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Published On: Fri, Dec 17th, 2010

Christopher Plummer on ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatto’ and Henrik Vanger

Canadian acting legend Christopher Plummer is thrilled with his role of the patriarch in the Hollywood remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which is shooting in Sweden.

“Henrik Vanger — I love the old guy,” Plummer said in an interview Wednesday during a break from rehearsals for a revival of the play “Barrymore,” for which he won a Tony Award.

“I think he’s the only nice person in the whole story. … But I’m enjoying (David) Fincher, he’s such a good director.”

The Toronto-born Plummer arrived in his native city Dec. 1 for rehearsals for “Barrymore,” just days after shooting scenes for “Dragon Tattoo” in Stockholm and a brief stop at his home in Connecticut for U.S. Thanksgiving.

He’s due to fly to Los Angeles on Sunday to continue shooting his role as Vanger.

Plummer, who celebrated his 81st birthday Monday, says he’s working more now than he has for a long time in his storied stage and screen career.

And that’s just fine with him.

“I don’t know what the word retire means,” said Plummer, who’s won multiple Tony and Emmy Awards and was up for his first Oscar earlier this year for “The Last Station.”

“You’re retiring from what? From life, actually, that’s what you’re retiring from.

“If you love your work, which I do — and I’ve grown to love it more and more as I get older and realize that I’ve got to cram a lot in before I croak — I wouldn’t think of stopping.”

Plummer is set to return to Toronto on Jan. 12 to continue rehearsals for “Barrymore,” which is scheduled to run at the Elgin Theatre from Jan. 27 to March 9.

Written by William Luce (“The Belle of Amherst”), “Barrymore” stars Plummer as the legendary stage and screen star John Barrymore in the final year of his life in 1942.

The remount reunites the entire original creative team, including three-time Tony Award-winning director Gene Saks, who worked on the play that premiered at Canada’s Stratford festival in 1996 and opened on Broadway the next year.

“They’re such a great team,” said Plummer, who played Capt. Georg von Trapp in the 1965 musical film “The Sound of Music” and recently reunited with the cast on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“It’s like starting all over again, it’s just quite wonderful. I thought for a while it was going to be: ‘Oh God, I’ve done it before. I’m never going to get excited about it,’ but I got excited about it the first day.”

Producers say “Barrymore” will be filmed for “a multi-platform release,” but can’t reveal any details yet.

It would be the third Plummer play to be filmed in recent years after his turns in 2008’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” and this year’s “The Tempest” at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival were put on the big screen.

 

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