Aaaaah. He’s dead lovely, Paul Schneider. You might be thinking, ‘who?’ but chances are you’ve seen him in Elizabethtown, The Assassination of Jesse James…, The Family Stone, Away We Go, or Lars & The Real Girl. He does a LOT of supporting roles, but he’s ace and should be featured more heavily on celluloid. His tall, elegant frame is a wonderful counterbalance to his soft, kind face and those warm chocolate eyes. His performance as Charles Armitage Brown in Jane Campion’s excellent Bright Star is a wonderfully flamboyant foil to Ben Whishaw’s sensitive John Keats, and marked Schneider out as a potential bright star for sure, in my eyes. He looks like he’d put a reassuring hand on the small of your back in a stressful situation, and I just want to KISS him.
(For Oisin, who also possesses ‘kindface’ (TM). Happy birthday, lovely friend xx)