Ralph Fiennes doesn’t like shouting at actors on set

Ralph Fiennes has adopted a persuasive attitude as a director.The English Patient star recently stepped behind the camera for the third time, for The White Crow, a biopic of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.Although the 56-year-old admits he often i…

Ralph Fiennes has adopted a persuasive attitude as a director.

The English Patient star recently stepped behind the camera for the third time, for The White Crow, a biopic of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Although the 56-year-old admits he often insists actors stick to his vision, the mild-mannered star likes to gently urge rather than shout and scream.

“I know I’m quite vocal,” he tells British magazine Reader’s Digest. “I sometimes have to say, ‘No it has to be like this’. But I think the thing to say, ‘Yes, that’s interesting but what happens if we go here? One of the basic things about directing is not to close a door. You don’t want to close down the confidence of an actor who’s exploring and that’s really important.”

Ralph has modelled his softly spoken style on his English Patient director, the late Anthony Minghella – whom he credits with allowing him to open up as an actor.

“Anthony Minghella had a very particular, gentle, probing style,” he explains. “I think he genuinely wanted to see what an actor could reveal for him, and bring to a line or moment.”

Another inspiration was his writer mother Jennifer’s attitude to his decision to go into acting – one she fully supported when he told her while studying at London’s Chelsea College of Art.

He adds: “The art school atmosphere was designed to push you to be inquisitive and curious and something about it gave me the confidence to say, ‘This is what I need to do’. Once I said that to my mother, it was as if she’d been waiting for me to say it. She was completely behind it.”

The White Crow is in cinemas now.

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‘Ignorant’ Ralph Fiennes almost turned down Voldemort role

Ralph Fiennes almost turned down his career-making role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.The 56-year-old actor first starred as the iconic villain in 2005 movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and reprised the role until the end of the…

Ralph Fiennes almost turned down his career-making role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies.

The 56-year-old actor first starred as the iconic villain in 2005 movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and reprised the role until the end of the franchise. However, during an interview filmed ahead of Saturday night’s (16Mar19) The Jonathan Ross Show, Ralph admitted he wasn’t sure about taking on the part at first.

“The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books,” he explained. “I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.

“Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me. Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant.”

And it was Ralph’s sister who eventually persuaded him to play He Who Must Not Be Named in the films.

“I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, ‘What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!’ So then I rewound my thinking,” he smiled.

Ralph recently starred in movies such as Spectre and Holmes & Watson. He’s also turned his hand to directing, and helms upcoming movie The White Crow, which features ballet star Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev in the tale of the dancer’s defection to the West.

While making the film, Ralph was keen to shoot a scene inside the Rembrandt Room at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, to show Nureyev’s passion for art.

However, as the Hermitage bans film shoots on the premises, the screen star had to do some persuading.

“We put a lot of energy into the mission. The director (of the museum) listened and said we could shoot because we’re making a film about a great artist and because, thankfully, we were interested in one particular painting,” Ralph told the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.

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