Sunday 15 December 2019

Everett slums it for oldest profession

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett

John Boland

In Love for Sale with Rupert Everett (Channel 4), the flamboyant actor began his look into prostitution by comparing it with his own calling. "We are the world's oldest professions," he declared, "though to me we are the greater whores".

Yet despite insisting that he wanted "to get behind the stereotypes" surrounding prostitution, he then immediately invoked one by asking: "can there ever be such a creature as the happy hooker?"

The rest of the film (the first of a two-parter) hardly rose above this level. Indeed, you had the sense of Everett slumming it on an assignment which didn't seem to greatly interest him but which nonetheless provided him with the opportunity to throw ostentatious actorly shapes.

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