BEN WHISHAW (Jean-Baptiste Grenouille)
DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Giuseppe Baldini)
ALAN RICKMAN (Richis)
RACHEL HURD-WOOD (Laura)
Photo: by Jurgen Olczyk. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (BEN WHISHAW) is intoxicated by the pheremones of a Plum Girl (KAROLINE HERFURTH) in DreamWorks Pictures’ and Constantin Film’s dark metaphysical suspense drama, PERFUME-THE STORY OF A MURDERER. DreamWorks Pictures and Constantin Film present a Bernd Eichinger production, a Tom Tykwer film, a Constantin Film/VIP Medienfonds 4 production, in co-production with NEF Productions and Castelao Productions, “Perfume-The Story of a Murderer,” starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Dustin Hoffman, narrated by John Hurt. Directed by Tom Tykwer, the screenplay is by Andrew Birkin & Bernd Eichinger & Tom Tykwer, from the novel by Patrick Süskind. Produced by Bernd Eichinger; co-produced by Gigi Oeri, the film is a German-French-Spanish co-production. Copyright ©2006 by DreamWorks LLC and Constantin Film Produktion GmbH/VIP Medienfonds 4 GmbH & Co. KG/NEF Productions S.A./Castelao Productions S.A.. All Rights Reserved.
BEN WHISHAW (Jean-Baptiste Grenouille) was born on October 14, 1980 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating Spring 2003.
In 1999, prior to drama school, Ben played important supporting roles in two films, “The Trench” and “Mauvaise Passé.” He also played the title role in “My Brother Tom.” After graduation, he has appeared in “Enduring Love,” a film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel directed by Roger Michel, and “Layer Cake,” a feature directed by Matthew Vaughn. In 2003, he starred in the popular comedy-drama “The Booze Cruise” for ITV.
Ben subsequently made his West End debut at the National Theatre in their stage adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” and starred in the title role of “Hamlet” in Trevor Nunn’s electric ‘youth’ version of the play at the Old Vic, for which he has received tremendous critical acclaim.
Ben was seen on television recently in the UK in “Nathan Barley” from director Chris Morris for TalkBack Productions. In November 2004, he shot a feature film called “Stoned,” in which he plays Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. 2006 sees Ben team up with “My Summer of Love” director Pawel Pawlikowski on the feature “Restraint of Beasts.” In addition, he returns to the National Theatre for Katie Mitchell’s version of “The Seagull.”
DUSTIN HOFFMAN (Giuseppe Baldini) took the world by storm with his 1967 Oscar®-nominated performance as Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate.” Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards® for his masterful roles in “Midnight Cowboy,” “Lenny,” “Tootsie,” and “Wag the Dog,” taking home the Oscar® in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and again in 1988 for his portrayal of autistic Raymond Babbit in “Rain Man.”
Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and studied at Santa Monica Community College and the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg. He began his career off-Broadway, winning both the Obie and Drama Desk Awards for his roles in “Harry, Noon and Night” and “Eh?,” respectively. It was on the New York stage that he caught the attention of Mike Nichols. After “The Graduate,” he continued to give unforgettable performances in films that include: “Little Big Man,” “Straw Dogs,” “Papillon,” “All the President’s Men,” “Marathon Man,” “Straight Time,” and “Agatha.”
In 1984, Hoffman hit the boards again as Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman”, which he also produced. The role brought him the Best Actor Drama Desk Award, and in its filmed version, an Emmy for his performance.
He returned to the screen to star in diverse films such as “Ishtar,” “Dick Tracy,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Hook,” “Outbreak,” “Sleepers,” “Mad City,” Runaway Jury,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Finding Neverland,” and “Meet the Fockers.”
Hoffman produced the film “A Walk on the Moon,” starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen and Liev Shreiber, and executive produced “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” which won two Emmy Awards.
ALAN RICKMAN (Richis), one of the most important British film, TV and stage actors, started his theatrical training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He soon graduated to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 1985 created the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” When the play moved to Broadway, Rickman came with it and was honored with a Tony nomination.
Producer Joel Silver had noticed Rickman as Valmont, and offered him the role of uber-terrorist Hans Gruber, opposite Bruce Willis, in “Die Hard.” Soon after came Anthony Minghella’s small treasure, “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” In 1991 came “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” with Kevin Costner and Rickman’s unforgettable performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham, for which he won a well deserved BAFTA award.
In 1995 he was Colonel Brandon, loving Kate Winslet from afar in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility.” He next appeared in the television film “Rasputin,” taking both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance as the mad zealot. Rickman then turned to comedy, appearing as Metatron in Kevin Smith’s “Dogma” and as Dr. Lazarus in Dean Parisot’s “Galaxy Quest.” Onstage, he played Mark Anthony to Helen Mirren’s Cleopatra at the National Theatre, and as Eliot in “Private Lives,” both in London and on Broadway, winning a second Tony nomination.
More recently, Rickman starred in Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually” and the critically acclaimed HBO movie “Something the Lord Made,” opposite Mos Def. Rickman’s appearances as Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” movies continue to keep us all young at heart. This year also sees the release of “Nobel Son” with Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman and Danny DeVito, and also “Snow Cake,” in which Rickman co-stars with Sigourney Weaver and which was the opening night film of the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.
RACHEL HURD-WOOD (Laura) was born in London in 1990 and was already on stage at her school theatre at the age of 7. The ambitious young actress was presented to a wider audience for the first time in her role as Wendy in P.J. Hogan’s film adaptation of “Peter Pan.” She was nominated for the Saturn Award and the Young Artist Award for this performance. She most recently starred alongside Hollywood veterans Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland in the mystery thriller “An American Haunting,” directed by Courtney Solomon (“Dungeons & Dragons”).
On television, Hurd-Wood was most recently seen as Imogen in the British TV production, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking” alongside Rupert Everett and Ian Hart.
2006 Film Entertainment Magazine / EMOL.org