Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 45
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 45

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Callow relishes role of 'Galileo' \ By BRIDGET BYRNE "\ -"*': ^f.'.^PAS^El^'Cafe^^iri^on Calhwvrcan talk with -"i '^L^^^^r^about-'tf^j^^^ol^ot^di-IB^ifand Sunday, October 27, 2002 ly eadjwhile twirling in a ," Cal- " y^ifC^ir^ttfs bizawe^death should be st such'dances. portrays „„...,. century, It^^tisagnlist^vhose bedef that Earth'was no't the cenferjofthe yuiyerse. put him irf life,~-t ening co,nfl%with*the Koman.Gamolic Churclt.v T*l**k -4-t~*.rf* %»*%%*» .KXT/'Sl TA" »* rn r4*"* **r±t ,-» « ^.rlv! Xl*. ^.I-w^T^i^ - C s Sobel, ,who appears'in"ltf« "dramatized .docurnen- '• , tary, says it's a,niodgm mytJiCthat Galileo wanted to 1 : splitreligionandscience. ' •_" ' ., , - , o, *!Hc felt th^t-'if-ypifc-reajlly understood your science, • '. and you urt^^tc)^ the deep significance of the v ^ '-Bible, there wotddbe'no contrkdiction," she said. ..: ^Callow, gazed, at^ipe^wi^B* portraits of the man -'•j .generally considerw(^bfetof,6«her of modern sci-. almost 40 years, from middle age to blind old age. He was familiar with the details oif Galileo's life because he played "a little monk" in a 1979 National Theater production of Bertolt Bre'chfs play "Galileo," starring Michael Gambon. ' • • " " • - Additionally, Callovr has vvritten a biography, "Charles laughtonrA* Difficult Actor," 'about -die star who ori^nated the role irfBrecht's play when it premiered in Los Angeles in 1947. • ; - ,He\also add^d'to the" informatioti- gleaned fixjm .Sobel's' bookby reading Arthur Koestler's "The Sleep,. » waHcersr 'A History of Man's Changing 'Vision of 'the ^UniwsrSe," v .; ;. , J -^ ,'^\" -; - . f •, . ff ' .", -^ *TA8iat I was fascinated by as an actor was the possi- '"b^lity b'f actualfy^o^ing.inteUecf," CaBswsaid, cjwt- *''- -- - M " -° ' ..... ' , "K&" f tough. A"yerjf.iriJtefesnrig challenge 40 'enter ~'' < ' *^-"' 1 means learning how to think theirthoughts." , Callow, 1 53^ grewup in South London "not knowing what to'do with his fife."- * • 5 " A-r^npf^theiNatipnal Theater, he wrote to Laurence Olivier-praising trjie theater, group "founded by die acjor. Olivifir'feplied, suggesting he come work for the company. ..'Callow, took a job Jirrthe box-office in. 1967. v After meeting, actoris, he realized he wanted to become .'one.,.' • - J -„ ,< t - ,^.j{ I -; After studyfiig at drarna^school and working in' re- gional-repertoiy. Callow originated therole of still an"other boisterous genius, Mozart, in the 1979 National Theater production of "Amadeus." He later portrayed opera impresario Erhanuel Schikaneder in the 1984 film version of the play. Since then, Callow's artistic career has been about as varied as they get. ". Film roles have ranged from ,the Reverend Mr. Beebe in 1986's "A Room With AView" to the villainous British consul Vincent Cadbryln Jim Carrey's "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" in-1995. In, his traveling one-man shqw "The Mystery of Charles Dickens," Callow plays the 19th century au- "thor and anumber of his famous characters, including Mr. Pickwick, Mr. Micawber, Scrooge and Mrs. -Gamp. Callow's books include a lengthy study of the early life of-Orson Welles,. "The Road to Xanadu," -published in 1995. On this particular trip to America, he *> was perusing Welles' FBI files as research for the second yolipne of tlie biograpKy. *"I fust,don't want to write one of those,one-damn- thirig-aftei'-anotner books, so I've go~t to find away of focus.ing on the specific, He was prodigious," Callow explains; anticipating the'las t ; 45 years of-the actor-

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