Tim Roth rose to prominence thanks to his memorable turns in two of Quentin Tarantino’s early efforts, "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction." It catapulted Tim to prominence, and he followed those with the role of villainous Archibald Cunningham in "Rob Roy" in 1995, earning him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. He’s been in more movies than you probably thought (over 30 from 1995 to 2007), but it’s to his credit as an actor that he can immerse himself in each role – comedy, drama, and even trying his hand at directing (1999’s "The War Zone") – and come away as one of cinema’s most reliable and professional thespians.
Tim was born in London in 1961 and fancied himself a sculptor as a youth, going so far as to study at the Camberwell School of Art in London. But it was there that he discovered his calling for acting, and by 21, he was a racist skinhead in his debut, "Made for Britain." From an early age he worked with some of Britain’s elite directors of the 1980s, including Stephen Frears (director of "The Queen") in "The Hit" in 1984. In 1989, he had a supporting role in "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover" for Peter Greenaway. He also played Vincent van Gogh in the Robert Altman movie "Vincent & Theo" in 1990, and was Guildenstern opposite Gary Oldman’s Rosencrantz in Tom Stoppard’s "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" the same year. This was all before turning 30.
A move to Los Angeles prompted his acquaintance with Tarantino and was soon working for the precocious young director with "Reservoir Dogs." Tim managed to find gigs on six projects before Tarantino hired him again with "Pulp Fiction." Three films later, he had his Best Supporting Oscar nomination. By now, Tim was a mainstay in Hollywood – and his ability at convincing accents often tricked folks into thinking he was in fact born in America. He sings in Woody Allen’s musical "Everyone Says I Love You" in 1996 and teams with Tupac in "Gridlock’d" in 1997. And in 1999, Tim tried his hand at directing Ray Winstone in "The War Zone," a film that brought Tim a number of awards on the festival circuit.
Keeping extremely busy during the 2000s, and still collaborating with some of the finest directors (Werner Herzog, "Invincible" and John Sayles, "Silver City"), Tim also earned paychecks in things like John Travolta’s "Lucky Numbers" and "Dark Water." He has claimed that he wants to direct again if he can only find the money, and it’s rumored he’ll be back with Tarantino in the future, but perhaps most interesting is what Tim will accumulate when all is said and done.
Tim on the Web
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Combustible Celluloid Interview
Tim discusses the process of directing his first film, "The War Zone."
Tim on making "Dark Water" with Jennifer Connelly.
Tim on the Screen
Tim’s first role was as Trevor the Skinhead in "Made for Britain" in 1982, and he’s Myron in "The Hit" for Stephen Frears in 1984. He’s Gregor Samsa in the TV movie adaptation of Franz Kafka’s "Metamorphosis" in 1987, and among the cast in "A World Apart," directed by noted cinematographer Chris Menges (who shot "Notes on a Scandal," "Criminal," and 1986’s "The Mission," among others). Upon his arrival to L.A. and his work with Tarantino, he’s Joey in "No Way Home," the prisoner Charles Ferry in "Everyone Says I Love You," Dutch Schultz in "Hoodlum," and the lead in the period piece "The Legend of 1900." He’s General Thade in Tim Burton’s "Planet of the Apes," the real life explorer William Pitt in "Nouvelle-France" in 2004, Jeff Platzer in "Dark Water," Sutter in the Sam Shepard-scripted "Don’t Come Knocking," and Coppola’s Dominic in "Youth Without Youth."
Tim’s penchant for teaming up with some of the best directors continues. First, he’s Dominic in Francis Coppola’s first directorial effort in ten years, "Youth Without Youth," set for a limited December 2007 release (presumably to qualify for the Oscars). In February, audiences will see Tim as George in Michael Haneke’s "Funny Games U.S.," a shot-by-shot remake of the director’s own 1997 Austrian movie. Currently, he’s in pre-production on "44 Inch Test," in which he’ll star alongside Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and John Hurt. He’s also currently filming "The Incredible Hulk" with Edward Norton as baddie Emil Blonsky, and is schedule to appear in "Six Bullets from Now" and "The Death of Harry Tobin."
On attending the Oscars:
"Like going to Liberace's house on acid."
"Bring back dueling, I say. Drive-by sword fight."
On Jennifer Connelly:
"I think she’s an actor first and a movie star second. Which probably guarantees her a pretty long career."