Iconic ac­tor shines in Egoyan’s lat­est

Re­mem­ber, star­ring Toronto na­tive Christo­pher Plum­mer, opens March 11

Richmond Hill Post - - Arts -

Revered ac­tor Christo­pher Plum­mer knew ex­actly how he would play his char­ac­ter in Atom Egoyan’s lat­est film, Re­mem­ber, upon first read­ing the script. And he knew it was un­like any other role he’d played. And that’s say­ing some­thing for a guy with cred­its in lit­er­ally hun­dreds of stage and screen pro­duc­tions.

“First of all, I thought it was a very well-con­structed script for some­one [writer Ben­jamin Au­gust] who was very young.…” says Plum­mer, in Toronto for the film’s Cana­dian pre­miere dur­ing last year’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

“And then I thought for that very rea­son it was to­tally dif­fer­ent. I’d never done any­thing like that be­fore. I’d usu­ally played parts that drive the piece.… This one was the vic­tim. The screen drove him, which is not easy.”

Re­mem­ber tells the story of an ag­ing Holo­caust sur­vivor, Zev Gut­man, cop­ing with mem­ory loss who sets upon a cross-coun­try jour­ney in­tent on find­ing the Nazi re­spon­si­ble for the death of his fam­ily mem­bers.

This is the se­cond time that Plum­mer and Egoyan, two Toronto na­tives, have teamed up, first in the fea­ture film Ararat re­leased in 2008.

“We in­stinc­tively hit it off, so we don’t have to go through all those sort of for­mal­i­ties of dis­cussing each thing,” says Plum­mer, of his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Egoyan on

Re­mem­ber. “Be­cause it’s so ob­vi­ous, the way it’s writ­ten, what you have to do. And he just has to re­mind me not to be sorry for my­self.”

Re­mem­ber was well-re­ceived fol­low­ing its TIFF pre­miere, and most were in awe of Plum­mer’s per­for­mance.

The ac­tor, it seems, is fi­nally get­ting not only the crit­i­cal ac­claim, but the main­stream adu­la­tion long over­due for one of the planet’s finest per­form­ers. Plum­mer fi­nally landed an Academy Award in 2012 for his per­for­mance in Begin­ners, af­ter win­ning pretty much ev­ery other act­ing award from Tonys to Em­mys.

But the ac­tor waxes philo­soph­i­cal about the ad­van­tages of age when it comes to the abil­ity to dis­re­gard the van­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the pro­fes­sion.

“As a young­ster, I was al­ways wor­ried about how I looked,” says Plum­mer.

“When you’re play­ing a young lead­ing man, you’re al­ways think­ing, ‘Oh my god, if only I had this jaw, my nose is too big.’ It’s so vain. No, I’m so happy to be at an age when I don’t give a damn how I look any­more.”

Plum­mer was born in Toronto and grew up in Mon­treal be­fore be­gin­ning his ca­reer on­stage at the Cana­dian Reper­tory Theatre in Ottawa.

Re­mem­ber opens on March 11.

He just has to re­mind me not to be sorry for my­self.”

Christo­pher Plum­mer in char­ac­ter as Zev Gut­man in ‘Re­mem­ber’

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