Saturday, 28 January 2017

JOHN HURT, OSCAR NOMINATED FOR 'THE ELEPHANT MAN' DIES AT 77

Hurt's agent Charles McDonald says the actor,
who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in
London.
It was terribly sad today to learn of John
Hurt's passing. He was a truly
magnificent talent.
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Mel Brooks
@MelBrooks
The actor received Academy Award nominations
for playing a heroin addict in "Midnight Express"
and the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch's
"The Elephant Man." Hurt had a career that
spanned over 50 years in television, film and
voice work. He terrified audiences in "Alien," and
spoofed that very same scene in "Spaceballs."
As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared
alongside Natalie Portman in the Oscar-
nominated film "Jackie" as a priest who
consoles the recently widowed first lady. Hurt
leaves behind a few production credits, including
Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour, where Hurt plays
Neville Chamberlain.
The Telegraph reported that he was award a
knighthood in 2014.
"I like being Sir John. It works, doesn’t it? Or
John,” the actor said. “The only thing that sticks
in my craw is when people say ‘Mr Hurt’. I tell
them it’s no longer correct."
Hurt considered life and death during an
interview in 2015 while fighting cancer.
“I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s
impossible to get to my age and not have a
little contemplation of it,” Hurt said.
My deepest sympathies to John Hurt's
family, friends and fans. He was a dear
friend.
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Kiefer Sutherland
@RealKiefer
“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our
chair very briefly.”
The wiry Hurt brought gravitas to Alan Parker's
1978 film "Midnight Express," for which he
received a supporting actor Oscar nomination
(he lost to Christopher Walken for "The Deer
Hunter") and an uneasy humor to Kane in Ridley
Scott's "Alien," immortalized by his disturbing
death scene, which Mel Brooks later poked fun
at with Hurt's help in "Spaceballs."
"It was terribly sad today to learn of John
Hurt's passing," Mel Brooks wrote on Twitter.
"He was a truly magnificent talent."
Very sad to hear of John Hurt's passing.
It was such an honor to have watched
you work, sir.
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Elijah Wood
@elijahwood
Hurt is unrecognizable in perhaps his most
memorable role as the lead in David Lynch's
"The Elephant Man." He endured eight hours in
the makeup chair daily to transform into John
Merrick. The elaborate mask prohibited him
from sleeping lying down or even eating while it
was on. His would eat his last meal midmorning
as the mask was being applied -- usually raw
eggs mixed in orange juice -- and not again until
after midnight.
"To be quite honest, the film was misery to
make because of the physical problems, so if
it's working I'm jumping for joy," Hurt said in a
1980 interview. Hurt did score a lead actor
Oscar nomination for the role, but lost out to
Robert De Niro's performance in "Raging Bull."
Hurt was also a prolific voice actor, appearing
as Hazel in the animated "Watership Down," and
as Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the
Rings." He also voiced The Horned King in "The
Black Cauldron" and provided the narration for
"Dogville."
In the "Harry Potter" films, Hurt played the
wand-maker Mr. Ollivander. In recent years, he
appeared in notable fare such as "Melancholia,"
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Only Lovers Left
Alive" and "Snowpiercer."
"We're all just passing time, and occupy our
chair very briefly," Hurt said in a 2015 interview
while undergoing treatments for the early stage
cancer.
As prolific as ever, Hurt recently appeared
alongside his "V for Vendetta" co-star Natalie
Portman in the Oscar-nominated film "Jackie" as
a priest who consoles and advises the recently
widowed first lady.
Hurt leaves behind a few in production credits,
including Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour" which is
listed as still filming. Hurt plays Neville
Chamberlain in the film about Winston
Churchill's charge against Hitler. Gary Oldman
plays Churchill.