Academy Award-winning actor, Geoffrey Rush (currently in "The King's Speech and nominated this morning for a Best Supporting Oscar for his role!) is also a noted stage actor. Soon to be appearing at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in Gogol's "The Diary of a Madman," Rush had this to say about the role he is playing:
"Gogol walks this very knife-edge, fine line between a very sharp observation of someone's descent into madness and, at the same time, playing fairly deliciously with their own sense of delusion," the actor says. Discovering his character, he says, was like constantly having "a Daffy Duck moment — where, you know, his beak has suddenly been smashed around to the back of his face."
"We took a lot of inspiration from [Warner Bros. animation director] Chuck Jones," Rush says. "He said, 'Bugs Bunny is the person we would probably all like to be. Daffy Duck is the person we probably really are.' So it's a comment on that level of self-delusion — [on] what our aspirations might be and how short they might fall."
"Grimsby Harbour + Black House" watercolor sketch, 10" x 13", by Chuck Jones. This undated watercolor 'sketch' by Jones is a fine example of a travel diary entry (as we've discussed before.) Grimsby, founded in 1790, is located in Canada on Lake Ontario and butts up against the Niagara Escarpment.
Jones' facility with watercolor is evident in even something as simple as this sketch of a harbor (and, of course, there is the black house, which for anyone, at any time, would be a sight to behold.) The fresh line of water lapping at the prows of the boats on the lake, the people standing in silhouette, not in black as one might expect from figures so small, but in playful red and blue, which confirms Chuck Jones' excellent eye for detail. All of this making the image fresh, fun and of the moment.