KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — For hundreds of years, the great and good of Europe have trekked to a lovely corner of Bohemia where the hot water flows. Known in its Hapsburg Empire heyday as Karlsbad, known today by its Czech name, Karlovy Vary, its noted denizens of years past included Chopin, Goethe, Mozart and Mann, not to mention hosts of nobles and notables with the money to spend lounging in mineral water pools and being attended to by masseuses and mudbath mavens. Thanks to the success of the decades-old Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, those creatives of yesteryear have been replaced in recent times by showbiz luminaries such as Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and as of last week, Jude Law.
Is it something in those restorative waters or perhaps, more likely, in
the secret mixture of native herbs in the homegrown liqueur known as
Becherovka, that makes famous film stars lose their normal reserve and
drop their resistance to public displays of joy? Only his on-screen
partner Mr. Holmes could say for sure what lured Law out to the three
a.m. birthday party for local film star Jiri Machcek.
Clue number one: the video here makes it clear that Law, who was in town
to pick up the President’s Award from Fest topper (and also local film
star Jiri Bartoska) had no truck with protective handlers when it came
time to accept the crowd’s karaoke challenge. His interpretation of one
of the key works of the Berry canon is perfectly respectable. Is there a
rock band or music bio in his future?
Whatever the motivation, Law still made it to his 11 a.m. press
conference looking and sounding his normally drop dead Jude self. Who
needs waters when you’ve got Jude’s genes?
– Steven Gaydos
(via The Huffington Post)