11/23/2005

A Knight's Tale

USA 2001
港譯:狂野武士
導演:Brian Helgeland
主要演員:Heath Ledger,Shannyn Sossamon,Rufus Sewell,Paul Bettany

跟Paul Bettany真是有緣,剛看完他演的Wimbleton,國際台便播他演的A Knight's Tale(20/11),雖然明知是爛片,仍然選擇看了。

故事講Heath Ledger演的William本是農民之子,後來陰錯陽差加上個人的努力和勇氣,當上了武士。聽上來好像是壯志激昂的故事,但片中卻不時加入無厘頭插曲,例如觀看武士比試的觀眾會一起邊打拍子邊唱We Will Rock You,以及舞會上會放極具disco feel的音樂,這些歌曲都完全跟那中古背景格格不入,加上情節上的出人意表,使本片十分反傳統~ 身兼編劇的導演Brian Helgeland,原來是Mystic River的編劇,真難想像獲奧斯卡提名的編劇,原來曾這麼「反傳統」的。片中在對白上有不少笑位,雖然無聊,但也算輕鬆惹笑。

惹笑功臣之一,當然是Paul Bettany。這次他演口水多多的流氓作家Geoffrey,是個很浮誇的小人物。他跟在William身邊,當他的報信者(武士出場前通常有使者先行替他們報上名字,並作簡介,這些使者稱為herald)。Geoffrey在介紹William出場時,總是加鹽加醋,而且相當投入,說得七情上面。Paul Bettany演得很好呢,樣子很滑稽,亦可以看得出他很「肉緊」,但他卻因為叫得太落力,導致喉嚨發炎,真可憐~

除了要犧牲聲帶,他還要犧牲色相呢,他初出場時,是全裸的(當然某些部位沒有爆光)。William等人在路上看到赤條條的Geoffrey神色自若地緩跑,以下是他們的對話:
William: Oi sir, what are you doing?
Geoffrey: Uh... trudging. You know, trudging?
[pause]
Geoffrey: To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on.
William: Uhhh... were you robbed?
Geoffrey: [laughs] Funny really, yes, but at the same time a huge resounding no. It's more of an... involuntary vow of poverty... really.

忽然覺得Geoffrey的回答很有趣,還聯想了以下情景:
Someone: Uhhh... Are you unemployed?
An unemployed:[laughs] Funny really, yes, but at the same time a huge resounding no. It's more of an... involuntary vow of poverty... really.

 <--Paul Bettany演的Geoffrey,看他在群眾前介紹William時的樣子多風騷~

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