Sunday 16 August 2015

Withnail & I is the 13th Best Film Of All Time, According to a Bunch of Thespians

Recently Time Out New York published yet another one of those '100 Best Movies Ever' lists, but this time with an interesting twist: it was compiled from top ten lists sent in exclusively by 'dozens' of actors. Withnail and I came in at number 13.

It's perhaps not surprising that a film about a couple of turns is beloved by actors. (It's no surprise either that another film about an actor, Tootsie, came first.)

Time Out also printed the lists from the various celebs, so I looked up who had voted for Withnail...

First up, Patrick Kennedy. He's been in Atonement, War Horse and Mr. Holmes, though it's as Richard Carstone in that brilliant BBC adaptation of Bleak House (the one with Gillian Anderson) that I remember him. He supplied his top ten alphabetically rather than in order of preference, but Withnail was one of them.

John Bradley, best known as Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones, had Withnail at number 4 in his top ten, beaten only by Being There, The Long Good Friday (admittedly a bloody brilliant film, also a HandMade production, like Withnail) and Raining Stones.

John Gallagher Jr., the Tony Award-winning American thesp best known for playing Jim Harper in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, had Withnail at number 2. For some reason, he prefers Ron Howard's OK-but-not-classic The Paper, which was his number 1.

No messing for son-of-Edward, brother-of-Emilia, star-of-Cucumber Freddie Fox though: Withnail & I was his number 1 film. Top Italian film directors would no doubt approve!

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