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Stephen Fry
Actor, Wilde (1997)
Fry often lumbers when he needs to effervesce, and a certain lack of commitment to the actor’s craft undermines the otherwise touching scene in prison where he expresses remorse to the wife he has shamed and betrayed (charmingly portrayed by Jennifer Ehle). Not even liberal dollops of make-up can disguise that two years of bread, water and tramping a treadmill leave this particular Wilde looking as though he hopes to reinvigorate his career by becoming a Teletubbie.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
The weak spot, unfortunately, is Stephen Fry's Oscar. There's no question that he looks the part, but as an actor his limitations are all too apparent; he can drum up a sad yet queenly demeanour, and crack a one-liner with the best of them, but somehow finds it hard to convey the sparkle that might have convinced us we're in the presence of genius.
(Anne Billson, Sunday Telegraph)
Actor, Le Divorce (2003)
Stephen Fry turns up as a smug, obese, loathsomely arrogant Englishman. Is there no end to this man's versatility?
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Writer, The Magic Flute (2006)
Stephen Fry may be a polymath, but on this evidence he is to lyric-writing what Stephen Sondheim is to quantity surveying. This is a shockingly inept libretto, lacking wit, intelligence or even basic competence. Fry attempts to rhyme girls and world, tease me with easy, and – ghastliest of all - dominion with wisdom. What’s more, this diabolical torture goes on for 130 minutes. Aaaaaaaagh!
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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