Five Favorite Films with Hugo Weaving

The star of this week's acclaimed Last Ride on five of his favorite movies.

Between playing Elrond in Lord of the Rings, voicing Megatron in Transformers and -- most memorably -- intimidating Keanu Reeves as the sinister Agent Smith in The Matrix, Hugo Weaving has been an integral part of three of the biggest film franchises of the past decade or so. The versatile Australian actor also delivered an uncanny Werner Herzog impression as Red Skull in Marvel's Captain America, will star in the Wachoswki's forthcoming Cloud Atlas and, of course, is reprising his role as Rivendell's boss elf in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, due at the end of the year.

Yet being one of Hollywood's busiest character actors hasn't stopped Weaving from returning periodically to his homeland for some compelling lead roles, like that in this week's acclaimed Last Ride -- which has been hailed by no less than Roger Ebert as "the performance of a lifetime." A tough but ultimately moving (and beautifully lensed) road movie directed by Cannes' short film winner Glendyn Ivin, Ride has Weaving as a grizzled ex-con on the run across the Australian countryside, where he bond with his 10-tear-old son in tow. The film debuted to much praise in its native territory, and this week finds its way to select theaters in the US. We had the chance to speak with Weaving for the release, where he talked about five of his favorite movies.


The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939; 100% Tomatometer)

My five favorite films would change from, you know, day to day, but if you want five of my favorite films, one would have to be The Rules of the Game, by Renoir. A fabulous upstairs-downstairs look at French society in a very particular period. It's both unbelievably sad and tragic, and moving and funny. And a delightfully humanist film. In fact, a lot of my favorite films are like that.




The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978; 100% Tomatometer)

For instance, A Tree of Wooden Clogs, which would have to be one of my favorite films. A year in the life of a peasant commune in Italy -- again, it's poor souls living through a year, so you're getting a sense of seasons and hardship and community, and a simple, very basic deprived existence. I think that's a masterpiece, that film.




Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966/1944; 100% Tomatometer)

Closely Watched Trains, one of my all-time favorite films, by Jiri Menzel. Funny, wry, beautiful, entertaining; and subversive, in its own quirky way. A beautiful film.




If.... (Lindsay Anderson, 1968; 97% Tomatometer)

A film like If..... Lindsay Anderson's If...., which I think is a work of genius.




Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975; 94% Tomatometer)

And Barry Lyndon. Anything by Kubrick. [Pauses] 2001... no... Barry Lyndon, yeah. If we're talking about Australian films, probably something like Ten Canoes. That's probably my favorite Australian film ever made, actually. I think it's a great, great film. I've probably listed more than five. And then there's 8 ... I could go on forever. There are some great films coming to mind, like The Return, the Russian film. [Laughs] I'll stop.



Last Ride opens in select theaters this week and is available to watch now through VOD.

Comments

Jimmy G.

Jimmy Gee

Cool. Haven't seen any of these, but seems like Hugo didn't just make this list up.

Jun 29 - 12:56 PM

Supachewy

Jeffrey Cooperhouse

He definitely has a foreign taste

Jul 8 - 02:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Hugo Weaving has at times great movie screen presence. Besides being memeorable in the LOTR movies he was also great in "V For Vendetta" and I can really identify his picks, particularly "Rules Of The Game"!

Jun 29 - 01:08 PM

Ted A.

Ted Amos

Brilliant list. Finally someone mentioned If.... that film is incredible.

Jul 6 - 09:26 AM

Jeremy Pommier

Jeremy Pommier

killer list!!!

Jul 6 - 09:47 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I've never seen any of these either. I like lists with films I have not seen. Gives me something to seek out, look forward too, unexpected and such.

Jul 6 - 09:51 AM

Salvatore Riena

Salvatore Riena

I agree. If I don't know films that are mentioned, I put them on my must view list.

Jul 6 - 03:27 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

"Hello Mr. Anderson"

Jul 6 - 10:37 AM

OCKBARZ

Rick Rude

"You hear that Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability." ;)

Jul 7 - 10:03 PM

Shiva the God of Death

Noah F

Ah, enjoyable. The Rules of the Game is great, as is Barry Lyndon (not nearly as much as Rules, but y'know.)

Jul 6 - 11:01 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I've only seen Barry Lyndon on this list. This is the most original Five Fave's in recent memory. Well done, Mr. Weaving.

Jul 6 - 11:38 AM

bassbait t.

bassbait the monkey

I wish he had gone with 2001, but Barry Lyndon is an excellent choice. I can usually depend on actors/writers/directors that I like to make a good list, and 4 movies in, and I was thinking "Hugo, what on earth are these films?"

It's a good thing me and him share at least two films in common.

Jul 6 - 12:56 PM

Aimee Weide

Aimee Weide

Why would he have gone with a movie you prefer? It's his list for Christ's sake.

Jul 6 - 01:54 PM

Dictator Fred

Dictator Fred

Haven't heard of any of these; none of them seem like my type. He was excellent in Lord of the Rings, The Matix and Captain America, but everybody forgets his greatest role: V. Remember, remember the fifth of November...

Jul 6 - 01:14 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

His greatest role is a voice-over? Pass the dutchie plz..

Jul 6 - 02:59 PM

Mark Weistra

Mark Weistra

To say it was his greatest? Hard to say. But to give such life and character to a mask by merely his voice, was, best work or not, an incredible feat.

Jul 7 - 12:19 AM

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Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

am I really the only self righteous soap box pillar standing nerd that agrees with Alan Moore on this one?

Jul 7 - 09:55 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Hands down, I prefer Moore's graphic novel to the film version, but Hugo was hardly the problem. In fact, he was the best thing about the film. McTiegue is simply not a very good director.

Jul 7 - 10:27 PM

Matthew Pilon

Matthew Pilon

He has been blessed with one of those iconic voices. Maybe not to the Jeremy Irons Alan Rickman level, but great none the less.

If you are a fan, I suggest you check out 'Proof,' which is an indie Aussie flick from the 90's I believe. Just loved it, amazing performances from Hugo and Russel Crowe.

Jul 9 - 11:34 PM

Matthew Pilon

Matthew Pilon

He has been blessed with one of those iconic voices. Maybe not to the Jeremy Irons Alan Rickman level, but great none the less.

If you are a fan, I suggest you check out 'Proof,' which is an indie Aussie flick from the 90's I believe. Just loved it, amazing performances from Hugo and Russel Crowe.

Jul 9 - 11:34 PM

InfamousHugo

Hugo Sylvain

Haven't heard of any of those films ? Must be a big movie fan.

Jul 7 - 04:34 PM

Cooper Jones

Cooper Jones

and he was the best part of transformers

Jul 7 - 06:59 PM

Filmjoy

Filmjoy *

Glad to see Barry Lyndon getting some love.

Jul 6 - 01:28 PM

Paul Percival

Paul Percival

Prefer Tom Jones to Barry Lyndon, though both are great.

Jul 9 - 09:37 AM

Aimee Weide

Aimee Weide

Why would he have gone with a movie you prefer? It's his list for Christ's sake.

Jul 6 - 01:54 PM

Aimee Weide

Aimee Weide

"If...." is my favorite film of all time, without a doubt.

Jul 6 - 01:55 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

His greatest role is a voice-over? Pass the dutchie plz..

Jul 6 - 02:59 PM

Mark Weistra

Mark Weistra

To say it was his greatest? Hard to say. But to give such life and character to a mask by merely his voice, was, best work or not, an incredible feat.

Jul 7 - 12:19 AM

This comment has been removed.

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

am I really the only self righteous soap box pillar standing nerd that agrees with Alan Moore on this one?

Jul 7 - 09:55 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Hands down, I prefer Moore's graphic novel to the film version, but Hugo was hardly the problem. In fact, he was the best thing about the film. McTiegue is simply not a very good director.

Jul 7 - 10:27 PM

Matthew Pilon

Matthew Pilon

He has been blessed with one of those iconic voices. Maybe not to the Jeremy Irons Alan Rickman level, but great none the less.

If you are a fan, I suggest you check out 'Proof,' which is an indie Aussie flick from the 90's I believe. Just loved it, amazing performances from Hugo and Russel Crowe.

Jul 9 - 11:34 PM

Matthew Pilon

Matthew Pilon

He has been blessed with one of those iconic voices. Maybe not to the Jeremy Irons Alan Rickman level, but great none the less.

If you are a fan, I suggest you check out 'Proof,' which is an indie Aussie flick from the 90's I believe. Just loved it, amazing performances from Hugo and Russel Crowe.

Jul 9 - 11:34 PM

BMS1234

brandon sideleau

"Ten Canoes" is fantastic

Jul 6 - 03:07 PM

Matthew Millen

Matthew Millen

Literally just finished watching LOTR: Return of the King.

Jul 6 - 03:24 PM

Salvatore Riena

Salvatore Riena

I agree. If I don't know films that are mentioned, I put them on my must view list.

Jul 6 - 03:27 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

I haven't seen none of those films but weaving is the shit so I'll trust him. I guess I'm not as artsy as I think I am.

Jul 6 - 03:55 PM

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