Poor Jude Law. A decade ago, the English actor became a punchline during the Oscars when host Chris Rock quipped that he didn’t know who he was and didn’t understand why he was in every movie he saw over the last four years. While it is true Law was in thirteen movies over a six-year span, he also got to work with renowned filmmakers like Anthony Minghella, Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, David O. Russell, Mike Nichols, and Martin Scorsese. The combination of being overexposed as a leading man and lack of matinee idol appeal saw the British thespian take small or supporting roles the following years in films helmed by the likes of Steven Soderbergh and Wes Anderson.
Why mention all of this? Only to let everyone know that we may be on the cusp of Law’s renaissance as an actor again. It’s not that he was ever a bad actor or away from making movies, but the choice in material makes a world of difference.