Straight-talking agent Fred Specktor is aware of his means round Tinseltown. The gold earring-wearing 85-year-old has Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Danny de Vito, Dan Aykroyd and Helen Mirren on his books, and has represented Geoffrey Rush for the previous 22 years.
And he had no hesitation in telling the Federal Court docket on Thursday that in his opinion, Mr Rush firmly belonged in the identical pantheon. Certainly a lot of the day centred on knowledgeable proof from three main US movie business figures who didn’t at all times agree with one another on Mr Rush’s place within the Hollywood pecking order, or how the actor’s future is likely to be affected by the result of his present defamation motion in opposition to The Each day Telegraph.
Requested by senior counsel whether or not the Academy Award-winning film The King’s Speech might have been made with out Mr Rush, Mr Specktor replied firmly, “No”.
And questioned on the work prospects of older actors, Mr Specktor advised that underneath regular circumstances, Mr Rush, now 67, might have anticipated his marketability to increase effectively into the many years to return. “All of my actors are stars, all are older, they work as a lot as they need and they’re all effectively paid,” he mentioned, with greater than a contact of pleasure. Gene Hackman was nonetheless getting affords on the age of 88, he proffered, including that he feared Mr Rush would discover it arduous to return to his earlier prominence as “[this has] been very damaging to him when it comes to his psyche”.