Christopher Plummer had ‘wonderful time’ making ‘Beginners’

Oscar front-runner says: 'Maybe I should always play gay people'

Christopher Plummer had ‘wonderful time’ making ‘Beginners’
20 February 2012

There is not expected to be very much suspense at the Academy Awards Sunday when it comes to the category of best suppprting actor.

Christopher Plummer is a sure a shoo-in for the award as there has been in years for his performance as a gay man in Beginners.

The 82-year-old star has won virtually ever acting award leading up to the Oscars including the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG Award, Critics Choice Award and more than a dozen other prizes.

The star of such classics as The Sound of Music and Inside Daisy Clover is in the midst of one of the most successful stretches of his long career. He also has a role in the current hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and earned his first Oscar nod in 2010 for The Last Station.

But it is Beginners that has earned Plummer his most widespread acclaim. He plays a man who comes out very late in life to his adult son (Ewan McGregor) then is stricken with terminal cancer.

'I found it a touching little film, and funny, and I had the most wonderful fun making it,' Plummer tells Deadline Hollywood. 'I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed making a film so much as this. Maybe I should always play gay people.'

He has high praise for co-star McGregor whose character not only must adjust to his father's new life, but also to the young male lover in it.

He’s extraordinary,' Plummer says. 'I mean he’s more anonymous on the screen than anybody I’ve ever known. He’s extraordinary. It really isn’t acting at all. He’s listening and reacting and he does it so beautifully. I love him. He’s a great guy; he’s got a great sense of humor.'

Even though he's appeared in nearly 200 television and film productions, Plummer still admits to being 'terribly nervous' at playing a role that was inspired by the father of the film's director Mike Mills.

'I thought, 'Oh God, he’s going to be so picayune about everything because I’m doing his father. So I don’t think I’m going to enjoy this very much,' Plummer shares. 'And then I met Michael and he said 'For God sake, just do anything you want. I don’t care. You couldn’t possibly have known my father and he was dead … so do what you want and that’s fine.' And that was the nicest bit of direction I’ve ever had in my life. Because he had written such a witty little script, it was very easy.'

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