My deepest apologies for the delay on this update: I was out of town when the interview was first released, and then I completely forgot about it. Anyway, there is a new-ish article from Theater Mania in which Lee Pace talks Golden Age – including approaching opera and his character’s sexuality – and the three big movies he was in that were all released within a month. As some of his fans know, Lee is a very big fan of Daniel Day-Lewis, and he talks a bit about him as an actor. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.
Where would you put your knowledge of opera on a 1-10 scale before you started Golden Age?
Well, I went to Juilliard, so you can’t help but get a little dose of opera when you go to that school. I’d seen a couple of things at the Met. And I had heard Bellini’s Norma. So it’s hard to say — but I guess 2, maybe 3.
Did that lack of expertise make this job harder for you?
I had a good month ahead of rehearsals to just listen to music and work on the research about Bellini. There’s so much fascinating research about this man, and I love doing research. My favorite thing about being an actor is to learn new things. But it wasn’t just about listening to the rest of Bellini’s stuff ; it was also listening to Donizetti’s stuff, Rossini’s stuff, Wagner’s stuff just to kind of get a real sense of what it was that Bellini was trying to do artistically, what musical information he had, and what influence he had on others.
Was exploring the music the most interesting part of the process for you?
One of the most fascinating things about the play to me was Terrence’s point of view on what it takes to make not just art, but to make an event out of an evening of opera. And that’s what Bellini does– the opera is not just the music, it is an event. It is all of the people in the boxes waiting to see the show and it’s the stars who step up on the stage and perform this incredible athletic feat of singing these notes. And it’s about arranging that kind of night and figuring out a way to make that night emotionally poignant and meaningful.
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We haven’t seen a Lee Pace interview in print in a very, very long time, but Backstage.com recently chatted with him about Golden Age — finally! He talks about channeling his inner Vincenzo Bellini, feeling a little nervous and unsure of his performances (like any genius artist) while maintaining a high-adrenaline buzz (like Bellini experienced after succumbing to his masterpiece). It’s a great, articulate interview that taps into Lee’s training and approach as an actor. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
Vincenzo Bellini is a complicated character. How did you prepare for the role?
Lee Pace: The character is very much about throwing it all out there and throwing aside structure and form and just letting his art be an emotional, wild thing. I just tried to get into what the thoughts were. He knows that he’s very ill and that he may never be able to organize an evening like this again. That’s a big part of the insecurity. When you’re ill, you don’t think very clearly. When I get nervous about something, it’s because there are things that are making me anxious. So I spend the performance reminding myself, “Is it going to be good? Am I able to fulfill my potential?”
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While at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s New York premiere last night, Lee Pace was asked about future projects — including his potential involvement in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re lucky enough to have video footage of him confirming that, yes, he will be auditioning for the role of Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord. He also says he’s read the script and that “it’s great” and “the character is a lot of fun.” The audition is on Monday, where he’ll apparently “meet everyone,” so best of luck, Lee!
Earlier this evening, December 6th, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held its first stateside premiere — in New York. At the Ziegfeld Theatre, numerous cast and crew from the impressively-sized ensemble showed up, including Lee Pace (who must have taken a night off from his off-Broadway play, Golden Age). Others in attendance included Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Aidan Turner (Kili), Archie Panjabi, Terry O’Quinn, Patrick Stewart, and director Peter Jackson.
Last night, December 4th, Golden Age – Terrence McNally’s new play – officially opened at New York City Center – Stage I. Numerous photos from the after-party have been added to the gallery, with Lee Pace pictured alongside co-star F. Murray Abraham. I’ll be adding more as they come in, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, you might want to head over to the career portion of LPO to read reviews on Lee’s performance in Golden Age. Check out a few highlights below:
“Lee Pace is an ideal Bellini, charismatic even in self-absorption and gifted with the requisite Byronic handsomeness. Pace excels at communicating Bellini’s often internal emotions and uses an effortless period physicality to good effect.”
“Even in Bellini’s poutiest, most self-absorbed moments, Pace is never less than charming. He’s the quintessential tortured artist — unabashedly romantic, hair askew, throwing himself about the stage with abandon, and voraciously devouring Sicilian blood oranges (Bellini’s preferred snack). When he gets ahold of McNally’s monologues, Pace can elevate them into arias: ‘People don’t go mad because of a broken heart. They take to their rooms and weep in utter solitude,’ he says, reflecting on mad scenes in operas. ‘There is no cause for high notes when your heart is broken. The very lowest reaches of the voice are what are called for.’”
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Pace has the debonair good looks of a golden-age Hollywood heartthrob. He elegantly underplays Bellini’s exhilarated highs and his depressed lows, and his rapport with Neuwirth is tainted with lovely wistfulness.”
- NEW YORK POST
There are also three new production photographs, which you can view right here.
Check out a new video featuring select moments from Golden Age! Lee Pace (as Vincenzo Bellini) is, naturally, shown a lot throughout; there’s an especially great scene between him and Bebe Neuwirth shown in this highlights reel. Remember: Golden Age opens off-Broadway tonight, so hopefully we’ll be hearing some positive remarks on the production – and Lee – by the end of the evening.
Apparently, Lee Pace is, in fact, in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — but not for long. Despite the original two movies being elongated into a trilogy – with the presumption that Thranduil’s first appearance would be delayed until the second installment of the franchise – a tweeter who attended the New Zealand premiere informed fans and moviegoers alike that Lee would be (briefly) seen as the Elvenking in An Unexpected Journey. Here’s an excerpt from a ComicBook.com article, detailing what to expect (or not):
4. Don’t Expect A Lot Of Thranduil – According to a tweet from a blogger who attended the premiere, Thranduil was only on screen for about three seconds. The good news is that those three seconds were apparently pretty epic, as the blogger also described him as “perfection.”
Remember when Lee Pace was rumored to be up for a Marvel movie part? Although nothing ever came to fruition, there is this news: he is currently testing for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming movie adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy. This franchise will enter into Marvel’s “Phase 2,” along with The Avengers 2 and others (there is belief that the two teams will eventually collide on screen). Lee is up for the role as the leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, which you can read about below (courtesy of First Showing):
As a child Peter Quill’s father died trying to kill him and his mother was killed by an alien. It’s no wonder he grew up to be an astronaut. But while on a space station, Quill is visited by Master of the Sun and gets transformed into Star-Lord, who is tasked with policing the galaxy. His suit allows him to travel through space, increase his strength and he has a powerful weapon called an element gun which fires earth, water, fire and air. In the concept art release at Comic-Con, he’s carrying Kree sub-machine guns (from the alien race that created his suit), which shoot various types of ammunition, including explosives. He also has a psychic link to a sentient spaceship aptly called Ship.
However, it doesn’t look like it’ll be an easy part to get, as many actors are also in contention. Others reported as testing for the part include Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, and Eddie Redmayne. Deadline is reporting that there is interest from Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton as well.