Jason Isaacs who stars as Providence gangster Michael Caffee in Showtime’s “Brotherhood, premiering this Sunday at 10 p.m.
Last book I bought:
“Over My Head: A Doctor’s Own Story Of Head Injury From the Inside Looking Out” by Claudia L. Osborn. Inspiring and terrifying in equal measures.
Book I’m reading:
“Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. To Lily, my 5 year old, at night. Totally lacking in incident or insight and with a highly questionable take on ‘The Indians’. She loves it and I pass out before her.
Total number of books I own:
Uncountable. We don’t have enough shelf-space. So many of them unread, waiting for that rainy day that will never come when the scripts have run out, the kids have left home and the computer’s crashed (doesn’t happen to me because I have a Mac, thank God).
Three books that mean a lot to me:
The Diaries of Victor Klemperer. 1933-41, 1942-45, 1945-59. Lest we think it could never happen to us. No retrospective wisdom here; just the chilling day-to-day account of the perversion of all that is decent, sane and democratic under the Nazis.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J. K. Rowling. Brilliant storytelling that, in many ways, changed my life. Can’t wait till my girls are old enough for me to read it to them.
“The Human Stain” by Philip Roth. Reminded me that the novel is the greatest excavator of the human condition bar none…especially in the hands of a genius.
Last film I saw:
“10,000B.C.,” directed by Roland Emmerich, at a preview screening. Epic, emotional and a total feast for the senses. Made me want to hunt a woolly mammoth.
Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Nil By Mouth,” directed by Gary Oldman. Easily the best, most nuanced, horrific account of alcoholism and its destructive power ever filmed, and yet filled with love and hope. Someone give Gary Oldman some money to write and direct again, quickly.
“This Is Spinal Tap,” directed by Rob Reiner. The only film I’ll ever know all the words to. I couldn’t love anyone who didn’t think it was funny.
“Festen (The Celebration),” directed by Thomas Vinterberg (but uncredited according to imdb). The no-budget Dogme film that won at Cannes. Proved that a brilliant script and actors are always the most important ingredients in any mix. Challenged me to stop avoiding subtitiles. Hilarious, excruciating and shocking.
Last CD I bought:
‘Teach Yourself Spanish” at the airport – I’m in Madrid filming and my accent’s much better than my Spanish, but nobody believes me and they all talk like machine-guns so I have to improve.
Song currently playing:
“Ruby,” Kaiser Chiefs. Because, unsurprisingly, Ruby, my two-year-old, loves it.
Three Songs that mean a lot to me:
‘War,’ Bob Marley. That unmistakeable voice, a defiant message, and a groove to die for.
“Minnie the Moocher,” by Cab Calloway. The whole family sings along in the car at top volume. Dreading the day I have to explain the lyrics.
“Little Dreamer,” by Craig Jerris. Written to his 3 year old while she slept. If you’re a parent I defy you to remain dry-eyed. Can’t find anywhere on google…suppose it’s ok
Cranberry and soda.
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Charity
Anywhere with an ocean, a tennis court and per diems
Uh, sure. Like I’m going to tell you…
Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Robert Mugabe, George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, Jeff Bridges, My Mum