Timothy Spall immerses himself for 'Mr. Turner' role

January 9, 2015 8:20 PM

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The great British artist J.M.W. Turner's "Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth Making Signals in Shallow Water, and Going by the Lead" is as huge as its title, a massive swirl of blues, grays, and browns, full of light and mist and the tug of waves. The 1842 masterpiece hangs, along with many other Turners, in the Tate Gallery in London.

Well, it hangs in the Tate, and it hangs in Timothy Spall's London home, as well. As the culmination of three years of tutelage with brushes and oils, training for the title role in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" - a gem of a biopic - the veteran actor made a full-scale copy of the ahead-of-its-time mari...

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