John Hurt Pancreatic Cancer Optimism

John Hurt Pancreatic Cancer Optimism Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.30.11
Pancreatic Cancer two words in the English language guaranteed to send chills down the spine, bringing up visions of the late actor Patrick Swayze, and John Hurt has been diagnosed with this deadly disease but says he is full of optimism. The two time Oscar nominee recently completed work on an 18 minute long short, Sailcloth, The Daily Telegraph waxed lyrical about the film and Hurt’s performance in it. as well as his gloomy health forecast.

There are few actors in the world with such a wide and varied career of dissimilar roles in a range of genres. From his first part in television, in the iconic Z Cars back in 1962 to the short film Sailcloth and the upcoming projects listed in IMDb, which number 11, Hurt has worked steadily and left a lasting impression on cinema audiences the world over.

His Oscar nominations came for The Elephant Man (1981) as Best Actor and prior to that the 1979 film Midnight Express as Best Supporting Actor, it is interesting to note that the first “nod” was for his performance in a biopic based part of John Merrick’s life and the second nomination was for a “based on a true story” picture.

Hurt did get the BAFTA for both film roles and got another, on top of his 2012 “Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema,” for his work in The Naked Civil Servant in 1975. Sir John famously had an alien burst from his chest in Ridley Scott’s Alien and played in Guillermo Del Toro’s film Hellboy, based on the comics. Hurt recently played a pivotal role in Snowpiercer , another film based upon a “comic” in this case a French graphic novel.

This small slice of the long body of work from John Hurt shows just how talented and versatile this performer is and makes the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer all the more bitter and upsetting. The 75 year-old actor shows no sign of slowing down, however, he is currently filming The History of Love, which is projected for a 2016 release.

English newspaper The Guardian reports that Hurt is undergoing treatment while in the early stages of the disease and according to the actor he has good reason to be so optimistic.

Sir John says the medical team are very positive about the course of his treatment. In one of those, “can you believe it moments” the actor will be recording a BBC Radio Four play, Keith Waterhouse’s Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, something that several publications have referred to as an ultimate “irony.”

Despite the horrific news that this august actor has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his optimism does not feel misplaced and one can only hope that his distinctive voice and impressive skills will continue to be heard and seen for some time to come.

The Skeleton Twins: We Are Family (Review and Trailer)

The Skeleton Twins: We Are Family (Review and Trailer)

The Skeleton Twins being released on digital HD seems a good a time as any to look at the Saturday Night Live alum picture with its “we are family” message.Starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, the film was directed by Craig Johnson (in his second feature film in the driver’s seat), who also co-wrote the screenplay with Mark Heyman (Black Swan, Cha Cha de los Chans), the film stars the two former SNL entertainers as estranged siblings who avoid death at roughly the same time and attempt to reconnect afterward.

H.R. Giger Alien Artist Dead Aged 74

H.R. Giger Alien Artist Dead Aged 74

Alien Artist H.R. Giger has died at the age of 74 on Tuesday according to Swiss television. Apparently Giger died from injuries sustained during a fall. The artist was best known as the man responsible for creating the designs for Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 space horror film Alien. Giger won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on the film.

 

Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson Intensely Stark Beauty (Trailer)

Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson Intensely Stark Beauty (Trailer)

Jonathan Glazer’s “out of the box” film Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson is a film that almost defies description, but at its core the movie is intensely stark with a terrible grim beauty. The film could be categorized as science fiction noir for lack of a better term, and Glazer may just have, along with his star, the wildly talented Johansson, invented a new genre.

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes Men (Review)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes Men (Review)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes Men gives its audience another little glimpse of its big screen cousin, so to speak, by bringing in Lady Sif. This Asgardian warrior, who appeared in the film Thor,and briefly in the sequel Thor: The Dark World is played ably by actress Jaimie Alexander who does not allow the constraints of being on the smaller screen interrupt her channeling of this strong female character. It does seem to be the show’s trump card; pulling in characters from the larger screen verse of Marvel.