|Christopher Plummer & Mr. Will-W.|
He may be 81 years-old, but legendary Actor Christopher Plummer is showing no signs of slowing down. Known most recently for his Oscar-nominated performance (his first ever) in The Last Station in 2009 and his voice work in the Oscar-nominated Disney Feature Up, Plummer may just now be delivering his best work yet. Residing now in Connecticut, the Toronto-born Actor is back in his hometown, promoting TD Bank's upcoming limited engagement of the Play, Barrymore which runs at the Elgin Theatre from February 27 to March 9, 2011.
The Play is about celebrated Shakespearean Actor John Barrymore, set in the final year of his life, as he struggles to get back into the role of Richard III. Plummer is reprising the same role which won him a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play in 1997, in a story which might actually draw many parallels to his own life.
I caught Plummer out and about in Toronto earlier this evening and despite having a reputation as being difficult, he was v. kind and generous taking time to sign Autographs and a few lucky Fans including myself, got a Photo with him. Despite declining me originally for a Photo, I asked kindly a second time and he obliged, posing with a big smile on his face. Never in my life would have thought that I'd be able to stand beside the Man who made the role of Captain von Trapp famous. Stupendous.
Contrary to rumours that he will not sign any Sound of Music paraphernalia, Plummer signed Vinyl Records and 8x10 Stills of himself as von Trapp, which was surprising. And understandably, he has probably been doing that long enough rightfully to not have to do it anymore. Knowing this, I printed a Photo of Plummer in his role as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, which he christened with his beautiful signature.
Plummer can be seen opposite Ewan McGregor in 2011's The Beginners from Focus Features, in which he plays an elderly Man who outs himself as a Gay Man to his Son. Plummer also recently wrapped-up work on the eagerly-awaited U.S. adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from David Fincher. "Plum" roles.
To learn more about Barrymore, visit its official website here.
Check out a couple more Photos below of him below:
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)