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about the cast
the cast
Anthony Hopkins (Ted Crawford)

Ryan Gosling (Willy Beachum)

David Strathairn (Joe Lobruto)

Rosamund Pike (Nikki Gardner)

Embeth Davidtz (Jennifer Crawford)

Billy Burke (Detective Rob Nunally)

Cliff Curtis (Detective Flores)

Bob Gunton (Judge Gardner)

CAST BIOS  

Anthony Hopkins (Ted Crawford)

Anthony Hopkins received an Academy Award® for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and was subsequently nominated in the same category for his performances in The Remains of the Day (1993) and Nixon (1995). He was also given Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for The Remains of the Day. In 1993, he starred in Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands with Debra Winger, winning numerous critics awards in the U.S. and Britain. In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Amistad.

In 2001, Hopkins starred in the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, in which he starred with Julianne Moore. Directed by Ridley Scott, the blockbuster film grossed over $100 million domestically. He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season's hit film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

In 1998, he starred in Meet Joe Black, directed by Martin Brest and Instinct, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and in Titus, Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus with Jessica Lange.

In 1992 he appeared in Howard's End and Bram Stoker's Dracula before starring in Legends of the Fall and The Road to Wellville. He made his directorial debut in 1995with August, an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya for which he composed the musical score and also played Vanya. He starred in the title role in Surviving Picasso and with Alec Baldwin in The Edge, a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet and directed by Lee Tamahori. The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998, and Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in December 1997.

Earlier films include 84 Charing Cross Road, The Elephant Man, Magic, and A Bridge Too Far. The Bounty and Desperate Hours were his first two collaborations with Dino De Laurentiis Company. In American television, he received two Emmy Awards for "The  Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (1976) in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and "The Bunker" (1981) in which he portrayed Adolph Hitler.

Born December 31, 1937 in Margum near Port Talbot Wales, he is the only child of Muriel and Richard Hopkins. His father was a banker. He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School. At 17, he wandered into a YMCA amateur theater production and knew immediately that he was in the right place. With newfound enthusiasm, combined with proficiency at the piano, he won a scholarship to the Welsh College of Music &Drama in Cardiff where he studied for two years (1955-1957).

He entered the British Army in 1958 for mandatory training, spending most of the two-year tour of duty clerking the Royal Artillery unit at Bulford.

In 1960, he was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theater at the Old Vic. Two years later, Hopkins was Olivier's understudy in Strindberg's"Dance of Death." Hopkins made his film debut in 1967, playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in the Winter, starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy Award as Best Picture.

American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of "LeonUris' QBVII," the first American mini-series, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kleno who is ultimately destroyed by his wartime past. The following year, he starred on Broadway in the National Theatre production of "Equus,"and later mounted another production of the play in Los Angeles where he lived for 10years, working extensively in American films and television.

After starring as Captain Bligh in The Bounty (1984), he returned to England and the National Theater in David Hare's "Pravada," for which he received the British Theater Association's Best Actor Award and The Observer Award for Outstanding achievement at the 1985 Laurence Olivier Awards. During this time at the National he starred in"Antony and Cleopatra" and "King Lear."

Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's Hearts In Atlantis for director Scott Hicks, the action comedy to Bad Company, co-starring Chris Rock, and the box-office hit prequel to Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, co-starring Ed Norton,Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson.

Hopkins last two films were The Human Stain opposite Nicole Kidman and Alexander opposite Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, directed by Oliver Stone. He was recently seen in Proof co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, directed by John Madden. Hopkins was most recently seen in The World's Fastest Indian, directed by Roger Donaldson and All the King's Men with Jude Law, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, directed by Steven Zaillian.

Ryan Gosling (Willy Beachum)

Landing the controversial lead role in the film The Believer was a career breakthrough for Ryan Gosling. His performance garnered him rave reviews and industry-wide attention. He continues to be noticed as "one of the most exciting actors of his generation," as recently declared by Manohla Dargis, critic for The New York Times. In 2004, he was lauded as ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow.

This year, Gosling was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson. His performance as a drug-addicted inner city junior high schoolteacher also earned him a Best Male Lead Actor award a the Film Independent's Spirit Awards, as well as Best Actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the Broadcast Film Critics Awards, Chicago Film Critics, Online Film Critics' Society, Toronto Film Critics and the Satellite Awards. He was awarded the Male Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review, and won Best Actor Awards from both the Seattle and Stockholm International Film Festivals.

Gosling's performance in The Believer, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001Sundance Film Festival, garnered him a Best Actor Film Independent's Spirit nomination, a Best Actor nomination from the London Film Critics' Circle, and earned him the Golden Ram for Best Actor by the Russian National Critics Association.

He returned to Sundance in 2002 starring in the independent feature The Slaughter Rule, playing an emotionally vulnerable and estranged teen, opposite David Morse. He  received strong reviews for his follow-up performance as a nihilistic predator in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits include Remember The Titans, starring Denzel Washington.

Gosling's penchant to take on intricate and complex characters earned him the lead and title role in The United States of Leland, opposite Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle, in2003. Subsequently, he starred in the 2004 summer blockbuster romantic drama The Notebook, followed by Marc Forster's Stay, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

He will next be seen as the title role in Lars and the Real Girl, with Patricia Clarkson and Emily Mortimer.

David Strathairn (Joe Lobruto)

A seasoned actor on and off Broadway, the big screen, and television, David Strathairn,the son of a surgeon, was born in San Francisco. After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, he attended Ringling Brothers Clown College in Florida, before launching a successful acting career.

Strathairn has appeared in many of his Williams College classmate John Sayles' features, including his own and Sayles' directorial debut The Return of Secaucus Seven. Other Sayles features for which Strathairn has starred include Limbo, Matewan, Brother From Another Planet, Eight Men Out, City of Hope, and Passion Fish.

Continuing to work with Hollywood's top directors, some of Strathairn's film credits include Mike Nichols's Silkwood, Stephen Gyllenhaal's Losing Isaiah, Sydney Pollack's The Firm, Tim Robbins's Bob Roberts, Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own, Taylor Hackford's Dolores Claiborne, Curtis Hanson's LA Confidential, and Philip Kaufman's Twisted to name just a few.

Also working with Hollywood's hottest talent, he has starred opposite Meryl Streep in The River Wild, with Richard Dreyfuss in Lost in Yonkers, with Jessica Lange in Losing Isaiah, with Ray Liotta and Jamie Lee Curtis in Dominick and Eugene, with Sean Penn and Christopher Walken in At Close Range, with Debra Winger in A Dangerous Woman, with Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt in Simon Birch, and with  Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore in A Map of the World. David has appeared in the features Blue Car, which was purchased by Miramax from the 2002 Sundance festival, and Harrison's Flowers, opposite Andie Macdowell.

His extensive stage work includes "The Three Sisters" with Billy Crudup and Marcia Gay Harden, "Dance of Death" with Sir Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren and "Salome" with Al Pacino.

David starred as Edward R. Murrow in the Warner Independent feature Good Night and Good Luck, co-written, produced and directed by George Clooney. David won for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe, Academy Award and a SAG Award for his performance, amongst others.

He is currently working alongside Matt Damon and Joan Allen on The Bourne Ultimatum.

Rosamund Pike (Nikki Gardner)

Rosamund Pike grew up in London, the only daughter of two professional opera singers. Her key formative years were spent on the European continent, including a liberating few months in Italy as her father worked with modernist composer Hans Werne Henze. At16, Pike was accepted at the celebrated National Youth Theatre where she spent the following three summers, culminating in her playing her first lead role in "Romeo and Juliet" when she was 18. It was that performance which brought her to the attention of agent Dallas Smith who spent the next few years closely guiding her career. The play ran over the summer holidays prior to her taking a place at Oxford where she studied English Literature at Wadham College.

At Oxford, Pike continued to act and toured with the university production of "The Taming of the Shrew." The tour, during summer recess, took her on a magical, six-week trip to Japan, performing in theatres in Osaka, Kyoto and the Tokyo Globe. Just prior to leaving, she spent two days shooting her first film role in A Rather English Marriage starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney. She played the part of Albert Finney's niece,Celia, who put pay to his chances of a cash-rich retirement when she inherited her aunt's wealth on her death.

Pike also spent evenings at the local repertory theatre, the famous Oxford Playhouse.She played the part of the restoration actress Elisabeth Barry in Stephen Jeffreys' play"The Libertine" about the life of the scandalous Earl of Rochester, as well as Ann in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons."

Before she left for Oxford, Pike had met with a leading casting director for a project that she was keen to be a part of. The project was delayed and nothing came of it, but a year later she received a call out of the blue and was subsequently cast as Lady Harriet in the BBC's lavish production of "Wives and Daughters." It was her first job for the BBC and she was over the moon to be working with such distinguished actors such as Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis and Bill Patterson. The part of Lady Harriet was a great challenge­ outstanding equestrian, razor sharp, and a real fighter Pike was perfectly cast and her strong portrayal was critically acclaimed. Vanity Fair commented that she"stood out like a banner snapping in the wind" Pike was away for nine months but returned to Oxford to finish her degree and to do a final play at the Oxford Playhouse.She played the funny, bizarre Daisy in Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" directed by local director Delphine Schrank.

During the following summer vacation she spent ten weeks filming Love in a Cold Climate, an adaptation of the Nancy Mitford books. Shot at the Mitford's glorious house,Batsford Park, in the Cotswolds, Pike played Fanny, an outwardly shy and insecure girl but whose warmth and kindness made her a very magnetic character. The extraordinary cast list included Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Celia Imrie, John Standing and Anthony Andrews. Returning to Oxford for the final three terms she took the role of Kyra in David Hare's"Skylight," directed by young film director and fellow Oxford student James Rogan, who went on to direct "Dead Bolt Dead."

Pike's next incarnation was as Miranda Frost, MI6 agent, ice maiden, champion fencer and a true match for James Bond last Winter's Die Another Day. Miranda has been plucked from a fencing championship to work for the government office of MI6. She is sent to Iceland to work with James as a "mole" placed as public relations officer in the organization run by villain Gustav Graves). Dame Judi Dench pointed out to her on her first day of filming that, according to her M16 file, as well as speaking Serbian, Russian and Swahili, Miranda has a distinguishing birthmark on her left buttock - Pike does not!

After Bond, Pike returned to theatre, as "The Blonde" in award-winning director Terry Johnson's highly-acclaimed "Hitchcock Blonde" at the Royal Court Theatre in London.The Daily Mail said that she "makes a stunningly poised stage debut, remarkably like Grace Kelly, and glorious to behold", The Independent called her "both stunningly beautiful and a haunting mix of the desperate and the determined as The Blonde" and The Observer described Rosamund as "magnetically hard to take your eyes off". The play's huge success meant that it transferred to the Lyric Theatre in the West End in June 2003, an achievement that was noticed by The New York Times, who called Pike"delicious."

After taking a well-earned break, Pike found herself being called to Israel in early 2004,to take the lead role in Amos Gitai's documentary-style thriller, Promised Land Hotel.She plays a journalist who uncovers a human trafficking ring in the Gaza Strip, alongside co-star Anne Parillaud. Upon her return to London, Pike immediately started work on Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, alongside Johnny Depp. She plays Elizabeth Malet,wife to Depp's Earl of Rochester, with John Malkovich as King Charles II and Samantha Morton as Elizabeth Barry. Rosamund's performance was praise by the New York Daily News, who praised her for finding `a well of romantic intensity within the seemingly passive young woman.' The film was released in the UK and US in November 2005 and Pike was rewarded for her extraordinary performance with a 2005 British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor / Actress.

Pike stayed in the UK for her next project, a star-studded adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Joe Wright, Pike plays beautiful, but misled Jane Bennett, alongside an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench. This much-anticipated film was released in  the UK in September 2005 and in the US two months later, with Total Film describing Pike's performance as `impressive' and The Independent saying that she portrays Jane with `moving ferocity.' Pike has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2006 London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performance.

In late 2004, Pike swapped her corset for a bullet-proof vest, when she took on the lead female role of Samantha Grimm in the huge-budget action film, Doom, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. The film is an adaptation of the computer game of the same name ­one of the most popular titles in gaming history ­ and shot straight to the top of the US box office on its release in October 2005. Shot in Prague, the film co-stars Karl Urban(as Samantha's renegade brother), The Rock and a host of mutant aliens.

In 2005, Pike spent three months in New York filming the independent thriller, Screen Test. Directed by James Oakley and co-starring Lena Olin. The film is due for release in2006.

Pike recently completed a run of the Tennessee Williams play "Summer and Smoke" on the West End stage opposite Chris Carmack to rave reviews.

Embeth Davidtz (Jennifer Crawford)

Constantly delivering poignant and critically applauded performances, Embeth Davidtz caught the attention of the world for her genuine and confident portrayal as the Jewish maid who survives both the abuse and attraction of Ralph Fienne's sadistic commander"Goeth" in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. People who saw her work recognized the future was promising for an actress whose talent seemed unstoppable. Embeth Davidtz has delivered on that promise.

Embeth is currently shooting the television drama "In Treatment" opposite Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the highly anticipated program focuses on a psychologist who seeks refuge from his patients by getting his own therapist.

Embeth was most recently seen on the big screen starring in the critically acclaimed feature film, Junebug opposite Amy Adams and Alessandro Nivola. Released by Sony Classics, Junebug premiered to rave reviews at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The  drama tells the tale of a dealer in "outsider" art who travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, and upon arrival, challenges the equilibrium of the middle class Southern home.

Previous film credits include the highly successful Bridget Jones Diary opposite Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger, The Palace Thief, with Kevin Kline and Patrick Dempsey,Nick Hamm's independent film, The Hole, the thriller 13 Ghosts, Miramax's Mansfield Park, Disney's Bicentennial Man, Robert Altman's critically acclaimed thriller The Gingerbread Man, Murder in the First opposite Kevin Bacon, Feast of July, Matilda and the supernatural thriller Fallen opposite Denzel Washington.

In addition to her film work, Davidtz made her debut as a season regular on CBS's"Citizen Baines," created by John Wells. The drama focused on a prominent three-term US senator (James Cromwell) returning to his Seattle home to join his family following a shocking loss in his bid for re-election. Davidtz portrayed his daughter who aspired to follow in her father's footsteps as a future congresswoman.

Billy Burke (Detective Rob Nunally)

Billy Burke is a compelling and critically-acclaimed young actor whose credits span both television and feature film.

Most recently he completed filming The Feast of Love. The film, directed by Robert Benton, also stars Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear and is due for release later this year.

This spring, Billy will re-team with Fracture director Greg Hoblit on the Sony Pictures film Untraceable in which he will star opposite Diane Lane.

Additionally, Billy has completed shooting two independent films - The Grift with John Savage and Forfeit with Sherry Stringfield which will premiere this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Billy's feature film credits include a co-starring role in the Touchstone film Ladder 49 with Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta; a starring role in Dill Scallion, which premiered at  the Sundance Film Festival and also starred with Peter Berg, Henry Winkler and Lauren Graham; Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman and Without Limits for writer/director by Robert Towne.

His television credits include a chilling six episode arc on the second season of Fox's"24" as well as the critically acclaimed ABC series "Wonderland," which was written and directed by Peter Berg.

Cliff Curtis (Detective Flores)

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand and attended the New Zealand Drama School, as well as the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland.

After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was cast in The Piano. Subsequent roles in New Zealand include the camp melodrama Desperate Remedies, the grueling urban drama, Once Were Warriors, in which he plays a child rapist, and the lighthearted comedy Jubilee.

In Hollywood, Cliff Curtis has played a range of different roles and ethnicities in films from Columbians to Italians to Latinos and more. His resume includes such films as Runaway Jury, Collateral Damage, The Majestic, Training Day, Blow, The Insider,Bringing out the Dead, Three Kings, Six Days, Seven Nights and Deep Rising, but Curtis is probably best known for his role as young actress Keisha Castle-Hughes' father,Porourangi, in the critically acclaimed Whale Rider.

Recently Curtis starred opposite Samantha Morton and Keifer Sutherland in River Queen, with Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn in The Fountain, in the upcoming Sunshine with Michelle Yeoh and in Roland Emmerich's remake of 10,000B.C., set for release next year.

Bob Gunton (Judge Gardner)

In a distinguished 30 year career, Bob Gunton has played a potpourri of memorable roles in notable productions in theatre, television and film.

On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his work in "Sweeney Todd" and for his portrayal of Juan Peron in "Evita." He was also featured in "Big River,""Roza," "Passion," "King of Hearts," "Working" and "Happy End." He received an Obie Award for playing 21 characters in "How I Got That Story," as well as the Clarence Derwent Award for The Most Promising New New York Actor of 1980. In 2004, Gunton was nominated for a Barrymore Award for playing the eponymous role in "The Great Ostrovsky" ­ the great Cy Coleman's last musical, in a pre-Broadway production.

Gunton's feature film work runs the gamut from farce to drama. Working with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, Gunton has appeared in Oliver Stone's JFK, and Born on the Fourth of July; Ed Zwick's Glory; John Woo's Broken Arrow; and, most memorably, as the Warden in Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. Other of Gunton's dozens of film appearances include: Patch Adams, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dolores Claiborne, Cookie, Matewan, Jennifer 8, The Perfect Storm, I (Heart)Huckabees and the soon-to-be-released, Believe in Me, Rendition, Numb and Player5150.

Gunton's many telefilms, miniseries and cable movies include: "Mission of the Shark,""Wild Palms," "When Billy Beat Bobby," "Running Mates," "61*," "Sinatra" (as Tommy Dorsey), "Kingfish" (as FDR), "Iron-Jawed Angels" (as Woodrow Wilson), "Elvis Meets Nixon" (as Nixon) and "Judas and Jesus."

Gunton was a series regular on "Courthouse," "Greg the Bunny," "Hothouse" and"Peacemakers." He has had recurring roles on "Mr. Sterling," Desperate Housewives,""E-Ring," "Nip/Tuck," "Pepper Dennis" and "24."

Bob Gunton was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for his combat service in Vietnam. He is father to recent Yale Graduate; Olivia Ann. Bob is also a newlywed. His bride, the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high school classmate from 40 years ago. Bob has written articles for Theatre World and The Los Angeles Times. He is currently completing a memoir.

 

 
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