A few words from Albert Finney this weekend. One of the leading lights of British Cinema of the early 1960s, Finney came to world-wide prominence in the Academy Award winning film Tom Jones in 1963.
Prior to that, Finney had a substantial career in Theatre beginning in 1956, but it was film that made him a household name. In addition to Tom Jones, Finney has also been in Saturday Night Sunday Morning, The Entertainer (his debut in 1960), The Dresser, Annie, Scrooge, Miller’s Crossing, Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and the James Bond film Skyfall (2012). He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor 4 times (Tom Jones, Murder on The Orient Express, The Dresser and Under The Volcano) as well as recipient of numerous BAFTA and Golden Globes awards. In addition to his film work, Albert Finney has been in numerous TV productions, primarily in the UK.
This interview, conducted sometime in the mid-1960s and with an unidentified interviewer, looks at his career up to that point and appears to be concentrating more on his Stage work than his film work. However, if this interview was done any time around 1968, it was during a period where Albert Finney had resumed working in Theatre, along with maintaining film and TV careers.
An insightful interview that digs under the surface to reveal the inner workings of the artist as well as the person behind the roles at an early stage in their career. Albert Finney is still very much with us, and at 81 has been relatively inactive since 2012. Needless to say, a stellar career of envious versatility for the sheer body of work across a wide spectrum of media and genres.