The real life story of critically adored 1920s actor John Barrymore reads like a tall tale of the Golden Age. So it's fitting that one of the most dynamic actors of our era, Christopher Plummer, should play him in Barrymore.
Plummer won a Tony Award for best actor when Barrymore was first staged in 1997. The play chronicles one of the last projects undertaken by John Barrymore (yes, Drew Barrymore's grandfather). In 1942, Barrymore was no longer a major drawcard for film. Amidst self-reflection, the battered yet noble star of stage and screen prepares an audition to raise funds for a revival of his 1920 Broadway role in Richard III.
This film version of the stage production will be shown in select Australian cinemas on August 25 and 26. It's a rare chance to see a pivotal performance from Plummer, and a bittersweet look at age, ambition, regret, pride, and the stinging insight that at least faded glory means you once had glory.