An Interview With Miracles HQ

“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

“He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven” by William Butler Yeats

A dreamer, an artist, an actor and a gentleman: these are but a few simple terms to describe Mr. Angus Macfadyen. From his early works as Philip in The Lost Languages of Cranes, to his more recent guest turn as Mac on the ESPN series Tilt, Angus Macfadyen has continually shown his ability to take a character and make it his very own. Whether portraying men like Richard Burton, Peter Lawford, even Orson Welles, or intense fictional characters, such as Dupont in Equilibrium, Mr. Macfadyen can easily bring a writer’s dream to life with his complete attention to detail. As Alva Keel, the complicated and sometimes broody paranormal investigator of Miracles, Mr. Macfadyen came into our living rooms for an all too brief period of time, while showing us that believing in the unbelievable perhaps was not as strange as we had been taught as children. As Alva Keel, he gave us justification to be afraid when the lights go off and darkness prevails.

So what goes on in the mind of such an accomplished, 21st Century Renaissance Man? Miracles HQ recently had the unique opportunity to ask Mr. Macfadyen some questions on his acting, his art, and on things in general. He was gracious enough to take time out of a very hectic schedule of filming to answer them all.

For this, you have our deepest gratitude, and we thank you, Mr. Angus Macfadyen.

Laurel “Sailorhathor” Wilson: “What has been your favorite role to date?”

Angus Macfadyen: “My life.”

L.W.: “What are your favorite types of roles to play?”

A.M.: “Variety is the spice of life, in all things, or boredom ensues.”

L.W.: “Do you prefer playing ‘good guys,’ ‘bad guys,’ or ‘gray area’ characters, or do you enjoy playing them all for different reasons?”

A.M.: “Each character teaches me something new about who I am, it’s like tuning into different wavelengths on the radio, each a different thought process, thankfully I have this job or they’d have locked me up long ago…. (I think they’re still after me….)”

Lara Giesbers: “What do you feel has been your most challenging role?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Each is a new challenge…have to learn to ‘act’ anew each time.”

L.G.: “You’re in so many different projects, and always come off so versatile. I’d like to know what you think is the biggest challenge for you as an actor?”

A.M.: “Getting up at 4 am on Monday morning.”

Heather “Rekka” Link: “Miracles – related: How did you see the relationship between Alva Keel and Paul Callan? Was it more brotherly or sort of fatherly, too?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Fatherly, somewhat that of Freud to Jung.”

H.L.: “What did you think of Alva Keel compared to other characters you have played in the past?”

A.M.: “Well, it being serial tv, I couldn’t really get a bio from the writers because they had no idea either where the whole thing was going, which was rather alarming to say the least, means you have to do as little as possible so as not to contradict yourself in the future…fear based character driven choices, not me cuppa tea.”

H.L.: “Was Alva Keel unique, or were you able to relate to the character in some way?”

A.M.: “I related to the obsession with paranormal events, as I have experienced quite a few of these from another dimension….”

H.L.: “If the series had continued, where do you think the story of Alva Keel and Paul Callan would have gone?”

A.M.: “No clue what they had in mind, I had my own script, which I think I’ll put on line actually….”

H.L.: “What was your most memorable moment while working on Miracles?”

A.M.: “Finishing at 3 am on Saturday morning and being able to finally go to bed.”

H.L.: “What is your favorite episode, and why?”

A.M.: “The pilot. It was dark, it was mysterious, it was hope and fear in one gripping hour….”

Sherri “devisun” Washburn: “Out of acting, writing or painting, if you had to choose only one to do, which would it be?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Please don’t make me choose!!! Oh well, acting pays the bills and I just love it when they call action because it sounds like freedom to me.”

S.W.: “You have worked with many directors. Who has been your favorite, and who would you like to work with again?”

A.M.: “Andrzej Sekula. Tim Robbins. Robert Dornhelm.”

S.W.: “Snide and Prejudice was both hysterical and terrifying. How did you come by that role, and how was it working with Rene Auberjonois?”

A.M.: “It was offered to me a week before shooting, and I had more lines than Hamlet, and 10 days to shoot a 4 hour movie (since cut to 2). Rene is a very witty, fearless man, and generous to a G.”

S.W.: “Do you like working more on movie or television sets?”

A.M.: “Movies…playing the same ‘karakter’ every day week in and out year after year doesn’t appeal to the gypsy restlessness in me.”

S.W.: “How do you go about getting ready for a particularly intense role (i.e. Lanai-Loa and, especially, Snide and Prejudice)?”

A.M.: “I eat cockroaches.”

S.W.: “Do you enjoy making ‘Big Budget’ or ‘Indies’ more?”

A.M.: “Indies shoot faster so the energy carries you with it, big budgets are whales that tend to get beached and suffocate the creative flow.”

S.W.: “Would you rather be a character actor/supporting actor, as in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, or would you prefer to carry a film?”

A.M.: “Someone said I am a character actor in a leading lady’s body. I had them tortured then shot.”

Angela “Paramitch” Mitchell: “When did you know you wanted to be an actor?”

Angus Macfadyen: “In the womb perhaps.”

A.M.: “What were your favorite movies or plays as a child?”

A.M.: “My childhood dream was to play 007.”

A.M.: “What training did you receive that has proven most valuable to you as an actor?”

A.M.: “Bette Davis once advised actors to ‘always take Fountain’ which is a street in Hollywood that never gets traffic jammed. I have followed her advice unflinchingly.”

A.M.: “You’ve done a lot of Shakespeare. Which role was your favorite, and why?”

A.M.: “Hamlet. Modern man. The conscience. Struggle between doubt and surrender to the inevitable. To be or not to be.”

A.M.: “Who do you, yourself, admire most as an actor?”

A.M.: “Anyone who hangs in there long enough to catch a break, because you will catch it.”

A.M.: “Your career has encompassed both Shakespearean and very modern or experimental roles. Do you approach modern or ‘Indie’ roles differently than Shakespearean or more classically theatrical roles?”

A.M.: “Nope. I stay up all night before the first day and get hammered. Then the rest of the shoot, I get a good night’s sleep.”

A.M.: “What was it like to work on Braveheart? Did you have any favorite moments while working on the film?”

A.M.: “Well, it’s special because it was my first Hollywood movie. Shot the last scene on the first day, and the horse was so jittery I had to get on Mel’s shoulders for the charge.”

A.M.: “What was it like to play Orson Welles in Cradle Will Rock, and how did you meet the challenges of playing such a well-known personality? Did you enjoy working with Tim Robbins?”

A.M.: “I ate 2 steaks and chocolate cake, and drank 2 bottles of wine a meal.”

A.M.: “What drew you to the role of Alva Keel in Miracles?”

A.M.: “The promise of mystery.”

A.M.: “Alva Keel always seemed like such a wonderful enigma. What little mannerisms or moments did you bring to the character that you didn’t find on the written page?”

A.M.: “Slammed that table in the pilot on ‘who said it was God?’ just to scare y’all. You should have seen Skeet’s reaction, which they cut. He jumped out of his pants!”

A.M.: “What did you do to prepare for playing the role of Alva Keel?

A.M.: “Learned my lines and turned up on time.”

A.M.: “What was your favorite thing about working on the Miracles set?”

A.M.: “Going home. I didn’t like the 16 hr grind of tv production. Didn’t like getting the script 1 day before starting the next episode.”

A.M.: “Did you actually pick up any Aramaic from playing Alva Keel?”

A.M.: “No, couple of Greeks though, and a Latino.”

A.M.: “Do you have any aspirations toward writing or directing yourself?”

A.M.: “Too damn lazy.”

A.M.: “How does it feel to be a thinking woman’s sex symbol?”

A.M.: “You think therefore I am?”

Laura “Tooky” McDonald: “What was your most difficult role?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Waking up each day and having a sense of humor.”

L.M.: “What was the easiest, in terms of preparation/performance, role for you?”

A.M.: “Well, Keel, because I didn’t have time to prepare, just say the lines.”

L.M.: “Were there any disappointing parts, as it relates to the finished work?”

A.M.: “Just finishing is disappointing, as Orson Welles said, by its nature, film acting isn’t fresh, it’s in the can as it were, it’s yesterday’s news.”

L.M.: “What role was the most fun?”

A.M.: “A certain schizophrenic who took himself for that fellow who looks like Charlie Chaplin.”

L.M.: “What character’s personality most reminds you of yourself?”

A.M.: “They all do. I can only bring myself to each role, it’s all I have.”

L.M.: “Will you be entertaining roles in more ‘Mainstream’ films, by that I mean Braveheart and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood?”

A.M.: “Question is, will they have me to the banquet, may I sit at the table, or shall I scurry beneath feeding off the crumbs that tumble from the orbit of the stars?”

L.M.: “In regard to your artwork: What or who inspires you?”

A.M.: “They say the soul is 99% outside us.”

L.M.: “What medium do you prefer to work in?”

A.M.: “Whatever comes my way.”

L.M.: “Though I dislike pigeonholing, what style would you consider your work to be?”

A.M.: “That of an earthbound creature taking flight.”

L.M.: “Does your work tend toward sending a message to the viewer or simply a reflection of how something makes you feel?”

A.M.: “Well, if I feel it, won’t you? And if I don’t, will you? Or is it all just illusion? Smoke and mirrors? A con job?”

L.M.: “Are your political/religious views reflected in your art? I ask, because I am intrigued by your few religious works. They seem very deep.”

A.M.: “Buddha says the secret of freedom is to act well without any regard for the consequences. That is the extent of my religion. And I don’t vote because I happen to think it doesn’t matter at this point in history. Has anyone noticed that the Sixties have returned?”

L.M.: “Did you receive formal training in painting and drawing or did you study on your own?”

A.M.: “I was a lonesome dove.”

L.M.: “When you are drawing or painting, what is your state of mind at the moment?”

A.M.: “IN the moment.”

Palakika “KeelFan”: “I’m just wondering, how the heck did Sherwood Hu get you for Lanai-Loa? And, hopefully, do you have good memories of working in Hawai’i?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Most of it was shot in Hainan, China. We were low budgeting, and checked into a slum brothel. The experience was far more eye-opening than the product which sits to this day gathering dust.”

Deejay “AlvaFan” Driscoll: “You are elected President of the Planet Earth. What is the first thing you do?”

Angus Macfadyen: “Resign.”

D.D.: “Do you associate a song or a piece of music with a particular time or place in your life?”

A.M.: “The Beatles and the Sixties maaan.”

D.D.: “If you were a song, which one would you be?”

A.M.: “Freebird.”

D.D.: “What was the last dream you vividly remember?”

A.M.: “There she goes, trying to get inside my head again.”

D.D.: “Which historical figure would you most like to have met?”

A.M.: “Well, I met Jesus a while back, and he told me it’s easier for an SUV to pass through the eye of a needle than for an oil baron to enter the kingdom of heaven, because it is within and you gotta love your neighbor as yourself to get there, which doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment, does it?”

D.D.: “What has been the best year of your life?”

A.M.: “It gets better all the time.”

D.D.: “Describe your favorite meal – appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage.”

A.M.: “Must we really? Alright, like Kissinger, I’d start with Cambodian noodles, then I’d move like Reagan into Grenada juice, then for my main course I’d have a good ol’ whoppin’ GW IrAquiburger, and for dessert, well, how ’bout some Kim Il Jung lychies.”

D.D.: “What physical attribute do you a) least, b) most like about yourself?”

A.M.: “You’re starting to sound like the Hollywood Dental Quiz. Do you like your smile? It’s the only one I have.”

D.D.: “What do you think will happen to you when you die?”

A.M.: “There will be no more me. Just the dream, or God, for want of another word, actually the word is That. I am That I am.”

D.D.: “Most embarrassing moment ever?”

A.M.: “Well, coming out of the womb looking like that must have been pretty damn embarrassing, but luckily I’ve successfully blocked it out.”

D.D.: “Read any good books lately?”

A.M.: “Krishnamurti.”

D.D.: “Is there anything you regret that you have never found time enough to do?”

A.M.: “Well, the dentist says I still don’t spend enough time brushing my teeth in the morning, just can’t seem to stand there for longer than 15 seconds flat.”

D.D.: “What is the worst thing you are willing to make public about yourself?”

A.M.: “That I’m a truly decent human being, really, I am.”

D.D.: “How do you spend a day off at home?”

A.M.: “Answering bloody long questionnaires.”

D.D.: “What other career would you like to have had?”

A.M.: “Disposal expert sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?”

D.D.: “When was the last time you really cried?”

A.M.: “I don’t cry. There is only love in the universe…we just need to focus a little harder folks.”

D.D.: “Do you have a hero or heroine?”

A.M.: “The fool on the hill sees the world spinning round.”

D.D.: “Where is your favorite place in the whole world to go when you want to be alone?”

A.M.: “I swim with the fishes.”

D.D.: “If you could go back in your life and change just one thing, what would it be?”

A.M.: “Oh, why change a thing? The world is gloriously imperfect, it’s a stage as Billy said, and we are but players, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. Now stop fucking waking me up with all this niggling questions, I need to dream.”

HBO’s Party Beats Vanity Fair’s

Sunday, January 25, 2004
By Roger Friedman

Everyone from old-line stars like Al Pacino and Jessica Lange to new sensations like Jude Law and Maggie Gyllenhaal took over the Chateau Marmont last night and partied with HBO.

The cable TV studio’s gala was the place to be in Hollywood, far surpassing Vanity Fair’s wheezy deal for old fogies at one-time studio head Mike Medavoy’s house. 

Ironically, The Hotel Chateau Marmont in Hollywood has always been thought of as cursed. Built into the side of a hill and looking like a Spanish castle, the hotel is lodged in the minds of many as the place where John Belushi died among its various scandals. 

On Friday, famed photographer Helmut Newton added to the lore when he died of a heart attack as he piloted his Cadillac out the front driveway and slammed into the retaining wall a few feet ahead of the exit. The chain link fence there is now dotted with memorial flowers left by fans, and the red stop sign perched high atop a pole is tilted back from the impact of Newton’s accident. 

But on Saturday night, the curse was lifted, at least momentarily, as movie stars – barely giving a backward glance toward the trouble of a day earlier – gathered for HBO’s annual pre-Golden Globe party. The event was presided over by the cable studio’s recently-knighted impresario Colin Callender and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth. (“I was with Mick Jagger at the ceremony,” Callender said of being knighted. “He was very lovely about it.” Even Keith Richards might approve.) 

And what began as a huge, sprawling event that featured Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Pacino, Lange and Jacqueline Bisset grazing in the garden area, wound up as a wildly heady intimate party in the Chateau’s almost never used dining room. The space, at best only 20 feet by 20 feet, has its own haunted feel. In two decades, I’ve never actually seen anyone eat dinner in what was always a drab blue square dotted with uninviting tables. But the hotel’s owner, New Yorker Andre Balazs, has done a couple of things recently: He’s spiffed up the room and started dating, most publicly, Golden Globe nominated actress Uma Thurman. The combination was like a clarion call. 

By midnight Saturday rolling into Sunday morning, nominees “Cold Mountain’s” Law and “Mystic River’s” Tim Robbins were deep in conversation about the movies. Law, wearing a trim off-white suit, balanced his girlfriend, 21-year-old actress Sienna Miller, a petite blonde with a hearty laugh, on his lap. (The pair met while filming the remake of “Alfie,” due out later this year.) 

Robbins’s wife, actress Susan Sarandon, sat facing them, and to got know actor Angus MacFadyen (“The Rat Pack”). Pacino drifted through with his 14 year old daughter, Julie, while British actor Tom Wilkinson, looking spiffy in a soft shouldered designer jacket, chatted with Lange and other fans and friends. 

Earlier, in the garden, already working to keep the Chateau curse at bay, Banderas and the much altered looking Griffith waved to Kim Cattrall, of “Sex and the City,” and her colleague Kristin Davis. The actor Josh Charles, fresh from “SWAT” and the really good, but now cancelled TV show “Sports Night,” was there while original supermodel Janice Dickinson whooped it up with popular New York hair guru Edward Tricomi. 

“About Schmidt” director Alexander Payne and his wife, actress Sandra Oh, lolled around the small lobby, crushed into an area where new couple of the moment, hot young actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, recounted stories of judging the films at the Sundance festival. 

All this time, there was vague talk of a party producer Mike Medavoy and publicity minded magazine Vanity Fair were having somewhere, but no one seemed to know much about it. “Who could be there?” someone said. “Everyone’s here.” 

Somewhere else, manager Benny Medina was celebrating the reclaiming of Jennifer Lopez from Ben Affleck – fiscally, not romantically – at a birthday party he threw for himself. Medina, Affleck’s rival for Lopez’s real attentions – booty, not bootie, if you know what I mean – has scored a Pyhhric victory, at best, and one of limited interest at best. 

But back to the Chateau, where “Kill Bill” director Quentin Tarantino blew into the room, devoured Thurman and Balazs, and then took up his own corner in the dining room with several beautiful young women listening like rapt film students as he launched into one of his beautiful, loud gesticulations on all subjects. 

“In America” director Jim Sheridan, looking dazed from all the attention (even after making “My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father” and “The Boxer”), talked about his next movie. “It’s really about America!” he declared. 

Luckily, there’s no smoking ban in Los Angeles because the wafting of white swirls gave the room the feel of an old New Yorker illustration or a William Hamilton cartoon depicting the crowd from a distant, boozy night. It was the kind of party where Inga, a blonde Tricomi hairdresser, felt comfortable enough to approach Pacino. 

“I can do ‘Scarface,'” she told him, and launched into an imitation of Tony Montana for Pacino who was even more wide-eyed than usual seeing a young woman channel his violent and profane former character. It didn’t hurt that Pacino – who seemed to be enjoying his status as a nominee for HBO’s “Angels in America” – was turned out like a wild version of Shylock, the Shakespeare character he’s currently filming, with his long gray hair tied into a pony tail and baggy clothes flowing in every direction. 

But there’s no question, as we surveyed the room and saw Colin Callender presiding over his kingdom (14 Golden Globe nominations for HBO), that Jude Law is the real star of the future. If he gets his Oscar nomination for “Cold Mountain” on Tuesday, and he very well may, Law will be on his way to a long, serious career as the big movie star/serious actor of this decade. He may replace Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Cary Grant as a double threat in comedy and drama. Almost done with a tricky divorce scandal from Sadie Frost, Law handled himself with aplomb. 

“Did you see me with Sarah?” he said, referring to the Duchess of York, who he’d run into earlier at a low-key tea for the British Academy Awards. “I couldn’t get away from her! Me and Fergie!” he said, with a laugh and a wink. 

And so it’s off to the Golden Globes next, and whatever may come after, including parties thrown by New Line, Miramax, Universal, HBO, InStyle magazine and Access Hollywood partnering with Target stores (I don’t know what that’s all about). And even later tonight, after parties galore, with Creative Artists’ Agency once again taking over the Chaya Brasserie for what should be the A-list capper of the night.

Inside TV

Canarsie Courier Arts and Entertainment

by Kate O’Hara

©2003 Tribune Media Services Ins.

MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH… For some people, the world is what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Others believe in an unseen world beyond the traditional five senses.

One of them is Scottish actor Angus Macfadyen. On ABC’s Monday-night supernatural drama “Miracles,” he plays Alva Keel, an enigmatic Englishman who runs a group investigating possibly miraculous occurrences with an eye toward a coming apocalypse of some sort.

“It’s very frightening (to only believe in what you can see),” Macfadyen says. “And the opposite of that is very frightening.”

Macfadyen doesn’t believe “Miracles” is confronting the deeper questions. “It’s not going full bore. There’s been a backing-off of that. It’s fear of alienating people. There’s only so much that’s going to happen on TV. If you want to do that, I guess you’d have to do it in theater or film.”

“He has a long, interesting background,” says executive producer David Greenwalt of the Keel character. “He’s the wealthy scion of a publishing family, went to Cambridge, probably would have wound up in MI5 or running the publishing empire, but strange things happened to him.

“He chose a different path for his life, one in which he will be continually laughed at and possibly never marry or have a family. There’s quite a bit of sacrifice involved in the work he does.”

Despite Keel’s sacrifice, he may not be the one to wind up with the answers. “Miracles” focuses on the character of Paul Callan (Skeet Ulrich), a former seminarian that is the focus of mystical occurrences. In the pilot, after learning of a vision Paul had, Keel recruits him into his group.

Hot Scot

by Margot Dougherty, L.A. Magazine, January 2000

Angus Macfadyen was the last actor to audition for the role of Orson Welles in ‘Cradle Will Rock’, Tim Robbins’s quasi-comedy about the Depression, censorship and a drama troupe. “After Tim had seen everyone in town, my agent said, ‘Now’s your chance,'” Macfadyen remembers. So he laid his best Welles down on a cassette and sent it off to Robbins in New York, thinking, “‘Aha, at last’ In a weird, arrogant, insane way, I knew it was mine.” Robbins was less sure. “It turns out he had designs on the role himself,” Macfadyen chuckles. “So for 10 days, he’d listen to his tape, then to mine, to his, to mine.” The Scottish-born actor prevailed and can also be seen playing Anthony Hopkins son in ‘Titus’, an update of one of those grisly Shakespeare revenge tales, grandly told by Broadway ‘Lion King’ director Julie Taymor. 

Mayfadyen, who played Robert the Bruce in ‘Braveheart’, Peter Lawford in HBO’s ‘The Rat Pack’ and Brendan Fraser’s antagonist in ‘Still Breathing’, grew up all over the world – from Switzerland to the South Pacific, thanks to his father’s job as a doctor for the World Health Organization. His acting bent was apparent even as a wee bairn in Kenya. “I’m told I spent a few years running around with no clothes, thinking I was Tarzan,” he says over tea and poached eggs at the Four Seasons. Now he’s thinking he’ll be a director and hopes to sell his new screenplay about Jung and Freud. “It’s a musical called ‘Hamlet Gets Therapy’,” he says. “It’s also got Picasso, Einstein, Sarah Bernhardt, Buffalo Bill and Geronimo. They’re on a boat and sitting at the captain table.” All aboard. 

“Angus Right for Triangle” from The West Online

Los Angeles-based Scots actor Angus Macfadyen has just signed to star in ‘When We Were Modern’, the cinematic saga of the Heide love triangle of John and Sunday Reed and Sir Sidney Nolan. 

Macfadyen, best known for his role as Robert the Bruce in ‘Braveheart’, has most recently played the key love interest in the box office hit ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood’, also starring Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstin and James Gardner.

Macfadyen’s ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood’ hit the third spot in the US box office last week, having earned $64.8 million in just 12 days.

In ‘When We Were Modern’, Macfadyen will play John Reed. 

The film, directed by Paris-born and Melbourne-raised Philippe Mora, will also feature Rachel Ward as Sunday Reed, Susie Porter as Joy Hester and Marcus Graham as Sidney Nolan. Mora’s brother, Tiriel Mora (‘The Castle’) will play writer Max Harris. 

During the 1940s Heide (the nickname for the Reed’s home in Heidelberg) became a hotbed of creativity. 

‘When We Were Modern’ explores the somewhat bizarre and tumultuous world of the birth of modernism in Australian art in the 1940s.

Heide became a focal point for Nolan, Joy Hester, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, John Perceval, and Philippe’s parents, Georges and Mirka Mora.

‘When We Were Modern’ begins production in Melbourne in November.

Angus Macfadyen’s Personal Fan Club (Now Defunct) Interview from 1997

Fan club: You were born in Scotland and raised in France, what are your impressions of growing up in France?

Angus: “Le chat est dans la maison.” 

Fan club: What age in your life did you want to become an actor? 

Angus: “As I child I worked as a clown in the circus. Laughter was my substance abuse.” 

Fan club: Was there a certain actor that inspired you?

Angus: “Gerard Depardieu.” 

Fan club: You have been in a lot of theatrical plays, which one is your favorite and what part did you play? 

Angus: “Topaze by Marcel Pagnol; It’s about the corruption of innocence.” 

Fan club: “You won the Questors Award for your play ‘1905’. Could you give us an idea what the play is about?

Angus: “A sequel to Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ set in the first Russian revolution.” 

Fan club: “All the fans want to know where did you learn to ride a horse so well? 

Angus: “In the circus.” 

Fan club:What type of parts do you enjoy the most in movies? 

Angus: “Characters who ask themselves: ‘Is there something worth dying for?'” 

Fan club:Do you research the parts in a movie before accepting them or follow your instincts? 

Angus: “Follow your instincts and try not to bump into the furniture.” 

Fan club:Who are some of your favorite actors? 

Angus: “Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Spencer Tracy,Harvey Keitel, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, Jack Nicholson, Jack Thompson, Tom Towles, Jack Lemmon, Jessica Lange, Monty Cliff, Ian Bannen, Luke Mullaney, Luke DeLacey, Geoffery Rush and David O’Hara.”

Fan club:What do you enjoy doing when you have time off from work? 

Angus: “Getting another job, painting, loving friends, and trying very hard to understand my enemies. Not arguing with God.”

Fan club: Were you surprised when you found out about the fan club? 

Angus: “Flattered.”

Fan club: Could you tell us what your impressions were when you were chosen to play the part of King Edward II in ‘Braveheart’? 

Angus: “A desire to end it all.” 

Fan club: What was it like making the movie ‘Braveheart’?

Angus: “I was terrified. Always am.”

Fan club: Which scene in ‘Braveheart’ was your favorite? 

Angus: “When young William drops a single tear at the graveside of his father. My hair stands on end every time.” 

Fan club: What is something that you would most want your fans to know about you? 

Angus: “The only demons in this world are in our own hearts, where all our battles much be fought.’ Gandhi.” 

Fan club: All parents like to talk about their children’s accomplishments. What do your parents think about your work, now that things are really happening for you? 

Angus: “They wish for me what all stable parents wish: An understanding of those inner conflicts which leaves us an ability to live at peace in a world quite mad.” 

Fan club: Now that the movie ‘Braveheart’ was your launch pad into Hollywood, will you be staying there or going back to London to further your career? 

Angus: “Stay in Los Angeles. The weather here suits the clothes I like to wear.” 

Fan club: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans? 

Angus: ‘The glory of God is to seek out. The glory of kings is to conceal.’ (I’m not sure of the exact words. Re: The Bible.)” 

Fan club: Angus, on behalf of the fan club and the officers, we wish you the very best in your wonderful acting career and look forward to seeing you in your new movies. We thank you so much for this interview and will always support you in all that you do. 

Angus: “Thank you, Bonnie, Kristine, and Karen. (The shortbread was, in short, delicious) X Angus Macfadyen” 


“Fear is the enemy of all people, especially actors,” says Macfadyen. “Mel’s good at making a set relaxed by telling jokes and being crazy. He’s an actor, he understands the horror.”