Hugh Bonneville

  1. Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty, 1996.    Two Hughs – Bonneville, and Grant – were way off-target suggestions for unemployed Sheffield steelworkers turning into Chippendale strippers to bring home some bacon. Bonneville was the future Lord Crawley of Downton Abbey, 2010-2015, for heaven’s sake… and Grant was far too posh! Lee Evans plus  two of The Young Ones comedy troupe, Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer, would have been way over the top.  First choice Nicholas Lyndhurst  (Rodney in  Only Fools and Horses, 1981-2003) said “too cold at that time of year to take your clothes off.” Finally, Trainspotter Carlyle made a superb Gaz in the best Ken Loach film not made by Ken Loach.
  2. Jim Broadbent, The Borrowers, 1996. Hugh Bonneville, Ian McNeice,Kevin Pollak were short-listed  for  Pod Clock, patriarch of the tiny family living  beneath the floorboards of a house owned by ”human beans” – in the fourth of six  screen versions (including a Japanese toon)  of the 1952 Mary Norton  book about the four-inch high Clock family  living  beneath the floorboards of a house owned by ”human beans.”  Peter Sellers nearly played the role in 1962.

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