facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rush relents, playing Sellers

Dec. 2, 2004 at 12:33 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush decided to play Peter Sellers in the upcoming HBO film about the late comic's life after turning it down twice.

Rush said his role as a ghostly pirate in "The Pirates of the Caribbean" gave him the edge he needed to play the late British funnyman in "The Life & Death of Peter Sellers."

Rush told the World Entertainment News Network he was convinced the producers had the wrong guy in mind for the role.

"I thought I'm an Australian and he's English," he said. "He's stouter and shorter than I am. And hairier."

Also, he didn't like the first draft of the script. But, after playing grizzled sea dog Captain Barbossa in "Pirates of The Caribbean," Rush took to the role.

"I was working with a very big hat and a feather and a monkey on my shoulder, and I just felt a little cockier," Rush said.

© 2004 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Lindsay Lohan implies she handled Whitney Houston's body bag Lindsay Lohan implies she handled Whitney Houston's body bag
2
Kristin Cavallari shares photo illustration of her daily routine Kristin Cavallari shares photo illustration of her daily routine
3
Matt Damon set to reprise "Jason Bourne" role Matt Damon set to reprise "Jason Bourne" role
4
Naya Rivera slammed in new song by ex-fiancé Big Sean Naya Rivera slammed in new song by ex-fiancé Big Sean
5
Kanye West harassed 2 disabled concertgoers Kanye West harassed 2 disabled concertgoers
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback