Tuesday 12 December 2017

John Malkovich jets in for a night of bad-guy comedy

John Malkovich at Dublin Airport yesterday prior to his performance in 'The Infernal Comedy' last night
John Malkovich at Dublin Airport yesterday prior to his performance in 'The Infernal Comedy' last night

Grainne Cunningham

BEING John Malkovich didn't seem as appealing as you might expect yesterday.

In fact, the famous actor could well have wished for a portal of his own to avoid spending a glorious sunny afternoon in a hotel room giving interviews to journalists.

And, given the fact that he was in Dublin for just one night for a sell-out show at the National Concert Hall, you might also wonder why he bothered at all.

But the A-list actor showed no signs of impatience.

The star of films such as 'The Killing Fields', 'Empire of the Sun' and 'Dangerous Liasions' appeared in 'The Infernal Comedy', a blend of theatre and opera at a packed National Concert Hall last night.

Mr Malkovich, who is at his best when he plays the villain, was appropriately cast as the evil Jack Unterweger, a serial killer of 11 prostitutes.

Written and directed by Michael Sturminge, the play features music by Gluck, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Weber.

Explaining how he managed to get into character, Mr Malkovich said he just alternated "slime" and "charm" and let the music evoke the emotion of the victims.

But he was sorry to admit that he didn't have time to enjoy the delights of the Irish countryside.

Irish Independent

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