Thursday, February 08, 2018

Blind Item #9

This foreign born A-/B+ list actor is halfway to an EGOT. I think if he focused on television he could probably knock out the third pretty easily. Most of the time he shows himself on television though it is to do Shakespeare. Although our actor is foreign born, his #MeToo journey began here in the States when he was molested by one of his drama instructors. That same man is still running a theatre company and still likes to have productions featuring young men as often as possible. That instructor was released when the school found out about his behavior. He has also been released from other places for the same behavior, but yet, he still has a theatre company and says everything is a misunderstanding. Does that also include what went on in that Asian country known for attracting molesters. 

47 comments:

MovieBuff said...

Stacy Keach I’m terrible at guessing.

carysreads said...

Eddie Redmayne?

MontanaMarriott said...

So I take it he has an Oscar and a Tony then?

sandybrook said...

One of the Fiennes Brothers?

Snifter said...

Not Redmayne, he "only" has 1 of the big 4- an Oscar.

nancer said...

are we supposed to know the molester? i can't tell how well known he is from the blind. have no idea on the victim.

carysreads said...

He has a Tony too.

ardleighstreet said...

Jeremy Irons

Sd Auntie said...

So the molester hangs out in the Philippines or Thailand? And denies it all...Goddard?

Lurky McLurkster said...

Irons is an interesting guess but apparently he already has an Emmy for Outstanding Narrator in Game of Lions

Unknown said...

Mark Rylance for the victim?

SaltyVeruca said...

Hugh Jackman?

bibliophile927 said...

@Veruca I think you got it

Sara, Making It Work said...

Was about to guess Mark Rylance as well.
He fits the description, and he's been stateside most of his adult life. I had thought maybe someone younger, but he has been doing theatre since he was very young.
Haven't looked into the drama instructors (yet) but maybe someone can find something?

Sara, Making It Work said...

Not Hugh Jackman. He has an Emmy already.

Sara, Making It Work said...

@Montana Marriott,

Probably, but not necessarily. They could have a Grammy for audio book or Broadway recording.

Sign Name Below said...

It's Redmayne. I hope someone with some knowledge of the scene can unblind the drama teacher/theatre company director (?) though

Unknown said...

Redmayne does Shakespeare on TV?

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Brayson87 said...

Loved Eddie Redmayne in Pillars of the Earth.

Unknown said...

The blind says that the school was in the United States, not the UK.

Lindy said...

What is EGOT?

Mischief Girl said...

^^What Lindy asked.^^ EGOT = ???

SteveD said...

Winning an Emmy Grammy Osacar and Tony.

M said...

Someone who has won an (E)mmy, (G)rammy, (O)scar, AND (T)ony awards. There are currently 12 in that club.

Amy Casey said...

People forget about Pillars of the Earth. It was fantastic.

Tink said...

Howard Fine for theatre company??

Rafael said...

Kenneth Branagh

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Someone who frequents Thailand?

Sara, Making It Work said...

Re: Mark Rylance
I misspoke and have been meaning to fix this all day.
He moved to the US as a child and did high school and local theatre as a child/ teen in Wisconsin (and possibly Connecticut).
He did (and has done throughout his career) traditional Shakespeare, that is, men/ boys in female roles. Which could explain the remark about the director always casting young men. (Whether him or other Shakespearean actors.)
Then he moved back to the UK as an adult.

I'm not saying it's him, just an option.

Eddie Redmayne got started in theatre long before he came to the US, so I don't think it's him.

Kenneth Branagh has an Emmy, so it's not him either.

Sara, Making It Work said...

So any theatre pedos in Wisconsin in the 70s?

Tigercat said...

@Sara, Rylance has his Oscar, a few Tony’s and was Emmy nominated for Wolfe Hall, which could explain the bit about doing more tv and knocking that one out?

These blinds make me so sad and angry.

Sara, Making It Work said...

@Tigercat
Yep. And he has done TV Shakespeare. I can't think of a current actor *more* associated with Shakespeare.
Honestly, the more I think about it, I figure it HAS to be him. The blind uses the word "molest" and he was in the US as a child. Redmayne was not. (I'm sure Redmayne was couched at some point, but not for this blind.)

Unless there's an actor with a Grammy for something other than audio books or Broadway recording. Those are the only categories I checked.

And yeah, these blinds do make my heart hurt. I probably should stop obsessing over them.

Krusty Demon said...

He was incredible in Wolf Hall. Surprised to see he wasn't the winner. Richard Jenkins was.

paulfooff said...

Molester sounds like Gary Goddard who molested Anthony Edwards and others when they were young. Goddard used to run a youth theater. Of course, Goddard is known to get rape-y with his friend Gary Goddard.

paulfooff said...

His friend Bryan Singer, lol.

SaltyVeruca said...

You need a (free) account to register for access, but this article describes a complicated relationship with a drama teacher Rylance’s parents hired. There is no smoking gun, but the innuendo and hero worship and hushed manner of discussing the mentor could support this blind.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mark-rylance-the-greatest-stage-actor-of-his-generation-rbbcqxhpfl2

Sara, Making It Work said...

OH DEAR GOD
Yep, definitely Rylance. That is creepy AF. Thanks, @SaltyVeruca!

Now to find an English teacher fired from at least one school in Wisconsin (first was in a flag protest) in the 70s who also had/ still has a theater company.

God I need to go to bed.

SaltyVeruca said...
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SaltyVeruca said...

Sara, I deleted my post. I don’t feel comfortable naming anyone due to the serious nature of this blind.

However, there is a person who taught Mark drama who is still very active in the Milwaukee theatre scene today. The original connection was via Mark’s parents’ school. The man is associated with a different theatre now. I found no arrest record. I’m not accusing...he may have had more than one drama teacher as a teen in Wisconsin. This is a sad blind. While Mark fits, I hope its not him.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Oh wow, I didn't see the comment. That's fine, and I get why you wouldn't want to post the name. There's no reason to think he's even still in Wisconsin anyway. Unless you tied him to other details besides just the school, then you might have something.

But it's definitely Mark. I'd try to recap the highlights of the article,for those who didn't read it. But it should be read to get the vibe of it.
It says the "relationship" with the teacher "caused problems" and his parents approved "at first" but "it wasn't normal". They even refer to Mark working it out in therapy but that's it. Clearly they had to edit the details for legal reasons. Or Mark was holding back.

Hey, I'm just glad that it didn't kill his passion for the theatre, because what a loss to the world that would be. I have a friend whose bucket list includes "seeing Mark Rylance performing Shakespeare".
That's how big a deal he is (perm A+ in theatre world) because I know some commenters have likely never even heard of him.

J said...

If it's Rylance, there is no mention of the US theater training or company he worked with as a youth.
Can't find it.
His Wikipedia starts with RADA.

SaltyVeruca said...

Look at his full IMDB bio. He trained with a teacher from his parents’ school. That person is now associated with a stand-alone theatre in the same city. This theatre director had more than one successful young protege.

Mark also spent a summer in Virginia with a theatre company before leaving for RADA. So he would have been around 17 while in Virginia.

There is more than one opportunity if he is the young man in the blind.

OKC Teacher said...

@SaltyVeruca +1 (IMDB bio)

Sara, Making It Work said...

@J
There is literally no body else it could be. "Halfway to an EGOT" isn't that rare for an actor, but it is if one is not an Emmy. Add in foreign born, still living, young enough that his teacher is still living and active, AND spent time in the US as a child. That alone would clinch it, but throw in the Shakespeare reference and it's a dead giveaway.
My feeling is this was not in Virginia but the teacher/ family friend from his dad's school in Milwaukee. The article stopped short of describing the relationship as sexual or abusive, but it's pretty clear.

Anyway, that said, he could easily EGOT within a decade. Five years if he really goes for it.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Well I'll go ahead and say the name:

Dale Gutzman

Histiry if being fired & rehired, has ties to theatres in Ukraine and Thailand.

Sara, Making It Work said...

https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2009/08/20/dale-gutzman-returns-to-the-skylight/

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