TV Plus (South Africa) - - 18 DECEMBER -

adrien brody is per­fectly mis­cast to play hun­gar­ian-born ma­gi­cian harry hou­dini in the minis­eries hou­dini (2014). he is 1.85m tall to hou­dini’s 1.68m. he’s gan­gly where the real hou­dini was stocky. and there’s that fa­mous nose, which adrien’s bro­ken three times so far. but hou­dini was his hero when the ac­tor stud­ied magic as a child and he claims that “i spent a lifetime por­ing over magic books and loving ma­gi­cians”. he even per­formed un­der the name the amaz­ing adrien. amaz­ingly… adrien’s mom is pho­tog­ra­pher sylvia plachy, who es­caped from bu­dapest, hun­gary as a child dur­ing the 1956 civil revo­lu­tion against rus­sia. adrien grew up in new york and the 41-year-old stud­ied at laguardia high school of per­for­mance arts, grad­u­at­ing in 1991. he says that “i feel like my real act­ing train­ing came from go­ing to and from school on four dif­fer­ent trains each way, be­cause of how many hu­man be­ings i’ve en­coun­tered”. aside from magic, a young adrien’s hob­bies in­cluded drag rac­ing. “i had many mus­cle cars. i re­built them on my own for very lit­tle money. i’d buy them and sell them, try to put that money into the next one,” he says. he re­mains the youngest per­former ever to have won an os­car for best ac­tor, for play­ing władysław szpil­man in the pi­anist in 2002 at the age of 29. as an il­lu­sion­ist, adrien knew the ma­gi­cian rule about never re­veal­ing how tricks are per­formed, but the minis­eries ex­poses a lot of tech­ni­cal de­tail. “sure, i feel a re­spon­si­bil­ity also be­ing a ma­gi­cian at one point that i have an oath to abide by and i’m not so sure hou­dini, who i’ve been asked to rep­re­sent, would nec­es­sar­ily want se­crets to his il­lu­sions to be re­vealed. but i can un­der­stand the cu­rios­ity,” he ad­mits.

adrien brody knows a thing or two about magic –

he’s a real-life ma­gi­cian!

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