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Kingsley Ben-Adir found it an “honour” playing Malcolm X.

The 34-year-old actor stars in ‘One Night in Miami’ as the American civil rights activist – who was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39 – and admits that he felt privileged to play a man he described as a “bona-fide intellectual genius”.

Kingsley said: “My feeling is that he’s a bona-fide intellectual genius. It’s an honour to get to play a man who means so much to so many people. This is a man who put the fear of God into white America – he demanded respect.”

Malcolm X has previously been played on screen by Morgan Freeman on TV movie ‘Death of a Prophet’ and by Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic ‘Malcolm X’ but Kingsley felt he could bring a fresh take to the part in the film, which imagines a meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke at a Miami hotel room in 1964.

He told The I newspaper: “This was a different Malcolm. Malcolm is such a fearless hero to everyone. That is kind of dangerous. Here, we are exploring a man who must have been scared. His life was in danger.”

The movie marks Regina King’s feature directorial debut and Kingsley admits that he loved working with the Oscar-winning actress because she re-affirmed all his opinions about her as a talent.

He said: “Coming into this I had a huge belief that her understanding of the acting process was profound. And I was right. Regina was so calm, so gentle, but so f****** direct.”

The British actor’s casting in the movie was recently defended by Regina, who explained that she cast Kingsley as she thought he was the best actor in the role.

Speaking to Reggie Yates during a BAFTA masterclass, King said: “In my opinion, I feel like the best actor for the role should play the part; the actor that truly understands the role that they’re playing.”



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Paul Smith | Paul Smith’s team pulled off a ‘miracle’ getting collection ready amid pandemic

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Paul Smith says it’s “a miracle” his eponymous brand managed to create an entire Autumn/Winter 2021 collection amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 74-year-old fashion designer has hailed his team for managing to pull off the collection and show as an independent British firm.

He said: “As an independent British company – and I mean that, we are independent, as opposed to us having the backing of one of the big conglomerates – the fact we’ve put on a show and we’ve got an entire collection, it’s a real hats off to my team. They’ve done a miracle job. A real miracle. A lot of the brands haven’t been able to get anything together, they’re still working from sketches, they have tiny collections, if anything – so well done to us!”

Smith insisted he didn’t follow the trend of creating casual pieces fit for lockdown because he wanted to “excite people” with new pieces they can add to their wardrobes to jazz up their every day looks.

He told GQ: “I’ve intentionally not done that. It’s such an obvious thing. Due to lockdown, everyone’s doing sportswear, sportswear, sportswear – you know, hoodies, jogging bottoms, trainers, Birkenstocks … If you look at our e-commerce site now, which is around 45 per cent up on what it was last year, it’s nearly all casual clothing that’s selling, so I don’t need to show that. I need to show things that excite people, things that aren’t crazy and that you could easily add to your existing wardrobe, but aren’t just a hoodie or whatever.”

Smith is thankful to have a young team around him who are full of “energy”, as he admitted it’s been extremely “challenging” keeping his business going in these unprecedented times.

He added: “It’s an enormously challenging time. Business is really tough because nearly all of our shops are closed in Europe and then we’re also on restricted hours in some countries. Any company that says they’re not haemorrhaging money right now is not being truthful. Everyone’s going through complicated times, but, luckily, so far so good. We’re so full of positive spirits. I’ve got such a good young team around me – they have so much energy.”



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Adele | ‘It’s crazy how little I remember’: Adele marks 10th anniversary of 21

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Adele doesn’t “remember” much from the period in which she created ’21’.

The ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ hitmaker has marked the 10th anniversary of her seminal second studio album, and confessed that her memory of making the record and how she felt at the time is blurry.

She captioned the artwork on Instagram: “Well I never! Happy 10 years old friend! It’s crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago. But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it x (sic)”

The 2011 LP – which featured hit singles such as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’ – was written after the 32-year-old singer’s separation from her then-partner.

Adele is rumoured to be releasing her hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s ’25’ next month.

And the ’Skyfall’ hitmaker has once again poured her “heart and soul” into the new record and found music “like therapy” after the end of her marriage to Simon Konecki in 2019.

A source said previously: “Adele is pouring her heart and soul into this record, including how she feels post-divorce

“She’s been a fan of Raphael since she was a teenager and loves his back catalogue. She wants her next album to be full of soul, with a more eclectic sound.”

The Grammy-winner’s close pal, Alan Carr, recently teased that the album sounds “so amazing”.

The 44-year-old comedian – who got Adele to officiate his Los Angeles wedding to Paul Drayton in 2018 – spilled: “I’ve heard some tracks on it.

“Oh my gosh, it’s so amazing. It’s so amazing.

“I said to her, I said, ‘That voice is like an old friend.’ It’s like an old friend. Because there are some people [on] the charts who sound a bit like Adele and you go, ‘Oh they sound [like] Adele,’ and then when you hear Adele’s voice again you go, ‘Oh no, there’s only one. There’s only one Adele.’”



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Ralph Fiennes | Ralph Fiennes: The Dig script left me in tears

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Ralph Fiennes was “in tears” when he read ‘The Dig’ script for the first time.

The 58-year-old actor portrays archaeologist Basil Brown – who discovered discovered and excavated a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon burial ship in Suffolk in 1939 – in the new movie and he was attracted to the film because of the unique platonic relationship between his character and Carey Mulligan’s Edith Pretty, the terminally ill owner of the excavation site.

He said: “I was in tears when I finished reading it because the relationship between Edith and Basil was so obviously not about that. I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen a similar relationship portrayed on film.”

And Ralph was horrified to learn that an earlier draft of the script featured a romantic moment between the two.

Director Simon Stone admitted: “There was a kiss in a much earlier draft.”

Ralph exclaimed: “I don’t remember that! And I think I read the script earlier than Simon did, so it must’ve happened between my version and yours.”

The veteran actor could hear a tone of his own parents in some of the dialogue from his kindly character.

He said: “I can hear my mum saying similar things. You know? ‘You learn through failure. It’s painful, but you learn.’ ”

Ralph has won praise for his Suffolk accent in the movie, which he credits to his dialect coach Charlie Haylock, but he admitted that on one night, he treated pals in a pub to the delivery of a Shakespeare soliloquy in his character’s voice “out of playfulness”.

He told The Times Saturday Review: “The thing is that there was no Standard English before the 18th century.

“Everyone spoke in their own accents. I had heard that from Peter Hall, who used to say, ‘There was no beautiful English in Elizabethan theatre!’

“So, yes, out of playfulness I did, ‘To be or not to be that is the question whether ’tis nobler . . . to sleep no more.’ Yes. You could say I was showing off a bit.”



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