"The Sizzlin' 16 of '99" - E Online
By Veronica Mixon
The wait is finally over for Joseph Fiennes.
This is the year he finally steps out of the long shadow cast
by his famous older brother, Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes, and
grabs his own share of the spotlight.
The 28-year-old Joseph, a classically trained actor with several
Royal Shakespeare Company seasons under his belt, actually began
his big push for center stage at the end of 1998, with strong
performances in two critically acclaimed period pieces: He starred
as the title character in Shakespeare in Love, opposite Gwyneth
Paltrow, and played the tormented lover of Cate Blanchett's titular
royal in Elizabeth.
For 1999, Fiennes unleashes his seductive charms in Martha,
Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, a spring release with Rufus
Sewell and Monica Potts.
Then in Rancid Aluminium, Fiennes sinks his teeth into his
most villainous character yet, a psychopathic accountant.
And later this year, Fiennes starts work on his first American
film, Forever Mine, to be directed by Paul Schrader (Affliction,
American Gigolo) and shot in Miami.
And, in case you're wondering, big brother Ralph didn't open
any doors for his little brother. "I've been battling for
parts in the big marketplace for about five years," says
the tall, dashing Joseph.
But there was a good side to his years of struggle. It gave
the England-born, Ireland-raised Fiennes a chance to grow out
of his crazier ways. "I was a bit wild," he says with
a sly grin. "But I'm tamed--now."
So we'll never get to see the dangerous Joseph? "Well,
maybe, if I have one or two vodkas too many..."