see above), drinking champagne in limos (see above), and when the occasion calls for it, giving excellent glare.
Also, there’s only one real instance of what you might call swearing in anger in this and guess who does it?
Also, also, this probably just the only time you will ever see Peter
anywhere near a cricket game, much less wearing (extremely untidy)
cricket whites with matching white suede shoes.
No, we don’t get to see him play (“play”), which
obviously would have been the best thing ever, but life is full of disappointments that we must learn to bear gracefully.
BUT WAIT. What DOES the mole rat disease do? I mean I know what it does mechanics-wise but what does it do. Don’t you dare to give me a permanent condition with no better explanation that ‘kills kids, mildly punks adults’ (based on sample size of one adult, one child) that’s not okay. What are the symptoms and how do I manage them? Does this lower my life expectancy? Can I kiss / have sex without worrying or what? Does it transmit between humans or is it strictly a vault 81 molerat –> human interaction? Will it KILL ME?
Curie please explain I think you’re the only one left who might know. This is important.
Hmmm, can you see see something of a pattern here?
Four times in three different decades where Peter gives an interviewer way more unvarnished truth than they were probably expecting.
I’m not sure what I like more: when younger Peter says exactly what he’s thinking (as in the unfinished student film interview from 1989 or even better the What Rats Won’t Do interview from 1997 which does the impossible and makes me happy that film exists) or is it when older Peter is trying to be diplomatic, but by the time his brain catches up to what his mouth just said OUT LOUD, the cat has well and truly escaped the bag.
Of course, other times I’m pretty sure he knows precisely what he’s doing
as I think he did exactly three years ago today on 17 March 2013 when Peter and the very beginnings of The Greatest Mustache in the World had to endure what must have felt like an eternity of Sunday Brunch with The Saturdays on St. Patrick’s Day.
Another not-huge supporting role for Peter, this time as Tony the somewhat dodgy solicitor – who also seems to be something of a PR – the best mate of the lead played by James Frain*. Tony doesn’t have all that much to do except wear nice ties, throw people into cars, navigate press packs, and alternate smiling and glaring, both of which he does with great panache.
Also, this probably just the only time you will ever see Peter anywhere near a cricket game, much less wearing (extremely untidy) cricket whites. No, we don’t get to see him play (“play”), which obviously would have been the best thing ever.
A small technical note: the only known source for this film has Portuguese subtitles that can’t be turned off. I cropped them from the gifs where they would have been visible, but they’re still very present in the film itself.
*For anyone keeping track, they were both in Prime Suspect 3, but had no scenes together.
I’m a little concerned about the number of British B-Movies I’ve been not only consuming, but enjoying recently and this one - despite probable expectations - continued the trend. It’s cliche and nineties but I found it very engaging and enjoyable. The performances are worthwhile (Natasha McElhone and James Frain have good chemistry and reparte) and it also marks the first time Parker Posey didn’t get maddeningly on my nerves. It’s short and worth watching on Netflix if you’re looking for something nice, if not particularly high quality. I liked it.
“What Rats Won’t Do” is now on Netflix Streaming! It has James Frain, Natascha McElhone, Peter Capaldi, Charles Dance and a bunch of other awesome people! But mainly I watched it for PCap (duh) He looks QUITE handsome in the film and his hair is immaculate (yes those are the two criteria I need to watch Peter on film) Enjoy!