|photo by David Appleby, Coutesy of Mongrel Media|
I haven't seen every single movie that Ralph has been in (he's been in some wonderful film, as well as some stinkers), but I remember when I finally got a chance to see him in The English Patient--the beauty, the horror! To be loved the way his fictionalized Count Laszlo de Almasay loved Katherine Cliffton (Kristen Scott Thomas) is enviable. It makes me want to swoon. Yep, I said it swoon! Even as I grapple with the morality/immorality of actions taken by his character, Ralph makes me melt with his quiet strength, his mellifluous voice and his incredible glacial-blue eyes!
He also has a great butt. Trust me, he does. Have a gander some time. Have you seen Coriolanus? My other love, Shakespeare teamed with Ralph Fiennes' acting prowess and theatrical training! What a feast! And what a delectable duo is Fiennes and Butler ("He's mine, or I am his") in this dramatic play adapted, modernized and directed for the screen by himself. Ralph's bad boys are no good, but they fascinate because of what he brings to the role--check out In Bruges (not for the politically correct). And what can we say about Lord Voldemort in 4 of the Harry Potter films? Even scaring children, with a face that's digitally altered, his threatening voice makes me want to join Slytherin House. (Actually I think I'm a Gryffindor/Ravenclaw hybrid).
Sexy, serious Ralph is expected, but I love his playfulness in, wait for it, Maid In Manhattan. I know, I know, it's not a good film, but it's my guilty pleasure! The plot is full of holes, but I can't resist those normally cold eyes glinting with pleasure! He laughs in this one. Please don't hold this against me as you head out the door to watch "The Invisible Woman". Ralph may have done Manhattan as a break from his usual offerings, but The Invisible Woman is his baby (he not only stars, he directs) and as the offspring of a writer and a photographer, you can bank on the fact that Ralph Fiennes knows how to tell an amazing visual story!