Jack Davenport Reflects on the Intimidation of Filming with Matt Damon in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

Jack Davenport has confessed he was hugely intimidated filming The Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon - because of the audience of thousands who gathered to watch them on location.

Jack Davenport Reflects on the Intimidation of Filming with Matt Damon in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

British actor Jack Davenport recently opened up about his experience working alongside Matt Damon in the iconic 1999 film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," comparing the on-location shoots in Italy to performing street theatre with a pop star due to the overwhelming fan presence.

The Challenge of Shooting Amidst Fan Crowds

Davenport, known for his role in the cult 90s show "This Life" and movies like "Pirates of the Caribbean," described the unique challenges of filming in public spaces across Italy, especially in famous locations such as St. Mark's Square in Venice. The actor shared on The One Show how thousands of onlookers would gather, drawn by the star power of Damon, making the filming process akin to a high-pressure public performance.

For insights on managing public performances, click here.

Star-Studded Cast and Lasting Legacy

"The Talented Mr. Ripley," directed by Anthony Minghella, boasts a star-studded cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman alongside Davenport and Damon. The film, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, has stood the test of time, earning acclaim for its storytelling and performances. Davenport expressed pride in being part of a project that continues to resonate with audiences decades later.

Discover more about the making of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" here.

Reflections on "This Life" and Its Reunion

Davenport also reminisced about his breakthrough role in "This Life," a BBC Two drama that captured the essence of 90s London flatmates. Despite mixed feelings about the 2007 reunion special, Davenport highlighted the show's significance in his career and its impact on British television, praising its revolutionary approach to character development and storytelling.

Explore the legacy of "This Life" and its impact on 90s TV here.


External Resources:

  • IMDb for more information on "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and Jack Davenport's filmography.
  • The One Show for the full interview with Jack Davenport.

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