Category: Patrick Melrose

Cameron Jack on Benedict: “He was extremely caring”

Cameron Jack on Benedict: “He was extremely caring”

Actor Cameron Jack talked with Absolute Music Chat about his work on Patrick Melrose and lavished praise on Benedict! Take a look:

DB: You were also in Patrick Melrose which stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

CJ: Yes, I was. Nina Gold’s an incredible casting director (Star Wars, Game of Thrones) she was casting Patrick Melrose and there’s a couple of scenes in a treatment centre when Patrick goes onto rehab, and they were looking for a Scottish drug addict. They were having a conversation in the office and I believe two of her associates came up with my name. I went in, read for it and had a couple of days on that.

Benedict Cumberbatch is just an incredible actor. I’ve never seen an actor that gracious, with that much talent. He said hello to all the extras, he came and introduced himself to all the people who were around for a day or two, was extremely caring, very compassionate. I very rarely sit opposite somebody in a scene and think, ‘Wow!’ It’s only happened to me twice, once was Benedict and the other was Gary Oldman on The Dark Knight Rises, where I’ve thought, ‘I think I’m in the presence of genius here.’ Most of us there’s a little bit of blagging, a little bit of talent, a little bit of charm and all those things that come together but I sat there at the read through, watched him and I thought, ‘I completely understand why you’re a star.’ He just oozes charisma, he’s intense, got great comedy timing, emotional, interesting to look at – he’s just got everything. Just to share a couple of scenes with him was brilliant but again… a drug addict. (Both laugh)

That’s just lovely, isn’t it? You can read the whole interview here.

‘Patrick Melrose’ is one of the 10 best minisseries of the decade, according to TIME

‘Patrick Melrose’ is one of the 10 best minisseries of the decade, according to TIME

TIME magazine has released their list of the 10 best minisseries of this decade featuring “Patrick Melrose” amongst them:

Patrick Melrose is one of the most distinctive characters in contemporary fiction—an English aristocrat who uses drugs, sex and nihilism to cope with the residual trauma of the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy, at the hands of his psychopathic father. In five short, semi-autobiographical novels that span 40 years, following Patrick from his lonely, privileged youth through his middle-aged attempts to create a loving family for his own sons, author Edward St. Aubyn immerses readers in the often-addled mind of this intelligent, sardonic, wounded man and the people who move in and out of his life. Benedict Cumberbatch—a longtime St. Aubyn fan—was the perfect actor for such a difficult lead role, capturing Patrick’s wit, his depression and his long, slow evolution into a less broken person. Each book has a distinctive tone and set of narrators, and in five episodes that each cover a single novel, writer David Nicholls (2015’s Far from the Madding Crowd) and director Edward Berger (The Terror) make subtle stylistic choices that recreate those differences. “Bad News” is a harrowing lost weekend in New York; “Some Hope” moves fluidly through the social minefield of a society party. The antidote to vague, predictable antihero TV, Patrick Melrose dispelled the aura of romance that so often surrounds such narratives and replaced it with hard-won maturity.

Click here to see the complete list.