Every actor in a film can never get accolades, unless it’s the type of film like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf where there aren’t that many performers to remember. So, ensembles films are something of the worst then. True, if the film turns out well you can always that you’ve contributed to being part of well oiled-machine – which everyone in this next film can confess to. But, it’s a bit of a shame when integral parts of the machine seem hardly ever to be remembered. For example, I think few would be able to single out this performer without some amount of cajoling even though the performance cited here is an excellent one. I’m referring to
Stephen Dillane in The Hours
as Leonard Woolf
For the record, Dillane’s performance is not in the typical vein of a “forgotten” performance since it’s not a subsidiary performance (and, for the record, he’d make my 2002 supporting actor shortlist) but it is the way of the business that persons seem more likely to remember that John C. Reilly and Jeff Daniels (both with smaller roles) were in The Hours at the expense of Dillane’s performance. Perhaps, because Dillane (Tony winner and Emmy nominee, though, he may be) is not as big a name as the other gents in the film.
I’m shining a light on this, though, because the excellent Leonardo Woolf has taken a backseat to Virginia in history and in the film, which is something of a shame because – yes – Virginia (and Nicole) are both genius but so was Leonard.
The random person asked to remember a great scene from Nicole tend to turn to the train station scene (incidentally, not my favourite scene – but I digress). And, Nicole is indeed, brilliant, but so is Stephen.
“It was done for you! It was done for your betterment! It was done out of love!!”And, but of course, his strongest scene is a just a reinforcement of how he’s existing for Virginia…but, that’s as it should be. It doesn’t make his performance any less good….only, unfortunately, forgotten.
Or, do I misjudge the situation? Do you remember Dillane’s fine work as Leonard?