March 23, 2017  

Ralph Fiennes to Make Movie Character Based on Political Leaders

March 18, 2011 (3:17 am) GMT
Trying to make a directional debut for his big screen version of Roman leader Coriolanus, the 'Clash of the Titans' actor based the character on Vladimir Putin and Ariel Sharon.
Ralph Fiennes

looked to the world political arena for inspiration for his big screen version of Roman leader Coriolanus, he based the character on Vladimir Putin and Ariel Sharon. The Oscar-nominated actor has gone behind the camera for his directorial debut and decided to tackle the first ever movie version of the Shakespeare play.

And he aimed high when researching how to bring the lead character to life in the 21st century, he studied the personalities of Russian Prime Minister Putin and former Israeli leader Sharon. Fiennes tells Total Film magazine, "Someone who's steeped in vigorous nationalism and authoritarian stance would be Putin."

"He's the person I looked at. And the tougher Israeli leaders, like Ariel Sharon. They reflected aspects of Coriolanus, that intransigence and unbending nationalism."

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. John Legend Expresses His Anger and Hope in 'In America'
  2. Ryan Gosling Explains His Giggle During Oscar Fiasco
  3. Report: Kevin Hart's Wife Eniko Pregnant With Their First Child
  4. 'Avengers: Infinity War' Starts Filming in Scotland, Set Photos and Video Arrive
  5. 'Orphan Black' Unveils First Photos and Details of Final Season
  6. Hailey Baldwin Fuels Cameron Dallas Dating Rumors as They're Spotted Grabbing Lunch Together
  7. Donald Trump and Wife Melania Reportedly Sleep in Separate Bedrooms and Never Spend a Night Together
  8. Iggy Azalea Is Twerking in Sneak Peek of 'Mo Bounce' Music Video