Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

Much has been written of Pete Postlethwaite’s more famous roles – Giuseppe Conlon (In the Name of the Father), Kobayashi (The Usual Suspects), and Danny (Brassed Off) – but I associate him more with three supporting roles which stole the show. An early (and abiding) memory of his sinister side was a recurrent turn as Sgt Hakeswill in Sharpe, a tormenting bully whose on-screen chemistry with Sean Bean was fantastic. He also lent his doomy panic to Alien 3, cast perfectly as one of the monkish prisoners, while as Roland Tembo he single-handedly made Jurassic Park II: The Lost World watchable.

However, my most striking memory of him will be as the lone human survivor in The Age of Stupid; much like his monkish aspect in Alien 3, there was something perfect about his combination of sensitive delivery and apt physicality. Here is an interview where he talked about that role, one which was evidently close to his heart as a long-term campaigner for environmental awareness and social justice.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

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