Some more interesting tidbits about The Man Who Invented Christmas:
- Dan Stevens tells the Boston Herald, "The first thing Miriam [Margolyes] said to me on Day One was, ‘Well of course you know [Dickens] was bipolar’ -- and I hadn’t reached that conclusion." While it's hazardous to do armchair diagnosis of celebrities, particularly long-dead ones, I've long held a similar belief myself. I feel it would explain some things -- not everything, but some things -- about Dickens's behavior (and perhaps some things about many of his characters, too). I don't always agree with Margolyes's views on Dickens, but I think she's on to something here, and I can see how her ideas helped Stevens create his convincing, wildly energetic portrayal.
- Director Bharat Nalluri explains why Dickens's book was so influential for him.
- Simon Callow, who's also in the film, writes about the role of A Christmas Carol in his own life. (I don't have an account with The Times anymore, so I can't read it, but I hope those of you who have one enjoy it!)
- Christopher Plummer talks to the Australian about his feelings on finally playing a Dickens character.
- Finally, Mitch Kaplan talks to NPR about his journey from bookseller to co-producer of The Man Who Invented Christmas.
My full review of the film got pushed back a bit, but it should be up this week for sure! I'll post the link as soon as it's available.