Saturday 16 December 2017

Rylance turned down Spielberg role

Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance
Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance

Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance has revealed he turned down Steven Spielberg's offer of a chance at Hollywood stardom after consulting an ancient Chinese fortune-telling text.

The actor, a former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young he consulted the I Ching - which uses random numbers and hexagrams to guide people's decisions.

Mark, who said he was glad to have made his name on stage before finding wider fame, told her: "I f eel like I've dodged a bullet."

Speaking on the long-running Radio 4 show, he said he turned down a "very small part" in Steven's 1987 film Empire Of The Sun but was then offered a bigger part and a role at the National Theatre at the same time.

He said: "I did all the lists of the benefits of both, they were completely equal, and I turned eventually to the I Ching and you just ask it where now and it gives an answer and the answer it gave if I went to the theatre was community and that swayed it for me and I thought yes I had never experienced community on film sets because the community is amongst the technicians, the actors come and go, but in the theatre you go through the deaths and the births and the happy and low moments of the group."

Mark's desert island tracks included Justin Hinds and the Dominoes Once A Man, Twice A Child, Irish folk song Arthur McBride and music written by his wife, Claire van Kampen, for a film he starred in called Days And Nights.

He also took a stand-up bass as his luxury item and a book of verse by Persian poet Rumi.

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