Jude Law is, by all accounts, a consummate actor. Although a large chunk of his fans abandoned him after the humiliating scandal that rocked his career and personal life in 2005, Law has continued to assert himself – and his artistry – in playhouses and cinemas around the world. It has recently been confirmed that Law will return to Broadway in a new production of Eugene O’Neil’s “Anna Christie,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that has been running successfully in London’s West End for the last month. “Christie” is slated to open in New York in the early months of 2012.
Coming off of a two-year hiatus is no sweat for the iconic British actor. Law’s last appearance on Broadway was a virtuosic display of talent. Performing the lead role in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the actor walked away with critical acclaim and a Tony nomination to boot. Although most of us are more familiar with Law’s on-screen appearances in films such as “Closer,” “Enemy At The Gates,” “I Heart Huckabees,” his Academy Award-nominated supporting role in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and his current release, “Contagion,” Jude Law’s first appearances as an actor took place with the National Youth Music Theater of London. After a series of smaller roles, Law shined in what is now considered his breakout role in the British film “Shopping.”
Jude Law should be commended for his consistently superb performances in a startlingly diverse array of roles. If his efforts in “Hamlet” are any indication of the quality of acting we will soon experience in “Anna Christie,” we are all in for an unforgettable treat.