Fine actors in television and movies are few and far between. Mark Rylance is, in my opinion one exception.
In the series “Wolf Hall” available on Amazon Prime, Rylance shines and draws one into his portrayal as Thomas Cromwell, both hero and villain. As a villainous hero prone to pride and riddled with fear, he fits the bill.
Rylance maintains electric tension of a man in constant turmoil. Torn between an insecure standing in his position and self-grandiosity, he teeters on the edge of hopeful friendship with those born into the true status of social acceptance and freedom and daily insecurity of his ultimate downfall.
Paired in juxtaposition to doomed “Queen” Anne Boleyn, he refuses to see that he marches toward the same fate.
Boleyn and Cromwell are two peas in a pod, scratching and clawing for self-aggrandizement through manipulation of the king. Thinking themselves smarter, better equipped and full of charisma, they underestimate a strong “god-anointed” Tudor of royal blood and his ruthless advisers. Boleyn receives her recompense in the series, Cromwell’s comes later.
Claire Foy numbers among fine character actors in this film of which I look forward to Part Two. Accolades to Masterpiece Theatre, Rylance and Foy!
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