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Monday, October 4

He's big but he's not clever
After a day of auditioning yesterday, I'm now the proud player of a role in Guys and Dolls. You can read what you like into the fact that the role I got was the only one that I was auditioning for uncontested. One of the other roles I went for was that of a rather fat man - the role I got was for Big Jule. So, they see me as big, but not fat. It looks like the diet is working then!

For some perverse reason, I enjoyed my auditions. While I'll only get to play one of the parts in the end, I have, at least, played the other two in front of an appreciative audience. In the last audition I did, I got quite nervous and found an absence of air in my lungs and a lack of tunefulness coming from me. Yesterday, I rather relished the opportunity to sing and, apart from losing the pianist a little on one of the songs, I thought I turned out a creditable effort, under the circumstances.

Of course, Big Jule is a non-singing role, so you can read into that what you like. He does make the audience laugh, though, so I shall enjoy that.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Went to see this last night. It starred Gwyneth I only appear with a spotlight in my face Paltrow, Jude Law and Angelina I've got a plummy accent and an eye-patch Jolie. What a romp it was! I really enjoyed it. Admittedly, I experienced a similar degree of glee to watching The Matrix : Reloaded where the bizarre twists of the adventure were both very silly and very watchable. For me, the moment where Ms Jolie escapes her doomed craft was a highlight.

From the first moment I saw images of this film trailed, I thought it looked worth a look. The idea is that it's a futuristic comic-book style story, set in the 40's, so it has gadgets that are both futuristic and yet also set within antique machinery. The robots are realised beautifully, but they're also old-fashioned robots - so blocky and machine-like.

The score sounded like someone was trying to do a John Williams adventure movie soundtrack. It was reasonable.

Could they make a sequel? I'd watch it.


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