Darkest Hour: Ben Mendelsohn Reflects on Playing King George VI

On the brink of war, Winston Churchill emerged as the absolute leader to guide Great Britain against the Axis Powers in the last century.

From director Joe Wright, Darkest Hour has Gary Oldman completely transformed himself as Winston Churchill in voice, mannerism and body. His performance automatically placed himself as an award contender this season.

The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup and Ben Mendelsohn.

Here’s the synopsis:

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

LRM sat down with Ben Mendelsohn to discuss his role as King George VI and how he prepared to represent this historical figure. He also gave us his initial reaction on seeing Gary Oldman for the first time as Winston Churchill.

Darkest Hour has a limited release in theaters for New York and Los Angeles tomorrow. It will expand nationwide to additional cities next month.

Our sit-down interview with Gary Oldman and director Joe Wright will be published next month.

Check out our sit-down interview with Ben Mendelsohn below:

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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